Sunday, March 21, 2021

Hundred selected reports in English and Urdu: Articles, analyses, ground reports from Central India by journalist Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

This is just to compile a list of hundred-odd articles published on different websites that are scattered on internet* in more than two decades of journalism.

These include reports published in Huffington Post, FirstPost, Hindustan Times, The Wire, Mirror, NewsD, Kochi Post, Deccan Herald and many other newspapers and websites.

A bookshop owner arrested for selling Urdu paper on a frivolous complaint. The report showed how implicating people for no reason, was going on the region. On the complaint of a right-wing group's leader, the man owning magazine shop was arrested for no reason. LINK

How an Indore engineer and a contractor became India's most wanted 'terrorists'. Right-wing terror suspects hiding in Nepal or killed in encounter! LINK

Terror of 'gau raksha' commandos is not new in Madhya Pradesh. Self-proclaimed cow vigilante groups like Gau Raksha Commando Force have been actively perpetrating crimes in the name of cow protection in Madhya Pradesh for several years. LINK

Cow vigilantes’ terror in MP, victims get arrested and jailed, assailants caught after video surfaced. Three persons including a woman were first humiliated and publicly tortured, before they were booked under stringent MP cow protection act, even sent to jail on judicial custody. LINK

Modi’s personality cult big factor in BJP’s sweep but all is not lost for the opposition. The feeling of gloom among opposition parties and the reaction is unfortunate. Skies haven't fallen, earlier too this has happened and Congress had two stints under Manmohan Singh. LINK

Why a Bhopal cobbler calls himself 'doctor of shoes'. Bharat Gannote is clear about dignity of labour and he doesn’t like if someone addresses him disrespectfully or uses the old and offensive term to describe his profession. LINK

Coronavirus: Role of media groups in causing stigma, creating scare and targeting a community.  How TV channels and newspapers screamed and otherised people on one hand but hid info when own newsroom staff got the virus. LINK

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was acquitted by a court in the case of RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi's murder. The high-profile murder mystery was earlier termed as the key to cracking several right-wing terror cases. LINK

Tracking a 48-Year-Old Theft, Madhya Pradesh Cops Arrive To Arrest Man Who Died 21 Years Ago "We found that he had died in June 1995. This report was published in Huffington Post, India edition. LINK

Fed up of 4 transfers In 15 months, a judge stages a sit-in outside the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Tired of the transfers, he took the step in order to demand justice. This report was published in HuffPost India edition. LINK

People's Poet: Rahat Indori. 'If mushairas were to be equated with cricket, then he was surely the Viv Richards of mushairas, not just a successful Urdu poet who had a unique style of performance but also a symbol of dissent and a voice of resistance'. LINK

Why hasn't Mayawati's BSP tapped on the winnable Dalit-plus-Muslim vote bank? If Muslim electorate gets enthusiastic towards BSP, Dalit-plus-Muslim vote that exceeds 40% could be an unbeatable combo. Simple arithmetic. And, Mayawati is surely aware of it. Yet, it remains a mystery why the BSP never goes aggressively for the Muslim votes. LINK

From Congress stalwart G B Pant, UP had several Brahmin CMs including the likes of Kamlapati Tripathi, H N Bahuguna and Sripati Mishra. N D Tiwari was the last in 1989. Now, Brahmins worry over their lost political clout in Uttar Pradesh. LINK

Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh: From anxiety to guarded optimism, here's how Urdu media reacted after BJP's landslide victory and the subsequent decision that Adityanath would be at the helm in India's most populous state. LINK

Farmers' protest: How overconfident BJP failed to see farmers' discontent, mishandled agitation. Though a 'kisan putra', as Shivraj Chouhan introduces himself in rallies, his government remained in denial until things went out of hand. LINK

Can chief minister Shivraj Chouhan deal with the biggest challenge of his political life? After the Vyapam scam that hit his government, the farmers' agitation and the anger after Mandsaur firing, he is facing the toughest battle. LINK 

Why tribals in India too need a Mayawati. Tribals don't have leaders with pan-Indian presence and atrocities on Adiwasis don't bother urban India. Tribals must have their own strong leaders and politicians to ensure that they are heard and justice is done to them too. LINK

SIMI operatives' encounter in Bhopal raises many questions, but cops, ATS have no answers. Just few hours after killing the 8 men in an encounter but police officials in Bhopal were finding it difficult to face the media and evaded questions about the circumstances surrounding the encounter. LINK

Tribals seemed to be returning to the Congress fold. It was the first election after demonetisation and Congress hoped that this would also go against the BJP. Party leaders hoped that anti-incumbency against the BJP government would work in favour of opposition. LINK

Thirty two years after Bhopal gas tragedy — one of the worst industrial disasters, the mankind has known and which resulted in death of 15,278 persons (official figure), people are still suffering due to the after-affects of the gas tragedy. LINK

How fake news that has the potential to inflame passions, divide society and lead to communal polarization gets planted in media. Understanding the 'system', how false information and propaganda finds its place in news reports and TV coverage. LINK

Samajwadi Party promises to Muslim voters remain unfulfilled Over the years, the SP didn’t bother to fulfill the promises it had made to the Muslims. Why? Perhaps, because the party was confident that it would get the Muslim vote, even if didn’t keep its word. LINK

SIMI operatives' jailbreak: The MP human rights commission to probe into security lapses. The commission has also questioned the security arrangements in the prison and said that the CCTV cameras should have been functional. LINK

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a distribution of cash reward of Rs 40 lakh among many residents of Acharpura, the hamlet near the site of operatives’ encounter — a statement that has drawn criticism from different quarters. LINK

In dizzying Turn, Bhopal man who killed and buried girlfriend had also strangled parents to death. He had packed his girlfriend's body in a suitcase and poured concrete over it. He'd killed them years ago but had misled everyone. LINK

How individuals, communities and youth groups rose to occasion, distributed food during lock down to save innumerable lives, ran community kitchens and helped the poor in cities. Muslim youths took lead in social work and feeding the poor. LINK

Girl from West Bengal found buried inside boyfriend's house In Bhopal. She was missing for several months from West Bengal and there was speculation about her being in the United State. The boyfriend has been arrested.  LINK

23 Year Old Man In Madhya Pradesh Dies Looking For Documents To Exchange Old Currency Notes. He rushed home in hurry after he was standing in a queue at the bank to exchange old currency notes and he couldn't find some additional documentation to complete the process. LINK

Wrecking Wikipedia: Erasing history of marginalized communities, defeating purpose of website. By a mere five or six votes, initiating process of delition of pages about personalities from marginalised communities, tribals. LINK

Why users are angry with Twitter India? Upset with allegedly arbitrary action, failure of Twitter to check hate, softness towards right-wing handles that are abusive and threaten apart from double standards over its verification process in the country. LINK

Bidar school sedition case: Mother reunited with daughter after a fortnight, headmistress gets bail too. LINK

Under debt, RSS man had planned murder for insurance money, now absconding. LINK

Abhishek Mishra: Two years after his first run-in with MP police, same police now bats for him. LINK

Guns Fall Silent In Chambal As Police Shoots Its Last Bandit Head. LINK

Dramatic Rescue For Rail Passengers Stuck On A Bridge In Chambal. LINK

SIMI Operatives Killed In Bhopal Jail Break Tried A Similar Escape In 2013. LINK

65-Year-Old Retired Government Employee Collapses And Dies While Waiting In A Bank Queue In MP. LINK

Qawwali Queen Shakeela Bano Bhopali's life: Unravelling the mystique & misconceptions. LINK

Scolded and humiliated at school, girl ends life. LINK

AIMIM's march continues in North India, emerges as strong force in Seemanchal. LINK

A requiem for Hindustan Times. The story of Bhopal edition of the English newspaper. How it was stifled before it was shut down, completely. LINK

Roti Bank: Unique effort to fight hunger, provide food to the poor in impoverished region. LINK

Twitter faces users' ire in India, hashtag to sack its MD trends, later mysteriously vanishes. LINK

Vegetable vendor  harassed over faith, made to do sit-ups, police arrest accused. LINK

Grand old man of Urdu poetry bids adieu, tributes pour in for Gulzar Dehlvi. LINK

Mosque runs food bank, provides free food to needy in Faizabad in UP. LINK

356 Indian soldiers were shot dead for rebellion, setting up parallel administration in MP. LINK

Inspiring: After kids refused to play with Muslim girl, society takes steps, turns inclusive. LINK

Political articles from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Central India

Congress mishandled Madhya Pradesh: Scindia exit just one part of the story. LINK

'Shivraj Chouhan should visit Mandsaur, act against those who unfurled saffron flag at mosque'. LINK

Real secret behind Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s popularity even after three consecutive terms. LINK

Demonising Digvijaya: How vilifying, constantly targeting Diggy helps BJP in Madhya Pradesh. LINK

Lone Muslim MLA in MP Assembly: The ‘unbeatable’ legislator whose seat is a Congress citadel in Bhopal. LINK

Is Mama's magic over? Why the juggernaut slows down and may come to a halt after 15 years. Six factors that affect his chances. LINK

VBA-AIMIM jolt to political parties, leaves imprint on most seats in Maharashtra. LINK 

Did you know ‘Third front’ holds sway on eight out of 29 seats in ‘bipolar’ Madhya Pradesh! LINK

Infighting, open rebellions mar BJP prospects in MP; Congress relies on fresh faces. LINK

Several Muslim leaders of Congress, BJP entered parliament from this seat in Madhya Pradesh. LINK

Bhopal Lok Sabha: Congress yet to find winning formula to wrest the seat from BJP even after three decades. LINK

Indore Lok Sabha seat: In BJP bastion for decades, Congress’ long search for the right candidate. LINK

BJP’s chances of forming Govt at the centre rest on its performance in Madhya Pradesh. LINK

Shahdol Lok Sabha: Can BJP regain support of  voters who drifted towards Congress? LINK

Congress back in the fight in BJP strongholds in MP. LINK

Five factors that suggest while Congress' tally is likely to increase in Madhya Pradesh. LINK

Chhattisgarh: BJP, Congress turn it into a battle of ‘Mayors’ in Raipur Lok Sabha seat. LINK

Khargone Lok Sabha: Tribal anger, farmers’ mood may affect BJP’s prospects, Congress confident after Assembly poll results. LINK

Khandwa Lok Sabha: Resurgent Congress poses strong challenge to BJP on this seat. LINK

Dewas Lok Sabha: In Saffron stronghold, Congress upbeat after its vote share exceeds BJP in Assembly polls. LINK

Jabalpur Lok Sabha: Will Congress’ gamble succeed in this BJP bastion? LINK

Can Congress maintain the Assembly poll momentum, end BJP’s long reign in Bastar? LINK

Balaghat Lok Sabha seat: After five straight wins, BJP in trouble as party leaders play spoilsport. LINK

Mahasamund Lok Sabha seat: Tough contest on cards in the constituency that had drawn national attention in last election. LINK

Dhar Lok Sabha seat: BJP faces strong anti-incumbency, Congress upbeat due to tribal voters’ mood. LINK

Mandla Lok Sabha seat: Mood among tribal voter giving jitters to BJP, Congress hopeful. LINK

Janjgir Lok Sabha seat: Triangular contest on this Chhattisgarh seat that has strong BSP presence. LINK

Mandsaur Lok Sabha seat: Can Congress once again break into this Jan Sangh-BJP fortress? LINK

Ratlam Lok Sabha: BJP juggernaut was stopped in by-poll here, can the party snatch the seat again from Congress? LINK

Khajuraho Lok Sabha: On BJP turf, Congress’ chances will depend on BSP’s performance. LINK


Future remains uncertain for students of Urdu medium in Bhopal, as they don't have the facility to study in Urdu in higher classes and the government remains indifferent towards the problems of the Urdu schools. LINK

Taught himself Urdu when Imam refused. Poet Chander Bhan Khayal has earned a prominent place in Urdu literary world as a poet of Nazm but few here are aware that Delhi-based Khayal hails from the region--Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh. LINK 

Vintage wine, bed of cash: This Vyapam accused had a flashy life Sagar employed hundreds of bright students – mostly from Uttar Pradesh – whom he paid anything between Rs 75,000 to Rs two lakh to appear in the PMT exams on behalf of the original candidates who coughed up something between Rs 15 to 35 lakh for a medical seat. LINK

Thousands untraced. Innumerable families in the state share the same pain--their kids were either abducted, lured with false promises and taken away or went missing in mysterious circumstances, never to be traced again, Shams Ur Rehman Alavi reports. LINK

Bhopal to Saudi Arabia: Daughter to be custodian of huge Waqf properties. The mantle of maintaining huge properties of the erstwhile royal family extending from Bhopal to Saudi Arabia, now falls on Pataudi's daughter Saba Ali Khan, whom he had begun grooming for the task three years ago. LINK

24 women get sexually harassed in Madhya Pradesh every day. LINK

Dalit family's social boycott ends, dominant castes apologise. LINK

Don't call buffao meat 'beef', it confused most, say Muslims in MP. LINK

The last aspect of Chambal’s gun culture inherited through nearly two centuries is set to go. LINK

Police get just seven subscribers for 'SOS for elderly phone scheme'. LINK

Saviour of many in Bhopal gas tragedy remains unsung. LINK

Look-alike caught, police yet to ascertain if he is 'Bunty'. LINK


Action under NSA signals Saffronisation of 'system' in Madhya Pradesh. The report questioned the use of stringent law and underlines how the policies didn't change even though the Congress was at the helm in the state, replacing BJP. LINK 

BJP leaders' doublespeak, questionable stand on cow. Its own leaders's diverse comments on the issue of cow slaughter and beef apart from how it targets Muslims. The report quotes several BJP leaders, mentions their statements and exposes the party leaders' claims. LINK

Is the term 'Jungle Raj' just meant to be used for the non-BJP ruled states? It is not used when there is law-and-order break down in other states. However, when it comes to a state that is ruled by a non-BJP chief minister, media immediately uses the term. LINK

Darul Qaza or Qaziat: Counselling centres, not parallel courts. It is an age-old system, a mechanism to resolve disputes, especially, domestic and religious.. And every person is free to go to court. However, TV reports that termed it 'parallel courts' led to confusion. LINK

Historic Zeenat Mahal demolishes in Bhopal, heritage enthusiasts upset. Zeenat Mahal was not the first such structure. In fact, a number of such buildings have fallen due to lack of maintenance. There is also a feeling that a section of politicians and administrators want the structures to fall. LINK

Why a Muslim bureaucrat says he faces discrimination due to his surname. The officer said that he was transferred 19 times and made to feel like a 'German Jew', and that his surname hounded him always. LINK 

How #MyNameIsUrdu got trended on Twitter: Taking stand in support of Urdu on social media. To counter hate and biases, a woman user on Twitter had started the trend and later innumerable non-Urdu speakers used their names in Urdu script in their profiles as a gesture of harmony. LINK

Why political parties avoid fielding Muslim candidates in Madhya Pradesh.  LINK

Does Kamal Nath's victory, the gestures witnessed in the function herald a change in political culture in Madhya Pradesh? LINK

How RSS, BJP's Saffron bastion crumbled in Madhya Pradesh. LINK

For Bhopal gas tragedy victims, the dark night hasn't come to an end even now. LINK

How the history of Bhopal is being changed, distorted: Is it a political game? LINK 

Is anger towards Bohra community leadership's meeting with Prime Minister, justified? LINK

Serial killer's revelations shock the law-enforcers in Madhya Pradesh, he had killed 33 persons! LINK

Why latest data about Urdu speakers should not surprise us. LINK

Extra-judicial encounter with SIMI men in Bhopal: Commission's report leaves several questions unanswered. LINK

Bhopal jail encounter: Questions remain even after a year. LINK

Fearless journalist Gauri Lankesh's message to us and our responsibility. LINK

Historic Iqbal Library flooded, thousands of books perish. LINK

Urdu author who wrote over 500 novels bids adieu. LINK

How a tribal outfit is giving sleepless nights to political parties in western part of MP. LINK

Shivraj Chouhan's formula to win election after three successive terms. LINK

[*Wrote over 1,000 special reports, articles and investigative stories for Hindustan Times in 15 years, but archive not available on internet. Besides, there are other routine stories and columns that take the figure to nearly 2,000. The newspaper reports in print, would be uploaded separately]