Himalayan ties back on track

Published on Jun 02, 2023 09:57 PM IST

Despite China’s looming presence and thorny geopolitical issues, Nepal’s pragmatism and India’s accommodation have bolstered ties

The Nepal premier’s pragmatism and Mr Modi’s accommodation has put the relationship on the right track(AFP)
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Decide on Places of Worship Act

For the sake of social harmony, the government and Supreme Court must consider weighing in

The Gyanvapi Masjid complex and Shringar Gauri Temple, Varanasi, May 7, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 06:39 PM IST
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What unusual May temperatures signify

The unusual May temperatures also showed how weather patterns were increasingly becoming unpredictable due to the climate crisis

While there is a sense of relief with the lower temperatures, fear lingers that a cooler May could hit the development of the crucial monsoon rainfall. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 06:31 PM IST
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GDP exceeds expectations

The growth numbers are just what RBI needs to hold rates next week; ahead of the 2024 polls, the BJP couldn’t have asked for more

For the BJP government, 7.2% is the last full-year growth number with which it will go to the 2024 national elections and it couldn’t have asked for more.(Representative image)
Published on May 31, 2023 09:49 PM IST
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Impunity of babus is galling. Contain it

Babus of all types in India have always seen themselves apart. The authorities must devise ways to impose crushing costs on anyone trying to bend the law

Even in a country immured to the ways of bureaucrats and government officials, Rajesh Vishwas’ move of water out draining reservoir of a dam to recover his new expensive mobile phone reeked of overreach and excess (File Photo)
Published on May 31, 2023 09:49 PM IST
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Local vs national: A chink in Oppn unity?

The Congress’s qualms about backing the AAP are understandable. But this plan of vacillation may be counterproductive

The Congress’s qualms about backing the AAP are understandable (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 30, 2023 06:37 PM IST
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Why IPL is a game-changer

The just-concluded mega event set the tone for a future of the game where it’s club over country, OTT over traditional broadcast

Chennai Super Kings' players celebrate with the trophy after their victory against Gujarat Titans, Ahmedabad, May 30, 2023 (AFP)
Updated on May 30, 2023 06:38 PM IST
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Quell the fire in Manipur, now

Fresh clashes show why the authorities must start talks and a political process, instead of taking a hardline securitised approach

Unfortunately, the past three weeks in Manipur have held out little proof that the state government is cognisant of the urgent need to build bridges(PTI)
Published on May 29, 2023 08:38 PM IST
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What Turkey polls mean for the world

After a runoff and a dramatically see-sawing electoral campaign, Erdoğan came out on top. But, will his new term mean warmer ties between New Delhi and Ankara?

Over the past decade, Mr Erdoğan has rapidly consolidated power, weakening institutions that were meant to keep a check on his powers(AFP)
Updated on May 29, 2023 08:39 PM IST
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Help students deal with pressure in Kota

Unless parents, societies and governments work in tandem, young people will continue to suffer for goals that may be too improbable to achieve

These losses are tragic and avoidable. The reasons are also not difficult to fathom. (MINT)
Updated on May 28, 2023 08:24 PM IST
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A new chapter in democracy

The new symbolic home of India’s democracy will face three sets of challenges. The tests are formidable but not unsurmountable

The inauguration of the new Parliament buildingm New Delhi, on May 28, 2023 (ANI)
Updated on May 28, 2023 08:22 PM IST
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Why the Pacific islands are key

The islands sit on vital sea routes and might hold the key in the battle for the Indo-Pacific. Countering China is, therefore, crucial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 3rd Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit at Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea (PIB)
Updated on May 26, 2023 08:31 PM IST
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Towards better prisons in India

The new model prison act takes some strides in resolving problems. Now it’s up to the states

Issues plaguing India’s prisons are festering corruption that allows criminal syndicates to run behind bars, overcrowding due to undertrials packed in colonial-era structures, and understaffing of many big jails(For Representation)
Updated on May 26, 2023 05:07 PM IST
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In Manipur, a need for building bridges

In Manipur, the only task for the government should be to urgently restore peace and rebuild the social fabric. Politics can wait

Despite thousands of forces, prohibitory orders and curfew in large parts of the state, and internet connections being snapped, local authorities have failed to get a handle on the law and order situation.(AFP)
Updated on May 26, 2023 05:04 PM IST
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New forest law must strike a fine balance

While development is important, this cannot be done at the expense of India’s forests because such a move will be counterproductive

In a country roiled by the climate crisis, one would think that every forest, protected or otherwise, is precious as a stabilising force that regulates ecosystems, protects biodiversity, supports livelihoods, and supplies goods and services that could drive sustainable growth. But this view, it seems, is at odds with the ones held by some policymakers. (HT photo)
Updated on May 24, 2023 07:15 PM IST
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A trust deficit in Parliament

The ongoing row over the inauguration ceremony shows the need for structural shifts to end the acrimony

India’s Parliament serves as the nerve centre of the largest democracy in the world. The inauguration of a new Parliament building, therefore, should ideally have all stakeholders on board. (ANI)
Updated on May 24, 2023 07:17 PM IST
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MiGs need to be phased out

A string of recent crashes shows the jets must be retired as per schedule, without any delay

A MIG-21 aircraft flies past during the inauguration of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru, 2019 (AP)
Updated on May 22, 2023 08:27 PM IST
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India’s cities deserve better infrastructure

The death of the techie is the result of gross negligence. It was avoidable, and the tragic costs of apathy should jolt the city’s authorities to do better

People wade through a waterlogged road after a rain shower in Bangalore (AFP)
Updated on May 22, 2023 08:28 PM IST
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LRS tweak is ill-conceived

Levying tax at source on credit card spending abroad may raise compliance hassles and spur untraceable transactions. Reconsider it

LRS was reformist, allowing Indians to spend abroad up to a specified ceiling. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 18, 2023 09:39 PM IST
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Managing ambitions is key for K’taka plan

The Congress has done well to resolve the leadership tussle , although the jury is still out on whether it has merely kicked the can down the road

One assembly election can only provide limited cues about national polls. Yet, the victory in Karnataka was important for the Opposition because it represented a triumph in a big, resource-rich state, against the might of the BJP’s juggernaunt
Updated on May 18, 2023 09:41 PM IST
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Managing screen time needs a fine balance

The age at which children first own a smartphone impacts their mental health as adults, said a new global study.

There is enough to suggest that Big Tech firms have known about these side effects, but chosen to do little so as to safeguard their profits. (Getty Images)
Published on May 17, 2023 08:12 PM IST
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Why a normal monsoon is key

IMD has forecast a delay in monsoon onset. The next few weeks will be crucial for policy

The southwest monsoon’s importance in India’s economy can hardly be overstated. (AFP)
Published on May 17, 2023 08:10 PM IST
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Take a stance on the Places of Worship Act

To maintain communal amity, the government should consider taking a clear stance on the legislation, and the apex court should weigh in at the earliest

The law locks the religious character of a holy site as it was on August 15, 1947, the day of Independence, with the exception of the disputed site at Ayodhya (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 16, 2023 07:28 PM IST
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RBI must shift focus to growth

With inflation dipping, RBI should back growth at the next MPC meet, may be with a rate cut

Many independent economists now believe that the expected inflation for 2023-24 could turn out to be lower than the 5.2% mark, which is what the April MPC projected (BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Updated on May 16, 2023 07:30 PM IST
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Quad gains a security edge

A high-profile meet in the US comes amid a rising Chinese challenge in the Indian Ocean

In a way, focus on the security element in Quad was inevitable, given the serious challenges in the Indo-Pacific arising from China’s increasingly aggressive and assertive behaviour. (AP)
Updated on May 15, 2023 07:34 PM IST
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US visa delays are hurting bilateral ties

Data published by the US embassy in India shows that the wait for B1 and B2 work visas still stretches beyond 400 days in many instances

Since the 1960s, Indians have immigrated to the US using three ways – temporary work visas (H-1Bs), which are employer-sponsored and issued to highly skilled workers; temporary student visas; and conversion of these temporary visas into green cards, allowing recipients to pursue a path to citizenship (AFP)
Updated on May 15, 2023 07:32 PM IST
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A reality check from Patnaik

Odisha chief minister’s disinterest in a third front shows building a common platform will not be easy

The strong words from the veteran leader underlined some of the hurdles that the Opposition’s endeavour to build a common platform faces, especially in attracting faces that are not vehemently opposed to the BJP ideologically or electorally. (PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2023 06:35 PM IST
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Why all eyes are on the Turkey elections

Turkey’s geostrategic position and its importance as the link between Europe and Asia means that the world will watch the results keenly. So will New Delhi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and his wife Emine, left, prepare to cast their ballots at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, May 14, 2023 (AP)
Updated on May 14, 2023 06:37 PM IST
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Karnataka lessons for 2024 polls

The BJP is not invincible in states but has a big advantage nationally. Karnataka is a key win for Congress but pan-Indian challenges remain

As Opposition parties brainstorm after the favourable Karnataka verdict, the question they face is this: Why can’t they defeat the BJP in national polls? (ANI)
Published on May 13, 2023 10:28 PM IST
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Upholding the federal spirit

Supreme Court’s decision to give supremacy to elected members in Delhi will hopefully end the acrimonious battle for control

In the top court, the Union government argued that Delhi was a Union territory and did not have its own public service like other states and that control over the bureaucracy ought to rest with Centre owing to the national and international implications of Delhi being the national Capital. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 12, 2023 07:40 PM IST
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