UNSC: Forum of little diplomacy and more grandstanding

Updated on Feb 25, 2022 08:23 PM IST

Exclusive: The Security Council was not conceived to be platform for great power conflict solutions. With great power competition now in play, the Council’s inadequacies are on display. The Ukraine resolution will be moved in the UNSC this evening

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In Uttar Pradesh, does caste politics trump human development?

The evidence is clear. Caste politics — of which the SP and BSP are accused — did not undermine human development indicators, as seen in the data from NHFS 3 and 4 

National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data on human development since 2004 states that UP fared as well, if not better, than its neighbours(Representative Image/AP)
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 04:14 PM IST

Premium Conversations | Decoding India-US relations with Atul Keshap

Keshap, president of USIBC, spoke about the evolution of the India-US relationship, the economic opportunities and challenges, the geo-economics of the Indo-Pacific, and his vision of bilateral ties

Atul Keshap played a key role in the US’s enhanced engagement with Indo-Pacific. (Twitter)
Updated on Feb 21, 2022 12:44 PM IST

The outsourcing shoe is on the other foot in India now

Technological innovation has, once again, laid the ground for outsourcing. However, this will be within India, in its service sector. Those at the helm of these disruptive technologies will be the clear winners, but the losers will outnumber them

Whether it is the government relying on TV channels instead of recruiting thousands of teachers or Ed-tech companies replacing hundreds of thousands of private tutors, the disruptions can be felt everywhere. (Mint/Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 12:01 PM IST

A health check-up for the Union Budget

Much of economics has grappled with these trade-offs between well-being and prosperity, as do governments. And in this context, the Union Budget 2022 stands out

Adjusted for inflation, the cut to the health sector, even as a pandemic is on, is the unkindest of all. (PTI File)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 11:53 AM IST

In UP, what the BJP’s campaign seems to be lacking this time

Here are four charts that look at the BJP’s 2017 performance and extrapolate the situation to make sense of the 2022 contest.

What is even more interesting is the fact that the share of respondents who reported satisfaction from the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre and the Akhilesh Yadav led SP government was not very different. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 11:12 AM IST

Numbers Matter | Decoding the world’s Omicron wave peaks

As cases drop and the global Omicron wave recedes, a look into the trajectory of infections and deaths of all three waves

This favourable deviation in deaths can be explained by three factors — vaccination, the lethality of Omicron, and expertise. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 11:03 AM IST

The two divergent economic faces of Uttarakhand

The first is a formal-non formal sector divide. The second is an urban-rural divide

One sphere where employment pains get reflected is the demand for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. (Reuters)
Updated on Feb 14, 2022 02:33 PM IST

Premium Conversations | The India-US economic relationship with Mukesh Aghi

President and CEO, USISPF, Mukesh Aghi on the current bilateral partnership, the challenges faced by US businesses, and the reformist steps and policy gaps in India.

I would like to see trade reach $500 billion. That is important because it creates jobs on both sides. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2022 11:34 AM IST

Explainer: What the law says on hijab

The contentious subject ensues a legal question of whether the right to wear a hijab is constitutionally protected as an essential religious practice or not. A deep dive:

This is a clash between the state-mandated restriction on religious attire in educational institutions, and the rights of individuals to freely exercise their religious beliefs(Representational Photo/File Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2022 11:23 AM IST

Numbers Matter | Covid-19: Three waves, three paces

India’s third wave has truly peaked and is now receding fast — giving us the unique chance to compare it to the two previous waves.

If we look at the case curve in these three waves purely in terms of when they started, there is a stark difference in terms of how prolonged each of the waves was. (iStock)
Published on Feb 08, 2022 08:33 PM IST

In western Uttar Pradesh, the Rakesh Tikait factor 

From policeman to farmer to a key leader in the farm movement, Rakesh Tikait's popularity has grown significantly and may play an important role this election season 

Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2022 03:08 PM IST
ByS Raju

Devinder Pal Bhullar: An explainer on how prisoners are considered for release

Can the Delhi government release any prisoner on their own? Who takes the decisions during the board meeting? When do these meetings happen? Here is an explainer

In the run-up to the elections in Punjab, several groups have petitioned different political parties, particularly the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for Bhullar’s release. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2022 02:31 PM IST

Ecostani | Reading between the lines: The grim reality of India's forests

The richness of India's forest system is slowly eroding with various factors contributing to this decline. Here is a deep dive into the fine print of the latest forest report:

The biennial forest survey report is the most comprehensive survey done anywhere in the world to gauge the quality of forests. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 06:00 PM IST

Numbers Matter | Covid: What the fall in hospitalisations in Mumbai, Delhi means

While the drop in cases may be because of low testing levels, or people using home test kits, a drop in hospitalisation is a crucial metric that reflects the on-the-ground situation

The current growth rate is still more than the highest levels recorded even during the worst of the Delta wave. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 03:17 PM IST

Numbers Matter | What early signs of Covid peak in Mumbai, Delhi mean for India

Milder infections, coupled with fewer hospitalisations also means that a minuscule case of infections will end up being severe

But the good news is that for now, the waves in Mumbai and Delhi appear to be following trends seen in Omicron waves the world over(PTI)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 01:46 PM IST

Why is Delhi not recording much fog this winter season?

Not only is the lack of “dense fog” hours strange, but Delhi has also not recorded enough shallow to moderate fog hours

CAT-I procedures are initiated at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport in “shallow” fog, while CAT-II procedures are initiated in “moderate” fog(PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 08:42 PM IST

Will just a capex-focus in the budget work for the economy?

Is there a case for prioritizing revenue spending over capital spending in the next budget? Here are three charts which argue why a capex boost alone might not sufficient this year

More than four fifth of investment spending in the Indian economy comes from the private sector(File Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 03:14 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Twenty-five years later, Naveen Patnaik's steady success story

What explains the stunning success of Patnaik for more than two decades when anti-incumbency has been the bane of most parties?

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik (File Photo )
Published on Jan 05, 2022 07:35 PM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

Bad air: Taking cue from Delhi, public transport in NCR cities must shift to CNG

Experts have time and again demanded that neighbouring states and the NCR cities shift their buses, taxis and autos completely to CNG to curb pollution

Data accessed by the HT from the ministry of petroleum and natural gas shows that there are 3,179 CNG stations in the country(Representative photo/HT)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 08:00 PM IST

Numbers matter | As Covid cases surge, hospitalisations and deaths don’t

Preventing hospitalisations prevents deaths – the eventual target of the pandemic for any country

People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in New York' Times Square on Dec. 13, 2021. The current global wave is also at the worst level ever recorded throughout the two years of the pandemic(AP)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 04:29 PM IST

2021 in numbers: Productivity in Parliament

Parliament worked longer than last year, but not by much. Here are charts to explain its functioning. 

Despite the suspension of MPs and the early adjournments, both actions criticized by opposition parties, 2021 was not the least productive year in the Indian Parliament(File Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 01:39 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: State elections

The BJP gained most MLAs this year, but not all will be important for Rajya Sabha

To be sure, a gain or loss of an MLA in Kerala or Puducherry does not mean the same for Rajya Sabha elections as the gain or loss of an MLA in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu(ANI)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 02:57 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Health services

Disruption in non-Covid health services continued this year

51.7 million patients had accessed outpatient services in 2018 in the January-May period, the only months for which data is available in 2021(Rajeev Gupta)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 05:58 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Keeping up with UP | With Omicron looming, can UP elections be deferred?

In case the Commission decides to defer polls in all five states, then they will have to impose President’s rule in the states

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 03:31 PM IST
BySunita Aron

The path to Maharashtra’s net zero commitment

Maharashtra must offer more clarity on its game plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions, which it has committed to deliver in 43 cities including Mumbai, by 2040. Also, xperts say it will take a more coordinated show of effort between multiple departments to inspire confidence

“Given that coal is still such a huge part of the energy mix, you can’t arrive at net zero simply by planting trees,” said Sunil Dahiya, an analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) a Delhi-based think tank. (Twitter/@AUThackeray)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 09:33 PM IST
ByPrayag Arora-Desai

2021 in numbers: Temperature in India

Here are three charts that show how the temperature in 2021 followed or did not follow its long-term trends

It is this pattern that suggests that rainfall had an impact on temperature(PTI)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 04:00 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Explainer: Karnataka anti-conversion law: The legality of other such laws

The issue of anti-conversion laws has sparked debate on their constitutionality and necessity in a constitutional democracy

Members of the Christian community participate in a silent protest against the Anti-Conversion bill proposed in the Winter Session of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, in Bengaluru(PTI)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 07:49 PM IST

2021 in numbers: Rainfall

An HT analysis shows that 2021 has been unique in following only part of this long-term trend at the country-level. Here are three charts that show how

According to gridded data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), India has received 1236.6 mm of rainfall up to 8:30 AM on December 21(L. Anantha Krishnan)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 03:40 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Central government's spending

Is the government likely to spend more than it had budgeted for in this financial year? Here are two charts that explain this.

How did the government spend more in the last financial year when its receipts declined?(HT Archive)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 05:07 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha
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