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Danish Raza is a special correspondent with the Hindustan Times. He covers gender, identity politics, human rights, conflicts and online speech.

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Fake news warriors: Meet the people who debunk fake news, one post at a time

There’s a deluge of fake news on social media and some TV news channels, leading to the spread of dangerous disinformation. This has fuelled the rise of fact-checking websites such as AltNews, Boomlive and SMHoaxslayer that bust these lies.

The team behind Boomlive, an independent digital journalism initiative aimed at busting fake news, at their office in Mumbai.(Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 02:04 PM IST
ByAnesha George and Danish Raza

‘We can’t trust anyone’: 8 months after Junaid’s killing, his family fights on

In July 2017, Junaid was allegedly stabbed to death, his brother and cousins injured on board a Delhi-Mathura train after an argument over seat sharing triggered a mob attack on them.

(L-R) Junaid’s mother Saira Bano, elder brother Mohammad Qasim and father Jalaluddin Khan at their home in Ballabhgarh, Faridabad on January 22, 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 20, 2018 11:24 AM IST
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Ever heard of antakshari of couplets or baitbaazi?

The Urdu Heritage festival being hosted in Delhi (Feb 15-20, 2018) will feature baitbaazi competition.

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia (left) and Delhi University (right) during a baitbaazi competition.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 16, 2018 04:54 PM IST
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Mian, Biwi aur Wagah: An Indo-Pak story told through letters

The play that tackles the themes of letter-writing, partition and nostalgia, is in Delhi as part of its first international tour.

Amna Ehtesham Khaishgi portrays biwi (wife) in the play that aims to revive the spirit and tradition of letter-writing(Goonj.)
Updated on Jan 25, 2018 08:43 PM IST
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From Dalit activist to Gujarat MLA: Tracking Jignesh Mevani’s journey

Jignesh Mevani, the firebrand lawyer-activist, has been a relentless champion of Dalit rights. He plunged into electoral politics and emerged victorious. Will he be able to make a successful transition from activist to legislator?

“We will transform Vadgam. I will invite experts from various fields to contribute in making Vadgam a model constituency,” Mevani says. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2018 01:35 PM IST
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A month after Afrazul was hacked to death, a look at his journey from Malda to Rajsamand

HT puts together the struggles, aspirations, life and death of the migrant from West Bengal who was brutally murdered in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.

More than himself, Afrajul was concerned about his wife Gul Bahar and daughters, Joshnara Bibi, Razina Khatoon and Habiba Khatoon. In the past few years, he was content with the fact that he was able to get two of his daughters married.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo.)
Updated on Jan 13, 2018 03:20 PM IST
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Is it curtains for Delhi’s Daryaganj book market?

Daryaganj book market has not been allowed on the past two Sundays for the ASEAN Summit and Republic Day but traders allege it’s a plan to uproot them.

Started in 1964, the Daryaganj book market is known for rare book titles being sold at throwaway prices.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2018 08:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDanish Raza and Parvez Sultan, New Delhi

We teach girls to be safe instead of telling boys not to rape: Rose McGowan at HTLS 2017

Rose McGowan, who came forward about getting raped by producer Harvey Weinstein, also said the issue of sexual abuse is not limited to Hollywood.

Rose McGowan at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Hyatt Regency in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 01, 2017 10:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRohan Naahar and Danish Raza

HTLS 2017: Vikas Khanna, Gaggan Anand say intelligence, aggression and rock and roll attitude the way ahead for Indian chefs

Vikas Khanna and Gaggan Anand, at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, have a tip for chefs — ‘Give up your life and pick up the knife’.

Vikas Khanna, chef, author and filmmaker and Gaggan Anand, chef and restaurateur, in conversation with Ritu Dalmia, chef and restaurateur at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Thursday.(Paroma Mukherjee/HT)
Updated on Nov 30, 2017 09:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDanish Raza and Bobby John Varkey

After digital spike, cash gains currency in this neighbourhood

Critics and the Opposition have labelled demonetisation as the largest money-laundering scheme that destroyed the economy and put people through months of hardship as they struggled for cash.

A number of roadside stalls and shops in Delhi started using e-wallets as they could not afford to lose customers.(HT File)
Updated on Nov 08, 2017 11:46 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

How uncle-nephew duo stole 50 mn litres oil from India’s largest onshore fields

Over a period of five years, Bhoor Singh Rajpurohit and his nephew Gautam allegedly stole 50 million litres of crude oil from the country’s largest onshore oilfield in Rajasthan. This is how they pulled off the staggering theft.

Oil tankers outside the Mangala Processing Terminal, Barmer .(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 05, 2017 06:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySalik Ahmed and Danish Raza

HT Youth Survey: India’s young are self-centred, will do almost anything for themselves

In this age of instant coffee, noodles and gratification, Indian youth are not willing to wait patiently for anything. They’re determined to get what their hearts are set on, even if it means lying to their parents or violating rules

Indian youth are not willing to wait patiently for anything.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2017 12:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

BHU unrest is a result of systemic flaws and misogynistic regulations

Students protests at BHU came in the backdrop of increasing incidents of sexual harassment at the campus, failure of the administration to deal with them and absence of any grievance redress mechanism

Students and police during the standoff in the BHU campus on September 21.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 01, 2017 08:53 AM IST
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How Chhattisgarh govt betrayed hundreds of SPOs it used against Maoists

In 2005, Chhattisgarh government galvanised and armed more than 6,000 villagers to fight Maoists. Abandoned by the state, they are now staring at a bleak future.

Anita Chetty, a former SPO earns around Rs 1,000 per month by working as a maid in Bijapur, just enough for herself for herself and her mother (also in the picture), whom she occasionally visits.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 01, 2017 06:44 PM IST
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What Seema Mustafa’s memoir, Azadi’s Daughter, tells you about Indian Muslims

Azadi’s Daughter puts into perspective the incidents of communal violence that are becoming common, specifically in Uttar Pradesh. It attempts to make sense of the present by analysing the past.

To demonstrate how Indian Muslims had to pay for the 9/11 attack, Seema Mustafa quotes extensively from a fact-finding report she wrote on the young men arrested for the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 16, 2017 09:39 AM IST
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Pankaj Tripathi, the scene-stealer of ‘Gurgaon’

Gangs of Wasseypur actor’s latest outing on screen

Actor Pankaj Tripathi plays Kehri Singh, a builder in the film Gurgaon(Photo: JAR pictures)
Updated on Aug 06, 2017 08:26 AM IST
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‘We forgive you’: How a Kerala nun’s family embraced her murderer

In 1995, Sister Rani Maria was murdered near Indore. Ahead of her beatification this November, HT recounts the moving story of how her family forgave the killer and accepted him as their own

Sister Selmy Paul at her residence in Betul, Madhya Pradesh. Sister Selmy forgave Samandar Singh, the man who killed her elder sister, Rani Maria, in February 1995 when she was on her way to Indore.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 02, 2017 10:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Fake news warriors: Meet the people who debunk fake news, one post at a time

There’s a deluge of fake news on social media and some TV news channels, leading to the spread of dangerous disinformation. But there are websites such as AltNews, Boomlive and SMHoaxslayer which regularly call out such lies

During communal riots in Baduria, West Bengal last week, the Facebook post shown above was widely circulated. It portrays Hindu women being molested during the riot. The image is a scene from a Bhojpuri movie released in 2014.
Updated on Jul 10, 2017 07:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnesha George, Danish Raza

I was part of the Saxena family: How my secular neighbourhood in UP split along communal lines

The author in his subsequent visits could see the social fabric changing for worse. “Unlike earlier when we would chat about concerns of our locality, it became more about us and them,” he writes.

Muslims take part in a procession to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammad. The route of the procession triggered tension between Hindus and Muslims in Bareilly in March 2010.(HT File Photo / Representational)
Updated on Jul 08, 2017 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

I saw it on WhatsApp: Why people believe hoaxes on the messaging app

In many cases of lynching, fake messages circulated on WhatsApp added to the problem.

House of a Muzzafarnagar riot victim, Uttar Pradesh. In many incidents of violence, including Muzaffarnagar, WhatsApp messages played a negative role.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo.)
Updated on Jun 27, 2017 05:53 PM IST
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‘I saw it on WhatsApp’: Why people believe hoaxes on the messaging app

In many cases of lynching, fake messages circulated on WhatsApp added to the problem.

House of a Muzzafarnagar riot victim, Uttar Pradesh. In many incidents of violence, including Muzaffarnagar, WhatsApp messages played a negative role.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo.)
Updated on Jun 16, 2017 09:51 AM IST
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Soz khwani: Songs of lament from the battle of Karbala

This weekend, dastangoi performer Askari Naqvi introduces Delhi audiences to the Awadhi tradition of soz khwani, in which deeply emotional songs of mourning are sung at religious gatherings.

Askari Naqvi is the first person in India to take soz khwani to the mainstream audience.(Picture credit/Askari Naqvi.)
Updated on Jun 10, 2017 09:24 AM IST
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At Delhi’s Jama Masjid, nobody goes hungry during iftar

In Jama Masjid, roughly 500 people come every evening empty handed, with the hope of getting an iftar platter.

For some families, iftar in Jama Masjid is a picnic of sorts. For some, it is a ritual, while others just happen to be there(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 03, 2017 03:54 PM IST
NewDelhi, Hindustan Times | By

Muslim law board advisory won’t curb triple talaq cases, say women’s rights groups

Many people, including a few members of the AIMPLB, believe the proposed advisory does not take ground realities into consideration.

Women supporters of the BJP hold placards condemning the triple talaq practice at a recent rally.(PTI photo)
Updated on May 25, 2017 07:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Boys from Vepery: A fascinating story about the Irish migration to India

A documentary, titled Boys from Vepery by Fokiya Akhtar, explores the migration of members of the Irish community to India during the Great Famine of Ireland during 1840-50.

Railway drivers quarters in Lallaguda, Secunderabad. Many Irish Indians who drove trains lived in such bungalows, including(Ian Michael)
Updated on May 21, 2017 10:22 AM IST
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Meet the young Kashmiris behind viral videos telling stories of the Valley

As yet another social media ban hits the Valley, HT meets young men and women who, despite the risks, film protests and upload the videos to tell their version of the Kashmir story.

Kashmiri youth clashes with forces in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2017 03:12 PM IST
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Dancing with the wolves: A peek into the life of Bihar’s Anaarkali of Ara

In rural Bihar, a wedding is incomplete without women dancers swinging to saucy Bhojpuri songs in front of a male audience. HT attends an all-night performance and follows a dancer to see what lies behind the grind and glamour.

Live dancer and actor in Bhojpuri films, Pooja Singh Rajput, dancing at an event at the outskirts of Aara in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 30, 2017 08:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Saba Qamar: English is a status symbol in our society

In an interview to HT, Pakistani actor Saba Qamar talks about the experience of being part of an Indian film and how much she relates with her character in her upcoming film Hindi Medium.

Actor Saba Qamar has worked in TV and films in Pakistan.
Updated on Apr 16, 2017 10:00 AM IST
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Why Punjab won’t give up on luck, and the paper lottery

Why is the paper lottery so popular in Punjab, how does it work and what do winners do with the prize

Makkhan Singh, a PRTC driver in Bathinda won the Diwali bumper draw worth Rs1 crore in 2011. With the money, Singh paid for the weddings of his two nieces, helped his son settle n Canada, and bought some land and vehicles.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 15, 2017 08:19 AM IST
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