articles by Rajendra Khatry


Gripped by Sikh Panthic crisis, Punjab struggles to maintain peace and harmony

The Panthic (religious) crisis in Punjab continues with the Panj Pyaras (five favourites of the Guru) and the Akal Takht Jathedars failing to resolve the conflict over pardon to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda. Though the Akal Takht revoked the pardon under pressure from various quarters on 16 October, the issue refuses to die down. The desecration of the copies of the Holy Granth Sahib has only added fuel to fire.


Suicide or custodial death? Despite CM Khattar’s clean chit on Dalit teen's death, doubts linger

The death of the Dalit teenager in Gohana in Sonepat district under mysterious circumstances barely two days after the shocking burning of two kids in Sunped village has brought parts of Haryana on the boil again.


Tears give way to rage in Faridabad, CBI to probe Dalit killing as Rajputs flee

Sunped village of Faridabad district in Haryana continues to be tense a day after two children were burnt alive in a shocking incident of caste violence. There is simmering anger in the Dalit community not just against the perpetrators of the crime, but also against the police which failed to provide protection to them leading to the ghastly incident.


Dera, 'foreign hand' or bad handling? Why Punjab is on the boil over desecration of holy book

For the last one week the state has been on the boil on the issue of desecration of a ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs, at Bargari village in Faridkot district.


Opposition parties slam Haryana CM Khattar for statement on Muslims and beef

Hours after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar stirred a controversy, political rivals have already jumped in to slam Khattar


Read my books before you condemn me, says Dinanath Batra on his moral science texts for Haryana schools

The BJP government in Haryana is all set to introduce six books by RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra in the state schools.


The Uphaar effect: Now Chautalas seek relief after SC lets Ansals off on age

A day after the Supreme Court granted relief to the Ansal brothers, Sushil and Gopal, both convicts in the Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy of 1997, from jail term on the ground of advanced age, the family of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala is considering legal options to get him out of jail. Chautala is 80.


Reservation row: Yuva Jat Fauj, OBC Brigade set for showdown in Haryana

The Yuva Jat Fauj of the Jats and the OBC Brigade of Haryana are set for a showdown in the coming days over the issue of Jat reservation in Haryana. While the Yuva Jat Fauj is determined to carry out an agitation for the restoration of reservation facility for the Jats, an equally adamant OBC Brigade is all set to foil any such move.


Gurdaspur the beginning? Akalis' soft stand on militancy could revive terrorism in Punjab

The terrorist attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab on Monday resulting in the death of more than a dozen people may be the first such instance in the state.


Bizarre khap diktat! Five months after marriage, couple asked to live as siblings

Living under extreme pressure from the villagers following the khap’s order, the hapless couple has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court for protection.


Haryana minister tweets in anger as CM kept him in the dark over Parineeti Chopra's appointment as brand ambassador

This is not the first time that Vij has put the chief minister and the state government in the dock.


80,000 students of Class X fail English in Punjab: 'Leak of interest,' say teachers

When more than 80,000 students of Class 10 across government schools failed in English in the Punjab School Education Board examination (PSEB), the state’s Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema decided to get to the root of the problem.


Khap diktat on Miss Tanakpur director: Community leaders say it creates wrong impression

Community leaders in Haryana have said that the diktat by Ahlawat Khap of Muzaffarnagar against the director of Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho is not democratic.


Robert Vadra land deal: Haryana Cong puts up brave face as HC sets up probe commission

There is a general feeling that although the commission has been set up to probe all the controversial land deals in the last decade, the main target of the BJP government in Haryana was Robert Vadra.


BJP-Akali Dali under siege over Moga assault: Congress, AAP bay for Badal blood

The Moga incident in Punjab, in which a teenaged girl was molested and thrown off a moving bus, has provided the opposition political parties the perfect ammunition they needed to take on the ruling Akali Dal-BJP combine in the build-up to the assembly election in 2017.


Rahul Gandhi's PR timing is perfect but will it win Punjab for Congress?

It was an image makeover exercise alright. And for a change neither the Congress nor Rahul Gandhi made a mess of it.


Coward farmers remark: Irony is OP Dhankar was BJP’s Kisan Morcha president twice

The remark is certainly insensitive and coming from someone who has been the president of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha twice it's deeply troubling. At a time when the country is in the midst of an agrarian crisis, which has led to a spate of suicides in the farming community, Haryana Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar has triggered a controversy by saying farmers who kill themselves are cowards and criminals. The insensitive remark of the Haryana minister has the opposition up in arms.


Modi's Beti Bachao mission finds unlikely supporters: The Khaps

Khaps, notorious for their anti-woman attitude, have decided to become protector of the girl child and support his ambitious initiative.


Giving Baba Ramdev cabinet status: Haryana govt defends decision despite criticism

The Cabinet rank entitles the yoga guru to a red beacon car, additional security from the state and other such facilities under the protocol.


Spirit of AAP volunteers in Punjab dampens after infighting grabs centrestage

The party had raised great expectations after it stupendous victory in Delhi, but things look different on the ground now.