Yogesh Joshi

Yogesh Joshi is Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times. He covers politics, security, development and human rights from Western Maharashtra.

Articles by Yogesh Joshi

Hailstorm havoc: A grim tale of Nashik’s grape farms

As farmers navigate the balance between hope and adversity, the call for comprehensive support systems and long-term strategies becomes more urgent than ever

Vinayak Kushare at his damaged grape vineyard at Raiwalas Pimpri village in Niphad tehsil of Nashik district, on Monday. Sunday’s unseasonal rain with hailstorm affected around 74,000 acres of grape farms in the region. (RAJU SHINDE/HT)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 05:58 AM IST

Why Marathas are angry with politicians within the community?

Protesters in Maharashtra, India, are targeting Maratha politicians from across party lines, setting fire to their houses and offices. The anger is a result of a perceived lack of action by established Maratha leaders in addressing the needs of the community, particularly in terms of education and employment opportunities. The Maratha community has historically held significant political power in the state, but protesters argue that this has not translated into meaningful change for ordinary Maratha people. The demonstrations mark a departure from previous protests, which have often targeted non-Maratha politicians or the government.

Within Pune and other cities, additional security has been provided to Maratha MLAs and political leaders based on intelligence inputs that they may be targeted. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 11:30 PM IST

With focus and perseverance, he fought graft with military dedication

Major General SCN Jatar (retd), an anti-corruption crusader and Pune’s prominent face of civic activism, passed away following prolonged illness at 91

Major General SCN Jatar (retd), an anti-corruption crusader and Pune’s prominent face of civic activism, passed away following prolonged illness at 91. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 25, 2023 10:39 PM IST

Monday Musings: Maratha reservation issue takes a troubling turn

The support Manoj Jarange is receiving within the community has left the state government, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a fix

Manoj Jarange (Centre) during the protest in Jalna. (CMO Maharashtra Twitter)
Updated on Oct 23, 2023 07:10 AM IST

The brief political career of a drug operative that’s now haunting Shiv Sena

Fadnavis claimed that Patil who sparked a massive manhunt after he escaped from Pune’s Sassoon Hospital while in police custody, had been a member of Shiv Sena.

Lalit Patil. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 09:46 AM IST

The brief political career of a drug operative that’s now haunting Shiv Sena

On Friday, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had claimed that Lalit Patil had been a member of the Shiv Sena when it was still undivided

At the time of his first arrest from Chakan by the Pimpri-Chinchwad police in the December of 2020, Patil was a local Shiv Sena leader with a hotline to some of the party seniors. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 06:48 AM IST

Monday Musings: Politician-builder nexus and how it works

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray had publicly admitted that politician-builder nexus does exist in Maharashtra although according to him it was a positive one required for the revival of the realty sector in the state

The latest revelation by former top police official Meeran Chadha Borwankar that how she was pressurised to complete the handover process of a three-acre prime plot belonging to Yerawada police station to a private builder Shahid Balwa who was later arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2G Spectrum case has once again underlined this. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 07:58 AM IST

100 days in office: Ajit’s struggles are far from over

How Pawar is striving to still settle in the saddle, despite joining the alliance government with much ambition

Many of Ajit’s 40-plus strong MLAs are from the traditional NCP-Congress supporting constituencies. It is still tough for him to explain to them why he split the party and joined a saffron alliance. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 15, 2023 07:10 AM IST

China in sight, India looks to West for tech

India and the US deepen their technology partnership for the future, focusing on countering China's influence and supporting each other's technology ecosystems.

Self-reliance proponents argue that the only way to secure India’s 5G networks was to indigenise the 5G ecosystem(Reuters file photo)
Published on Oct 04, 2023 10:35 PM IST

Monday Musings: Noise pollution menace will take a toll if no action is taken

This year was no different when noise pollution during the immersion procession at the end of the ten-day Ganeshotstav reached a crescendo in Pune, Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra

Over the years, Ganesh mandals have largely been violating the prescribed limit of noise levels set by environmental watchdogs like Maharashtra and Central pollution control boards. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 06:10 AM IST

Monday Musings: Will reservation bill boost women’s representation from non-political background

Currently, the number is poor at 8 per cent with only 24 MLAs from across Maharashtra representing around 5.4 crore women in a state with having estimated total population of around 12 crores

As far as women Lok Sabha MPSs are concerned, Maharashtra has eight of them in Lok Sabha. This is 16 per cent of the total 48 Lok Sabha MPs with most of them belonging to established political families. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 07:09 PM IST

Govt’s band-aid solutions make onions politically sensitive

Farmers and traders in a fix over onion-related issues in Maharashtra as both blame state and centre for lack of political will to find solutions

Onion traders have stopped auction at India’s largest wholesale market in Lasalgaon (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 12:03 AM IST

Monday Musings: The Maratha factor in Maharashtra

The apex court has taken a firm stand on the issue and has also quashed a review petition by Shinde-led state government in April this year

For around a decade and a half, no chief minister in Maharashtra has escaped the wrath of Maratha community, seeking reservation. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 11:56 PM IST

CM calls all party meeting on Maratha reservation today

At Antarwali Sarati, Jarange Patil welcomed the decision to convene an all-party meeting although he clarified that hunger strike will continue

Maratha reservation has become a complex issue for the government with those agitating from the community is pressing for their inclusion in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Monday Musings: 20 years later, stamp paper scam continues to score political points

Responding to Chhagan Bhujbal’s criticism, Sharad Pawar senior said his one-time colleague would have ended up in jail in the Telgi case if he hadn’t resigned

A jackfruit seller to a stamp vendor turned master forger, Abdul Karim Telgi (C) , first came into focus in 2003, two years after his arrest that unfolded a nexus between criminals, politicians and police. (AP/FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 12:26 AM IST

Centre’s 40% duty on onion exports will harm farmers: Sharad Pawar

The central government’s 40% duty on onion export will harm farmers, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Sunday

 NCP President Sharad Pawar(PTI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 01:06 AM IST

Monday Musings: Rationalism in the era of fake news

If science is believed to be something realistic, yet the technologies based on science seem to facilitate more fake news and information that doesn’t necessarily advance the public good

The anti-superstition movement has grown faster across Maharashtra post Dabholkar’s murder in 2013 in Pune. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 12:23 AM IST

Traders upset over Centre’s 40% export duty on onion, farmers stop auction at wholesale market

At India’s largest onion trading mandi in Lasalgaon, Nashik district, farmers and traders staged a protest on Sunday while at Rahuri agriculture market in Ahmednagar, farmers affiliated to Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana stopped auctioning on the commodity

Onion traders from Nashik have decided not to hold auctioning at Lasalgaon and other markets in the district on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 11:54 PM IST

‘Dr Dabholkar’s work is rooted beyond Maharashtra’

Dr Narendra Dabholkar’s murder was an act of terrorism according to the charge sheet submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The main purpose was to create terror and unease in society. Many of those who were considered fringe elements back then are now at the forefront

The mastermind of Dr Dabholkar’s death is still at large. His son Hamid Dabholkar who carries his mantle now and heads the Andha Shraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, says that while the violence against the rationalists underlined the changing social atmosphere in the country, the job of the rationalists has only got tougher. (AP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 12:28 AM IST

NCP members align with BJP after ED action, same case with Jayant Patil

Amid speculations of NCP's Jayant Patil joining BJP, Sharad Pawar says some colleagues joined BJP after receiving notices from central agencies. Pawar expressed confidence in Patil and his ideologies. He also clarified that there is no confusion within the MVA alliance over his meeting with nephew Ajit Pawar. Pawar visited Baramati for the first time after Ajit Pawar joined BJP-Shiv Sena. MVA constituents Congress and Shiv Sena sought clarification from Pawar about the meetings. Pawar reiterated that his faction will not align with BJP.

(From left) NCP leader Sharad Pawar along with Chhagan Bhujbal ,Jayant Patil and Ajit Pawar at a meeting in Mumbai in 2019. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 10:41 PM IST

Not aware of what transpired between Pawars: Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil has denied that the meeting between party founder Sharad Pawar and nephew Ajit Pawar was "secret." Patil said he was not aware of what transpired between the two. The meeting, which took place at a businessman's residence, has sparked speculation about a possible split in the NCP. Patil, who is reportedly in touch with Ajit and BJP leaders for a possible switch to their side, was also present at the meeting. However, Patil insisted that he is still with Sharad Pawar and there is no split in the party.

Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 10:13 PM IST

Some ‘well-wishers’ trying to persuade but won’t join hands with BJP: Sharad Pawar

Speaking in Solapur on Sunday, senior Pawar said that association with the BJP is not possible in accordance with the political ideology of the NCP

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis at an event in Solapur on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 11:28 PM IST

Speculation intensifies as Pawar and Ajit hold secret meet in Pune

To avoid the media glare, Ajit had left his official convoy at the government guest house. Before leaving Chordia’s residence 15 minutes before Jayant Patil, he sent his official car out of the gate well ahead of his exit by another car. Visuals from Marathi television channels suggest that in its haste to leave the scene, the car bumped into the iron gate

According to leaders from both factions, attempts are being made by Ajit and his colleagues to convince Sharad Pawar to join the BJP-led NDA. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Monday Musings: Maharashtra’s power trading leaders, confused cadre & cynic voters

Absence of public representatives have left citizens with no choice but to directly reach out to civic administration

Traffic problem in Pune has been perennial with no solution in sight (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Modi-Pawar bonhomie on display amid political remarks at Tilak award ceremony

While CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis shook hands with Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar skipped the opportunity, and walked past his uncle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar were all smiles as Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde looks on at the Lokmanya Tilak National Award ceremony in Pune on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Sharad Pawar, nephew Ajit to share stage with PM Modi in Pune today

Ajit Pawar had last month joined hands with chief minister Eknath Shinde and assumed the post of deputy CM alongside Devendra Fadnavis on July 2

Nationalist Congress Party leaders Ajit Pawar (left) and Sharad Pawar. (Rahul Raut/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 11:04 AM IST

Monday Musings: Metro takes shape, Pune airport not even mentioned in debates

The irony is that while the city is the second largest in the state and a bigger contributor than any other city in terms of employment, the proposed airport on paper now doesn’t even figure among discussions of those ruling the state

The lower-than-expected ridership for Pune Metro so far is due to poor last-mile connectivity. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Ghost town gets new lease of life

The National Company Law Tribunal has approved a proposal by Darwin Platform Infrastructure Limited to take over Lavasa, a private city in Pune district. The decision has revived hopes for thousands of home buyers and investors who have been affected by the uncertainties surrounding the project. Darwin Platform Infrastructure Limited has expressed eagerness to revitalize the project and prioritize the needs of stakeholders. However, the execution of the resolution plan is subject to environmental clearances.

The township, a four-hour ride away from Mumbai, was modelled on the lines of the cotton-candy harbour of Italy’s Portofino. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO))
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 01:09 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar,

Monday Musings: Needed, a strong leader of opposition in Maharashtra

Maharashtra is also likely to get a new leader of opposition in the monsoon session of the state assembly that will begin today (Monday)

(From left) State Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Nana Patole and Balasaheb Thorat. With the second highest number of MLAs in the house, the party can now claim the post of Leader of Opposition (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 12:46 AM IST

Monday Musings: Two steps forward, one step back: story of Pawar politics

The four-time chief minister and three-time Union Minister admitted in the book that due to ability to maintain friendship with politicians from various ideological spectrums, cost him politically

NCP chief Sharad Pawar during the party meeting at YB Chavan Centre, at Nariman Point, in Mumbai on July 5. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 12:21 AM IST
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