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SC must decide on the 1991 law

The Places of Worship Act is at the heart of the Gyanvapi dispute. The Supreme Court needs to take a call on it at the earliest
The top court was right in partially rolling back the lower court’s order sealing the premises and stopping worshippers from accessing the site — an order the Muslim side said was passed without hearing its arguments. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
The top court was right in partially rolling back the lower court’s order sealing the premises and stopping worshippers from accessing the site — an order the Muslim side said was passed without hearing its arguments. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:22 PM IST
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Attacks on Pandits: Bridge the divide

The targeting of Pandits, their continued residence in temporary transit camps, and the pervasive fear and panic among community members indicate an urgent need for political initiatives 
Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar meets with Kashmiri Pandits and assures security enhancement during his visit to Sheikhpora, Budgam, May 17, 2022 (ANI)
Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar meets with Kashmiri Pandits and assures security enhancement during his visit to Sheikhpora, Budgam, May 17, 2022 (ANI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:22 PM IST
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Moscow scores a self-goal

  • Russia’s aggression made Finland and Sweden abandon neutrality and move closer to NATO
But even as Russia should introspect about its actions, it is important that NATO does not sound triumphalist and proceed with its expansion in a manner that does not escalate tensions. (HT)
But even as Russia should introspect about its actions, it is important that NATO does not sound triumphalist and proceed with its expansion in a manner that does not escalate tensions. (HT)
Updated on May 16, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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A new dawn begins in Indian badminton

  • Never before had the shuttlers collectively shared the spotlight to deliver one of the most glittering trophies in Indian sporting history.
India team holds the trophy after winning Thomas Cup title. (AP)
India team holds the trophy after winning Thomas Cup title. (AP)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:20 PM IST
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Delhi fire: No regard for laws, safety norms

It’s high time that much more attention is paid to the issue of building regulations and safety norms to ensure that cities are safe for their citizens. The laxity in enforcing norms is taking a tragic toll
Family members of the people missing after a massive fire at an office building near the Mundka metro station, New Delhi, May 15, (PTI)
Family members of the people missing after a massive fire at an office building near the Mundka metro station, New Delhi, May 15, (PTI)
Updated on May 15, 2022 07:40 PM IST
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Another U-turn on farm policy

If farmers are not allowed to exploit windfall market gains, then the government must not hold back in providing an adequate price cushion through reasonable hikes in MSPs
Global markets for wheat have suffered a massive supply shock due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. This has put pressure on international prices (HT Photo)
Global markets for wheat have suffered a massive supply shock due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. This has put pressure on international prices (HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2022 07:41 PM IST
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Retail inflation: The step ahead

Mint Street and North Block must maintain close coordination in making sure that our policy response does not throw the baby (of growth) out with the bathwater (of inflation) That the April inflation number would be higher than the 6
But will a monetary tightening be able to control inflation? There is good reason for scepticism on this count. (Reuters)
But will a monetary tightening be able to control inflation? There is good reason for scepticism on this count. (Reuters)
Published on May 13, 2022 05:47 PM IST
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SC must protect women’s rights

It is important to clear the air on this issue because the right of women to bodily integrity and autonomy is both a cherished constitutional right and at the core of a progressive and just society
Judges must note that India is among a handful of countries that continue to hold on to the marital rape exception and that the United Kingdom, from where it originated, scrapped it decades ago. (HT PHOTO)
Judges must note that India is among a handful of countries that continue to hold on to the marital rape exception and that the United Kingdom, from where it originated, scrapped it decades ago. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2022 06:35 PM IST
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To combat drought, restore degraded land

India has featured in the UNCCD assessment as one of the severely drought-impacted countries
Studies have also shown the country’s drought-prone area has increased by 57% since 1997. (AFP)
Studies have also shown the country’s drought-prone area has increased by 57% since 1997. (AFP)
Updated on May 12, 2022 06:34 PM IST
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SC on sedition: A welcome step

It is now up to the Centre to finish its review of the law, but the SC, and Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, have made their position clear
This is a welcome decision, not only because sedition represented the most egregious of India’s colonial baggage but also because of the thousands of ordinary citizens who battled its stringent provisions for an ever-expanding array of offences (PTI)
This is a welcome decision, not only because sedition represented the most egregious of India’s colonial baggage but also because of the thousands of ordinary citizens who battled its stringent provisions for an ever-expanding array of offences (PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2022 08:37 PM IST
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For Sri Lanka, a troubling phase

New Delhi has a strong stake in the economic and political stability of its neighbour and has done well by walking the talk on its Neighbourhood First policy – backing the country’s democracy and economic recovery without taking political positions – but the political turmoil, and consequent violence, may require further deft diplomacy
A military vehicle patrols a street during curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
A military vehicle patrols a street during curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Updated on May 11, 2022 08:58 AM IST
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Ensure life of dignity for specially abled

While it is important to have more accessible spaces and supportive policies, this case (it isn’t the first time that people with special needs have faced discrimination) shows that the nation has to become far more inclusive, and for more empathetic to the needs of the specially abled
The provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 are empowering on paper, but indifferently implemented (HT Photo)
The provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 are empowering on paper, but indifferently implemented (HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:33 AM IST
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Opening a Pandora’s Box

Disregarding the Places of Worship Act and basic foundational feature of constitutional principles is fraught with danger
What persuaded a local civil court to order the videography and inspection of the religious site was a demand to collect triable evidence as to whether Hindu religious structures were partially razed to build the 17th-century mosque. (PTI)
What persuaded a local civil court to order the videography and inspection of the religious site was a demand to collect triable evidence as to whether Hindu religious structures were partially razed to build the 17th-century mosque. (PTI)
Updated on May 09, 2022 08:03 PM IST
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Extend health cover to the ‘missing middle’

The increasing cost of quality health care combined with greater need and demand for health with increasing incomes, higher life expectancy, and epidemiological transition towards non-communicable diseases have made health coverage imperative
The need to cover this “missing middle” is essential because the nature of their work is often subject to occupational hazards. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The need to cover this “missing middle” is essential because the nature of their work is often subject to occupational hazards. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2022 07:52 PM IST
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Repeal the sedition law

The law is antithetical to the march of democratic thought and expansion of rights, which have progressed far beyond what British lawmakers could have imagined in 1870
Every nation has a right to zealously guard its sovereignty from internal and external aggression, and, therefore, penal provisions to punish violence and threats to security are justified and necessary. But there is a raft of civil, criminal and anti-terror statutes to deal effectively with such exigencies. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Every nation has a right to zealously guard its sovereignty from internal and external aggression, and, therefore, penal provisions to punish violence and threats to security are justified and necessary. But there is a raft of civil, criminal and anti-terror statutes to deal effectively with such exigencies. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 08, 2022 07:12 PM IST
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Bagga case: Don’t delay police reforms

Despite the drama involved in the three-state turf war, the incident offers a sobering view of how entrenched political loyalties have weakened State institutions and how urgently reforms are required to unlink law enforcement from political compulsions
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga in New Delhi,May 7, 2022 (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga in New Delhi,May 7, 2022 (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 08, 2022 07:12 PM IST
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Bolster court infrastructure

Given the dismal state of affairs, the government would do well in shedding its apprehensions, and commence a dialogue afresh on NJIA to arrive at a mutually agreeable mechanism that can give India a state-of-the-art judicial infrastructure -- a much-awaited and desired reform
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Supreme-Court-of-India-Mohd-Zakir-HT-file-photo
Published on May 06, 2022 07:27 PM IST
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What the new ruling on taxation entails

  • Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna created a new judicial precedent when the court invoked its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to prevent over 9,000 cases from gutting the top court’s board
Article 142 empowers the SC to issue any directive that it deems appropriate “for doing complete justice between the parties”. 
Article 142 empowers the SC to issue any directive that it deems appropriate “for doing complete justice between the parties”. 
Published on May 05, 2022 07:20 PM IST
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An Indo-France bilateral bond

  • On Ukraine, defence, and security, Modi’s visit to France set the stage for greater cooperation
Both leaders called for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine in order to promote dialogue. 
Both leaders called for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine in order to promote dialogue. 
Published on May 05, 2022 07:12 PM IST
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Inflation, the key challenge

The policy implication of RBI’s latest action is easier to understand than the immediate trigger for it. This sends a clear signal that inflation is going to be a bigger policy challenge than growth for the Indian economy
Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das digitally delivers a statement, May 4, 2022 (PTI)
Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das digitally delivers a statement, May 4, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on May 04, 2022 08:38 PM IST
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Don’t vie for credit for Babri demolition

For mainstream political leaders to claim “credit” for this dark episode in the country’s democratic history is not only shameful, but also an indication of the creeping majoritarianism in Indian polity
Various judicial pronouncements have repeatedly called the demoli-tion of the 16th century structure a criminal act — one for which the then government in the state was dismissed (HT FILE PHOTO)
Various judicial pronouncements have repeatedly called the demoli-tion of the 16th century structure a criminal act — one for which the then government in the state was dismissed (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 04, 2022 08:39 PM IST
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Quell the rise of communal tension

  • Sectarian tensions, like that in Jodhpur, have been simmering in various parts of the country, and in many cases, the authorities have been found wanting 
Police say the violence was triggered by a dispute over raising religious flags in the Jalori Gate area ahead of Eid celebrations. (PTI)
Police say the violence was triggered by a dispute over raising religious flags in the Jalori Gate area ahead of Eid celebrations. (PTI)
Published on May 03, 2022 06:46 PM IST
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The significance of 1.68 lakh crore

  • GST collection hit an all-time high in April. But the economy is not out of the woods, yet
To be sure, the April 2022 GST collection shows a 20% year on year growth over the April 2021 number. (Mint)
To be sure, the April 2022 GST collection shows a 20% year on year growth over the April 2021 number. (Mint)
Updated on May 03, 2022 09:41 PM IST
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As DU turns 100, build on its legacy

  • Over the decades, DU not only widened the access to higher education, but also created invaluable intellectual, cultural and social capital for a modern nation.
DU influenced the growth of a city that had fallen into neglect post the Mughal era only to be revived as a new New Delhi when the British shifted the Capital from Calcutta in 1911. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
DU influenced the growth of a city that had fallen into neglect post the Mughal era only to be revived as a new New Delhi when the British shifted the Capital from Calcutta in 1911. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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India’s growing embrace of EU

  • Modi’s three-nation tour in Europe will boost ties and set the stage for future cooperation
Germany was among the first European powers to fashion an Indo-Pacific strategy and has been in the lead for pushing for an India-European Union. (PTI)
Germany was among the first European powers to fashion an Indo-Pacific strategy and has been in the lead for pushing for an India-European Union. (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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The post-pandemic economic question

  • The most important post-pandemic questions are: What is India’s growth potential and has the pandemic left any permanent scars on this ability?
Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s latest report on currency and finance says that India can achieve a GDP growth rate of 6.5%-8.5% provided reforms are continued. (Reuters)
Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s latest report on currency and finance says that India can achieve a GDP growth rate of 6.5%-8.5% provided reforms are continued. (Reuters)
Updated on May 01, 2022 07:41 PM IST
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Chief Justice Ramana is right

  • Weaknesses in both legislative processes and executive capabilities lead to judicial overload
CJI Ramana’s fundamental point was this: The courts don’t want to be inundated with cases. (ANI)
CJI Ramana’s fundamental point was this: The courts don’t want to be inundated with cases. (ANI)
Published on May 01, 2022 07:41 PM IST
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Offsetting the heat challenge

While effecting multi-sectoral policy changes may not be easy, delays in taking the right climate-sensitive steps will only create a whole new set of problems for the country in the coming years
New Delhi, India - April 29, 2022: People out on hot day in the middle of the city's ongoing heat wave, at Tilak Nagar in New Delhi, India, on Friday, April 29, 2022. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - April 29, 2022: People out on hot day in the middle of the city's ongoing heat wave, at Tilak Nagar in New Delhi, India, on Friday, April 29, 2022. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 07:37 PM IST
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The big picture on fuel taxation

  • Only an open and honest discussion between the Centre and the states can resolve the issue
Throwing polemics at the problem will only worsen the trust deficit between the Centre and the states. (Reuters)
Throwing polemics at the problem will only worsen the trust deficit between the Centre and the states. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 07:20 PM IST
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