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ICPD @ 25: India must prioritise reproductive rights

Updated on Nov 11, 2019 02:06 PM IST

ICPD would be a tough act to follow but when we reconvene at ICPD+25, I hope it will give us renewed fervour, energy and thought leadership to work towards the unfinished agenda

Social factors, such as age at marriage, age at first birth, education of girls for maternal and infant well-being, and promoting a basket of contraceptive choices find prominence in the policy(Shutterstock)
ByPoonam Muttreja

Fix the legal system, look beyond the apex court | HT Analysis

Improve judicial infrastructure, expand judicial training, and develop an evidence-based approach to reforms

Much judicial reform in this country happens based on anecdote and received wisdom, in lieu of an evidence-based approach(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 10, 2019 07:24 PM IST
ByArghya Sengupta

How to tackle India’s current deceleration | HT Analysis

Increase wages of MGNREGA workers; increase the disbursal for food subsidy, and boost public investment

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a press conference, New Delhi, November 6, 2019
Published on Nov 10, 2019 07:06 PM IST
ByDeepankar Basu

Rejecting RCEP was the easy part | HT Analysis

The world is moving towards high-quality free trade deals, and India must follow that path too

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha shake hands at the 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 10, 2019 07:05 PM IST
ByMohan Kumar

Ayodhya: This should be a guide for the future

When the Ram temple is finally built, it will signal the end of mental servitude and subordination

Almost 27 years after the demolition, an act which SC called illegal, the temple’s construction now seems assured(HT Archive)
Published on Nov 09, 2019 09:11 PM IST
BySwapan Dasgupta

Opinion | The Ayodhya verdict: Is this justice? I ask myself

Muslims should clearly, politely and unequivocally refuse the Supreme Court’s offer of five acres of land in Ayodhya

The Supreme Court of India has ruled that 2.77 acres, possibly the most disputed land in Indian history, will go to a trust to be formed by the government and five acres of land in Ayodhya will go to the Muslim party(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Updated on Jul 20, 2020 09:17 AM IST
BySyeda Hameed

The Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict on Ayodhya is remarkable

The only correct, efficacious and lasting solution to this divisive issue is the binding judgment of the apex court

None of the Supreme Court’s reasoning or findings can be said to be perverse, unknown to law, or excludes established legal principles of judicial adjudication(Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Published on Nov 09, 2019 09:08 PM IST
ByAbhishek Singhvi

Kartarpur corridor inauguration: A day of celebration and reflection | HT Analysis

On this historic day, pilgrims will walk down the corridor with gratitude for this unique opportunity

A member of the sangat was known as bhai or brother. It became a melting pot for the high and the low, whose members mixed together without consideration of caste or status. A similar reiteration of this message came through the langar or community kitchen(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 08, 2019 08:12 PM IST
ByNavtej Sarna

India must now reform its surveillance law | HT Analysis

The WhatsApp-Pegasus controversy affords a golden opportunity to do just that

Laws, the rule of law, and courts are not enough to protect and vindicate the right to privacy against State intrusion(AFP)
Published on Nov 08, 2019 07:24 PM IST
ByGautam Bhatia

The Tis Hazari violence has hurt the legal profession

For lawyers to insist on the arrest of police officers as a precondition to call off the strike is not legally justified

A burnt police vehicle inside the Tis Hazari Court Complex, New Delhi, November 2, 2019(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 07, 2019 07:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySidharth Luthra

How to reform India’s judicial system

Improve district courts, identify pending cases and encourage case and court management

It is time to stop discussing hackneyed issues such as filling up vacancies (how many judges do we really need?), tackling the huge number of pending cases (how do you define pendency?), and establishing special courts or fast-track courts (now special fast-track courts and fast-track special courts) and get on with reforms.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 07, 2019 06:12 PM IST
ByMadan Lokur

To build urban resilience, we must empower the city | Analysis

India’s city governments are weak, and departments work in silos. To tackle climate change, this needs to change

A view of a flooded area in Kochi, October 31, 2019. A study by Climate Central, a US-based climate think tank, said that if spiralling emissions are not brought under control, parts of Mumbai, Surat, Chennai, and Kolkata, will be either underwater or ravaged by recurring floods by 2050.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 08:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

What the cyber attacks on Kudankulam and Isro show | Analysis

The long-awaited reforms of India’s cyber apparatus should be undertaken without any further delay

Our cyber doctrine needs to be spelt out clearly and unequivocally. Let’s establish a framework for both deterrence by denial and deterrence by punishment(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 08:32 PM IST
ByPukhraj Singh

MEPs visit not a diplomatic disaster, writes Swapan Dasgupta

India’s bid to create a cluster of friends should be seen as no more than a public relations exercise

The sad truth is that the powers of the MEPs are woefully limited. It is the EU Commissioners that call the shots(Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 08:25 PM IST
BySwapan Dasgupta

The State must address the WhatsApp breach, writes Kapil Sibal

It must give definitive answers on this invasion of individual freedom, and the courts must protect people

WhatsApp has filed proceedings in the United States district court for redress. WhatsApp should be directed to file similar proceedings in India(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 05, 2019 06:27 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

Judgments that impact society must be holistic | Analysis

In the Goa Foundation judgment, the environment was preserved, but it was at the cost of the livelihoods of many

The shock and pain of the loss of livelihood will inevitably undermine the faith of those affected by the nature of justice being meted out(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 05, 2019 06:25 PM IST
ByPrashanto Chandra Sen

China’s Tibet: A story of progress | Analysis

Tibet has been part of China since ancient times. It enjoys development and religious freedom

Those who claim “the Chinese government violates religious freedom of the Tibetan people” either have never been to Tibet or harbour ulterior motives(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 05, 2019 06:23 PM IST
BySun Weidong

Domestic partisan politics must not affect the Kashmir challenge | Analysis

Most arguments against the MEPs’ visit have little merit. It shows how we can be our own worst enemies

That the delegation counted for little because it was unofficial and did not represent national governments is an uninformed view. Inviting an official delegation would have actually given a handle to a foreign government to officially meddle in Kashmir, and would have internationalised the issue much more(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 08:33 PM IST
ByKanwal Sibal

Why there cannot be any national security without individual privacy | Analysis

NSO-Pegasus case: Set up an independent inquiry panel and conduct its proceedings transparently

The Pegasus spyware of the nso group can hack both iOS and Android devices by targeting vulnerabilities in the operating systems. It is capable of running in the background without the targeted user ever knowing about the hack(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 04, 2019 06:00 AM IST
ByApar Gupta

Dear Sujith, we, as a country, are very sorry

Borewell accidents are happening because states have not implemented the SC’s rules on borewell monitoring

Two-year-old Sujith Wilson died when he fell into a borewell in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. May his unfortunate demise jolt our conscience, and move us into action(ANI)
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 08:53 PM IST
ByGajendra Singh Shekhawat

For clean air, reform how we travel | Analysis

Delhi needs a multi-pronged approach to its transport sector. Odd-even alone won’t work

Encouraging public transport and EVs, and improving last-mile metro connectivity will help(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 04, 2019 05:57 AM IST
ByOP Agarwal

There are solutions to Delhi’s pollution crisis

Instead of paddy, farmers have to be incentivised to move to millets

I’ve met several women who’ve been plucking out stubble from the fields. One of them told me that they were too few in number to replace burning with plucking in such a short window of time(Sameer Sehgal/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 02, 2019 08:10 PM IST

Climate change is real. There is a way for India to deal with it, smartly

Identify synergies and trade-offs between development and climate. And then choose well

Headlines this week warned that much of Mumbai and its suburbs could be under water due to climate change-related sea-level rise by 2050.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 02, 2019 08:58 PM IST
ByNavroz K Dubash

Religious institutions must use resources better

Charity is often directed at institutions of faith. Invest in development, and, perhaps even industries and start-ups

Padmanabhaswamy temple, India’s richest, has an estimated annual income of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh crore(AP)
Published on Nov 01, 2019 09:01 PM IST
ByPushpa Sundar

The line between the giver and the receiver must blur

For the first time in recorded history, in India alone, there are an estimated 20 million people in the upper middle class who have their Maslow hierarchy needs of physiology (food), safety (roof over the head) and society (love and affection) consistently met

The demand for giving, in the economic sense of the word, has never been higher in our society. It requires desire, capacity and the willingness to act(Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 01, 2019 08:59 PM IST
ByYogesh Parmar

The possibilities, and perils, of whistleblowing

The Infosys case reveals a key distinction. What may be perceived as poor management may not be illegal

In an email dated September 20 to the Infosys Board and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Ethical Employees, a whistleblower group, alleged that Infosys CEO Salil Parekh was indulging in “unethical practices” to boost short-term revenues and profits.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 06:26 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

Don’t impair the integrity of the UPSC exam system

The panel must address concerns on quality of questions, nature of the exam, and what it is seeking in a candidate

The Union Public Service Commission also needs to evolve systems to conduct appraisals of question papers perhaps as post-mortem exercises to examine if the examinations are bringing out the qualities needed in candidates it recommends for selection(HINDUSTAN TIMES PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 06:20 PM IST
ByVivek Katju

RTI 2.0: Eroding a valued right | Analysis

The new rules curtail the autonomy and authority of information commissions. Citizens will suffer

The RTI regime is at a crossroads today. There have been vigorous protests, and civil society may move court(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 30, 2019 07:34 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu

Why the US-China trade war has not helped India | Analysis

Delhi has failed to take advantage because of its own manufacturing weaknesses and disputes with the US

In fact, since Trump moved to the Oval Office, the US trade deficit with China has increased by more than $1 trillion. In comparison, during the first 32 months of Obama’s second term, the US deficit was a little over $900 billion(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 06:57 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

For education, the new Niti Aayog Index could become a game-changer | Analysis

It provides a road map for states to ensure consistent improvement in schools, while increasing accountability

Like the Ease of Doing Business Rankings have changed the business environment, SEQI can alter education outcomes(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 08:11 PM IST
ByPrachi Jain Windlass
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