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Election 2017: Development off radar in the political theatre of Uttar Pradesh

Political conspiracies are being hatched at a fever pitch in the Hindi heartland. In the blind race for power, issues essential to Uttar Pradesh’s development are being pushed out of the discourse

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav (left) with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The coming together of the SP and the Congress will help unify the traditional voter as well as consolidate Muslim votes on its own.(Raj K Raj / HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2017 12:23 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

A trial by fire for Akhilesh Yadav in the upcoming UP polls

By moving away from his feuding family, Akhilesh Yadav pursued a development agenda and created a new vote bank for the Samajwadi Party. But 2017 may prove to be his sternest test yet.

A municipal corporation worker removes a banner poster of Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. The manner in which the members of a high-profile family are fighting with each other gives rise to a question: Are their personal ambitions dearer to them than the electoral fortunes of their party?(Sanjay Kanojia/AFP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2017 11:31 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

2017 assembly polls will be a harbinger for the emergence of younger leaders

How active can Mulayam Singh, Parkash Singh Badal, Harish Rawat and other such elder leaders stay till the next assembly elections?

If the BJP loses these elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, the biggest loser will be Brand Modi.
Updated on Jan 08, 2017 09:39 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

With assembly polls due this year, will the penny drop for Modi in 2017?

Apart from a verdict on the incumbent governments , these assembly elections will also be a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “bold” demonetisation decision

People stand in a long queue to withdraw money from an ATM in Allahabad. PM Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move triggered a nationwide cash crunch.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 02, 2017 07:40 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

There’s more to Vajpayee’s political career than just victory and defeat

December 25 marked 92 years of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s momentous life journey.When to exude fire and when to stay cool as ice, is an art one should learn from the former prime minister

A file photo of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He practised the politics of agreement, not resistance. Even his opponents didn’t hesitate to knock at his door.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 25, 2016 07:02 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Modern families: Let’s keep our loved ones together

Divorce rates are rising in many states of the country. In broken homes, in the absence of parental guidance, thousands of youngsters go down the wrong path and take to crime.

In the absence of family guidance, thousands of youngsters go down the wrong path. It is one of the worst fallouts of the breakdown of our family system.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 18, 2016 11:40 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

India is ready to face the challenges the Ayodhya issue throws up

In those tumultuous times communal riots flared up in many parts of the country. More than 2,000 people lost their lives in these riots. It appeared we had been split wide open forever. India would never be the same after the morning of December 6, 1992

The Ayodhya issue has not been resolved, and there are regular attempts to draw the genie out of the bottle(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2016 11:45 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Delhi’s Traffic Queen is a beacon of hope in times of despair

Let us salute the indomitable spirit of traffic management activist Dorris Francis.

Dorris Francis controlling traffic at NH-24 Khoda.(HT Photot)
Updated on Dec 06, 2016 07:12 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

It’s time we cracked down on crackers. Even the SC agrees

Are we waiting for the world to turn into a gas chamber before we stop bursting fire-crackers?

It wasn’t just the national capital region that was bearing the brunt of pollution. Many places in north India were surrounded by a deadly layer of smog(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 10:27 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

One hopes the centenary year does greater justice to Indira Gandhi

In a country where close to 60% of people have been born after her death, why does Indira Gandhi return to be a part of people’s discussions 32 years after her assassination?

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (left) with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, outside 10 Downing Street, March 22, 1982(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 20, 2016 10:33 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

With one deft stroke, PM Modi has broken the back of black money

His actual work has just begun. History is looking at him with eager eyes. It has a bad habit of recording both the success and failure of politicians with equal ruthlessness.

It is a fact that Modi has broken the back of black money by banning larger currency notes but it is also true that small businessmen and the man on the street are tremendously inconvenienced.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2016 08:34 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Like the Taliban, separatists in Kashmir don’t want children to go to schools

They want to foist illiteracy, poverty and callousness on people so that the flames of dissatisfaction can be stoked conveniently

In the last few months, around 30 schools have been set afire in the Valley. This is a tried-and-tested tactic for separatists.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 06, 2016 10:52 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

It is our responsibility to fight the indifference and darkness around us

It is not enough if we clean our homes and surroundings; we should be more responsible citizens who fight the evils around us. Fighting society’s indifference and darkness is the responsibility of every individual. That, in essence, is the essence of Diwali .

In a land where helping the helpless is considered a religious duty, a woman is stabbed more than 30 times at a Metro station in Gurgaon.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 07:18 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

To secure its border forever, India must bridge the gulf of economic inequality

I wouldn’t have written on this piece had I not read about India’s dismal record in the fight against hunger. According to the Global Hunger Index, our country is worse off than Nepal, Bangladesh, Senegal and Rwanda.

The International Food Policy Research Institute’s global hunger index says India is worse off than Nepal, Bangladesh, Senegal and Rwanda(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 24, 2016 12:20 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Hobbled by insecurities

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Published on Oct 17, 2016 07:58 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

How secure is our democracy under the leadership of insecure leaders?

Shouldn’t those who represent the hopes of millions of citizens make their succession plans public? Shouldn’t politicians also declare the status of their health along with party manifestos? How can an unhealthy and political insecure leader contribute to the nurturing of a healthy democracy?

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has been in hospital since September 22, 2016. O Paneerselvam has been given all the responsibilities of a chief minister, but he hasn’t been given the formal designation.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 10:51 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

People must stay away from war hysteria and let the government do its job

Human nature is adept at forgetting old follies and marching towards the next hysteria. That is why some people sing the war tune and the common man bears its brunt

Border Security Force soldiers stand guard at the India-Pakistan International Border at the outpost of Akhnoor sector, about 40 km from Jammu, October 2(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 10, 2016 12:14 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

The Bahubali behind bars

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Published on Oct 03, 2016 07:46 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Shahabuddin: The Bahubali behind bars

High on a cocktail of muscle power, money power and people power, Shahabuddin knows he has become indispensable in his region

Shahabuddin has 45 cases registered against him — this is in addition to the nine he has been convicted in. According to the law, he cannot contest elections, but he plays an important role in every election(PTI file photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2016 08:06 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

The benefits of rapid urbanisation have not reached real India

Businessmen in small towns need to be motivated to create as many jobs as possible. While the government should focus on this, its plan to give certificates of appreciation for tax payers is a step in the right direction

Businessmen in small and Tier 2 towns need to be motivated to create as many jobs as possible. Unfortunately, quarter of a century after liberalisation, businessmen in the Hindi belt still are not given the respect that they actually deserve.(Arun Mondhe/ HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2016 01:12 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

A trial by fire for Mulayam

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Published on Sep 19, 2016 10:50 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Yadav family feud: It’s a trial by fire for Mulayam

Members of the Yadav clan have played a part in forming and developing the Samajwadi Party on a number of occasions. That is why they want their share in the government. This rising ambition creates an impending clash

Mulayam Singh Yadav was known as the ‘Supremo’ and Ramgopal and Shivpal as his ‘generals.’ When opposition parties made fun of Akhilesh as a ‘child’ and ‘half-chief minister’, the chief minister decided to ignore them and carry out his responsibilities(PTI)
Updated on Sep 19, 2016 12:19 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Nepali people and I trust Modiji, says newly elected PM Prachanda

As Nepal’s newly elected Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, prepares to embark on a visit to India on September 15 – his first after taking office. In his first interview after taking charge, he spoke to Hindustan, HT’s sister publication, on a range of issues.

Newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” says the primary aim of his upcoming India visit is to build new trust, and so it will be(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 11, 2016 10:33 AM IST
Hindustan | ByShashi Shekhar and Binod Bandhu, Kathmandu

Modiji and I think in similar ways, we have chemistry: Prachanda

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Published on Sep 11, 2016 08:39 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar and Binod Bandhu

Artificial intelligence is now the real thing

Every one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship initiatives — Make in India, Skill India, Digital India — will be impacted by the recent advances in artificial intelligence, making it imperative for Indian policymakers to take both an immediate and a long-term view

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of Digital India Week in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 20, 2016 11:19 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar Vempati

We will fight for Rajdeo Ranjan, because it is necessary

Clearly, the ruling class and all those in charge of law and order need to bring out the truth in public. All the more so because journalists like Rajdeo Ranjan and newspapers like Hindustan remain fearless as they have earned the trust and support of the common man. It is this ordinary public that elects governments.

Rajdeo Ranjan, a journalist with Hindustan, was killed near the Siwan railway station on Friday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2016 12:38 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Eye on 2014 elections, some want to divide society

Our desire to stay united is far greater than anything else. We have proved it time and again. The only regret is that at times we tend to drift apart, writes Shashi Shekhar, editor-in-chief, Hindustan.

Updated on Sep 23, 2013 09:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShashi Shekhar, New Delhi
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