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West’s moral claim over a rules-based order lies in tatters

Blind support for Israel’s action in Gaza is seen as western doublespeak on human rights and international law

TOPSHOT - A Palestinian man stands amid the rubble of a building destroyed by Israeli bombing in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 3, 2024, as the conflict between Israel and the Hamas movement continues. (Photo by AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 03, 2024 10:53 PM IST

Moral ground is lost, but Israel will stick to an old script

The ICJ interim ruling has provided a legal basis to judge Tel Aviv’s actions in Gaza

A shock wave is visible as an Israeli army self-propelled artillery fires a round from southern Israel toward the Gaza Strip (AFP)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 11:13 PM IST

West needs to wake up to rising religiophobia

Countries such as the US and Canada are sensitive to hate crimes against Abrahamic religions, but ignore anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh propaganda

Supporters hold pro-independence Khalistan flags during a protest outside India's consulate, a week after Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the prospect of New Delhi's involvement in the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 25, 2023. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 01:45 PM IST

As developed nations trail, India a beacon of hope on climate change

In a unique initiative, India launched the LiFE movement (Lifestyle for Environment) — a people-centric programme to combat climate change by promoting a healthy, consumption and sustainable lifestyle using a circular economy approach

The latest statistics are unanimous that no developed country in G20 is on course to meet their 2030 Paris commitments on mitigation (AP Photo)
Published on Oct 28, 2023 01:37 PM IST

Punish terror groups, but spare the civilians

While condemning Hamas’ attack on Israel, the larger issue of Palestinian aspirations including statehood, should not be overlooked

Members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign protest outside the Israeli consular office in Cape Town, South Africa October 11, 2023. REUTERS/Nic Bothma(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 10:00 PM IST

Climate deception in the name of action

Developed countries are now shifting their responsibility for climate finance to larger developing countries, private sector, and market forces

The developed countries have actually increased their consumption of fossil fuels (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:22 PM IST

To untie G20 knot, India must lead Ukraine talks

Soon after the conflict broke last year, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres mentioned to me that India, as a democracy with strong leadership, was in a unique position to talk to both sides. This logic still holds

India’s independent and principled stand on the Ukraine war showed the world that we need to do whatever it takes to create space for dialogue (ANI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 09:59 AM IST

At COP27, developed nations must deliver

The UN climate meet begins on November 6. The Global North must not backtrack on its Paris pledges but commit to Global Net-Zero, and set pathways for urgent climate financing

India stands as a beacon of hope by adopting robust, upgraded Nationally Determined Contributions, driving down prices of renewables, launching Mission LiFE and spearheading both the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 30, 2022 07:31 PM IST

Reforming the UNSC to tackle a changing world

No one can stop L.69 from tabling a draft. Such a move will galvanise the UNSC reform process and bring back sceptics. Naysayers can no more hide behind smokescreens. Let’s focus on the outcome now, not just the process. September 2022 is as good a time as any to start

The present process for reforming the UN is regressive and non-inclusive. It’s time the L.69 Group tables a draft in the upcoming UNGA and starts negotiations in right earnest (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 07, 2022 07:37 PM IST

Diluting the international fight against terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, there is backsliding by western nations in their comprehensive fight against terror. This narrower outlook will have global ramifications

Before 9/11, the world was divided into ‘your terrorist’ and ‘my terrorist’, which viewed terrorism through a domestic prism. 9/11 changed that. However, we are now drifting back to that era. (Shutterstock)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 09:35 PM IST
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