Padma is a Special Correspondent and looks after Central govt and political parties. She has special interest in local history of Indore and Malwa region, art and architecture.
Articles by Padma Shastri
A 12th century Shiva temple with exquisite stone carvings and an imposing 120-foot high shikhar (top) lies in neglect at Malwai village, about 215 kilometres from Indore.
A year back, a tractor trolley loaded with irrigation pumps of 5HP rolled into Sondhwa. The driver read the names of farmers from a list, distributed the pumps and departed. Even today, the farmers have little idea where the pumps came from.
Tribals in western Madhya Pradesh have been signing life’s dignity and divinity in their devotional songs, which sometimes echo Kabir’s soulful call and Govind Maharaj's wakeup chant.
The poor tribal farmers ploughing the rocky surface of steep hillocks at a height of more than 700 feet in western Madhya Pradesh belie the state government's claims about making agriculture a profitable profession.
The year 2014-15 marks the 90th birth anniversary of renowned Indian classical vocalist Pandit Kumar Gandharv who settled in Dewas in 1948. Kumar Gandharv Pratishthan, a trust with some family members on board, is holding three-day music concert in Indore next week to mark the occasion. HT portrays lesser known facets of Karnataka-born Kumar Gandharv.
In a decade, MP has gone from an energy deficit state to one that sells power to other states. Several factors contributed to the turnaround. The state government stepped up the generation of electricity from its own sources.
Sanskrit is a favourite language to learn among Madhya Pradesh’s tribal youths who think it connects with their dialect well and does offer them good job opportunities.
Sanskrit scholars in MP have three main issues which they want government and society to acknowledge. Experts say the new Sanskrit teachers should be groomed under guidance of Sanskrit scholars.
Over a century-old handwritten Shrimad Bhagvad, one of the most important Hindu texts, would have been lost to scrap dealers had Dhar's Dev family not visited Indore Sanskrit College in 2005.
MP government has identified more than 20,000 hectares for setting up solar power projects in the state. This is keeping in view PM Narendra Modi's thrust on developing renewable energy sources.
Ideally, a food park is a cluster of upmarket food processing units to facilitate quality business. But, Nimrani is a classic example of how lack of promotional schemes can turn a food park into an "exclusive" cluster of loosely "chained" flour mills.
Indore's leading stock brokerage firms have different figures but most agree that average rise in investors hiring professionals is up by 10%. The professionals specialise in portfolio management service.
Last week, Union government signed business agreements with China and Japan, which are expected to boost Indian economy. But all this has not drawn people to the share market.
The powerful national federation of the public sector power engineers on Friday claimed that the acute crisis faced by the thermal plants for want of coal has been willfully created.
Reviving a six-year-old issue, two right wing organisations have come forward to trace a Malegaon blast accused who disappeared in 2008 after being picked up by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad.
BJP MP Sumitra Mahajan, 72, was unanimously elected as the 16th Lok Sabha Speaker on Friday in New Delhi. She was congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the appointment.
Addressing a gathering of approximately 15,000 people at Nanakheda stadium, Modi said the Congress is deeply immersed in devotion of one family (Sonia Gandhi) while BJP is immersed in devotion of common people.
Playing the pro-tribal and pro-poor card, All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice-president Rahul Gandhi said his party thinks providing food, water and shelter to common man is more important than providing roads and electricity.
Semi-literate and exploited for generations, a sense of hopelessness has set in among small-time farmers and tribals, who form nearly 60% of the population of the Harsud assembly constituency, reports Padma Shastri .
Dam meant to bring succour to farmers is turning into a curse. Canals run through farms and obstruct drainage, making them unfit for cultivation.
Congress party launched a scathing attack on MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet ministers at a public rally held in Kukshi.
The modus operandi of illegal mining follows a gameplan wherein the trail leading to the real beneficiary grows cold after a point. Forgery, deception and bribery, along with authorities looking the other way, ensure its success. Rahul Noronha and Padma Shastri report.
Updated on Nov 28, 2012 01:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRahul Noronha and Padma Shastri
An ever-increasing demand for minerals, a pliant government, crony bureaucracy and minimal law enforcement have created a near-perfect environment for the illegal mining industry to flourish in the Madhya Pradesh, reports Rahul Noronha and Padma Shastri.
Updated on Nov 27, 2012 04:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRahul Noronha and Padma Shastri, Bhopal
Whether it is sand in Bhind, Morena, Khargone, Khandwa and Hoshangabad, iron ore, bauxite and marble in Katni and sandstone in Vidisha, Sagar and Shivpuri - illegal mining has now overtaken legal mining in terms of volume and earnings in Madhya Pradesh, reports Rahul Noronha & Padma Shastri.
Updated on Nov 27, 2012 04:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRahul Noronha & Padma Shastri, Indore/bhopal
Taking a cue from the villagers protesting increase in the water levels of Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar dams, about one lakh fishermen have threatened an agitation over their demand for direct fishing rights in dams located along the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh.
Sir Siremal Bapna, prime minister in Indore's Holkar princely state from 1926 to 1939, had secretly met Italian fascist leader Mussolini and Hitler, the chief of Nazi Germany, in 1935, reveals his diary. Padma Shastri reports.
When news of MF Husain's death flashed on Thursday, it was business as usual in the congested Ushaganj locality here, where he spent his childhood, but there were a few families for whom the day brought indelible memories.
Updated on Jun 09, 2011 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPadma Shastri and Saeed Khan, Indore
Seven former princely states of MP are on the verge of petering out of people's memory because of not having a line of succession. Padma Shastri reports.
Many poorly paid government schoolteachers in Indore sell eggs, vegetables and work as loaders or electricians after school hours to make ends meet.
Sanskrit verses are part of the daily prayer for Mantasha Khan (class IX), Inayat Ali (class VIII), Jofisha Khan (class IV) and 30 other Muslim students who study at the Shaishvika Vidyalaya, a high school with 269 students run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Padma Shastri reports.