Vikram Gopal
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Vikram Gopal

Karnataka State Correspondent for The Hindustan Times


DK Shivakumar: The journey of a Congress firefighter

Shivakumar, or DK or DKShi as he is known locally, has come a long way since he was promoted from the Youth Congress to the main Congress organisation four decades ago following a split in the party’s Karnataka chapter.

Hindustan Times / September 2019

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Can Congress, JD-S clinch a win in Karnataka?

Alliance partners Congress and JD(S) hope their combined vote share will help them put a brake on the BJP's dominance of the state in LS polls. The numbers from previous elections, though, present a more complex picture suggesting that there is no automat

Hindustan Times / April 2019

Loan waiver offers little relief to Karnataka farmers

Farmer suicides continue in Karnataka despite the loan waiver announced by chief minister HD Kumaraswamy as the scheme fails to address the complex problem of agricultural credit and the dependence on informal networks to access capital

Hindustan Times / February 2019

BJP’s Karnataka poll bid hit by Mahadayi water sharing row

Farmers from the Mumbai-Karnataka region protest outside the BJP's office in Bengaluru, accusing BS Yeddyurappa of not fulfilling his promise of getting Goa to agree to sharing of Mahadayi river water sharing

Hindustan Times / December 2017

Dwindling earnings force app-based cab drivers in Bengaluru to unionise

As incentives have become hard to come by, drivers attached with app-based cab aggrgators Ola and Uber, who are part of the new share economy, are being forced to come together to make the companies and the Karnataka government address their concerns

Hindustan Times / February 2017

ATM cash van driver who fled with Rs 1.37 cr arrested in Bengaluru

For five days, Dominic Roy, the driver of a logistics van that ferries cash to ATMs who made away with Rs 1.37 crore in cash, led the Bengaluru police on a chase across four southern states till he was caught without a penny on him

Hindustan Times / December 2016

Fair Cut

Caste tensions flare over access to barbers in two Karnataka villages.

The Caravan / January 2015

The Battle for the Beach

Conflict between Karnataka and Goa and the precarious lives of the residents of Baina Beach.

The Wire / May 2015

Justice for Bagair Hukum cultivators in Karnataka

Over 300,000 marginal and landless cultivators have been caught in the net of the Karnataka government’s recent drive to recover government land that has been “encroached” upon over the last few decades.

Review of Agrarian Studies / May 2015

Shifting waste and blame in Bengaluru

A look at how Bengaluru handles its waste and the consequences of this on communities in the city's periphery that are forced to live near landfills.

Business Standard / December 2015

Riddled with contradictions

A review of B R Ambedkar's book Riddles in Hinduism, which was recently published by Navayana

The Business Standard / June 2016

Taking Orders

A Bengaluru restaurant chain mired in legal battles.

The Caravan / June 2015

The Crisis of The Left

A review of the book Government a practice by Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya on the performance of the Left Front government in West Bengal

The Business Standard / May 2016

The Mirage of Freedom

Caste, Discrimination and Exclusion in Modern India (Book Review)

Business Standard / March 2016

Implementation Not Uniform

It has been over a year since the Government of India, directed the states to ensure the release of eligible undertrial prisoners under Section 436 A of the Cr. PC. However, it has been found that the implementation has not been uniform.

The Hindu / September 2014

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