Vikram Gopal, Hindustan Times

Vikram Gopal

Hindustan Times

Bengaluru, KA, India

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Past articles by Vikram:

Phone tapping scandal gives BJP a stick against JD(S)

Allegations of phone tapping by the previous government are being investigated. Former Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar was questioned on Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation, which had searched his house on Thursday. → Read More

Voting on 15 Karnataka assembly seats put off to Dec 5, counting on Dec 9: EC

The bypolls were deferred first on Thursday after the Supreme Court decided to hear the petitions of the 17 former MLAs, whose disqualifications had necessitated the byelections. → Read More

CBI raids house of ex-Bengaluru top cop

Karnataka police chief Neelamani M Raju ordered an inquiry into the alleged tapping last month after a purported telephonic conversation of Kumar’s successor, Bhaskar Rao, was leaked to a TV channel. → Read More

Youth assaulted for saying India is a ‘Hindu Rashtra’

According to the police, Manjunath was assaulted for claiming that India was a “Hindu Rashtra”. The incident occurred allegedly when he confronted a group of students for creating a ruckus at the mall. → Read More

Sudhir Krishnaswamy takes charge as NLSIU’s vice-chancellor

Krishnaswamy is known for his work on Constitutional law and has written extensively about it across various platforms. → Read More

History not on his side, Yediyurappa battles for survival in Karnataka bypolls

The BJP must win at least six seats in the bye-elections for Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to gain simple majority in the Karnataka assembly. → Read More

National Law School students at Bengaluru call of protests after assurance from CJI

A statement attributed to senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan that was released by the Students’ Bar Association of the varsity said Gogoi and Bobde said there had been a lot of misinformation regarding the process. → Read More

Muslims who don’t vote for BJP support Pakistan, says Karnataka minister

Eshwarappa is known for his inflammatory and controversial remarks. In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls earlier in the year he had told a Congress leader that Muslims would have to sweep the BJP office for 10 years before they could be trusted with a party ticket. → Read More

Yediyurappa’s ‘forgive and forget’ is ignored as govt goes after Cong, JD(S)

For a brief moment after the coalition government collapsed and Yediyurappa was on the verge of assuming power, there was a let up in the squabbles between the three parties with the chief minister promising he would follow a new mantra while in power, “forgive and forget”. → Read More

Vokkaliga organisations protest against DK Shivakumar’s arrest

Though protests had been held before, this was the first where DK Shivakumar’s arrest was painted as an attack on the Vokkaliga community, which is dominant in the southern Old Mysuru region of the state → Read More

Karnataka IAS officer resigns, says continuing in job would be unethical

S Sasikanth Senthil, a 2009 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, is the second to announce his decision to exit the bureaucracy over the last month. → Read More

JD(S) MLA GT Devegowda speaks out at party, sparks speculation of switching parties

Devegowda would go on to do a giant-killing act by defeating former chief minister Siddaramaiah in the assembly elections last year, after the latter switched from his constituency of Varuna to contest from Chamundeshwari. → Read More

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. → Read More

Launched amid fanfare, South India’s subsidized canteens remain neglected

Modelled on the Amma Canteen launched by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, there are 191 canteens across Bengaluru that provide breakfast at Rs 5 and lunch and dinner at Rs 10 and have proved very popular among city residents, with an estimated 15 crore meals having been served over the past two years, according to the BBMP. → Read More

Karnataka BJP pushes for beef ban, minister says will introduce bill soon

Since, BS Yediyurappa became chief minister on July 26, leaders in the state party have been clamouring for reintroduction of the Bill. These calls appear to have been answered as confirmed by state minister CT Ravi. → Read More

Congress’s new dilemma in Karnataka, leaders press for change in state unit

The Congress high command is yet to take a call on the vacant Leader of the Opposition post in the Assembly, and the party’s Karnataka unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao’s tenure is set to end in a year. → Read More

Karnataka gets 3 dy chief ministers, triggers heartburn in Yediyurappa camp

The allocation of portfolio for the 17 ministers inducted into the cabinet last week had taken over a week and two trips by chief minister BS Yediyurappa to New Delhi to materialise. → Read More

JD(S), Congress bigwigs trade shot over alliance govt’s fall

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in Karnataka after the coalition lost a trust vote in July after 17 of its lawmakers submitted their resignations. → Read More

Deve Gowda targets Siddaramaiah over collapse of Congress-JD (S) coalition

The animosity between the two had appeared to have been dealt with while the two parties were in power, although there were signs of simmering anger on both sides. This came out into the open as Deve Gowda turned up the pressure over the past two days, blaming the former chief minister for the collapse of the coalition. → Read More

In surprise move, BJP picks Nalin Kateel as Karnataka unit president

Nalin Kumar Kateel is a three-time member of Parliament from the coastal Dakshina Kannada and is known as a fire-brand Hindutva leader with a penchant for making controversial statements. He is announced as the Karnataka unit president of BJP. → Read More