Aasheesh Sharma works with the opinion team at Hindustan Times. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with a wire service, newspapers, magazines and television. His story on the longest train journey in India was included in an anthology on train writings in 2014.
Articles by Aasheesh Sharma
Our cities cannot be smart, until they are accessible for everybody
Contractors hired to remove the barriers in the urban built environment must not be paid till civil society representatives sign off on the projects
Updated on Oct 23, 2018 01:21 PM IST
Breach the wall of silence: Give State recognition to Indian Sign Language
The country’s population of deaf and speech disabled remains invisible at institutions of higher learning since most of them even fail to even complete school
Updated on Sep 25, 2018 05:47 PM IST
It’s time India gave serious thought to joint parenting
The Supreme Court has sought the Centre’s response on a petition seeking a “joint parenting plan” to reduce the trauma faced by children of divorced couples. Given the impact that alienation from either parent can have on the child, choosing between the father and the mother without taking a considered view of the possibilities of joint parenting might work against the child’s interests.
Updated on Sep 12, 2018 12:28 PM IST
2018 Asiad: Why India’s teenage shooting stars are unlikely to blame the system
Some credit for their success must go to India’s robust junior shooting programme which was put in motion after the 2012 London Olympics
Updated on Aug 28, 2018 07:12 PM IST
Ozil’s retirement rakes up racism debate, which should have no room in sport
World Cup winner Mesut Ozil’s statements shine a light on the role identity and race play in modern-day sport and the ugly side to the concept of diversity
Updated on Jul 23, 2018 07:47 PM IST
Speaking flawless English should not be a priority for India’s world champion Hima Das
Does anybody have the gumption to question African middle-distance running champions about their accent or diction? Are French footballers, considered the best on the planet for excelling in their core competency, forced to speak in English?
Updated on Jul 16, 2018 02:01 PM IST
Review: A Bonsai Tree by Narendra Luther
One of the first officers of the IAS, Narendra Luther’s autobiography is particularly interesting for its anecdotes featuring, Nehru, PV Narasimha Rao, and NT Rama Rao, among others
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 06:42 PM IST
Asking Haryana’s athletes for one-third of their endorsement earnings is the cruellest cut
Sakshi Malik, Yogeshwar Dutt, Vijender Singh and Sardara Singh would have been affected by the directive that has now been put on hold by the Haryana CM
Updated on Jun 12, 2018 03:34 PM IST
CBSE retests: Our evaluation system has failed India’s exam warriors
Beyond blaming the board, should we be examining whether the evaluation system is overburdened? Are smarter and more effective ways of assessment such as the proposed National Testing Agency the way forward?
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 05:58 PM IST
For the differently abled, India is still inaccessible
14 months after the passing of the Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, most states are yet to frame the draft rights
Updated on Mar 06, 2018 06:12 PM IST
Review: Imperfect by Sanjay Manjrekar
One of the most technically proficient batters of his generation, Sanjay Manjrekar’s account of his career humanises the cutthroat world of international cricket
Updated on Feb 16, 2018 07:13 PM IST
Are bots ready to take over newsrooms? Not for some time to come
One sphere where machines cannot hope to catch up with humans for at least a few years – and thank god for that – is in thought pieces and opinion articles. They haven’t caught up with journalists when it comes to gleaning facts on the ground and getting the texture and context of the story.
Updated on Dec 31, 2017 08:02 PM IST
Fatwa against Khurshid gives a bad name to the community
Sermons or edicts that run down India’s pluralistic culture, undermine women’s freedom, or promote anachronistic notions should not get the pulpit of religious seminaries
Updated on Oct 31, 2017 06:46 PM IST
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Don’t expect it to usher in a football renaissance in India
Participating in their first-ever football World Cup in any age group India have a chance to prove their credentials as a footballing nation and also as FIFA U-17 World Cup hosts. But this won’t transform Amarjit Singh Kiyam’s team into world-beaters overnight.
Updated on Oct 04, 2017 12:57 PM IST
Why is Chandrababu Naidu asking people to have more children?
It’s astonishing that the Andhra Pradesh chief minister cannot comprehend that more people will not automatically translate to fewer robots.
Updated on Sep 11, 2017 12:31 PM IST
Boris Becker meets Bjorn Borg: From boom to broke
Bjorn Borg and Boris Becker were responsible for a lot of great matches during the playing days and after retirement, they are still creating a lot of drama off the pitch.
Updated on Aug 02, 2017 06:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAasheesh Sharma
Let’s not tarnish the legacy of Kalam, the People’s President
The ungainly row over the placement of the Bhagavad Gita at APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial in Rameswaram is unnecessary and does great disservice to his syncretic legacy
Updated on Jul 31, 2017 02:34 PM IST
Mithali Raj, the ‘Captain Cool’ who reads Rumi, is India’s new sporting icon
Updated on Jul 30, 2017 09:30 AM IST
Will allies force Parrikar’s hand on Goa’s cash-rich off-shore casinos?
Apart from the allegation that the casinos encourage the habit of gambling among the people of the state and thereby undermine public morality, there are serious environmental repercussions that are often pushed to the background.
Published on Jul 26, 2017 05:49 PM IST
Bengaluru Metro row: Why coercive implementation of Hindi can’t work in India
Our policy makers should utilise their time better on constructive tasks rather than expend their energies propagating the virtues of Hindi hegemony or language chauvinism
Updated on Jul 25, 2017 05:01 PM IST
Wives and girlfriends of cricketers can’t be soft targets for online trolls
Cricketers hardly ever bother to hit back at them on social media. And apart from exceptions such as Virat Kohli and Mayanti Langer, the victims do not jump in and engage with abusive trolls
Updated on Jul 21, 2017 12:24 PM IST
Virat Kohli fails to recognise Mithali Raj: Gender bias at play
Coming from the Indian men’s skipper to the women’s captain, the blunder speaks volumes about the kind of apathy and discrimination lady cricketers face in the country. Is it time to coin another phrase for the gentleman’s game?
Updated on Jul 13, 2017 03:40 PM IST
Review: Numbers Do Lie by Impact Index and Aakash Chopra
A new book that validates a few longstanding beliefs of cricket aficionados gives credit where it’s due and is an ode to the unsung hero
Updated on Jun 09, 2017 09:20 PM IST
Where is the outrage over the killing of the e-rickshaw driver who opposed public urination?
The beautiful people who took out candle-light vigils for a model shot dead for refusing to serve a drink have gone missing. Hashtag #JusticeforRavinder, anybody?
Updated on Jun 02, 2017 11:13 PM IST
Arming women with bats to beat up alcoholics is a bizarre idea
If Madhya Pradesh minister Gopal Bhargava really wants to empower his women constituents, he would be well advised to arm them with education and employment opportunities
Updated on May 03, 2017 12:55 PM IST
Trigger-happy Twitter celebs like Sonu Nigam should be more circumspect
Whether it is the compulsions of staying relevant or the nature of the social media beast that is fuelling these sensationalist tweets, celebrities need to be mindful of what they put out in the public realm
Updated on Apr 18, 2017 12:25 PM IST
Rijiju’s Hindu conversion tweet is a mischievous attempt to twist facts
Not just is the controversial minister’s statement the latest in the litany of alarmist proclamations made by saffron organisations such as the Vishva Hindu Parishad, it couldn’t have been further from reality, if Census projections are anything to go by
Published on Feb 14, 2017 06:41 PM IST
Chidambaram to Badal: A not-so-Lambi history of shoe-throwing
A look back in anger at the assorted activists – some rich some not-so-well-heeled — who vented their anger at the establishment and politicians by hurling shoes at politicians of all hues and nationalities
Updated on Jan 13, 2017 04:42 PM IST
Why are toxic trolls losing their shirt over Kaif doing the Surya Namaskar?
Don’t have the champion cricketer running for cover for doing the Surya Namaskar
Updated on Jan 02, 2017 10:24 PM IST
Principal’s resignation reinforces prejudices against trans-people
Manabi Bandopadhyay, first transgender principal of any educational institute in India, has resigned. But the news shouldn’t dampen the spirits of the transgender community of the country
Updated on Jan 02, 2017 01:30 PM IST