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

From New Jersey, the story of alleged caste discrimination and exploitation

The temple was raided by federal agents last Tuesday after allegations that the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Sanstha exploited 200 workers, many of them Dalit, for the project

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville Township, N.J. (AP)
Updated on May 19, 2021 07:44 AM IST

In Bengal, the story of BJP, TMC and the Dalit and tribal vote

Bengal has 66 seats reserved for SC, which form roughly a quarter of the state’s population and 16 for ST, which make up about 6% of the population. SC seats are spread across the southwest, north and southern parts of the state while the ST seats are mainly in the north and western parts of the state

TMC supporters celebrate their party's lead in the West Bengal state legislative assembly elections on May 2. (File photo)
Updated on May 10, 2021 12:37 PM IST

Assembly elections 2021: TMC marches ahead with over 48% votes counted in Bengal

The TMC had secured 48.8% of the votes counted, and the BJP 36.8%. The TMC has consistently maintained a 12 percentage point lead in vote share over the BJP. But in a diverse state and with many more votes to be counted, this may not last

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (File photo)
Updated on May 02, 2021 05:01 PM IST
ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Dhrubo Jyoti

In Bengal, the battle for the Dalit vote

In many ways, Byapari and Balagarh mirror the tussle between the TMC and the BJP for the SC vote, and the contradictions and chinks in the plans of both parties for the community that makes up nearly a quarter of the eastern state’s population

Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow at Singur, in Hooghly district of West Bengal. (File photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2021 05:18 PM IST

In bitter battle for South Bengal, 2 narratives and many mini-campaigns

Home to 167 of the state’s 294 assembly constituencies, the 10 districts of south Bengal hold the key to the next government.

Female voters show voter Identity cards while standing in a queue to cast their vote during the 4th phase of West Bengal Assembly election. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 10, 2021 03:22 PM IST

42 shops, 3 owners: Tip of iceberg of Delhi liquor cartels, say officials

Under the Capital’s 2010 excise policy, a retail licensee is prohibited from opening more than one liquor shop.

Delhi has 849 liquor stores, of which 276 are privately run. Retail liquor licences are given through an application for a fee of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8 lakh.(Representational image)
Updated on Apr 06, 2021 03:26 AM IST
BySweta Goswami & Dhrubo Jyoti, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In Bengal, the battle for Mahishya vote and the politics of turning OBC

After decades of being a silent voting community, Mahishyas have been pushed under the spotlight by an increasingly bitter competition between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress for the community’s support

A TMC supporter rides a scooty with a cut-out of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and party flags in Kolkata. (ANI)
Published on Apr 05, 2021 10:57 AM IST

Across borders, the turbulent journey of South Asia’s Matua community

Matuas – most of whose members hail from the scheduled caste Namashudra community – have an influence in about 30 assembly seats in West Bengal.

The Orakandi thakurbari in Bangladesh. (Sourced)
Updated on Mar 27, 2021 11:21 AM IST

Review: The Runaway Boy by Manoranjan Byapari

Review: The Runaway Boy by Manoranjan Byapari

A refugee tends to her sick husband as the family shelters under a train wagon in Bangaon, West Bengal, in 1947. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Published on Mar 26, 2021 07:56 PM IST

In Bengal’s Jangal Mahal, a political battle driven by deprivation and identity

Many people agree that the government has helped their village with pucca roads, social schemes and power connections. But they complain that it couldn’t give them the thing they need the most — jobs

Representational image. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 26, 2021 05:20 PM IST

The tragic lessons of Covid migrant crisis

Millions of labourers spilled out of India’s cities in a desperate attempt to reach home during the lockdown. Their plight holds important takeaways for the country’s policymakers and development strategists

A group of migrant workers walk to their native places amid the nationwide complete lockdown, on the NH24 near Delhi-UP border in New Delhi, Friday, March 27, 2020. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 24, 2021 06:55 AM IST
By, , New Delhi

The tragic lessons of Covid migrant crisis

In August last year, Bamda Paharia finally gave up

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Published on Mar 24, 2021 12:21 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti and Sanjoy Dey

In West Bengal, motivations and fortunes of 9 Muslim candidates from the BJP

Five have been fielded in Murshidabad, where Muslims form two-thirds of the population; two from Malda, where they are half the population; and two from Uttar Dinajpur, where Muslims are a little less than half of the population

A section of the crowd at a public rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Haldia, West Bengal, on February 7. (HT file photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2021 06:52 AM IST

Unnao: Where feudalism, crime and a compromised state machinery meet

Experts and activists say the socio-political fabric in Unnao ensconce key conditions that let crime fester and make law enforcement tough

Police personnel investigate the site where bodies of two minor Dalit girls and another in critical condition were found in a field in February in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. (PTI)
Published on Mar 11, 2021 12:26 PM IST
ByHaidar Naqvi and Dhrubo Jyoti

Covid-19 changed the meaning of home, exposed social chasm

Covid-19 transformed not just our homes but their purpose. The television screens turned to home workout tutors in the morning, conference tables for Zoom meetings in the day, and movie screens for binge-watching at nights. Dining tables became work desks and balconies the new parks.

A year into the pandemic, many of the curbs that kept us indoors during the summer are gone. But experts point out that the transition in home design and psyche may be permanent.(Unsplash. Representative image)
Published on Mar 02, 2021 05:41 AM IST
By, New Delhi

SC/ST intake drops in departments across IITs, shows govt data

When it came to enrolment of scheduled tribe (ST) students at the doctoral level, 19 departments at IIT-Delhi and five at IIT-Bombay didn’t admit any in 2020, according to the same dataset.

IIT Bombay in Powai, Mumbai. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 13, 2021 01:31 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Allahabad HC comes to rescue of man fired over sexual orientation

Kunal Sharma’s lawyers hailed the order. “We were able to argue that the man was dismissed from his job with no opportunity to make his case, investigation, or inquiry committee,” said Awadesh Kumar Malviya, who represented Sharma.

The order was passed by justice Sunita Agarwal on February 2 but made public on Tuesday.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Feb 10, 2021 04:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

No proposal for transgender reservation: Govt

The Centre is working on a scheme to ensure access to health, education and livelihood for transgender persons but there is no proposal to enforce reservations for the community, the government told Parliament on Tuesday

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Updated on Feb 03, 2021 04:43 PM IST

Migrant crisis holds lesson for Covid-19 vaccination, PDS effort

Today, cycle girl Jyoti Kumari and her family are worried again. The money they received from politicians and philanthropists is dwindling, a film deal is stalled, her school education hasn’t resumed, and no one in the family has a permanent job.

A girl named Jyoti Kumari carrying her injured father cycled around 1200 km from Gurugram to Bihar's Darbhanga native place amid coronavirus lockdown.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2020 05:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Darbhanga/ New Delhi | ByBishnu K Jha and Dhrubo Jyoti

A month on, farmers have made highway their home

Protests began in Punjab and Haryana shortly after the government pushed the three laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.

As talks dragged on with the government, the protesters at Singhu border realised they needed a system to coordinate with families back home for grain and other resources.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2020 05:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKainat Sarfaraz and Dhrubo Jyoti

12 years, 50 victims: The making of a molester

Biggest child abuse scandal to hit UP: The CBI arrested Singh for allegedly sexually abusing at least 50 children, a majority of them boys between five and 16, and filming and selling child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on the dark web to racketeers across the globe.

A view of the house in Chitrakoot where the crimes allegedly took place.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2020 09:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chitrakoot/New Delhi | ByHaidar Naqvi and Dhrubo Jyoti

Petition in Delhi HC to block Libgen, Sci-Hub

Three global academic publishing powerhouses have approached the Delhi high court claiming copyright infringement against online repositories that provide free access to paywalled research, in what may become a significant intellectual property rights case in India.

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Updated on Dec 23, 2020 11:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Love or ‘jihad’? A consent dilemma

A new Uttar Pradesh law that is sweeping in its remit of forced conversions puts to the test the fibre of interfaith unions and the future of Hindu-Muslim couples.

Activists belonging to various human and civil rights organisations hold placards during a demonstration condemning the decision of various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state governments in the country for the proposed passing of laws against
Updated on Dec 23, 2020 04:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Lucknow | ByDhrubo Jyoti and Rohit K Singh

Review: Untouchable and other poems by Shyamal Kumar Pramanik

Part of Bengali literature’s rich trove of Dalit writing, Shyamal Kumar Pramanik’s new collection, The Untouchable and Other Poems is full of the stark imagery of rural life, and the scars of Partition

A cattle race in progress. Shyamal Kumar Pramanik’s poetry draws from the experience of rural life in Bengal.(Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 30, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

An ode to networking

The pandemic has snatched from us the joy of physical events, full of the promise of new connections. It also threatens a skill many honed with care — that of working a room.

Updated on Oct 11, 2020 04:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

UP reported 25% of crimes against people from SC communities

The report recorded 45,852 crimes against SCs – or one every 12 minutes – across India in 2019, representing a rise of 7.3% from the previous year.

Members of the Valmiki community stage a protest against the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who murdered and gang-raped in Hathras, in Moradabad.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 01:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Hathras case: Cops contradict victim’s statement

Experts pointed to lapses in the medical examination procedure, which occurred eight days after the alleged rape, and said it violated national and international guidelines that say the scrutiny must be done at the earliest in sexual assault cases.

UP ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar addresses a press conference. He said that the forensic examination of the Hathras victim revealed that there was no rape though experts say that there were lapses in medical examination of the victim.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Hathras/Agra | ByHemendra Chaturvedi, Dhrubo Jyoti and Shiv Sunny

Satyagraha in South Africa

Gandhi’s views and writing as a young lawyer in a nation torn by apartheid continues to be the most bitterly contested part of his legacy with a growing cohort of activists and academics coming to see Gandhi as not liberating but as a racist who looked down on local residents.

Mohandas Gandhi (center) sits with co-workers at his Johannesburg law office in 1902.(National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 06:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Review: Sex and the Supreme Court edited by Saurabh Kirpal

From the reading down of Section 377 to the Vishakha judgement, and the triple talaq decision, this book takes an expansive view of the top court’s interventions in the field of gender and sexuality

The unique power of the supreme court to shape lives: 24-year-old Hadiya (Akhila) (in red) at the Supreme Court in New Delhi after a hearing on November 27, 2017.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 04:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Delhi HC to hear PIL on same-sex marriage

The PIL said that nothing in the Hindu Marriage Act mandated that a marriage take place only between a Hindu man and a Hindu woman.

The petition pointed out that in 2018, the Supreme Court read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized homosexuality.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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