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Covid-19: The perils of the digital divide

Digital education poses many challenges, which are psychological, socio-economic, and gendered. To ensure inclusive and wholesome education, schools must reopen

The complexity of access to education must be understood in the context of its impact on the marginalised. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 08:45 PM IST

UAPA undermines personal liberty

With its wide and ambiguous definition of terrorist acts, the government has used the law to stifle fundamental rights and breach international norms

Student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha outside Tihar prison, after a court ordered their immediate release in the north-east Delhi riots
Updated on Jun 21, 2021 04:54 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

The role of constitutional courts

Only the courts can provide oxygen to the system to make the government and institutions accountable

Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 17, 2021 06:14 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

Listen to the voice of protesting farmers

Farmers have low incomes, high debts, and go through great insecurity. The State must continue to support agriculture

A farmer holds a placard during their ongoing protest against new farm laws, Singhu border, Delhi, January 10, 2020 (ANI)
Published on Jan 11, 2021 08:05 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

2020: When people spoke truth to power

In the case of agitating farmers, the government realises that they are not easy targets. This agitation will impact the year 2021. Its political ramifications will be felt in the years to come.

Protesting farmers raise slogans at the Delhi-UP border protest site against new farm laws, New Delhi, December 28, 2020(SAKIB ALI/HTPHOTO)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 05:07 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

Corporate-owned banks pose a risk

The conflict of interest is apparent. Find other ways to infuse capital into the system

RBI must justify its decision with unequivocal logic before it embarks upon this enterprise. Otherwise, it will not only compromise its own dignity, but will also be charged with being a dependent banking regulator(HT Archives)
Updated on Dec 02, 2020 08:36 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

The perils of an economic oligarchy, writes Kapil Sibal

India needs a new economic model which addresses cronyism and inequality

What we see today is the widening disparity between the haves and have nots. The former comprise around 10% of the population out of which the richest 1% held 42.5% of the national wealth generated in 2019(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 01, 2020 10:33 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

The monsoon session was a farce, writes Kapil Sibal

There was little debate, the Opposition was ignored, and legislations were rammed through

This government takes pleasure in silencing the Opposition. Any form of protest is regarded as an affront to the Chair and any dissonance from the Opposition benches is silenced by shutting off the microphone(PTI)
Updated on Sep 28, 2020 06:12 AM IST
ByKapil Sibal

In real contempt of the Constitution

Focus on political and institutional actors who are perpetuating illegality, through action or inaction

Elected governments are toppled, with disregard for constitutional values. This is a wake-up call for courts(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 07:45 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

The decline, and revival, of a brand, writes Kapil Sibal

Listen to stakeholders, invest wisely in products, have a dynamic board, appoint a 24x7 CEO

The CEO must know the art of managing contradictions and be aware of brewing obstacles requiring resolution(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 03, 2020 10:09 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

UAPA: When laws turn oppressive | Opinion

There is an imbalance between the fundamental freedoms of citizens and interests of the State

The State is using UAPA against critics of CAA and the government(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 06:08 AM IST
ByKapil Sibal

The dismantling of the idea of India

Instead of focusing on the economy, the Modi government has pushed its divisive agenda

The lockdown was badly planned. Shift gears to address issues the marginalised at the bottom of the pyramid face(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 02, 2020 05:53 AM IST
ByKapil Sibal

A knockout punch to the economy, writes Kapil Sibal

Creating demand, by putting money in the hands of 800 million poor people, is the way forward

This pandemic is unique because it disrupts the economy on both the supply and the demand side(PTI)
Updated on Apr 30, 2020 07:29 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

India did not achieve much from the Trump visit| Opinion

The trip was meant for his domestic Indian diaspora. None of India’s national concerns have been addressed by him

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to US President Donald Trump, New Delhi, February 25, 2020(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 27, 2020 09:06 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

The CAA is meant to polarise India as part of the Hindutva enterprise

The PM’s anguish over property damage is selective. His silence on the loss of lives is even more worrying

Modi should recognise the rising tide of discontent among the young on the party’s divisive policy prescriptions, and the arrogance of university administrations, as a reason for the protests(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 08:00 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

HTLS 2019: Fundamentals of freedom will guide India’s future

Gradually, people in India started resisting the diktats of the colonial power. An event in 1885 gave birth to the Congress.

Farmers plant rice in Pune, Maharashtra. A conversation for the future must relate to bringing about structural changes in the modes of production(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2019 09:23 AM IST
New Delhi | ByKapil Sibal

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

What the tax cut will achieve; what it won’t

There are positives. But India needs to do more on education, tech, exports, informal sector and farming

What is needed now are policy interventions for effecting structural changes in our skill development programmes, which, in turn, requires a paradigm shift in imparting education(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 24, 2019 08:45 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

The woman who changed the way Delhi travels

Sheila Dikshit will be remembered for transforming the infrastructure and landscape of Delhi during her stewardship of the city.

Sheila Dikshit will be remembered not just for changing the face of Delhi, but also for having kept the Congress party flock together.(Kaushik Ramaswamy / HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 12:59 AM IST
New Delhi | ByKapil Sibal

Gujarat election results 2017: The political arithmetic has worked but the victory is pyrrhic

Numbers do not win hearts. It is the well-being and all round development of all sections of society that do. Unless the prime minister changes course and attempts to win back the hearts of those who put him in office, this victory will remain pyrrhic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his finger marked with indelible ink, as he leaves after casting his vote, during the second phase of state Assembly elections in Ahmedabad(PTI)
Updated on Dec 18, 2017 04:09 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

Five essential elements to keep democracy alive and kicking in India

What India needs is an objective media, independent judiciary, investigation agencies that inspire confidence, honest bureaucrats, and, a robust economy backed by sound banking practises

We all aspire for an independent judiciary which is incorruptible. In the several tiers of the judicial system, some are perceived to have fallen apart. This is attributable not just to the quality of the manpower but to the appalling conditions under which it operates
Updated on Jul 18, 2017 05:50 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

Those who kill for partisan ends cannot be patriots

Patriotism and nationalism are two different concepts. We must not confuse the two. It is not unpatriotic to oppose the government when it is behaving dishonestly, foolishly or viciously.

Hindu Yuva Vahini vigilante members participate in a rally in the city of Unnao, April 5. Is it patriotic for vigilantes who in a show of patriotism for the sacred cow, insult, beleaguer and not hesitate to kill ordinary folk? Vigilantes do it to protect their misplaced cultural identity.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 15, 2017 06:03 PM IST
ByKapil Sibal

Blatant doublespeak

The BJP has been short on truth about the CBI’s role in investigating fake encounters. It is ironical that the BJP extols the virtues of the CBI when it is in power and damns the investigating agency when in Opposition, writes Kapil Sibal.

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Updated on Jul 13, 2013 12:16 AM IST
ByKapil Sibal

Up the garden path

Anna Hazare’s proposed lokpal, with its powers of prosecuting the PM, higher judiciary and MPs, will weaken the republic, writes Kapil Sibal.

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Updated on Jun 30, 2011 02:28 AM IST
None | ByKapil Sibal
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