Ankita Dwivedi Johri

Articles By Ankita Dwivedi Johri

20 years after Kargil: ‘When his box came home, all it had was Rs 300 — and the chocolates he loved’

Nearly twenty years after their first-born, Captain Vijayant Thapar, was shot in the head on June 29, 1999 during the Kargil War’s Knoll assault, the Thapars still feel the “vacuum” of his loss.

Once again in Dadri

12 km from Bisara, tension hangs over a village after 2 arrests over meat. Families deny charges, including of illegal arms, in an area ‘cautious’ since Akhlaq’s case

Explained: How Nitish, Paswan rode Modi bandwagon to Bihar triumph

The results come as a big boost for Nitish Kumar, who maintained a low profile through the campaign. His decision to break away from the Mahagathbandhan in 2017 and join the NDA has paid off.

Haryana: Women real issue in family name vs US-returned entrant contest

While Yadav is contesting for the first time, her family is not new to politics.

Bhiwani-Mahendragarh seat: Women poll issue in this contest of old family name vs US-returned entrant

In the dusty lanes of Bigowa village in Haryana’s Bhiwani district, where most women have dupattas wrapped tightly around their faces, and the men sit around smoking hookah, Swati Yadav stands out. Dressed in a salwar-kameez and sneakers, an Apple watch on her wrist to count her daily steps, and a few fading blonde streaks […]

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Seven decades of separation between the oldest and youngest voters in UP

Rae Bareli, which votes on May 6, has among the widest gaps: 28,275 voters above 80; 21,285 in the 18-19 segment. But between education and jobs, how different are their expectations from the govt? The Indian Express finds out.

Waiting to leave, in Malaka

Education didn’t get them jobs, governments didn’t get them change, and polls pass them by. To find out how elections touch daily life, The Indian Express veers off the campaign trail to spend a week in UP’s Malaka, in one of India’s most backward areas. Will this election be any different in this village in Fatehpur, which every time changes the incumbent party in hope of vikas?

Priyanka Gandhi: ‘Would rather die than help BJP, our ideologies are poles apart’

Priyanka’s road show culminated in a joint rally with Sonia in Sareni village. This was the former Congress president’s first rally in these elections. She had earlier addressed small meetings.

How to be a woman, and a sharp cop in India

On the front line, women police officers face crime, patriarchy and the call of duty. How tough is it to have it all?

In equal measure

Parity in political representation for women will help bring bigger, deeper change.

A day in the life of National War Memorial: ‘Sometimes, it is important to kill’

Amid India-Pak tension, at the new memorial for killed soldiers, peace gets a faint hearing.

Why everybody loves Universal Basic Income

The Budget has promised an assured income to farmers, Rahul Gandhi a minimum income guarantee, and Sikkim a universal basic income by 2022. Back in 2016-2017, the Economic Survey said UBI was an idea whose time was ripe for discussion. As that talk picks up in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, The Indian Express parses the debate, starting from India’s only two pilot projects

Gone girl: The curious case of Twinkle Dagre’s disappearance

She was bold, fiercely ambitious and had set her sights on a political career. Until, one day in Indore, she disappeared. 22-year-old Twinkle Dagre’s story is now at the centre of a murky story about politics and exploitation

Agra girl killed: ‘Someone was jealous, burnt her school bag and books too’

The incident has had one fallout in the village — the girls have stopped going to school. “At least 40 girls went to the same school as the girl, they are all scared to step out now."

1984 anti-Sikh riots: ‘The bodies were here, everywhere… in the dark, all I could see were fires’

Block 32, Trilokpuri. This east Delhi neighbourhood was Ground Zero of the 1984 carnage in the Capital where 350 Sikh residents were killed in 30 hours. The first reporters to reach the spot were Joseph Maliakan and his colleagues at The Indian Express.

Ram on track: Aboard the Ramayana Express

Amid delays and discomfort, faith keeps passengers on the fully booked maiden Shri Ramayana Express from Ayodhya to Rameswaram going. Plus election talk that veers around to PM Modi and the temple. ANKITA DWIVEDI JOHRI on board the Ramayana train.

‘We are all #MeToo’: The several battles of the women from Agra

One of the many women who accused M J Akbar of sexual harassment said she had ‘fought several battles’ in home town Agra to become the first woman in her family to step out to work. The Indian Express goes back to Agra to see what #MeToo means for the women starting out there.

90 per cent of the comments on my video are positive: UP policeman heard mimicking gun sound

In a six-second viral clip, a policeman, identified as Manoj Kumar, was heard mimicking the sound of gunshot after his revolver got jammed during an encounter, saying “Arre maaro, ghero ghero, thain thain”.

Masira & Rizwan

She loved dance, he dreamt of Indian Idol. Their love was the talk of Nizamuddin basti — till he ‘killed’ her.

World’s largest recruitment drive: 2.37 crore applicants for 1.2 lakh Railway jobs

They arrive 12 hours before exam, and take over footpaths, roads, even traffic police stalls. The Indian Express spends a day at the largest exam centre where, as chances appear bleaker, hope must shine brighter