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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.

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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.

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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

Questions Netanyahu’s Palestine policy provoke

Israel has said “obliterating” Hamas is its goal. But at what cost? Is there a level of death and destruction that will satisfy Israel’s quest for punishment?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 11, 2023 10:38 PM IST

Beat! beat! drums!—blow! bugles! blow!

They are voices that cannot be silenced and, therefore, our conscience will continue to speak.

Smoke rising during Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip on October 29, 2023. (Fadel Senna/AFP)
Published on Nov 04, 2023 10:46 PM IST

Bishen, Tiger and Baig: A toast for three friends

“I’m all too aware that often the important thing about friends is the memories that linger with you.”

Bishan’s death on Monday brought back memories of these three friends and this morning, as a toast to them, I want to share them with you.
Published on Oct 28, 2023 10:54 PM IST

In West Asia, it’s my country right or left

The saddest most lamentable conclusion is that the ground is being laid for another tragic chapter in this unending story of Israel and Palestine.

Israel-Hamas War: A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of the building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Bureij refugee camp Gaza Strip.(AP)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 10:36 PM IST

Moral choices that confront politicians

Aakar Patel surprises with his novel, revealing a talent for storytelling and deep moral dimension.

After Messiah reveals a talent for imaginative and gripping storytelling alongside the capacity to create characters whose inner struggles give the narrative a deep moral dimension.(Penguin)
Published on Oct 14, 2023 10:13 PM IST

In divided Manipur, disturbing questions

Manipur throws up disturbing questions from both sides, which is why an answer from just one perspective can only make the situation worse.

The ethnic violence between dominant Meiteis and Kukis in Manipur has since May left at least 175 dead. (PTI)
Published on Oct 07, 2023 10:00 PM IST

How the West viewed Trudeau’s allegations

How should we respond to such commentary about our country?

How should we respond to such commentary about our country?(AP)
Published on Oct 01, 2023 12:12 AM IST

The cat that rules 10 Downing Street

Defeat will ensure prime ministers are turfed out of Downing Street. Only death – or old age — can remove the Mouser.

Larry, the official 10 Downing Street cat, seen before the nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support National Health Service (NHS) workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic on May 21, 2020.(Frank Augstein / AP)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Ifs and buts about simultaneous polls

We need to reflect on three concerns in particular: The desirability of the concept, the implications of implementing it and the consequences that could follow

One Nation, One Election narrows our democracy by reducing the opportunity for citizens to vote and choose governments. (PTI)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 10:06 PM IST
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