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.

Articles by Dhrubo Jyoti

My son’s killers trying to prove he wasn’t Dalit: Rohith Vemula’s mother

Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohith Vemula, holds a sit-in at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest his suicide in this March 2016 photo. She is pictured holding Rohith’s photo.(Arun Sharma/ HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2016 03:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Govt will soon propose a substitute to pellet guns, Rajnath says in Srinagar

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday the government will propose a substitute to pellet guns in a few days following widespread criticism of the crowd-control device that has left thousands of Kashmiris blind in the current unrest.

Home minister Rajnath Singh and J-K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti at a press conference in Srinagar on Thursday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2016 01:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByDhrubo Jyoti and Sandip Bardhan, New Delhi

A censor inside me: Perumal Murugan is back with 200 new poems

At the release of his new collection of poems in Delhi, the Tamil writer says he will revise his earlier work and revise the text, if necessary

Author Perumal Murugan at the launch of his new book of poems in Delhi on Monday.(Penguin)
Updated on Aug 23, 2016 04:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

VK Singh victimised me, imposed ‘illegal’ ban: Army chief Dalbir Singh

Dalbir Singh told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that VK Singh victimised him with the sole purpose of “denying” him promotion to the appointment of army commander. This is the first time a serving army chief has publicly attacked one of his predecessors.

Dalbir Singh told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that VK Singh victimised him with the sole purpose of “denying” him promotion to the appointment of army commander.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2016 01:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

US ambassador apologises to Shah Rukh for detention, SRK says thank you

The United States ambassador to India, Richard Verma, apologised on Friday to actor Shah Rukh Khan for his brief detention at the Los Angeles airport that sparked outrage in India.

Shah Rukh Khan was detained briefly at the Los Angeles airport.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 12:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Progressive Modi? The PM speaks on transgenders, Dalits and Kashmir

The prime minister has sprung a surprise indicates to the world that he is alert to mounting international criticism of his administration as a tech-savvy but culturally intolerant regime that is hostile to minorities and dissent.

Many transgender rights activists fear that the prime minister’s outreach might not translate into real change on the ground.(Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 18, 2016 10:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Activists in India are up in arms over the new transgender bill. Here’s why

Activists and lawyers have complained that the transgender rights bill encourages corruption, is full of provisions open to abuse and directly opposes the spirit of a 2014 Supreme Court verdict that recognized the third gender and called for a raft of rights and measures for transpersons.

Many activists now want the government to junk the bill and revert to a previous legislation by DMK member Tiruchi Siva, which was passed by the Rajya Sabha last year.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2016 12:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The Cursed Child: Harry deserves much better than this uninspired rehash

One always knew a published script would never fill the void of a full-length text, especially for a world one has grown up with. But for a book billed as the eighth story in the series – the script has little original story.

Portraits of the characters playing the Potter (above) and the Weasley family in the play.(Pottermore)
Updated on Dec 28, 2016 12:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pokemon Go shouldn’t end up being another casualty in the nation of bans

My first experience with ban came when I was 12 years old. I was obsessed with what was known then as “trump cards” – playing cards with details of popular WWE wrestlers on the flip side.

Although it has not been launched officially in India, the augmented-reality-based game has caught on.(AP Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2016 11:37 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Dominant castes violating law, govt has to uphold democracy: Bezwada Wilson

Eradicating manual scavenging should be India’s top priority as the caste-based practice is worse than slavery and will destroy BR Ambedkar’s dream of an equal society, Magsaysay award winner Bezwada Wilson said on Wednesday.

Bezwada Wilson, national convenor of Safai Karamchari Andolan, won the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2016 09:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

LGBT film in Kerala refused certification for ‘insulting’ Hinduism

The director of a Malayalam film, Ka Bodyscapes, based on the LGBT and feminist movements in Kerala has alleged that his film was denied certification as it “insulted and humiliated” Hindu religion.

Ka Bodyscapes was refused certification as the CBFC was, apparently, uncomfortable with an alleged portrayal of the god Hanuman, Jayan said.(Filmmakerjayancherian/Facebook)
Updated on Jul 27, 2016 03:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ambedkar-inspired Kabali is a film for our times, Rajini’s best in years

Kabali is, by far, Rajinikanth’s best work for the way it portrays him -- a superstar who is vulnerable, acts his age, takes wrong decisions and is saved by a woman. What also works for him is its Dalit resurgence sub-context.

Kabali shows an incarcerated Rajinikanth reading My Father Balaiah, a poignant 2011 book by a Hyderabad-based Dalit professor on caste discrimination.
Updated on Jul 26, 2016 06:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

TN to Gujarat: Pattern of impunity in cases of crimes against Dalit people

The thrashing of four Dalit men by alleged cow vigilantes in Gujarat has triggered a fresh round of tug-of-war between political parties to claim the lucrative vote bank ahead of crucial state polls next year.

People from the Dalit community block a road during a protest against the flogging of four men accused of skinning a cow, in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 20, 2016 06:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Qandeel Baloch: The model who outraged and titillated Pakistan

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Published on Jul 17, 2016 06:20 AM IST
ByImtiaz Ahmad and Dhrubo Jyoti

Qandeel Baloch: The model who outraged and titillated Pakistan

Before she was killed by her brother to protect “family honour”, 25-year-old Qandeel Baloch had become somewhat of an icon in Pakistan, inspiring and shocking the conservative nation in equal measure.

Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch triggered controversies with her bare-all attitude.(Facebook)
Updated on Jul 17, 2016 06:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByImtiaz Ahmad and Dhrubo Jyoti, Islamabad/ New Delhi

Sultan is a hit: Sound and fury over Salman comment signifies nothing

People seem to have lost their fire for women’s rights and are back at the theatres cheering the same man they professed to hate.

Fans of Salman Khan dance at a theatre in Kolkata on Wednesday after the actor’s new movie Sultan was released.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2016 03:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Strong state, weak will: India’s deafening silence on UN resolution on LGBT

Silence on UN resolution suggests the government views the violation of LGBT people’s rights as not an important-enough issue.

Silence on UN resolution suggests the government views the violation of LGBT people’s rights as not an important-enough issue.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 01, 2016 07:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Grieve for Orlando, Mr Prime Minister, but don’t forget LGBT Indians

If you’re sincere about your prayers for the Orlando victims, maybe you will tweet a message of support for the millions of similar LGBT people back home.

LGBT activists and supporters participate in the 8th Delhi queer pride march.(Raj k Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2016 07:53 PM IST

These Dalit students are challenging how caste is viewed

Dalit Bahujan students are questioning our heroes, festivals, cultural icons, writers, and challenging the way caste is viewed using alternative readings of culture.

Students paint their faces and shout slogans glorifying figures such as Ravana and Shoorpanakha as part of an Asura festival at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.(EFLU Asura Community)
Updated on Jun 14, 2016 07:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Why censor Udta Punjab? Everyone will end up watching it anyway

The controversy surrounding Udta Punjab has dominated headlines since it was first leaked that the censor board was seeking multiple cuts in the film that revolves around the northern state’s drug problem.

Anurag Kashyap’s Phatom Pictures and Balaji Motion Pictures have co-produced Abhishek Choubey’s Udta Punjab.
Updated on Jun 10, 2016 06:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Mamata’s massive Bengal victory is the death of the gentleman in Kolkata

After Thursday’s election results, Mamata Banerjee has replaced the bhadralok -- scholars and bureaucrats and bright doctoral students who would congregate and talk about the world around themselves -- as Bengal’s biggest cultural export.

In all her blue chappal, broken English, mangled pronunciation, Youtube video glory, Didi is now what Bengal is synonymous with outside the republic of south Kolkata.(PTI)
Updated on May 21, 2016 04:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Kerala student rape: Stop comparisons and start working against caste

But a disproportionate amount of attention has been fixed on the gory details of the case: The student was brutally gang-raped, she had 30 injuries on her body, her intestines were ripped out. Newspapers and social media are calling her #Nirbhaya2, a reference to the 2012 gang rape of a medical student in Delhi that triggered massive protests in the Capital and inspired changes in India’s rape law.

An activist of All India Democratic Women's Association speaks during a protest against the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Kerala.(AP Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2016 07:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Why govt sprung into action at NIT Srinagar but ignored Hyd stand-off

At NIT, the outpouring of support and empathy comes because the students targeted were ‘Indian’, ‘non-Kashmiris’ who were shouting Bharat Mata ki Jai and waving the Tricolour in the face of alleged ‘anti-national’ slogans by Kashmiri pupils.

Bhopal, India - April 8, 2016: Youth Congress workers burning posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and J&K Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to protest against the attacks on non-Kashmiri NIT students and brutal lathi-charge by police in Srinagar. . (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 09, 2016 05:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

RSS flip-flop over homosexuality shows only its uniform has changed

The RSS has shown once again that all it is interested in is a cosmetic change, not the true freedom and liberation of people.

Khaki shorts, part of the trademark RSS uniform for 91 years, have been voted out in favour for brown trousers, a significant decision taken to ‘move with the time’, the Sangh cited.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Mar 19, 2016 05:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Stop the selfies: PM Modi, walk the talk on women empowerment

India’s goal should not be to have a day when women parliamentarians speak but to have so many female MPs that women can speak every day. The proof of Modi’s commitment to women’s empowerment is in the pudding of greater substantive effort, not selfies.

Ranjeet Ranjan, Congress party MP from Supaul, Bihar and wife of Pappu Yadav arrives at Parliament House on her Harley Davidson bike on the occasion of International Women's Day in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sonu Meht/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 08, 2016 12:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sorry Smriti Irani but scholar Rohith Vemula was a hero, not a child

This is a ploy, a careful and calculated one, to strip one of the most politically-charged events of our times of its power.

In her speech, Irani suggested that Vemula didn’t want to blame anyone for his death and that the Opposition was using his life to attack the government, and exploiting him.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2016 02:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

I have been like this only: Why India cannot afford an OP Sharma

Delhi BJP legislator Om Prakash Sharma has a short riposte to anyone accusing him of thrashing lawyers, teachers and students out of a local court: He thought they were anti-national.

BJP MLA OP Sharma allegedly thrashing one of the JNU students who were protesting against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 16, 2016 07:05 PM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti Purkait, New Delhi

No matter what SC decides, India’s on its way to embracing LGBT rights

Tuesday’s hearing showed that whatever the court decides in the months to come, the world outside had decisively changed, for a more inclusive, welcoming and less-discriminatory society. The LGBT movement has grown far beyond the case, and the grip of the law grows weaker every day.

Indian gay rights activist outside Supreme Court as court agreed to review a law outlawing gay sex, sparking hope among campaigners(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 03, 2016 05:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Death as a Dalit: What Rohith Vemula’s suicide tells about India

Most of us think of caste oppression through the lens of the “outdated” practice of untouchability, violent caste clashes in the distant countryside and in lavish biopics on the silver screen. But caste is alive in our homes and streets.

V Rohith (right) was found hanging in a hostel in central university in Hyderabad.(RAIOT)
Updated on Jan 18, 2016 03:17 PM IST
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