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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.

Articles by Dhrubo Jyoti

Verdict suggests need for a new Mandal compact

The old quota politics has exhausted itself — but no party can now afford to ignore any community or elide their complaints about prosperity or security

07 August 1991 - VP Singh addressing a Pro-Mandal Rally at Patel Chowk Janata Dal President SR Bommai, Chandrajit Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan are also seen in Picture Aug 7 was declared as Mandal Divas and the Leaders Demanded the Immediate implementation of the Mandal Commission Report.
Published on Jun 12, 2024 09:03 PM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti

The three states that dealt the biggest blow to BJP

The story of the BJP’s inability to cross the 250 mark in terms of seats, is really the story of its failure in the three electorally most important states in the country

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with defense minister Rajnath Singh and home minister Amit Shah at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:41 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

How caste dynamics influenced the outcome

From data analysed by HT, there were two takeaways. One, the BJP had slipped in SC seats. Two, the BJP did worse among SC seats

Azad Samaj Party (Kanshi Ram) chief Chandrashekhar Azad receives certificate after winning the LS elections from Nagina. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:32 AM IST

How TMC went back to drawing board, fended off formidable BJP

Mamata Banerjee faced tough challenges in the 2024 poll campaign against an energised BJP

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 07:02 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Oppn highs: Cong rise, UP rally, Bengal sweep

The outcome of the 2024 polls seemed a foregone conclusion, so much so that Modi set targets of 370 for the BJP and 400 for the NDA, numbers unheard of since the heyday of Congress domination

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi during the press conference at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:52 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Politwist: it’s game on!

Written off in the exit polls, the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) won 234 seats

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets party workers upon his arrival for a meeting at the party headquarters as the party leads in the Lok Sabha elections amid the counting of votes, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:44 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Today: Mandate with destiny

Over 642 million votes cast in India's Lok Sabha elections, with PM Modi expected to secure a third term. Exit polls favor BJP over the opposition.

Polling officials prepare for the counting of votes in the Lok Sabha polls, at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 01:24 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

The dynamics of grassroots democracy

Meerut, Banswara and Kolhapur have become milestones of the 76-day LS poll campaign with the narrative and tone turning in each place

Women show their inked fingers after casting their vote in Barwada village of Jaipur during the first phase of elections on April 19. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 06:58 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti

Exit polls predict big win, hat-trick for Modi

Exit polls predict a landslide victory for BJP in Indian general elections, with PM Modi poised for a historic third consecutive term.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to become the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to secure three consecutive terms, a clutch of exit polls predicted on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 06:06 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Grit and bias clash as transpeople strive to carve out path in Indian politics

Her story is one of resilience, highlighting the transformative power of grassroots activism amidst persistent institutional biases and discrimination

Disha Pinky Sheikh is poet and worker, charismatic speaker and state vice-president of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 02:40 AM IST

Election In Pincodes: Climate, caste shadow over delta

Perched on the southernmost tip of Bengal, the Sundarbans mangrove archipelago is a collection of 102 islands that form a crucial carbon sink.

Cyclone Remal battered the coasts of Bengal and Bangladesh over the weekend, displacing nearly a million people. (HT photo)
Updated on May 30, 2024 07:48 AM IST

My first vote: ‘Don’t care who wins, want to be counted as a citizen’

Reshmi Biswas, a transgender activist, overcomes bias and hurdles to vote for the first time in the Indian general elections, aiming to affirm her right as a citizen.

Reshmi Biswas, 23 (HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 06:18 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Election In Pincodes: Digital push by parties a glimpse at future of campaigning

Tales of Rameshwar Kadian's youth wrestling skills are now replaced by WhatsApp videos in Haryana villages. Digital campaigning gains momentum in the region.

Across Haryana, it is now common to see clumps of people under large trees or in a courtyard, huddled over a phone. (HT photo)
Updated on May 24, 2024 07:06 PM IST
By, , Jind/sonepat/gurugram

Election in Pincodes: A groundswell of anxiety and hope grips Kashmir

The LS polls are the first major elections here since August 5, 2019. Anxiety about delimitation and resentment with State have calcified into historic turnout

In Chaklipora, voters have long braved militancy to vote. (HT photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 08:45 AM IST
By, Mir Ehsan

Give them a round of... uproar: Dhrubo Jyoti talks to Dalit stand-up comics

They’re looking to punch back (yes, they hear the quota jokes), tell some truths, be seen. They want their sets to be light fun too; maybe in the next stage.

Ankur Tangade, 25, draws from real life. One story she tells is about a friend who visited her home but refused to drink any tea, ‘because I’m a pure vegetarian’. “Do you think we eat mutton out of our cups?” Tangade asked.
Updated on May 10, 2024 03:34 PM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti

Election In Pincodes: Caste and welfare cocktail, with a southern flavour

HT looks at some key constituencies across the country that encapsulate the issues shaping the ongoing Lok Sabha electoral contest.

A volunteer collects data during the caste survey. (HT photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 12:51 AM IST

Election In Pincodes: Caste, gender spur a churn in India’s migration sink

HT looks at some key constituencies across the country that encapsulate the issues shaping the ongoing Lok Sabha electoral contest.

In Maratipur, only a few stay back due to a lack of jobs. (HT photo)
Updated on May 07, 2024 12:49 AM IST
By, Aditya Nath Jha

Amid welfare push, the shifting sands of Dalit politics in Agra

Agra encapsulates the churn within the community and the battle of two ideas that are shaping the general elections this year.

Ambedkar visited Agra in 1956, a key date for the movement. (HT photo)
Updated on May 01, 2024 04:02 AM IST

‘Parties must crack down on exam paper leaks’

In Agra's Nagla Teen, Abhishek Kumar prepares for govt exams amidst chaos, dreams of stable job. Facing challenges of paper leaks, caste bias, he aims to vote for change.

Abhishek Kumar is preparing for govt recruitment exams (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 04:52 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti

189 seats sealed as Lok Sabha election Phase 2 ends

97 million voters in 88 constituencies across 12 states and 1 Union Territory cast their votes in the second phase of India's general elections, with a provisional turnout of 60.96%.

Voters on their way to polling station to cast their votes via boat for the second phase of Lok Sabha Polls at Korbuk in East Tripura on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 04:00 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Lok Sabha elections: World’s largest polls begin

LS polls are a mind-boggling affair in India, where voting population is larger than combined populations of the US, the UK, Brazil, Russia, Japan, and France.

Polling officials with EVMs and other election material leave for poll duty ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Bastar district, Chhattisgarh. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 09:31 AM IST
By, , New Delhi

Ancient civilisation casting a shadow on modern politics

In the study published in Cell, for the first time, scientists sequenced the genome from an ancient skeleton found in a 4,600-year-old burial site in Rakhigarhi

Excavation work at Rakhigarhi, an Indus Valley Civilisation site in Haryana. (Saumya Khandelwal/ HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

97 years on, Mahad satyagraha remains a crucial reminder of caste inequality

On March 20, 1927, hundreds walked behind Dr Ambedkar to the Chavdar Tank. Once there, he scooped some water into his cupped hands and drank.

Dr Ambedkar (seated fourth from left) with prominent leaders of the first Mahad satyagraha in Bombay, 1927. RB More (circled) of Dasgaon suggested the idea of a conference at Mahad to Ambedkar. From the Thirties, More joined the undivided Communist Party of India. (Photo courtesy: Subodh More)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 04:52 PM IST

Narrative to identity: Key factors at play in Lok Sabha elections

It has been several decades since a party approached impending LS polls with the kind of confidence that the BJP is doing in 2024

The Lok Sabha elections, spread across seven phases, will be held over six weeks between April 19 and June 1. The counting of votes is scheduled to be held on June 4. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 06:30 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The first single-party majority in a generation

The Congress slumps to its worst-ever showing. For the BJP, some of the highest vote shares by a single party since the 1980s.

Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honour at Red Fort, during Independence Day celebrations. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:53 PM IST

Scandal, airstrikes, farm plans: 5 key moments

In an era of scams, the primary opposition finds a new face. There's a battle on the borders. A new strongman emerges.

Opposition Parliamentarians protest against the UPA regime at the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:45 PM IST

Modi, Shah, Rahul Gandhi: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

People at a TMC rally in Midnapore, West Bengal, wait for a helicopter carrying party chief Mamata Banerjee to land, in 2016. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:57 PM IST

Sharp curves: An era of dramatic reversals

A reversal of fortunes marks the start of a decade of Congress rule.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a rally in Bhopal. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:43 PM IST

No-trust vote, India Shining, UPA is born: 5 key moments

Mayawati withdraws support for the second Vajpayee government, a campaign backfires spectacularly, a major alliance is born, and an inner voice is heeded.

UPA leaders with copies of the alliance’s common minimum programme in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:42 PM IST

Vajpayee, Sonia, Manmohan: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

A political rally at Chandwa in Latehar district, Jharkhand. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:42 PM IST
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