Asad Rehman

Asad Rehman is sub-editor with The Indian Express. Follow his tweets @rehman91asad

Articles By Asad Rehman

A day in the life of Bavita Devi, recipient of 50 chicks under a UP scheme for women

Meant to fight malnutrition, an Uttar Pradesh scheme has run into a problem: few birds survive beyond infancy.

Ambedkar Pathshalas For the financially weak, chance at a level playing field

The eldest person in the class, Sana Khatoon, says the pathshala has helped her and other children. “I hope they continue to run these centres."

A single tale

For over 30 years, the people of Hashimpura have been reliving the killings

The case of the balloon in Mathura: A mela, 3 cities and a China sticker

What set three policemen off on this search was a post that started doing the rounds of social media on October 21 about a balloon, with ‘I Love Pakistan’ and a moon and stars imprinted on it, being sold at the mela.

We understand difficulty: Rohingya pitch in to help Kerala flood victims

Taking a cue, other Rohingya settlements in the country also decided to start collecting money for the cause.

Uttar Pradesh: Forced to stop selling non-veg, restaurants near Kanwar yatra route take a hit

Additional Superintendent of Police of Meerut City, Kumar Ran Vijay Singh, however, denies any such order asking restaurants to stop selling meat.

Spoken English classes, and students’ confidence, take off at govt schools

Most students say it is difficult for them to speak fluent English because they come from lower middle class backgrounds. The government initiative, they say, has improved their vocabulary and, most importantly, helped them get rid of the hesitation in speaking the language.

Gate mitras: The only line of defence at unmanned level railway crossings

At unmanned level railway crossings, gate mitras are the only line of defence. But as they stand armed with little more than a flag, a whistle, a hat and a fluroscent jacket, who listens to them?

Seven couples on the run and a wedding that wasn’t

A month after fraud at a mass wedding, a shroud of silence engulfs two villages in Greater Noida.

‘Is cow Hindu?’

Nearly a month ago, a BSP Meerut corporator went and left his cow with police “fearing gau rakshaks”. Police say it is now 120 km away. In the city’s Nauchandi area, it is a distance that is widening

Meerut: Girl set herself on fire, two families differ on stalking charge

According to the FIR filed by the mother of the girl, on January 6, four men from Gawdi village “waylaid the girl while she was coming home after her tuition and tried to rape her in a field..."

The WhatsApp conundrum

Its encryption protects the privacy of users but prevents action against those using it to spread fake news, rumours and communal tension

On terrace of hope, these girls learn to spread wings

Farida enables students to complete school through open learning.

Salman & Sunil: How different are they?

A VHP leader said Hindu girls err in thinking a Sunil and a Salman are same. But how different are they?

A day in the South Delhi slum: The water wars

The 9,000-litre Delhi Jal Board tankers, which come four times a day and thrice in the mornings (6, 7.30 and 9.30 am), are the slum’s only source of water

Manohar Kahaniyan to 1984: A day in the life of a railway station book stall

A recent Railway circular said stalls at railway stations must display and sell books on “Indian tradition” and “morals”, but among the dwindling customers who turn up at this stall, there are few takers for one.

A day in the life of an employment exchange in Delhi: ‘Job or no job… it’s up to God’

There are 4,48,52,500 registered job seekers in India. But with registrations now done online, the few who visit this employment exchange come with questions and leave with little answers

A few feet of home

A day in the life of a family of seven, sharing a 10X10 ft room in East Delhi's Seelampur.

‘A free country like India should give us refuge’: Fatima, 25, Rohingya refugee in Delhi

Parliament was told last week that states had been directed to identify and deport all “illegal immigrants”, including Rohingyas registered with the UN. An estimated 40,000 Rohingyas live in India

For Prince of Kurukshetra, 48 hours in borewell a snapshot of haunting images

It’s now 7 years since apex court ordered the government to cap all borewells. India’s most famous child to fall into one hopes someone listens