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
Senior officials from the state department of archaeology said the shikargah was not a notified monument under their watch
Conservation architect Misbah Noorie said work on the archway was started this March and took around six months to complete
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.
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.
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.
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
Artistes of the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra began presenting the annual cultural extravaganza, which is marking its 67th edition this year
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
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.
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
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
Officials of the club said the sealing was done despite a stay from the Delhi high court, valid till October 6
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has repaired the collapsed dome of a cell at Purana Qila that was used as office space.
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
Bheem Singh Rawat, conservation assistant at Jantar Mantar, said the interpretation centre will help visitors understand the history of the various instruments.
The purported violence led to a blame game between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI)
The heritage structure is estimated to have come up in the early 1800s, according to conservation experts
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
As the structure completes 200 years in existence, HT traces how the palace evolved into the Capital’s most popular market for electrical goods
In a written statement, the Delhi government shared that burning of biomass is one of the major causes of pollution
The vastly improved air coincided with the G20 Summit, during which vehicular movement was disallowed and public spaces shut in the central Delhi region
Residents and traders said they were compelled to decorate the Walled City themselves, claiming a “lackadaisical attitude” by authorities
Although there is no confirmation if G20 delegates will visit the monuments, officials said the exercise was undertaken to create awareness about heritage
The ASI has launched the "Adopt a Heritage 2.0" programme, inviting corporates to fund amenities at monuments from their CSR funds.
Although a final trial of the show is pending, efforts are underway to complete the preparations before the G20 Summit
The structure, part of the 1451-1526 enclosure, last underwent repairs in 2010
Officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) could not confirm when the damage took place
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
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
In April, Hindustan Times highlighted the poor condition of the complex and the need for timely conservation