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India's AI-fuelled electoral turmoil

Published on Apr 23, 2024 09:12 PM IST

Updated investigative and enforcement mechanisms, public education campaigns, and AI ethics guidelines are required to preserve sanctity of India's elections

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has generated intensely realistic AI renderings of its iconic former president, M. Karunanidhi, delivering rousing speeches praising his son M.K. Stalin's leadership.(Screengrab of Karunanidhi's AI avatar video from a telecast/X)

Do prisoners have the right to vote?

As things stand, individuals within the confines of a prison are entitled to vote, but unrestricted mobility is a prerequisite to exercising voting rights

What legal provisions govern a prisoner's right to vote? (Getty image)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 08:20 PM IST

How new technology is helping plug leaks and reshaping water management in India

With water scarcity gripping Indian cities, recent advancements are revolutionising leak detection. Startups are leading the charge in reducing water wastage

Thane, India - May 09, 2023: Water being wasted due to a water pipeline valve leakage, at Panchpakhadi, near TMC Office, in Thane, India, on Tuesday, May 09, 2023. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 08:52 PM IST

Explained: How India can achieve self-sufficiency in pulse production

India's reliance on pulse imports shows a complex interplay of insufficient domestic production, exacerbated by climatic conditions and agricultural regulations

Despite being the largest producer and consumer of pulses globally, India encounters significant hurdles in meeting its internal demand (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 01:44 AM IST

How the BJP's path to power in Maharashtra became a tale of strategic missteps

While the BJP successfully engineered splits in parties, its internal challenges and disconnect with grassroots issues may have left it in a precarious position

Nanded, Apr 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd during a public gathering in Nanded, Maharashtra on Saturday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and BJP MP Ashok Chavan also seen. (ANI Photo)(BJP media)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 02:18 AM IST

Legally Speaking | Do we have the right to sleep?

The Bombay high court recently emphasised that the right to sleep is a fundamental human right. The HC's ruling aligns with a universal right to rest

The right to sleep or rest has been termed a basic human right(Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 11:30 PM IST

A study aims to show the connect between monsoon and subcontinent invasions...

…invasions from Central Asian regions coincided with weak precipitation in their regions, indicating that climate has always played a big role in geopolitics

Possible linkage between climatic conditions and invasions on the Indian subcontinent during the period 6th century BCE to 16th century CE - published in the peer-reviewed Springer's Earth System Science Journal on April 4, 2024. (Springer's Earth System Science Journal)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 09:11 PM IST

Sulthan Battery, Ganapathivattom, or Hennared Veedhi: What's in a name?

The BJP wants to rename a town in Wayanad that it says was renamed by Tipu Sultan. We speak to historians to find out the town's ancient past

Jain Temple at Sultan Bathery, Wayanad, Kerala, India(Joseph Lazer/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 08:59 PM IST

HistoriCity | What explains the brouhaha over Rupala’s statements

Communities have used marriages to build political alliances and achieve upward mobility. This includes those in power at different times throughout history

Rajkot: Union Minister of State and BJP candidate Parshottam Rupala addresses a gathering as he arrives to file his nomination papers for Lok Sabha elections, in Rajkot, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_16_2024_000107B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 08:22 PM IST

Between Hahnemann and Higgs: Two men, two eras, and how we understand the world

It is in the disagreements that interrupt plausible explanations of the world that homoeopathy departs from science

An illustration from Punch magazine dated July 29, 1914, depicting Glossomany, a
Published on Apr 18, 2024 08:14 PM IST

The game of deterrence between Iran and Israel has changed

Iran's attack on Israel on April 13, crossed Tel Aviv's red line. Until it reciprocates (if it does), it is Israel that is caught in a commitment trap

An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel. (REUTERS FILE)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 08:10 PM IST

All eyes on Tamil Nadu: Can BJP breach Periyarist bastion in 2024 elections

The upcoming general elections in Tamil Nadu have drawn attention to the BJP's attempts to challenge the dominance of Periyarist parties in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Arichal Munai point, which is the place from where Ram Setu starts, in Dhanushkodi. (ANI Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Northeastern View | In Manipur, what does violence hold out for voters?

As political violence declined, voter turnout shot up with Manipur seeing a turnout of 85% in the 2017 election. Seven years later, this may not be the case

A poster spreading awareness to vote is pictured on a street ahead of the elections in Imphal, Manipur, India, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:22 PM IST

Can our political discourse handle a public apology?

As HD Kumaraswamy proved, apologies occupy complex moral positions. An apology should accept responsibility and acknowledge one's role in causing distress

Kumaraswamy’s apology is a classic case of how not to apologise (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:21 PM IST

Weather Bee | How unusual is snowfall in late April?

India's snowpack season in 2024 is marked by unpredictability, with current levels far below what they should be at this time.

Ganderbal [J&K], Apr 16 (ANI): Vehicles covered in snow as Sonamarg receives fresh snowfall, in Ganderbal on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:13 PM IST

Who is Teja Singh Samundri and what is the Gurdwara Reforms Movement?

Former Indian diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu is contesting elections from Amritsar. Meet his grandfather, who played a key role in shaping the Sikh community

Teja Singh Samundri was born on February 20, 1882, in a village called Rai Ka Burj in Amritsar district(Taranjit Singh Sandhu Twitter)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:56 PM IST

Middle East on precipice but world has no appetite for another war

India is concerned about stability in the region due to potential repercussions on diaspora remittances and energy prices.

An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 07:51 PM IST

Learning the way of the water holds the key to decluttering city traffic

Water transport lost favour as roads and bridges made travel faster. But that is not the case anymore. Now, waterways offer parallel routes to many destinations

The Kochi water metro (Twitter/CMOKerala)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 11:38 AM IST

Kwatra’s visit part of India-US consolidation; ties are on track

Both sides are focused on core strategic issues and deepening bilateral cooperation in a busy election year

Indian foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra with Richard R Verma, the US state department deputy secretary handling the India account and a former ambassador to India (X/DepSecStateMR)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 10:39 PM IST

Sandeshkhali unrest part of a long line of TMC–BJP pre- and post-flashpoints

Political storms around the time of elections are not new in the state. Panchayat, assembly and Lok Sabha polls routinely witness violent clashes in West Bengal

Sandeshkhali, India - March 8, 2024: CBI Team along with Security Force personnel searched the Sheikh Shahjahan Market at Sarberia in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India, on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 09:04 PM IST

How will the Northeast vote?

Elections in the region will be fought on a triadic, inter-linked reality of perception of development, the sense of insecurity and assertions of aspirations

A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper stands guard as people wait in queues to cast their votes outside a polling station during the third phase of general election in Khowai district in the northeastern state of Tripura, India, April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 06:58 PM IST

Amidst the Iran-Israel escalation loop, India is not spoilt for choice

While the crew of captured ships have traditionally been released unharmed, the current crisis presents a new frontier for Indian foreign policy

An official slides down a rope during a helicopter raid on MSC Aries ship.(via REUTERS)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 03:48 PM IST

Crude country bombs of Kerala's Kannur and their unintended targets

In volatile Kannur, political cadres target each other with weapons and bystanders and non-actors get hurt in the process. This has been happening since the 70s

A crude bomb attack at the RSS office in Kerala's Kannur district in July 2022( ANI)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 07:04 PM IST

The suits against Patanjali prove that only strict action protects public health

In a country like India, where medicines are easily sold without prescriptions, there is a need for regulation of ads to prevent the harms of self-medication

A hoarding with an image of Baba Ramdev inside a Patanjali store in Ahmedabad. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:57 PM IST

What’s on the mind of Indian voters as we go in for general elections in a week?

According to a pre-poll survey, jobs and price rise are the two biggest issues but the one that needs to talked about is how our trust in the EC is falling

The findings from the CSDS-Lokniti pre-poll survey indicate that voters are worried about the Indian economy and blame both the central and state governments for shrinking job opportunities. (PTI)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:45 PM IST

Unravelling West's anti-Modi rants and narrative on India's war on terror

Efforts have been underway to portray the Narendra Modi regime as a hyper-nationalistic regime, which is not averse to breaking international laws.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally ahead of the Lok Sabha Election in Udhampur, some 65 km from Jammu City, on April 12, 2024.(Photo By Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 07:31 PM IST

Saudi-Pakistan joint statement on Kashmir shows Riyadh’s balancing act

The recent joint statement between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, calling for dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute, marks a subtle shift in Riyadh's stance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa in his palace on the eve of 29th Ramadan, during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2024. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY(via REUTERS)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 11:25 PM IST

Northeastern View | Waiting for “Act East” panacea a decade on

The Act East policy was meant to be an interface between Northeast India and Southeast Asia, but region-wide development needs a lot more

A liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) delivery truck drives along India's Tezpur-Tawang highway which runs to the Chinese border, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.(REUTERS/ File photo)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 11:18 PM IST

Redefining the warrior — and remaking bunkers — to include women

The Supreme Court has consistently endorsed the empowerment of women in the armed forces to include equality in selection and promotion. What will that take?

Several militaries have all branches open to women. The ultimate goal for any military should be a gender-neutral and merit-driven entry system, taking into account the physiology of the individual for fitness tests. (PTI)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 11:03 PM IST

Civil unions and marriage: Where are we in India?

As the Congress and CPI offer hope for same-sex couples in the country, a look at the difference between the legal formats of partnership that are in discussion

The LGBTQIA+ movement has long demanded the right to marry. (PTI)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 09:19 PM IST
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