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Punjab cannot afford a return to the 1980s

It is clear that separatist elements and Pakistan are trying to rake up trouble in Punjab. But to battle the cocktail of problems the state is facing, the government and police need a long-term plan

Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh’s reputation has taken a big hit. The Sikh clergy have questioned his decision to take the Guru Granth Sahib to Ajnala police station and use it as a shield (ANI)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 06:53 PM IST

India is still awaiting key police reforms

It is encouraging that the Centre is trying to improve the criminal justice system with new steps. But these changes will remain peripheral unless the system of policing is reformed. As a starter, implement the directives given by the top court and ensure autonomy

Shortly after he took office in 2014, the Prime Minister enunciated the concept of SMART police — police that would be strict and sensitive, modern and mobile, alert and accountable, reliable and responsive, techno-savvy and trained (Deepak Sansta/HTPhoto)
Updated on Aug 31, 2022 08:56 PM IST

The dangers of instant justice by the police

The Commission of Inquiry to examine the 2019 Hyderabad gang rape and the encounter that followed was right in concluding that police encounters are wrong

Unless we improve the functioning of the police and the prosecution and ensure timely delivery of justice, the pressure, if not the temptation, to dispense instant justice will always be there at some level. (ANI)
Published on May 23, 2022 11:44 AM IST

IAS cadre issue: Enforce central deputation rules

The All India Services is in urgent need of reforms in several areas and at different levels. Deputation to the Centre is one such, and must be enforced. The central government cannot be hamstrung for lack of cooperation from the states

The practice is that the Centre asks states for an “offer list” of officers from AIS willing to go on central deputation. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 08:30 PM IST
ByPrakash Singh

Hindutva is Hindu modernity

Hindutva emerged as a response to imperialism, re-imagined the past and dreamt of a modern democratic State

The main intellectual challenge for Hindus was to justify their existence as a society. Who were they? Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Jat, Brahmins, Ahirs, Pasi, Rajputs, Vokkaligas? The coming together of various pagan traditions under the umbrella of Hinduism is a centuries-old process. But Hindutva consolidated it by welding Hindus into a political community and as a nation by emphasising the commonalities of a highly diverse Hindu society. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 06:38 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

In the digital era, the rise of techno-feudalism

With sheer computing power, unprecedented concentration of economic power, and ability to shape society, a new tech-aristocracy is challenging the State

Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 09, 2021 07:52 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

A broken polity, a ghost State

The devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unfortunate and avoidable catastrophe

A boy walks past a graffiti amid the spread of Covid-19 on a street in New Delhi. (File photo)
Updated on May 20, 2021 05:37 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

In defence of rooted Indian nationalism

Indian nationalism does not seek to conquer or colonise other countries. Instead, it supported national struggles in other countries under imperialist rule, emphasising sovereignty and democracy.

Indian nationalism has always been inward-looking and focused on national development, which was always strongly imbued with welfare and social justice goals (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 04, 2021 07:38 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

India’s quest for a strong, high-end State

Hindutva is filling in a historic vacuum of creating a pan-Indian, centralised State. This explains the churn

India is witnessing an economic transition, social change, the rise of Hindutva and increasing support for a strong Centre. The attempt to hoist a flag at the Red Fort is a symbol of the battle over the nature of the State (PTI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2021 04:56 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

The politics behind the farm protests

Rural India enjoys disproportionate political power. It’s time for a change

Treating farming not just as another source of livelihood but as the essence of India, and nurturing it with excessive sentimentality, has distorted policymaking(Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 10:41 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

Expand and strengthen the Indian State

The Republic of India too failed to build a strong State with an effective presence at the grassroots, and instead, exercised coercive power via police and district magistrates

There were 750,000 vacancies at the level of central government alone in 2014(HT photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2020 06:31 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

Ayodhya marks the twilight of the first Republic | Opinion

Hindu nationalism has been the bedrock of the Indian State and polity. Nehruvian secularism was the fringe

Hindutva is not Hinduism. Hindutva is a Hindu political response to political Islam and Western imperialism(PTI)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 05:50 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

How migration threatens the Hindutva project | Opinion

Subaltern castes supported the BJP in the hope of upward mobility. That dream looks increasingly elusive

The socioeconomic mobility of the subaltern depends on two factors: Access to education and government jobs and migration from rural to urban centres for employment(AP)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 07:20 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

Plan a fiscal response around State spending

Don’t worry about credit rating agencies. They have got it consistently wrong about companies and countries

Tens of millions have lost their jobs, production has come to a halt and the aggregate demand has reached rock-bottom due to the steep fall in exports, investment and consumption demand.(AP)
Updated on May 10, 2020 08:00 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh and Aasheerwad Dwivedi

Modi 1.0 will help Modi 2.0 deal with the pandemic | Opinion

His policies and schemes have equipped both the Indian State and society better. The NPR and NRC will help too

Modi grasped the transformative potential of various schemes. This helped make India better positioned to fight Covid-19(PTI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2020 06:31 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

There is another, untold, side to the JNU saga

The Left has unleashed terror in the campus for over two months. The ABVP is the victim, not the perpetrator

Police personnel outside the main gate of JNU campus, New Delhi, December 6, 2020(Amal KS/HTPhoto)
Updated on Jan 10, 2020 07:09 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

The twin crisis of Dalit politics and Dalit discourse

Dalit outfits can’t decide if they are religious missionaries, political parties, or social reform movements

People celebrate the 127th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, Noida, April 14(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 27, 2019 06:42 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

Social media has reshaped caste mobilisation

Subaltern castes have used it to create discourse, ideate, and connect with each other, and the world

The advent of social media has reshaped caste imagination because now they can overcome their ghetto mentality, which has been ingrained by caste-based socialisation.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 18, 2019 01:17 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

How VD Savarkar and RSS won

Their modern vision of Hindutva defeated the social orthodoxy. This government is the product of the century-long movement of the Hindu Right and its vision to “reclaim and rebuild” the Indian civilisational-State.

RSS workers participate in path-sanchalan (route march), Murshidabad, West Bengal, June 2, 2019(PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 07:35 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

The challenges of upward mobility | Opinion

The social justice project in India needs to transform and move beyond reservations

The gap between the desire for upward mobility and what can be achieved could lead to social unrest(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 27, 2019 07:01 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

A common Hindu identity has always appealed to OBC and Dalit castes

Hindutva liberates the subaltern from their narrow caste identities, and promises mobility and political power.

The massive social-engineering by the Modi-led BJP to create a ‘United Spectrum of Hindu Votes’ has consolidated Hindutva among the subaltern castes.(PTI)
Published on Jul 18, 2019 08:11 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

Veer Savarkar should not be treated as a hate figure

Savarkar was a radical and his Hindutva too was a radical break in the Hindu thought: anti-caste, reformist, modernist and futuristic. It was a modern Hindu response to the modern world

A portrait of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar placed in the central hall of Parliament House on his birth anniversary, New Delhi, May 28, 2016(Hindustan Times)
Published on May 28, 2019 07:42 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

BJP cements its position as central pole of Indian polity

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Narendra Modi has swept India once again.

PM Narendra Modi (L) and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah(AFP file photo)
Published on May 25, 2019 07:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

2019 polls: Noida versus Lodhi road

This poll is about who will dominate power in the future and whose idea of India will reign supreme

This Lok Sabha election is a war between the old urban power centre and the new upcoming challengers(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on May 02, 2019 09:15 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

The fourth industrial revolution will further marginalise the subaltern

The new economic reality demands more tech skills and creative thinking for which the segment is not equipped

Now Artificial Intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution may herald another phase where those with requisite skills due to the higher social and educational capital can further move up the economic value chain under the new structure of production leaving those at the bottom further behind(Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 27, 2019 06:01 PM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

No political party in the country understands Dalit youths’ aspirations

The new generation rejects the old Congress model of clientelism but is also disappointed by the lack of Dalit representation in the BJP power structure.

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on her 63rd birthday at her residence, in Lucknow, 2019. Today most of the political parties seem to be out of sync with the Dalit youth including Dalit-focused parties like the BSP(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 08, 2019 08:03 AM IST
ByAbhinav Prakash Singh

Aarushi, Pradhyumn cases: Time to restore people’s faith in the rule of law

The government must initiate measures to depoliticise the services and ensure a fair measure of autonomy to the investigative agencies . We should have forensic laboratories at all divisional headquarters and forensic vans in districts.

Ryan International School student murder accused Ashok Kumar at a special court in Gurugram, September 12. No sooner the incident happens that the media starts shouting hoarse over a delay in apprehending the culprits. This builds pressure on the investigators and quite often they succumb to the temptation of arresting a suspect who may not be the real culprit .(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 28, 2017 07:38 PM IST
ByPrakash Singh

Why UP needs a special law to fight organised crime

Enforcement agencies require additional powers to deal with these new formats of crime, which are deadlier in their impact and more expansive in their reach

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad personnel take positions during an operation against a suspected terrorist in Lucknow. The law and order situation in the state has deteriorated during the last 10 years, thanks to the patronage extended to criminals by the political class.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 16, 2017 05:46 PM IST
ByPrakash Singh

Even 50 years after it began, Maoism is alive and kicking. Here’s why

The movement keeps on reappearing like a phoenix because the basic socio-economic factors, which are responsible for it, remain unaddressed.

Naxals traning camp in Andhra Pradesh. With 2017 marking the 50th anniversary of the Naxalite movement, security forces stationed in the so-called Red Corridor have sounded the alarm that recent attacks on security forces could signal the start of a resurgence of anti-State activity by the armed insurgents(P.Anil kumar)
Updated on May 10, 2017 10:49 AM IST
ByPrakash Singh
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