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26/11 hero Hemant Karkare’s diaries from his 20s help daughter write memoir

“Hemant Karkare: A Daughter’s Memoir”, published by The Write Place, was released at the Crossword Book Store in Mumbai on Monday.
The heart-warming memoir pays tribute to Hemant Karkare’s myriad roles - as an exemplary police officer, a family man, an artist, a dog lover, a social worker, a book lover and above all, a good human being.(REUTERS)
The heart-warming memoir pays tribute to Hemant Karkare’s myriad roles - as an exemplary police officer, a family man, an artist, a dog lover, a social worker, a book lover and above all, a good human being.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 04:46 PM IST
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Lok Sabha election result 2019: BJP’s Pragya Thakur leading against Congress’ Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal

The 49-year old has been under fire for several of her controversial comments against several people, including former chief of the Mumbai anti-terrorist squad Hemant Karkare.
File image of Pragya Thakur(REUTERS)
File image of Pragya Thakur(REUTERS)
Updated on May 23, 2019 10:08 AM IST
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‘Sadhvi Pragya a mix of politics and crime’: Swara Bhaskar hits out at BJP

In remarks critical of the BJP, Swara Bhaskar said that Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was accused of murder and terrorism and that the BJP had seen fit to field her as its candidate from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.
Actor Swara Bhaskar on Monday hit out at the BJP saying that it had seen fit to field a terror accused as its candidate from Bhopal.(Yogen Shah/HT Photo)
Actor Swara Bhaskar on Monday hit out at the BJP saying that it had seen fit to field a terror accused as its candidate from Bhopal.(Yogen Shah/HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2019 10:19 AM IST
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After political row, EC bans Pragya for 72 hours

The EC added that while Thakur apologised for her comment on Karkare, it found them “unwarranted”. An FIR has also been filed against her under section 188 (disobedience to a public servant’s order) of the Indian Penal Code.
Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP’s Bhopal candidate, has been banned from campaigning for 72 hours by the Election Commission.(File Photo)
Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP’s Bhopal candidate, has been banned from campaigning for 72 hours by the Election Commission.(File Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2019 12:49 AM IST
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Efforts to sanitise Hindutva terror links crumble before evidence

But in the Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta cases, the judges found that evidence was not brought on record
Onlookers gathered near the bogies of Samjhuata Express burnt after an explosion near Panipat, February 19, 2007(PTI)
Onlookers gathered near the bogies of Samjhuata Express burnt after an explosion near Panipat, February 19, 2007(PTI)
Published on May 01, 2019 06:45 PM IST
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Pragya Thakur makes another controversial comment. This time it’s about burkhas

This time, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Bhopal demanded a ban on burkhas for what she said was for the sake of national security.
The BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has waded into another controversy after her comments against the former chief of Mumbai’s anti-terrorism squad Hemant Karkare and the Babri Masjid sparked outrage in the political circles.
The BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has waded into another controversy after her comments against the former chief of Mumbai’s anti-terrorism squad Hemant Karkare and the Babri Masjid sparked outrage in the political circles.
Published on May 01, 2019 03:47 PM IST
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2019 Lok Sabha polls: Mumbai had its heart in the right place this election

Considering the general somnolence of the metropolis where neither the rich nor the poor have the time for much, but the business of living, it was heartening to note that the middle class still remembers the man who died saving their city from Pakistani terrorists
If social media is any indication of the mood of the people, there were hundreds of appeals to the voters to vote against the terror accused and vote out the party, which insults martyrs
If social media is any indication of the mood of the people, there were hundreds of appeals to the voters to vote against the terror accused and vote out the party, which insults martyrs
Updated on May 01, 2019 08:42 AM IST
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Opinion | Sadhvis could play a more positive role

This feminist Hindutva, for want of a better expression, does nothing to promote women’s rights. In fact, the women of the Hindu right themselves are against what they call modern women who are shunning traditional roles and daring to seek out their own space
BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP national vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a meeting before filing her nomination paper for elections, Bhopal, April 25(ANI)
BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP national vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a meeting before filing her nomination paper for elections, Bhopal, April 25(ANI)
Published on Apr 28, 2019 04:05 PM IST
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‘Why is govt silent on Thakur’s comment?’: Supriya Sule

“Despite her vicious comments, the government is silent. As a common citizen and voter, I want to question the PM, why is he not commenting on Thakur’s comment. How can the government be so insensitive?” Supriya Sule asked.
NCP leader Supriya Sule on Friday said BJP candidate for the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Pragya Singh Thakur, had insulted the entire state of Maharashtra through her remarks on slain former Mumbai anti-terrorism squad chief Hemant Karkare.
NCP leader Supriya Sule on Friday said BJP candidate for the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Pragya Singh Thakur, had insulted the entire state of Maharashtra through her remarks on slain former Mumbai anti-terrorism squad chief Hemant Karkare.
Updated on Apr 27, 2019 04:00 AM IST
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BJP leader’s campaign condition for Pragya Thakur seat is an apology

Pragya Thakur had created a political furore with her remarks on Karkare, who died fighting terrorists during the attacks on Mumbai in 2008, saying that she had cursed him just a month before his death.
Pragya Thakur is contesting against Congress candidate and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh. Bhopal goes to polls in the sixth round of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election on May 12.(PTI)
Pragya Thakur is contesting against Congress candidate and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh. Bhopal goes to polls in the sixth round of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election on May 12.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 04:45 PM IST
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Sri Lanka bombings carry a stark message for India

The main group behind the bombings, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), is an ideological offspring of the rapidly growing, Saudi-funded Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ)
Security personnel stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka(AFP)
Security personnel stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka(AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 02:58 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Hemant Karkare’s junior files papers to take on Pragya from Bhopal

Pragya Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal, received a EC notice for her remarks. The Indian Police Service Association wrote a tweet that condemned her statement on the Ashoka Chakra gallantry award winner.
A retired assistant commissioner of police, Riyazuddin Ghayasuddin Deshmukh (60), who worked as a subordinate of Mumbai former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare has filed his nomination for the Bhopal.(Hindustan Times)
A retired assistant commissioner of police, Riyazuddin Ghayasuddin Deshmukh (60), who worked as a subordinate of Mumbai former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare has filed his nomination for the Bhopal.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 25, 2019 11:24 PM IST
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‘Nothing like Hindu terror, Pragya’s candidature a reply to such insults’: Devendra Fadnavis

Defending his party’s decision to field Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur in Bhopal, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the move is a riposte to those who insulted Hindus by coining the term Hindu terror.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis during his interview with Hindustan Times in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis during his interview with Hindustan Times in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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Lok Sabha polls 2019: ‘Pragya Thakur’s candidature reply to those who insulted Hindus by coining the term Hindu terror,’ says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis says he doesn’t support remarks against Karkare; Modi wave is in rural areas this time; BJP will win all 10 seats in MMR
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at Varsha, his official residence in Malabar Hills, Mumbai.(KUNAL PATIL/HT PHOTO)
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at Varsha, his official residence in Malabar Hills, Mumbai.(KUNAL PATIL/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 24, 2019 12:58 AM IST
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Cruelty meted out to Pragya Thakur in jail not fair, says Ramdev

Ramdev was replying to a question about Thakur’s remarks against the then Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare.
Describing himself as someone who doesn’t belong to any particular political party, the yoga guru said the country was facing all sorts of political, economic and religious challenges at present.(PTI FILE)
Describing himself as someone who doesn’t belong to any particular political party, the yoga guru said the country was facing all sorts of political, economic and religious challenges at present.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 01:16 PM IST
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FIR against Pragya for Babri remarks; Shah defends pick

The poll watchdog is yet to take a decision on Thakur for the remarks on Karkare, though, in her reply to the election commission notice, she said she did not violate the model code of conduct.
Congress spokesperson JP Dhanopia said, “We welcome the decision [FIR], but another FIR should be registered against her for insulting the martyr, former Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare.”(HT Photo)
Congress spokesperson JP Dhanopia said, “We welcome the decision [FIR], but another FIR should be registered against her for insulting the martyr, former Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare.”(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 08:26 AM IST
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8 former top cops hit out at Pragya Thakur

In a statement, the former DGPs said the country owes Karkare, who headed the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad and was killed during the 26/11 terror attack, a huge debt of gratitude and anything that detracts from this is worthy of strong condemnation.
8 former top cops hit out at Pragya Thakur(PTI)
8 former top cops hit out at Pragya Thakur(PTI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 11:56 PM IST
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BJP trying to destroy India’s diversity: Capt Amarinder

The chief minister expressed anger at the remarks of BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya against a distinguished police officer late Hemant Karkare. “What Sadhvi said is totally unacceptable,” he said.
Sitting under a ‘peepal’ tree at Chuahr Majra village in Kharar, 20km from Chandigarh, Amarinder Singh took a wide range of questions received on Twitter and directly from people.(HT Photo)
Sitting under a ‘peepal’ tree at Chuahr Majra village in Kharar, 20km from Chandigarh, Amarinder Singh took a wide range of questions received on Twitter and directly from people.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 10:55 PM IST
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‘Said nothing defamatory about any martyr’: Pragya Thakur replies to EC

The Election Commission had issued a notice to Pragya Thakur after her comment that Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had died because she had cursed him.
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur denied dishonouring any martyr in her reply to a notice from the Election Commission.(HT PHOTO)
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur denied dishonouring any martyr in her reply to a notice from the Election Commission.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 03:12 PM IST
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‘Proud of Babri Masjid demolition,’ says Sadhvi Pragya, gets notice

In the notice issued to her on Saturday evening the district election officer, Bhopal, Sudham Khade has sought an explanation from Thakur within a day while mentioning the statement in the notice.
Earlier, the DEO found a violation of the model code of conduct in Thakur’s remarks on former Mumbai anti-terror squad chief Hemant Karkare and a notice was served to her by the chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh.(PTI PHOTO)
Earlier, the DEO found a violation of the model code of conduct in Thakur’s remarks on former Mumbai anti-terror squad chief Hemant Karkare and a notice was served to her by the chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh.(PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 05, 2020 04:38 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Nobody must insult martyrs, says Uddhav

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday weighed in on the issue. “Nobody should say anything that amounts to an insult to our martyrs,” Uddhav said, adding, however, that she has already apologised for her remarks.
Karkare, who was chief of the Maharashtra anti-terrorist squad (ATS), died in the line of duty during the 26/11 attacks. Thakur and BJP came under fire on Friday, after the former said that Karkare died because of her curse.(HT PHOTO)
Karkare, who was chief of the Maharashtra anti-terrorist squad (ATS), died in the line of duty during the 26/11 attacks. Thakur and BJP came under fire on Friday, after the former said that Karkare died because of her curse.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 07:11 AM IST
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Malegaon blast victims angry at Pragya Thakur, salute ‘Karkare saab’

Survivors and victims’ kin question Thakur getting ticket to contest polls, demand justice
The anger is both over Thakur’s candidature as well as her comments on former Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who Thakur said was killed after she had cursed him(HT file)
The anger is both over Thakur’s candidature as well as her comments on former Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who Thakur said was killed after she had cursed him(HT file)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 01:16 AM IST
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EC notice to Sadhvi Pragya for saying her curse got Karkare killed

The district election officer of Bhopal has found a violation of the model of conduct in remarks made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Pragya Thakur against former Mumbai anti-terror squad chief Hemant Karkare, Madhya Pradesh’s chief electoral officer (CEO) VL Kantha Rao said on Saturday.
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur l(PTI file photo)
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur l(PTI file photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 03:18 PM IST
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Hemant Karkare: The officer who cracked 2008 Malegaon case

On September 29, 2008, a bomb planted on a motorcycle went off in Malegaon, killing six people and injuring 101.
Hemant Karkare, the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who Pragya Singh Thakur claimed died in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks because she had cursed him, led the probe by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) into the Malegaon blast case of 2008, in which Thakur is a suspect.
Hemant Karkare, the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who Pragya Singh Thakur claimed died in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks because she had cursed him, led the probe by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) into the Malegaon blast case of 2008, in which Thakur is a suspect.
Updated on Apr 20, 2019 02:36 PM IST
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Opposition wants PM to apologise, CM, Sena chief to speak up

Sachin Sawant, Congress spokesperson, said, “Pragya Singh Thakur is narrating the BJP’s script and her statements expose the BJP’s ideology. She has insulted Karkare. How can the BJP claim to work against terrorism when it appoints such people? How can they claim they are working for soldiers when martyrs are being insulted?”
Thakur said that she had cursed Hemant Karkare, ex-ATS chief for torturing her during the investigation into the 2008 case, and so he died. Later in the evening, she took back the statement.(Hindustan Times)
Thakur said that she had cursed Hemant Karkare, ex-ATS chief for torturing her during the investigation into the 2008 case, and so he died. Later in the evening, she took back the statement.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 20, 2019 05:49 AM IST
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Opinion | On Pragya Thakur, some questions for the BJP

Terrorism is a serious charge even if you have not been convicted for it. The fact of the matter is that the courts refused to let the 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Thakur off the hook
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur(PTI file photo)
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur(PTI file photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2019 02:05 PM IST
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Outrage as Sadhvi Pragya says her curse killed Karkare

Thakur, who joined the BJP on Wednesday and, hours later, was announced as the candidate from Bhopal, is among the main accused in a separate terror incident, the 2008 Malegaon blasts.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur(ANI file photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur(ANI file photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 10:56 PM IST
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Pragya Thakur is anti-national. So is the BJP’s decision to field her

This humiliation of a gallant Ashok Chakra hero by the BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate is an insult not just to Hemant Karkare’s individual sacrifice; it is a smear on the uniform.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, Bhopal, April 18, 2019(PTI)
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, Bhopal, April 18, 2019(PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 07:03 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: ‘Karkare a martyr, Sadhvi Pragya’s remark personal, from experience’: BJP

In its statement on Pragya Thakur’s remarks on Hemant Karkare, the BJP distanced itself saying that whatever she is saying is from her personal experience and that the party could not comment on it.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addresses a party workers meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI file photo)
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addresses a party workers meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI file photo)
Updated on May 04, 2020 04:15 PM IST
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‘Apologise’: Congress to PM Modi over Pragya Thakur’s remark on Hemant Karkare

BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur said Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in 26/11 Mumbai attacks for “torturing” her in the Malegaon blast case.
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaving the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses in Mumbai on October 30, 2018.(PTI file)
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaving the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses in Mumbai on October 30, 2018.(PTI file)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 06:09 PM IST
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