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Getting India's theatre commands ‘right’

Discussing the potential structure and implications of theatre commands for the Indian armed forces

The concept of a theatre command is based on combining the strengths of the three services, i.e., the Army, Navy and Air Force in a particular manner (Photo @DefenceMinIndia)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 06:43 PM IST

What should India do to create a win-win situation for itself and Tibetans?

Several governments have raised the Tibetan issue, but India’s silence is disturbing. The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan government-in-exile, and a large diaspora of Tibetans are assets for India, which must be leveraged now

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama enjoying a traditional rice dish during the welcome ceremony on his arrival at his residence in Leh. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 26, 2022 03:34 PM IST

Indian Army's 'Tour of Duty' is a sound plan

While it is true that the concept is new for the Indian defence forces, similar schemes have been implemented in several other countries, without any adverse impacts

Indian Army soldiers patrol near the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector of J&K(PTI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 06:22 PM IST

A Chennai-Colombo corridor to boost Indo-Lankan connectivity 

The proposal of a Chennai-Colombo corridor is not related to the existing connectivity options but looks at the dynamics of Indo-Sri Lankan relations to forge a new connection between both countries.

With Sri Lanka slipping into an unprecedented crisis, a new level of relationship needs to be established between India and Sri Lanka. (ANI)
Published on Apr 09, 2022 08:00 PM IST

Here’s what you can do to keep colorectal cancer at bay

Expert talks about the risk factors of this disease that is among the top 10 cancers in India.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Vaid
Updated on Apr 01, 2020 08:24 AM IST
ByBy Dr. Ashok Kumar Vaid

Adultery Law: Supreme Court looks back to move forward

Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Hindu traditions are all unequivocal in their condemnation of adultery.

Last month justice DY Chandrachud, as part of a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, agreed to re-examine the provision, dubbing it as‘archaic’.(HT File)
Updated on Feb 10, 2018 03:26 PM IST
ByAshok Kumar Yadav

UP election results: Caste calculus, note ban and Hindutva behind BJP landslide

Road shows are not more than a show unless backed by consistent work on the ground. Here the Sangh Parivar was far ahead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at crowd during a road show in Varanasi on March 5. The BJP won the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with a thumping majority.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2017 08:01 PM IST
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Hyderabad univ to JNU: Dialogue the way to tackle ideological conflicts

Instead of pursuing the path of a dialogue, Modi’s government used police action in the JNU and bureaucratic methods in the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) to tackle ideological conflicts.

JNU students took out a march in support of JNUSU president who was sent to judicial custody.(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 20, 2016 11:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

JNU campus refrain: ‘Govt sees the university as an ideological hurdle’

The arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar under anti-national charges is an attempt by the BJP government to snuff out the progressive voice of the university, kill campus activism and foist a Hindutva version of nationalism, said many academics and students of the university.

JNU students protest inside the university campus against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2016 05:18 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Greed for property and power behind Jharkhand witch hunts

Jharkhand is among the few states in the country to have a specific law against witch hunts. But the mild Prevention of Witch Practices Act, 2001 has not done much to stop the victimisation of women branded as daayan, or witches.

Police personnel at the spot where five women accused of practicing witchcraft were beaten to death in a village of Kinijia in Jharkhand on Saturday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 19, 2015 11:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Greed for property and power behind Jharkhand witch hunts

Jharkhand is among the few states in the country to have a specific law against witch hunts. But the mild Prevention of Witch Practices Act, 2001 has not done much to stop the victimisation of women branded as daayan, a local term for witches.

Updated on Sep 19, 2015 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Academics back museum recast if Nehru not cast aside

The NDA government’s plan to revamp the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) is welcome if it means expanding the compass of research on modern and contemporary India without diluting the Nehruvian legacy and distorting the saga of the freedom movement,senior academics said on Wednesday.

Updated on Sep 10, 2015 04:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Jharkhand stuck in domicile tangle, experts divided

Opinion appears sharply divided over whether a contentious domicile policy for Jharkhand would benefit its largely impoverished indigenous, tribal population or only end up destroying the state’s delicate social fabric.

Updated on Aug 23, 2015 06:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

As parties bicker, BJP looks best prepared to face Bihar polls

On a day when the chief election commissioner (CEC) indicated that assembly elections in Bihar are likely be held sometime in September-October, few leading political parties, barring the BJP, appeared adequately prepared to face the electorate.

Updated on Jun 09, 2015 10:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshok Kumar Mishra, Patna

Jail is no bar: How Jayalalithaa, Lalu, Chautala hold on to power

Jail durbars, loyalists and an enduring aura help political leaders like J Jayalalithaa, OP Chautala, Lalu Prasad Yadav and M Karunanidhi ensure the smooth running of their parties while they are in prison.

Updated on Oct 13, 2014 12:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByDanish Raza, KV Lakshmana, Rajesh Moudgil, Ashok Kumar Mishra, New Delhi

Blame game over Patna stampede, BJP wants CM Manjhi to quit

Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan demanded the resignation of chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, saying the tragedy happened because the administration had no system in place.

Updated on Oct 05, 2014 01:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshok Kumar Mishra, Patna

Watering down land law could hurt PM Modi: Experts

Tweaking rules to make it easier to acquire land for industry could dent PM Narendra Modi’s huge political capital unless he also ensures a commensurate rise in compensation for farmers, political experts and economists say.

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 10:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

When love bloomed at PTMs

Nature’s boudoir was in full bloom with the sun trying to break through the clouds. Beautiful women, attired in their fineries, were making a beeline for the hills. I found myself moon-struck in the bevy of sizzling beauties. I am not referring to any fashion show, rather a parent-teacher meeting organised at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, about seven years ago. Ashok Kumar Yadav writes

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Updated on May 08, 2014 01:12 PM IST
ByAshok Kumar Yadav, Chandigarh

Song of the Indian maid

When an Indian maid recently dug in her heels deepening the diplomatic chasm between India and the United States, it must have amused John Keats in his grave on the repeat of yet another misadventure down the lane. Ashok Kumar Yadav writes

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Updated on Mar 24, 2014 12:25 PM IST
None | ByAshok Kumar Yadav, Chandigarh

Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad, Sharad Yadav, Ram Vilas Paswan safe in their lairs?

While Nalanda in central Bihar has a heavy concentration of Kumar’s Kurmi caste, Saran in north Bihar is dominated by the Yadavs and Rajputs. Will they go against the general mood that favours the BJP and its PM nominee Modi this time? That’s the big question.

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Updated on Feb 13, 2014 01:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshok Kumar Mishra, Patna

Gandhi is dead, long live Gandhigiri

As the sun was rising on the horizon this day in 1948, little did we know that the setting sun would elope with the greatest Son of India.As the clock struck 5.17 in the evening, the global icon of non-violence was also struck down by gun-triggered violence in Delhi. Ashok Kumar Yadav writes

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Updated on Jan 30, 2014 04:14 PM IST
None | ByAshok Kumar Yadav

Believe in action

We promise so many things, but hardly translate them into action. The ratio between our thoughts/promises and actions is quite huge. And we don’t care.We promise so many things, but hardly translate them into action. The ratio between our thoughts/promises and actions is quite huge. And we don’t care.Recently, I was travelling from Allahabad to New Delhi by night train along with my family. My wife and myself were allotted upper births. As my wife has quite a bulky body, the upper birth was highly inconvenient for her.I tried hard for a change. On the lower birth, there was gentleman, a senior citizen, with grey hair and beards; so I could not dare ask him for any favour. On the adjacent lower birth, I found a healthy middle-aged person in police uniform. I requested him politely for exchange of berths. But all in vain. The gentleman gave no answer to me. He kept silent with no emotion on his face.At last, my wife was struggling hard to occupy her upper birth when suddenly we heard a voice: “Mrs. Srivastav, I cannot see you on the upper birth. Please take my birth. I am going to occupy the upper one.” That was the old gentleman, glowing with his gesture of sacrifice. I saw the stout gentleman in Khaki sitting pretty on his lower birth. What a contrast of human nature and behaviour. We thanked a lot to the gentleman who offered his lower birth to my wife.We all enjoyed the night journey. Next morning, we all got up and finished our morning routine. Slowly, the train was moving towards New Delhi station. We noticed the gentleman on the lower birth in Khaki was loudly chanting ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ — verses in the praise of Lord Hanuman. Perhaps he forgot to realise that Lord Hanuman was had very high respect and regard for Sitaji — the symbol of Indian womanhood.No need to be in a dilemma whom to call the real devotee of Hanumanji — the person who chanted the Hanuman Chalisa very loudly or the person without any such chanting but having great honour and respect for a lady through his actions.

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Updated on Feb 17, 2013 11:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshok Kumar Srivastav

Man who symbolised the romance of hockey: Leslie Claudius

I have known Leslie Claudius from the time I was a youngster. I have heard from my father (Dhyan Chand) and others what an uncompromising right-half he was. Although he was only around 5'6", due to his sheer class he always held his own, writes Ashok Kumar.

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Updated on Dec 21, 2012 02:40 AM IST
None | ByAshok Kumar

Not so hidden dragon

China's growing presence and clout in Sri Lanka should concern India. Ashok Kumar Mehta writes.

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Updated on Aug 18, 2011 10:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshok Kumar Mehta

Death, thou shall die

Though the invigorating theme of “Death, Be Not Proud” has helped me tide over turbulence many times, I perhaps could never fathom its intrinsic connotation so beautifully conceptualised by metaphysical poet John Donne.

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Updated on May 27, 2011 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshok Kumar Yadav

Game turns violent, five hurt

Two players of the Jharkhand netball team have been banned for the rest of the National Games after they injured five Andhra Pradesh players during a match between the two teams at the Indian School of Mines ground on Tuesday.

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Updated on Feb 23, 2011 01:00 AM IST
Agencies | ByAshok Kumar/Agencies, Dhanbad

AK NOMICS: Budget and the stock markets

For now, the stock is trading at a PE of less than 4 times its trailing earnings and the company is available at a market cap of less than 765 crore, writes Ashok Kumar.

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Updated on Mar 21, 2008 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshok Kumar

AK NOMICS: The lustre of gold

Those who invested in gold since the last calendar quarter of 2007 even as the equity markets in India rolled on like a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut would have found the experience equally memorable, writes Ashok Kumar.

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Updated on Mar 15, 2008 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAK NOMICS | Ashok Kumar

SEBI’s Rip Van Winkle act

After years of watching on helplessly as ‘grey market’ operators squeezed every ounce of blood out of hapless retail investors, SEBI seems to have woken up to the fact that there are ways of retaliating, writes Ashok Kumar.

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Updated on Mar 07, 2008 12:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAK-NOMICS | Ashok Kumar

AK NOMICS: Switch on the generator, please

Even as knives must have been sharpened for the final kill during the trading week that commenced, the younger Ambani sibling and his advisors seem to have pulled off a ‘media coup’, writes Ashok Kumar.

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Updated on Feb 22, 2008 11:38 PM IST
None | ByAK NOMICS | Ashok Kumar
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