Karan Singh
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How J&K’s accession pact came into being

Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession on October 26, 1947. He was in a tough spot. The subcontinent had been divided on the basis of faith and on his mind were not only the 80% Muslims in the state, but also the 20% Hindus

History has been unkind to Maharaja Hari Singh, who introduced a number of progressive measures, including throwing the Dharmarth Temples open to Dalits, abolishing the practice of begar in Kashmir, making education for girls compulsory, building hospitals and colleges and so on. (Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Nov 02, 2022 10:02 PM IST

Multiple crises and the cost of wasted time

We have reached where we are after two billion years of evolution from the slime of the primeval ocean and are moving steadily into Artificial Intelligence. However, at the moment, the negative factors would seem to be overwhelming

The doomsday clock is moving forward due to three calamities: The climate crisis, the pandemic and the threat of a nuclear conflagration (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:24 PM IST
ByKaran Singh

J&K: A year of hope and despair | Analysis

Compensate citizens for economic loss; restore statehood; allow 4G services; release prisoners

The restructuring promised enhanced economic development. But the people have suffered massive financial losses(PTI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 07:40 PM IST
ByKaran Singh

What the pandemic has taught us | Opinion

Protect nature; invest in health; ensure a safety net for the poor; and enhance global cooperation

Despite WHO coming in for criticism, India must continue cooperating with it and take advantage of its expertise(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 05:16 PM IST
ByKaran Singh

Retracing the rich history of J&K, writes Karan Singh

Both Jammu and Kashmir are unhappy with the UT status. Restore normal political activity soon

While Maharaja Hari Singh is remembered largely for the last few months of his rule, he pioneered several reforms(Alamy Stock Photo)
Updated on Feb 10, 2020 12:39 PM IST
ByKaran Singh

The foundations of our Constitution and House remain firm, writes Karan Singh

Parliament House is redolent with history and the memory of our great leaders who have spoken over the decades there during the Constituent Assembly and subsequent parliamentary debates in both Houses.

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Karan Singh arrive for attending parliament Monsoon Session in New Delhi on July 25, 2016.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 18, 2019 04:35 AM IST
ByKaran Singh

The Congress phoenix has risen from the 2014 ashes

We must also pay homage to the collective wisdom of the Indian people. When there was a feeling that our polity was beginning to threaten the pluralistic nature of Indian society, the self-regulating mechanism came into play and is likely to continue to do so until the balance is restored.

The elections have highlighted the fact that Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a full-fledged national leader in his own right, despite all attempts by the powers that be to humiliate and denigrate him(AP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 07:30 AM IST
ByKaran Singh

Vedanta can heal the scars of history

Hinduism, which has a billion followers around the world, is the oldest, continuing religion dating back to several millennia B.C. During this long period it has produced a rich and vast corpus of scriptures that cover almost all aspects of human life. Among these the most significant are the Upanishads, those glorious dialogues which represent the foundation of all later schools of Indian philosophy.

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Updated on May 11, 2015 11:46 PM IST
ByKaran Singh

Nehru held the ship of state firm over rough waters of Partition

The memory of great men often fades with times: The Gandhi generation has gone and the Nehru generation is passing rapidly. It is, therefore, important to preserve the legacy of these remarkable leaders. Karan Singh writes.

Updated on Nov 14, 2014 02:39 AM IST
ByKaran Singh

An able administrator

Babu Jagjivan Ram’s contribution towards India’s development is unparalleled. Karan Singh writes.

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Updated on Apr 04, 2012 08:25 PM IST
None | ByKaran Singh

Set the record straight

This refers to the article, The charge of the fright brigade (Comment, April 20) by Satish Chandra, Bipan Chandra and Arjun Dev.

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Updated on Apr 20, 2011 10:58 PM IST
None | ByKaran Singh

Neighbour’s pride

The Saarc summit, which starts in New Delhi today, must encourage such exchanges for they strengthen people-to-people contact, writes Karan Singh.

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Updated on Apr 03, 2007 10:44 PM IST
None | ByKaran Singh

Have a detached approach to life

One of the secrets on my spiritual path is to develop the capacity to maintain an inner core of detachment, writes Karan Singh.

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Published on Mar 25, 2006 03:52 PM IST
None | ByINNER VOICE| Karan Singh

Shrapnel flies everywhere

The war in Iraq, now nearing its inevitable end, represents a multi-dimensional tragedy. First, of course, it?s a human tragedy of immense proportions.

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Updated on Apr 11, 2003 02:35 PM IST
PTI | ByKaran Singh

Keep the light shining

The key to the continued dynamism of Hinduism despite so many challenges and persecutions lies in its remarkable capacity for creative rearticulation by a whole succession of seers and social reformers.

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Updated on Feb 21, 2003 04:56 PM IST
PTI | ByBy Karan Singh
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