Dhrubo Jyoti

Dhrubo works as an edit resource and writes at the intersection of caste, gender, sexuality and politics. Formerly trained in Physics, abandoned a study of the stars for the glitter of journalism. Fish out of digital water.

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California nod for bill to ban caste discrimination

The development is the latest in a string of moves that has put in the spotlight the presence of caste among the South Asian population in the US, with a significant group of activists saying that birth-based biases continue to dog the diaspora

California’s first Muslim female state senator, Aisha Wahab speaks during an event at the state Capitol. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 10:52 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti

From HT Archives: A big leap towards an equal society

India's first law against untouchability came into effect on June 1, 1955, with the aim of eradicating the practice.

The home minister Govind Ballabh Pant steered the bill in Parliament. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 05:23 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Cong conquers Karnataka with 136 seats

The Indian National Congress won Karnataka's assembly elections with a comfortable majority, winning 136 of the state's 224 assembly seats. The party's vote share is the highest in Karnataka since 1989, securing them their fourth state. This victory is a morale booster for the Congress, as it gains a resource-rich state and the confidence to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in head-to-head contests. The BJP won 65 seats, and the Janata Dal (Secular) slumped to just 19 seats.

Congress supporters celebrate the party's victory in the Karnataka assembly elections, in Bengaluru on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:14 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

California’s caste bias bill clears Senate panel

A bill seeking to explicitly ban caste-based discrimination in California cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday after the state’s senate judiciary committee unanimously decided to move the draft law to the senate.

State Senator Aisha Wahab listens to speakers during a news conference where she proposed SB 403, a bill that adds caste as a protected category in the state's anti-discrimination laws, on March 22, 2023, in Sacramento, California. (AP)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 12:07 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti

Five years after Section 377 landmark, queer community hopes for an epoch

HT analysed the pleas before the top court seeking to legalise same-sex unions, to understand a moment that will serve as a touchstone for many lives

Members of LGBTQ+ community take part in 17th Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk, in Kolkata.(ANI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:08 PM IST
ByDhamini Ratnam, Dhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Second phase of caste census starts in Bihar

The first round of the so-called caste census was conducted between January 7 and 21.

Bakhtiyarpur: An enumerator staff receives information from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the second phase of caste census at the state, in Bakhtiyarpur, Saturday, April 15, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_15_2023_000123B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 16, 2023 05:00 AM IST

California aims to outlaw caste bias

California might become the first American state to ban caste-based discrimination after a lawmaker introduced a bill on Wednesday that added caste as a protected category to the state’s anti-discrimination laws, the latest in a string of moves that have spotlighted caste in the United States

California might become the first American state to ban caste-based discrimination
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 01:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

From hope to despair: They won, says Hathras victim’s family after court verdict

At the Dalit household, time has stood still. The family has remained under the watchful eyes of CCTV cameras and 35 paramilitary personnel for 32 months now, only venturing out to the field, for rations and for medicines.

On September 14, 2020, the family found the 19-year-old Dalit woman injured and barely conscious, her clothes torn and breathing laboured. (Representative)
Updated on Mar 08, 2023 04:31 AM IST

BJP wins cement road to 2024

For the BJP, the results bode well for 2024. The party is now the largest in the North-East and will likely snag a large chunk of the region’s 25 Lok Sabha seats come 2024

BJP supporters celebrate the party's victory in the Tripura assembly elections on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 08:09 AM IST

A radical rural job scheme kicks off

Drought and water shortages were a way of life in Bandlapalli

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Published on Feb 04, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Dhrubo Jyoti picks his favourite read of 2022

An intimate portrait of the awkwardness of desire and the struggles of marginalisation creates a patchwork of queerness that is both comforting and startingly unfamiliar

Sketching rounded queer lives (HT Team)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 04:32 PM IST

In Jain prison row, a dilemma for the AAP

The decision to continue having Satyender Jain as a minister without a portfolio appears increasingly untenable, especially for the reputation of a party that once crusaded against the VIP culture

A CCTV video shows jailed Delhi mnister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Satyender Jain getting a head massage inside Tihar Jail, in New Delhi (ANI)
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 08:25 PM IST

Decoding EWS quota and its implications

The announcement for the quota was made by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in January 2019, months before the general election.

Parliament passed the 103rd Amendment of the Constitution in January 2019, allowing the government to institute the EWS quota. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 04:31 PM IST

From HT archives: The flag-bearer of Indian socialism who left a mark

Ram Manohar Lohia, the forebearer of backward caste and agrarian assertion that changed politics in the heartland forever, died in the early hours of October 12, 1967 in Delhi’s Willingdon Nursing Home. He was 57.

12 October 1967 - Ram Manohar Lohia Body in State, Leaders Paying Homage to the Leader (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2022 05:55 AM IST

8 yrs of NDA 2: Key schemes and ease of delivery topped NDA governance agenda

Unlike previous administrations, welfare delivery was not subsumed in a particular ministry’s functions, it was put front and centre of the PM Narendra Modi’s agenda.

Women in queue wait outside a bank to withdraw relief money from their Jan Dhan accounts at Anisabad in Patna during nationwide lockdown in the wake of the Covid pandemic. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 26, 2022 11:50 AM IST

Two years since Covid lockdown: What migrant crisis taught us

At the time, many worried that migrant workers would carry the virus from cities to the countryside but with the exception of some districts, there was no major connection between the exodus and a spike in infection.

A group of migrant workers from Madhya Pradesh walk along NH-24 (near Nizamuddin Bridge) to Sarai Kale Khan Bus stand in New Delhi, amid the Covid-induced nationwide lockdown, on March 29, 2020. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 11:24 AM IST

Review: Vimukta by Dakxin Bajrange and Henry Schwarz

This first collection of creative texts on communities that were criminalised 150 years ago by the Criminal Tribes Act includes plays, translated excerpts and autobiographical sketches. These pieces offer vignettes of the life of these communities in post-Independence India where the policing and criminal justice systems continue to discriminate against them

A suspected dacoit belonging to the denotified Phanse Pardhi tribe at Bandra police station in Mumbai in a picture dated 1 September, 2005. (Vikas Khot/HT)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 11:24 PM IST

Tamil Nadu amends law to punish cops for harassing LGBTQ people

Tamil Nadu has amended the legislation that governs it’s police force and inserted a clause banning any harassment of LGBTQIA + people.

“No police officer shall indulge in any act of harassment of any person belonging to the LGBTQIA + Community and the persons working for the welfare of the said community,” said the order issued by the government.
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 05:36 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Social Justice Matters | Dalit women reporters and their lessons on merit

Khabar Lahariya's uncompromising quality holds lessons for the arguments around merit, which denies Dalits their rightful place in educational institutions and organisations.

A still from Writing With Fire.
Published on Feb 15, 2022 08:55 PM IST

IIT professor moves NCBC to probe caste complaint

In July last year, Vipin P Veetil accused four professors of IIT Madras of caste bias, alleging that he was not permitted to teach an elective course in his first year of joining

In his letter to the NCBC, Veetil said he wanted the commission to hold an independent inquiry into his complaint
Updated on Feb 05, 2022 07:22 AM IST

No evidence of caste bias against faculty: IIT panel

The three-member panel, which was set up on July 2 after Vipin P Veetil accused four professors of the department of humanities and social sciences of caste-based harassment and bias, also noted that the lack of “desirable processes” may have led to misunderstandings.

Despite repeated calls and emails, the IIT didn’t comment on the issue.
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 06:39 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Social Justice Matters | What a Dalit girl’s rape trial tell us about caste

Years-long litigation is a common feature of the Indian justice system. Still, it is particularly extractive of Dalit victims and their families, who often lack the economic heft and social support to assemble a strong team

The National Crime Records Bureau reported in 2020 that the court pendency rate of cases under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act stood at 96.5%, and that at the end of that year, 177,379 cases under the special law were pending trial. Only 216 of the 50,000-odd cases of crimes against SCs resulted in a conviction that year (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 01:07 PM IST

We knew we were onto something: Wknd talks to the directors of Writing with Fire

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s new documentary is about a newspaper run by Dalit women in rural UP. It’s won prizes at Sundance and made the Oscars shortlist. Shadowing these women was extraordinary, but Writing with Fire was not an easy film to make, they say.

Thomas, 35, and Ghosh, 38, have been working together since film school in 2008. They set up their studio, Black Ticket Films, in 2009, and married in 2015. ‘We made the decision early to do work that resonates and never compromise on the dignity of our subjects. That’s our core ethos,’ says Thomas. (Photos courtesy Ihne Pedersen)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 07:45 PM IST

Social Justice Matters | Of caste-based discrimination in India's officialdom

A growing genre of scholarship and reports indicates that Dalit and marginalised groups are facing significant headwinds in government services

Over the last decade, the Centre has repeatedly told Parliament that the numbers of scheduled caste and tribe officers in the top echelons of government services are far lower than their respective population shares(File Photo)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 01:19 PM IST

Social Justice Matters | How a pride walk in Palampur is breaking stereotypes

The pride walk at Palampur shattered the long-held notion of LGBTQIA+ activism being centered in big metropolises

The first pride in the hill state was on December 15 in Palampur(Himachal Queer Collective)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 05:51 PM IST

The year ahead: Seven states in poll position

With a population over 200 million cutting across caste and communities, and 80 Lok Sabha seats and 403 assembly seats, Uttar Pradesh wields disproportionate power in the country’s politics.

The next biggest state, Maharashtra, has 48 Lok Sabha seats and 288 assembly segments. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 05:06 PM IST

Seven states in poll position

While UP assembly elections will be the most keenly watched political event of 2022, Punjab is particularly important as it birthed a movement that effected a reversal of three farm laws.

The assembly elections this year could alter the nation’s political dynamics.         (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 04:46 AM IST


2021 will be remembered for the second wave of the pandemic and the harsh lessons it held for the government, politicians and citizens. The year of the once-in-a-generation health crisis also saw a strong political fightback from regional parties, and a farm agitation that forced a retreat...

2021 will be remembered for the second wave of the pandemic and the harsh lessons it held for the government, politicians and citizens. (HT)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:22 PM IST

122 students from central institutes died by suicide in seven years: Centre

total of 122 students from central government-run higher education institutions, including the IITs and IIMs, have died by suicide over the past seven years and roughly half of them belong to marginalised castes or tribes.

A total of 122 students from central government-run higher education institutions, including the IITs and IIMs, have died by suicide over the past seven years.
Published on Dec 21, 2021 12:26 AM IST

Social Justice Matters | To end manual scavenging, acknowledge caste as a factor

97% scheduled castes. 1% scheduled tribes. 1% other backward classes and 0.9% others. This was the breakup of the caste backgrounds of manual scavengers

Manual scavenging is one of India’s foundational blots, and there is little to say about it that’s not been written already.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 09:35 PM IST
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