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Sadia Akhtar is a reporter at Hindustan Times where she covers education, heritage, and a range of feature stories. She also writes about refugee communities and tracks stories at the intersection of gender and social justice. Before joining HT's Delhi team, she reported from Gurugram and Mewat where she tracked politics, education, and heritage.

Articles by Sadia Akhtar

Shah Jahan’s hunting lodge crumbles as it lies forgotten in Delhi

Senior officials from the state department of archaeology said the shikargah was not a notified monument under their watch

New Delhi, India - Oct. 8, 2023: Aam Khas, which was once a hunting lodge built during Shahjahan’s time, in it's current condition in Jaunti village near Kanjhawla in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, October 8, 2023. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times) ( To go with Sadia AKhtar's story) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 06:33 AM IST

Archway of 12th-century Qutub mosque restored in Delhi

Conservation architect Misbah Noorie said work on the archway was started this March and took around six months to complete

Conservation work on archway to the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque was last carried out in 1964, leading to significant erosion of sandstone and carvings. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Grap 2 enforced in Delhi, CAQM says air may deteriorate

The federal anti-air pollution agency for the National Capital Region (NCR) has enforced measures such as banning diesel generators and allowing agencies to charge more for public parking to curb use of private vehicles as air quality in the region drops. The measures are listed under Stage 2 of the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) and are enforced at various stages of air pollution. The decision was based on a forecast by the Early Warning System (EWS) for Delhi-NCR, which predicted that air quality would worsen to the "very poor" category by Monday.

On Saturday, the national capital recorded the average air quality index of 248, a sharp increase from 195 on Friday. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 05:38 AM IST

Delhi’s Gole Market museum to fete women achievers

British-era Gole Market in Delhi will be converted into a museum dedicated to women achievers. The project is estimated to take two years & cost ₹21.66 crore.

The museum, named “Veerangana”, will be the first of its kind in Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 05:25 AM IST

Revamped Mehrauli monuments now open in Delhi

Lieutenant governor VK Saxena inaugurated six renovated monuments in Mehrauli Archaeological Park in Delhi, along with a restored water body and other amenities. The restoration work was undertaken jointly by stakeholders at a cost of ₹2.6 crore. Saxena said the revival of the water body would serve as a template for others in the city. Conservation work included repairs, strengthening, and fresco painting.

The restored monuments include Quli Khan’s tomb and a chattri in the vicinity, a tomb opposite Rajon Ki Baoli, and Metcalfe’s Boathouse and his residence, among other monuments like tombs. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 10:31 PM IST

15 years after Soumya Vishwanathan's murder, is Delhi safer for women now?

In 2008, National Crime Records Bureau data showed there were 3,515 crimes recorded against women in Delhi. Last year the number was 13,988

Forensic experts examine the car of 25-year-old television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was driving back home on September 30, 2008 in her car when she was shot dead on a desolate stretch on Nelson Mandela Marg near Vasant Kunj around 3.30am. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 19, 2023 04:26 PM IST

An epic for the ages: Magic of Ramlila back to enthral Delhi

Artistes of the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra began presenting the annual cultural extravaganza, which is marking its 67th edition this year

Through a medley of dance, drama, and music, artistes at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra bring the production of “Shri Ram” to life. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 06:00 AM IST

A missing student, cries for justice, an enduring mystery

Najeeb Ahmed, a JNU student who went missing on October 15, 2016. Having found no clues, the agencies shut the case in 2018. But his family still seeks answers

Fatima Nafees, Najeeb’s mother, participated in several protests organised by various student outfits, demanding the authorities find his son. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 15, 2023 12:35 PM IST
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As Afghan school downs shutters, pupils left in lurch face uncertainty

180 Afghani students used to go to the Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan school in Bhogal – which shut doors – forcing them to find themselves lost and confused.

Yosuf Noor was one of the 180 students at the the Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan school in Bhogal; (right) A protest against the Taliban.
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 12:46 PM IST

As Afghan school in Delhi downs shutters, pupils left in lurch face uncertainty

Till 2021, the school’s expenses were taken care of by the Afghan government. After the return of the Taliban, the embassy stopped receiving funds for it

Yosuf Noor was one of the 180 students at the the Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan school in Bhogal. (Sadia Akhtar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 12:59 PM IST

Delhi’s neglected Roshanara Bagh falls into obscurity

Begum’s grave rests in the middle of the 57-acre garden and the tomb has a central hall with open courtyards on four sides

The tomb of Mughal princess Roshanara Begum. (Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 05:44 AM IST

DDA takes over Delhi club that was once the home of cricket

Officials of the club said the sealing was done despite a stay from the Delhi high court, valid till October 6

The cricket ground and the clubhouse. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 06:12 AM IST

Cell by cell: How ASI is conserving ruined structures in Delhi’s Purana Qila

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has repaired the collapsed dome of a cell at Purana Qila that was used as office space.

Workers recreated the dome through an intricate process that involved the demolition of reinforced cement concrete and brickwork (ASI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 11:52 PM IST

DUSU elections: ABVP wins 3 seats, NSUI bags one

The new panel comprises ABVP’s Tushar Dedha, Aprajita and Sachin Baisla, as president and secretary and joint secretary, respectively, and the NSUI’s Abhi Dahiya as vice-president

ABVP candidates Tushar Dedha, Aprajiita and Sachin Baisla celebrate after their win in the DUSU elections on Saturday. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 11:17 PM IST

New gate, facade, interpretation centre in Jantar Mantar revamp

Bheem Singh Rawat, conservation assistant at Jantar Mantar, said the interpretation centre will help visitors understand the history of the various instruments.

The Jantar Mantar, constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1710, comprises various instruments. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 02:01 AM IST

On Delhi University Students’ Union polls eve, violence video leads to police case

The purported violence led to a blame game between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI)

Campaigning ahead of the Delhi University Students’ Union polls at North Campus last week. (Raj K Raj/ HT photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 12:00 AM IST

New lease of life for Delhi’s oldest police chowki

The heritage structure is estimated to have come up in the early 1800s, according to conservation experts

The Barh Ki Chowki after its makeover at Daya Basti in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 11:58 PM IST

Garden where Aurangzeb was crowned

Today, Shalimar Bagh is a shadow of its glorious past, and the palace within it has become a site of neglect and deterioration, despite its ASI-protected status

The Sheesh Mahal in Shalimar Garden that was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The monument comes under the Archaeological Survey of India’s care. (Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:04 AM IST

Delhi's Bhagirath Palace — once a mansion, now a wholesale market

As the structure completes 200 years in existence, HT traces how the palace evolved into the Capital’s most popular market for electrical goods

The worn-out building once served as the palace of Begum Samru, a powerful figure who presided over a mercenary army comprising both Indians and Europeans in the 18th century. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 01:42 AM IST

Delhi govt’s plan to check pollution: Artificial rain, track hot spots

In a written statement, the Delhi government shared that burning of biomass is one of the major causes of pollution

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said that the number of severe days during winter has reduced from 33 to 6 over the past eight years. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:11 PM IST

Rain, traffic curbs help Delhi log year’s first good air day

The vastly improved air coincided with the G20 Summit, during which vehicular movement was disallowed and public spaces shut in the central Delhi region

Delhi also got 38.6mm rain in the 24 hours till 8.30am on Sunday, with another 1.3mm till 5.30pm. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 09:00 AM IST

Traders, residents behind G20 festivity in Delhi’s Walled City

Residents and traders said they were compelled to decorate the Walled City themselves, claiming a “lackadaisical attitude” by authorities

Decorations at Jama Masjid in Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 08:43 PM IST

Six Delhi monuments get facelift before G20 Summit, more to follow

Although there is no confirmation if G20 delegates will visit the monuments, officials said the exercise was undertaken to create awareness about heritage

Work at the tomb of Muhammad Quli Khan was recently done, including repairing a fresco on the ceiling. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 11:20 PM IST

Seeking corporate funding, ASI begins ‘Adopt a Heritage 2.0’ scheme

The ASI has launched the "Adopt a Heritage 2.0" programme, inviting corporates to fund amenities at monuments from their CSR funds.

Stakeholders can apply to adopt a monument or specific amenities at a monument through a dedicated web portal with www.indianheritage.gov.in, which contains details of monuments that are up for adoption along with gap analysis and financial estimation of amenities. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 02:24 AM IST

New show at Purana Qila to go on floor soon in Delhi

Although a final trial of the show is pending, efforts are underway to complete the preparations before the G20 Summit

New Delhi, India - September 28, 2019: A view of the illuminated Purana Qila, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, September 28, 2019. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 10:27 PM IST

Lodhi-era turret in Delhi gets facelift ahead of G20 summit

The structure, part of the 1451-1526 enclosure, last underwent repairs in 2010

The turret tower at Lodhi Gardens after it was renovated by the Delhi government’s archaeology department. The restoration was part of the work undertaken by the Delhi government over the past few months to conserve heritage sites across the city. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo )
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 02:48 AM IST

Peeling walls, broken bricks: Delhi’s Lodhi structure awaits repair

Officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) could not confirm when the damage took place

The Bada Gumbad Mosque at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 11:37 PM IST

Partition: Tales of love, longing, and loss

India’s march as a free country began on a tragic note in 1947 as the horrors of Partition tore families. Sadia Akhtar talks to three such families

Jaideep hora, son of Swatanterta Hora, an India Pakistan Partition survivor, shows the objects from the time of Partition, along with his family at their residence in Gurugram. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 15, 2023 11:36 AM IST

Govt felicitates Partition survivors at Delhi’s Ambedkar University campus

As part of the commemorative event, many survivors shared accounts of their lives in then-Pakistan and the tumultuous journey that they undertook to reach India

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri felicitates a partition survivor, at a commemorative event on Monday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 10:19 PM IST

Conservation of Mughal-era palace in Delhi to begin by October

In April, Hindustan Times highlighted the poor condition of the complex and the need for timely conservation

Over the years, huge sandstone slabs from the gateway have fallen off, while deep cracks run across its length. Several slabs from the gateway’s ceiling have also collapsed over time. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 11:52 PM IST
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