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Has ECI taken the colour off election campaigns?

We are currently headed for the elections, but there is no visible excitement. Is this dullness the result of actions by the ECI to prevent the buying of votes?

Can the ECI contain money power? (For Representation)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 12:11 AM IST

Interview: PM Modi reaches out to the masses with ‘BJP model vs Congress model’

PM Modi hailed the achievements of his government on the economic and foreign policy fronts and drew a contrast between the BJP model and the Congress model

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting on Thursday ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 12:37 PM IST

INTERVIEW: Corruption hits all, action by agencies will not stop, says PM Modi

PM Modi emphasized the government's commitment to fighting corruption and expressed confidence in winning a historic third term.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Season of appearances and political deceptions

The gravest issue with Indian politics is that it operates in a murky realm of half-truths

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh with his wife Anita Singh, Delhi Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj and party supporters during his visit to Raj Ghat.(ANI)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 11:48 PM IST

Seeking validation for a fresh set of values

The 2024 general election will deliver a mandate to elevate the country as the third superpower while introducing fresh values that will shape policy directions

A man rides past an election awareness poster displayed along a street ahead of India�s upcoming general elections, in Hyderabad on March 26, 2024. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 08:11 AM IST

Who stands to gain from anti-corruption politics?

With the general elections looming, both the BJP and Congress are hoping to see these movement-based parties become embroiled in scandals.

AAP leaders take out a march in protest against the arrest of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in Govindpuri in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 25, 2024 11:28 PM IST

The political message in electoral bonds findings

On March 14, the ECI made public the data on electoral bonds it received from State Bank of India. Can this cause a political storm?

The electoral bonds data was released on Thursday
Published on Mar 18, 2024 02:41 AM IST

High standards for people in high office

Pakistan SC’s rethink on its ZA Bhutto verdict raises questions about the integrity of those holding public office

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto speaking at London airport on July 23, 1973. (Getty Images)
Published on Mar 11, 2024 01:34 AM IST

Congress must mend ways to stay in the fray

If the Congress corrects its current flaws, it may have better days in the future. However, now it is too late for the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress candidate from Himachal Pradesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi addresses the press conference after losing the Rajya Sabha elections, in Shimla on Tuesday.(ANI)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 07:42 AM IST

Congress to BJP, the art of making poll slogans

From Indira Gandhi to Narendra Modi, the art of turning issues into slogans for electoral success continues in Sandeshkhali, Bengal.

 Ahead of the general elections in 1971, Indira Gandhi gave the slogan “Ve kahete hain Indira hatao, main kahti hoon garibi hatao” (File)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:28 PM IST

Restive farmers, responsive State

Agriculture in India needs redress — but its problems are not exceptional

Farmers Union members sitting on protest at Ladhowal Toll Plaza in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Manish/HT)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 08:00 AM IST

In democracy, consensus essential to push agendas

The question is whether the days of consensus in democracy have come to an end.

The Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code Bill 2024 was passed in the assembly on Wednesday.
Published on Feb 12, 2024 08:09 AM IST

Masks must be shed, and mutual respect for identities should stay

It is worth noting that no PM has yet greeted the nation with a Ram-Ram or a Sat Shri Akal outside of Parliament.

PM Modi's statement outside Parliament on the opening day of the Budget session began and ended by saying, “Ram-Ram”. (ANI)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 08:09 AM IST

Nation on the cusp of a cultural renaissance

We gained Independence only 77 years ago. Civilisations cannot turn in such a short period, yet we are paving the way for a renaissance

Workers give finishing touches to an Indian flag at a workshop ahead of the Republic Day, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 08:08 AM IST

Can a new multi-faith Ayodhya be made?

Ayodhya is fundamentally different from the Vatican. In a few years, Ayodhya will see temples and mosques standing together.

A general view of the audience during the opening of Ram Remple in Ayodhya.(AP)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 04:21 PM IST

In the Ayodhya euphoria, politics comes full circle

The UP government had left no stone unturned in adorning Ayodhya. Is the Vatican for Hindus on the horizon?

Underconstruction Ram temple in Ayodhya. (Sourced)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Opposition yet to discover means for a fightback

The Opposition’s biggest difficulty is that if they attend the Ram temple consecration ceremony, they would be seen as toeing the BJP line

FILE - India's opposition leaders, from left, T.R.Baalu, M.K Stalin, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarajun Kharge, attend a meeting of opposition parties where they announced their alliance named INDIA in Bengaluru, India, July 18, 2023. (AP)
Published on Jan 08, 2024 06:35 PM IST

INDIA bloc’s 2024 bid also a race against time

INDIA bloc's metaphorical train is already behind schedule and will now need to accelerate at least three-fold to reach their intended destination.

INDIA bloc held a meeting in Mumbai in September. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 05:13 PM IST

Confront the wrath of the climate crisis, now

Is there still room to entertain the belief that the climate crisis will organically resolve itself?

2023 is on track to become the hottest year in human civilisation spanning over 125,000 years. (HT Archive)
Published on Dec 11, 2023 06:32 PM IST

The night that tested the resilience of Bhopal and India

Incidents such as the Bhopal gas tragedy underscore that we must prioritise every countryman’s life as the nation’s utmost responsibility.

Bhopal gas disaster survivors hold posters during a protest rally. (AFP)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:10 PM IST

In India’s post 26/11 response, a template Israel can follow

Consider the ramifications if India had responded with an all-out attack highlighting that effective governance demands strategic acumen.

Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks wherein 10 terrorists from Pakistan had wreaked havoc in Mumbai. The 60-odd hours that followed were a saga of struggle and helplessness.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 09:00 AM IST

In cricket and cinema, India’s spirit of unity

One hopes that the vitality exhibited in sports, film, literature, and cultural endeavours will continue to reject negativity in times to come.

Shami’s journey this time around also was not without hurdles.(PTI)
Published on Nov 20, 2023 11:59 AM IST

Misuse of technology: An unrelenting threat

Nobody wants their personal information to be made public, but technology has made access to such information easy, introducing new threats.

governments have even been toppled in the past over illegal phone tapping and surveillance (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Nov 06, 2023 11:42 PM IST

When nations go to war, democracy is under stress

Tragedy in West Asia is aiding those who seek to split the world along sectarian lines

Smoke rising from the Gaza Strip due to Israeli bombardment on October 29. (AFP Photo)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 12:36 PM IST

The trolls on social media are Ravanas of present times

Social media trolls are using incidents like hate crimes to spread fear and misinformation, undermining democratic values.

Israel-Hamas War: Palestinians evacuate a wounded man following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.(AP)
Published on Oct 23, 2023 05:27 PM IST

West Asia’s trauma and diplomatic doublespeak

Israel-Gaza conflict raises concerns about violations of international law. Humanitarian approach urged to avoid further tragedies.

Israeli soldiers stand near their armoured vehicles stationed close to the border with the Gaza Strip on October 15.(AFP)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 11:25 AM IST

Punjab within India, India within Punjab

Sikhs are self-reliant, confident, courageous, and inclusive. That is why they are widely accepted and respected throughout the country.

The point is simple and straightforward. Some people in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other western countries are attempting to rekindle the fire of Khalistan (AFP)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 12:35 PM IST

The enduring power of Gandhi’s ideology

Gandhi never compromised on his principles and stuck to his convictions even at the cost of his life. He continues to stay alive in our thoughts

Gandhi’s funeral procession in February 1948. (Getty Images)
Published on Oct 02, 2023 05:55 PM IST

Insulate women’s bill from party politics

The recent passage of the "Nari Shakti Vandan Bill" generates hope, but its timing raises questions about political motives

Lucknow: Women celebrate after the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Divide and rule is the mantra as polls near

It is certain that in the following days, not only flowers but also thorns will appear in the political sphere.

Chaos was sparked recently in Tamil Nadu at an event where Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of chief minister MK Stalin and a minister of the state cabinet, uttered such remarks for Sanatana Dharma. (PTI)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 09:25 AM IST
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