NEW DELHI — The first 36 corpses were placed in the designated concrete cremation pits and set ablaze by 10 in the morning. After that, all the extra bodies went to the muddy parking lot, for a mass ceremony later.
On Wednesday, ambulances doubling up as hearses lined up along the narrow street outside the Ghazipur crematory, on the city’s eastern border. There were no cremation pits in the parking lot, so hospital attendants in protective equipment carried out the dead and placed them near t...
The Most Toxic Candidate In The World's Biggest Election Is A Holy Woman Who Wants To Start A Religious War With Muslims
BHOPAL, India — By the age of 18, Pragya Singh Thakur had renounced her material possessions and become a holy woman.
At 38, she was arrested for allegedly supplying a golden motorcycle used to ferry bombs that detonated in Muslim neighborhoods, killing seven people.
By the age of 47, after eight years in prison, she received bail on health grounds after undergoing a double mastectomy.
After being bailed out, with terror charges still hanging over her head, Thakur kept a low profile — but tha...
NAGINA, Uttar Pradesh — The Uttar Pradesh police detained at least 5 minors, one of whom is only 13, at the Bijnor Police Cantonment and tortured them over a period of 48 hours before releasing them, HuffPost India can establish based on interviews with the children and their parents, a review of photographs in local papers, and videos from the incident.
These instances of torture have occurred in the context of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s call for his state government to take “reveng...
IN FEBRUARY, swathes of northeastern Delhi witnessed large-scale and targeted violence, looting and arson that lasted around four days. According to the last official death toll—53 dead, many more injured, and scores of people fleeing their homes.
It is still unclear precisely what sparked the violence. On 23 February, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kapil Mishra, had visited Babarpur, accompanied by people whom he claimed were Citizenship (Amendment) Act supporters, and gave an incendiary ...
Every few days, Vijaykant Chauhan WhatsApps me a photograph of himself. The photographs are invariably scenes of crowds gathered on a north India street corner. Chauhan is right in front: a thickset, mustachioed man in his late 30s, in faux-army fatigues, a camouflage-print baseball cap and sungl...
ReportageDepuis deux mois, des millions d’hommes et de femmes sont bloqués dans les grandes villes indiennes, victimes indirectes de la crise due au coronavirus. Le photographe Ishan Tankha les a suivis, de New Delhi jusqu’à la frontière de l’Uttar Pradesh ou du Bihar.
Sans argent, sans logement, sans vivres. Depuis le 25 mars, des millions de migrants indiens sont bloqués dans les grandes villes, comme New Delhi, la capitale, victimes du confinement général ordonné par le premier ministre, N...
How callous can a government be that the only way to attract its attention is to squat neck deep in water?
It’s not as if the ‘jal satyagrahis’ of Khandwa hadn’t exhausted other means. For over two decades, they have agitated on every available forum, asking merely that the government understand the consequences of its massive project of damming the Narmada. They have faced ridicule and apathy, and police action to boot. Their demands are simple. Fair and adequ...
A church built by an 18th-century warrior-queen draws
thousands of pilgrims each November.
To Bollywood director Tigmanshu Dhulia, she looked like either
Kareena Kapoor or Rani Mukherjee, for those are the two actresses
he’s reportedly approached to play her in his forthcoming
film. To her enemies in the 18th century, she was a witch with the
power to destroy rival armies simply by spreading out her tunic. But
to 30-year-old Rehmat Masih, Begum Samru was a benevolent queen
whose saintliness is so enduring, he and 150 members of his clan had
piled into two Taurus trucks and rumbled down the r
Prisha Berry is busy cultivating a few pots of seedlings on her Delhi balcony.
“Nothing grows in Delhi but the public,” the nine-year-old tells me with a cheeky smile.
The soil is rocky, cluttered with waste from construction sites. The leaves are covered in dust. But she is hopeful that her pots of tulsi, cilantro and neem will make it.
She’s right though. The Indian city’s population is catapulting forward, exceeding 20 million people. Some estimates put it at 25 million. The UN proje...
Savitri Mourya lebt mit ihrer Familie in der Garage ihres Arbeitgebers. Ihr Sohn Raman ist hier geboren. (Bild: Ishan Tankha für NZZ)
Walk through the shorn rice fields of Faridkot district, in Punjab, and all that remains is a cloud of smoke and a ring of fire. Punjab’s fields of gold are ablaze again and the fire starter has disappeared. You could look at satellite images, read numbers off an air-quality app or take a whiff of Delhi’s air. On 30 October, just as the World Health Organisation concluded that “air pollution is the new tobacco,” Delhi’s air quality rapidly declined to a category officials describe as “severe”...
Around mid-afternoon on 17 December, Mohammad Zakir, a 48-year-old labourer, was standing outside a godown in north-east Delhi’s Seelampur area, when some men came running and went straight inside. Before he could react, two Delhi Police personnel, who had been chasing the men, caught hold of Zakir. The policemen started beating him and dragged him to the street in front of the godown. Zakir told us, “I kept telling them that I am not a part of the protestors, but they kept hitting me. On the...