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The old order changeth, yielding place to new?

The key question is can Modi, temperamentally and psychologically, adjust to the very different circumstances he now faces as PM?

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd before his speech, after staking claim to form the new union government as he was elected for his third term following the country's general election, at the presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on June 7, 2024. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people of India on June 7, for returning him to power after he was invited to form a new government by President Droupadi Murmu. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 08, 2024 11:43 PM IST

Brotherhood of lapsed spies turned chroniclers

Covert doesn’t reveal the inner workings — leave aside secrets — of R&AW and ISI. Instead, it “explores the inner lives and motivations of spy chiefs …"

Ex RAW chief and author AS Dulat. (Ravindra Joshi/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 12:02 AM IST

What questions to ask in an interview with a PM

What do I want to hear when I listen to interviews of a Prime Minister? After all, if the questions are asked on my behalf, what would my questions be?

So what do I want to hear when I listen to interviews of a Prime Minister (PM)? After all, if the questions are asked on my behalf, what would my questions be? (Representative Image)(Pixabay)
Published on May 25, 2024 10:09 PM IST

What if TN Seshan were leading the EC today?

Imagine what Seshan would have done. He would have called out the PM, loudly, bluntly and unhesitatingly.

Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan in a picture dated 01 March 1991. (HT Photo)
Published on May 18, 2024 11:35 PM IST

Listening to silence in the dance of language

It’s no secret that English is not a phonetic language. How you spell a word has little connection with how you pronounce it.

As a document I’ve discovered on the net says, “letters persist in words despite not playing any discernable role in the word’s pronunciation”.
Published on May 11, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Addressing citizens in a secular democracy

We’ve travelled a long distance since the fifties and sixties. These days there’s nothing you would not expect of a politician

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI)
Published on May 04, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Using words to remake and reclaim the world

Unlike his earlier masterpieces, in his latest book, on the terrible attack that almost killed him, Salman Rushdie speaks directly to the reader.

Salman Rushdie poses for a portrait to promote his book
Published on Apr 27, 2024 09:50 PM IST

In election season, saving politics from politicians

People may change and countries may differ but politicians and politics remain the same.

 Perhaps Carl Schurz, a former US Senator, got the balance right when he said: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong to be set right.”(M.B. Brady/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Manifesto promises to make Parliament work

What the Congress has promised needs to be delivered. For the good of our Parliament, our democracy and, beyond that, good governance.

The Congress party released its manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi on April 5. (ANI)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 09:50 PM IST

Up and close: Ashok, the idol of my youth

Last week my cousin, Ashok Thapar, suddenly died. He was 15 years older but, in my teens and early twenties, he was an icon I sought to emulate.

HT Image
Published on Apr 06, 2024 08:12 PM IST

A World War II story of misplaced panic, scare

Why hasn’t The Great Flap received the attention it deserves? The book has delightful tales to tell, none more amazing than what happened at Madras Zoo.

An Indian infantry section of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment about to go on patrol on the Arakan front in Burma, 1944.(Wikimedia Commons/ No 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 10:00 PM IST

When Kandhamal cast a shadow over BJD-BJP ties

Naveen Patnaik's principled stand against BJP post-Kandhamal showcased his secular beliefs, ending a lengthy alliance.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik (File Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 12:48 AM IST

Electoral bonds case casts SBI in a bad light

“The bank I knew would never have behaved the way SBI did last week. Its staff would have shrivelled at the rebuke from the Supreme Court.”

SBI is the sole authorised bank by the government to sell and redeem electoral bonds.
Published on Mar 16, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Retro-chaotic sleuth in a crumpled suit and tie

Have you ever considered how much a book can reveal about the author’s personality?

Krishnan Srinivasan in 2021(Murthy V R Garigipati/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Mar 09, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Outspoken, committed to doing the right thing

“Fali Nariman had a way of saying things that could be pertinent and pointed but never offensive or hurtful.”

Fali S Nariman has an exemplary career spanning over seven decades. (HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Mar 02, 2024 10:00 PM IST

MSP as subsidy for consumer, not farmer

When MSP is higher than the market price, private traders will refuse to buy, thus leaving farmers with unsold surpluses or forcing the government to step-in

Members of the farm union Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) block railway tracks during a protest to demand minimum crop prices (AFP Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:09 AM IST

Caught in Mumbai, a spy who came in from China

Found by the police in Mumbai in May, with what appeared like Chinese writing on the reverse side of its wings, the pigeon was held in custody for eight months.

A pigeon that was captured eight months back near a port after being suspected to be a Chinese spy, is released at a vet hospital in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan.30, 2024. (Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via AP)(AP)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 10:11 PM IST

Why LK Advani is a truly special politician for me

The unhesitating willingness to accept a mistake is, perhaps, LK Advani’s greatest quality and immediately attracted me to him

BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani. (HT file)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 10:09 PM IST

Turncoats thrive in politics because voters allow them

Has Nitish Kumar brought into focus a sad and sorry truth about Indian politics?

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha during death anniversary function of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Ghat in Patna, Bihar,(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Debunking propaganda myths, restoring truths

For those who genuinely care, this book is revelatory. It tells you the truth in simple terms that are easy to handle. I hope it’ll be equally easy to accept.

Navi Mumbai, India - Feb. 26, 2023:Jan Akroshk Morcha by Hindu Sakl Samaj in protest against Love and Land Jihad held at Vashi in Navi Mumbai in Navi Mumbai, India, on Sunday, February 26, 2023. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 27, 2024 10:10 PM IST

What INDIA could do to stop BJP juggernaut

PM Modi and the BJP cannot be defeated easily. Bringing them below 272 should be the target for 2024.

Opposition's Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc leaders hold a meeting in Mumbai on September 1. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 10:15 PM IST

At Heathrow, you are always in the queue

What happened at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 on the evening of December 23 cannot — indeed must not — be forgiven.

Passengers are seen waiting for delayed flights in London's Heathrow airport. (AP)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 11:18 PM IST

My resolutions for New Year, present and past

A resolution is an acknowledgment of what needs to be done even if the commitment to do it lacks resolve. So today let’s, at least, take that first step.

Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill during New Year's celebrations in Athens, Greece, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)(AP)
Published on Jan 06, 2024 10:12 PM IST

Is there an Indian way of telling the truth?

This morning, I want to compliment my late-night interlocutor for helping me appreciate a quality I had not properly thought of before.

HT image.
Published on Dec 31, 2023 08:00 AM IST

What is it like to be a Muslim in India?

The answer to the question “What is it like to be a Muslim in India?” could threaten the integrity and future of our country

Indian Muslim students wearing burqas leave Mahatma Gandhi Memorial college after they were denied entry into the campus in Udupi, Karnataka state, India, February. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Published on Dec 23, 2023 11:01 PM IST

Article 370 order flags several federal concerns

Is this a potential Pandora’s Box the Court has opened?

The five-judge bench held by unanimity that the constitutional order by which Article 370 was altered by amending Article 367 was ultra vires to the extent it used an interpretation clause for amending Article 370. (ANI)
Published on Dec 16, 2023 10:00 PM IST

In botched murder plot, a few tough questions

The case of unsealed American Superseding Indictment is going to trial and we cannot brush it aside dismissively

Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is pictured in his office on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in New York. U.S. authorities said an Indian government official directed a plot to assassinate Pannun in New York City after he advocated for a sovereign state for Sikhs. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) (AP)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 10:15 PM IST

Palestine through the eyes of the Israeli State

If one wants to understand the wider relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, they should be aware of how Israel treats its Palestinian citizens

A picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on December 2, 2023, shows smoke billowing over the Palestinian territory during Israeli bombardment amid continuing battles between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Israel carried out deadly bombardments in Gaza for a second day on December 2 after a week-long truce with Hamas collapsed despite international calls for an extension. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 10:39 PM IST

World Cup takeaway: Great team, bad losers

Our cricketers are great players but they have to learn to be good losers. The first is a matter of sporting prowess. The second is a quality of moral fibre

India's Virat Kohli, left, and Mohammed Siraj react after losing the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup final match against Australia.(AP)
Published on Nov 25, 2023 10:50 PM IST

Elusive character of Indira Gandhi

After Indira Gandhi, we’ve had other strong rulers. We’ve had many impressively attired prime ministers. So why does Indira Gandhi remain special?

Like Caesar, it’s true of Indira Gandhi as well, the good has been interred with her bones and we only remember the worst. (File)
Published on Nov 18, 2023 10:39 PM IST
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