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Jhulan Goswami’s remarkable journey

Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:38 PM IST

For over 20 years, the 5’11” tall pacer ran in, hit a length and did what the team wanted her to do.

Ms Goswami was a mentor who didn’t think twice before taking a youngster under her wings. (PTI Photo)
Ms Goswami was a mentor who didn’t think twice before taking a youngster under her wings. (PTI Photo)
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EAM delivers a timely message

Jaishankar’s UN address underlined pressing global challenges and the need for reforms

The statement, more importantly, focused on the changes needed for the world community to tackle challenges. (ANI )
The statement, more importantly, focused on the changes needed for the world community to tackle challenges. (ANI )
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:35 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A crucial week for India at UN

At a moment of global churn, New Delhi's narrative of responsible democratic power was well received

External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaking at UN Security Council, New York, September 22, 2022 (ANI)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaking at UN Security Council, New York, September 22, 2022 (ANI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 09:13 AM IST
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The criticality of telecom law

The first draft of the new law is welcome. But crucial aspects need fixing to make it fairer

Over the years, the legal framework came to rest on a patchwork of rules that the government issued under the telegraph Act or the Information Technology Act. (Getty Images)
Over the years, the legal framework came to rest on a patchwork of rules that the government issued under the telegraph Act or the Information Technology Act. (Getty Images)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 07:16 PM IST
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Decisively combat hate speech in India

A bench comprising justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy gave the Centre two months to decide whether it intends to bring a law to make “hate speech” a penal offence. To decisively rein in hate speech, it will have to be clearly defined

Any new law will have to be vigorously debated and carefully thought through with enough safeguards to prevent potential misuse or muzzling of the media. (AP)
Any new law will have to be vigorously debated and carefully thought through with enough safeguards to prevent potential misuse or muzzling of the media. (AP)
Updated on Sep 22, 2022 07:13 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Russia raises Ukraine heat

With Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering a mobilisation of reservists, the geopolitical waters have just gotten choppier

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an address on the conflict with Ukraine, Moscow, September 21, 2022 (via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an address on the conflict with Ukraine, Moscow, September 21, 2022 (via REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 07:59 PM IST
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Why it’s important to invest in smaller cities

India’s megacities have long been the nation’s economic and social drivers. But it is increasingly clear that these metropolises are becoming unliveable

India’s megacities have long been the nation’s economic and social drivers. But it is increasingly clear that these metropolises are becoming unliveable due to increasing population, migration from less developed regions, lack of adequate essential services, stretched public amenities and pollution. (HT PHOTO)
India’s megacities have long been the nation’s economic and social drivers. But it is increasingly clear that these metropolises are becoming unliveable due to increasing population, migration from less developed regions, lack of adequate essential services, stretched public amenities and pollution. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 07:58 PM IST
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Sentencing must be fair

The apex court’s decision to establish clear rules to award the death penalty is welcome

On Monday, the SC took an important step towards correcting this problem by calling for a Constitution Bench to lay down guidelines on how to provide a “real and meaningful” hearing to a convict before awarding capital punishment. (HT Photo)
On Monday, the SC took an important step towards correcting this problem by calling for a Constitution Bench to lay down guidelines on how to provide a “real and meaningful” hearing to a convict before awarding capital punishment. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2022 08:04 PM IST
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A chess mystery that needs urgent solving

Magnus Carlsen resigning from an online match against 19-year-old Hans Niemann reignited a feud between the players, with no one knowing what's really happening.

Mr Carlsen knows he is the biggest name in the game and is trying to force the issue in the worst way. (AFP)
Mr Carlsen knows he is the biggest name in the game and is trying to force the issue in the worst way. (AFP)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 07:04 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Stamp out farm fires, urgently

If stubble burning rages on, all other steps to clean Delhi-National Capital Region’s air are likely to give suboptimal results

Farm fires form a significant source of pollution that chokes the Capital, especially in the run-up to, and around the festival season. An HT analysis last year found that roughly a quarter of the lung-damaging PM 2.5 particles suspended in the air around Diwali were sourced to farm fires. Given this, the failure to find a viable solution means that other steps to clean Delhi’s air may only give sub-optimal results. (HT PHOTO)
Farm fires form a significant source of pollution that chokes the Capital, especially in the run-up to, and around the festival season. An HT analysis last year found that roughly a quarter of the lung-damaging PM 2.5 particles suspended in the air around Diwali were sourced to farm fires. Given this, the failure to find a viable solution means that other steps to clean Delhi’s air may only give sub-optimal results. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 07:14 PM IST
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Improve the quality of legal aid services

Over the years, authorities have sought to remedy this by introducing schemes tailor-made for vulnerable groups. If the CJI’s encouragement can push more lawyers into helping the needy, it’ll only help improve the health of the justice system in the country

Research has shown that a key fix for India’s overstretched legal system is the lack of access to quality lawyers, especially for marginalised communities and poor people — who form the bulk of people behind bars (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Research has shown that a key fix for India’s overstretched legal system is the lack of access to quality lawyers, especially for marginalised communities and poor people — who form the bulk of people behind bars (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 18, 2022 08:11 PM IST
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China’s stand on terror is dubious

The blocking of the listing of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Sajid Mir raises questions about its commitment to fight terror

It is not hard to understand why Indian officials repeatedly refer to China’s “double standards” on terrorism. After all, this is the same country that is using terrorism and extremism as an excuse to launch a widespread campaign of repression against the Uyghur minority of Xinjiang, described in some quarters as genocide (AFP)
It is not hard to understand why Indian officials repeatedly refer to China’s “double standards” on terrorism. After all, this is the same country that is using terrorism and extremism as an excuse to launch a widespread campaign of repression against the Uyghur minority of Xinjiang, described in some quarters as genocide (AFP)
Updated on Sep 18, 2022 08:12 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Roger Federer transcends sport

What is sport if not a saga of legendary stories that offer life lessons on how to win, how to lose, how to strive for excellence, and how to never give up

As Federer finally walks into the sunset at 41, will he be remembered as the greatest tennis player to walk the planet? Perhaps not. Will he, however, be remembered as one of the greatest sporting icons of all time? Undoubtedly. (AFP)
As Federer finally walks into the sunset at 41, will he be remembered as the greatest tennis player to walk the planet? Perhaps not. Will he, however, be remembered as one of the greatest sporting icons of all time? Undoubtedly. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 16, 2022 07:41 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Bringing the cheetah back is a bold idea

There are several reasons why India is keen to reintroduce cheetahs into the wild.

An India-bound African cheetah undergoes a health examination. (PTI)
An India-bound African cheetah undergoes a health examination. (PTI)
Published on Sep 15, 2022 08:35 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The world must do better on Covid

A new report on pandemic response shows glaring missteps. Lessons must be learnt fast

On India’s handling, it said that variants such as Delta and massive crowd events proved devastating. (AP)
On India’s handling, it said that variants such as Delta and massive crowd events proved devastating. (AP)
Published on Sep 15, 2022 08:34 PM IST
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Beyond China, why SCO is key

Prime Mnister Narendra Modi’s presence in the Samarkand meet shows India is engaging with the world on its own terms

People stand in front of the Registan square in downtown Samarkand on September 13, 2022 (AFP)
People stand in front of the Registan square in downtown Samarkand on September 13, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2022 09:09 PM IST
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Another setback for the Congress in Goa

The party has blamed the BJP’s political and financial muscle and accused the ruling party of using federal agencies as tools of intimidation, but its continued vulnerability will lower its stock at a time of intense jostling in the national Opposition space

The defections are an embarrassment for the Congress which finds itself unable to defend its stables in the state for the second time in three years, despite having made each lawmaker take a public oath not to desert the party ahead of the assembly elections earlier this year. (AP)
The defections are an embarrassment for the Congress which finds itself unable to defend its stables in the state for the second time in three years, despite having made each lawmaker take a public oath not to desert the party ahead of the assembly elections earlier this year. (AP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2022 09:09 PM IST
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One step forward on the road to inclusivity

The UP assembly deciding to reserve a day for women lawmakers to speak on a range of issues is welcome, but beyond ad-hoc measures, long-term remedies are needed.

Women make up around 11% of UP’s lower House, which is somewhat lower than the percentage of women members in the Lok Sabha, 14.6%. (ANI)
Women make up around 11% of UP’s lower House, which is somewhat lower than the percentage of women members in the Lok Sabha, 14.6%. (ANI)
Published on Sep 13, 2022 10:36 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A heartening health update

A dip in Out of Pocket spending is welcome but the data says little about adequacy of health care

As far as the increase in government spending – this is what seems to have led to a drop in OOP spending– is concerned, states deserve as much credit as the Centre. (HT File Photo)
As far as the increase in government spending – this is what seems to have led to a drop in OOP spending– is concerned, states deserve as much credit as the Centre. (HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 13, 2022 10:33 PM IST
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A turning point in the Ukraine conflict?

World powers would do well to take this moment and convince both sides, especially Moscow, to come back to the negotiating table

This photograph taken on September 11, 2022, shows a Ukranian soldier standing atop an abandoned Russian tank near a village on the outskirts of Izyum, Kharkiv Region, eastern Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine (AFP)
This photograph taken on September 11, 2022, shows a Ukranian soldier standing atop an abandoned Russian tank near a village on the outskirts of Izyum, Kharkiv Region, eastern Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine (AFP)
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 07:40 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A new Mandir battle begins

The legal fight in the Gyanvapi Masjid case will be long, and the top court may have to decide key issues

Members of Shiv Sena Dogra Front celebrate after the district court's verdict in the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri case, Jammu, September 12, 2022 (PTI)
Members of Shiv Sena Dogra Front celebrate after the district court's verdict in the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri case, Jammu, September 12, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 10:00 PM IST
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Transparency is key for Congress polls

The credibility of the internal electoral process cannot be compromised, and the party must dispel any impression that the new president of the party is handpicked.

To take on a dominant BJP and even compete with resurgent regional outfits, the Congress has to effect change across several axes: Messaging, leadership and organisation. 
To take on a dominant BJP and even compete with resurgent regional outfits, the Congress has to effect change across several axes: Messaging, leadership and organisation. 
Published on Sep 11, 2022 08:38 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Twin issues the economy faces

India must balance preserving food security without letting inflation spiral out of control

While the State has banned the export of some varieties of rice to pre-empt domestic shortages, it remains to be seen what the response to its rice procurement drive will be. 
While the State has banned the export of some varieties of rice to pre-empt domestic shortages, it remains to be seen what the response to its rice procurement drive will be. 
Published on Sep 11, 2022 08:35 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

On China, India must be alert

India and China have agreed on disengagement of their frontline troops in the Hot Springs area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after months of protracted negotiations, but it is also obvious that serious differences remain between the two sides

It is also strange that it took nearly two months to implement the consensus evolved by senior military commanders on Hot Springs, because the disengagement involved only a low number of troops from both sides. (REUTERS)
It is also strange that it took nearly two months to implement the consensus evolved by senior military commanders on Hot Springs, because the disengagement involved only a low number of troops from both sides. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 09, 2022 07:45 PM IST
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Rethinking notions on merit in India

Delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, justice DY Chandrachud stressed that merit needed to be redefined, and that merit and upliftment should not be seen in dichotomy.

There’s a third way to approach this debate, one underlined earlier this week by Supreme Court judge, justice DY Chandrachud. (PTI)
There’s a third way to approach this debate, one underlined earlier this week by Supreme Court judge, justice DY Chandrachud. (PTI)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 08:19 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Public spaces are important

The revamped Central Vista is a key reminder that cities need open and safe spaces for all

The Central Vista holds a special space in the Indian consciousness, not only as an imposing edifice of government but also as the living, breathing heart of the Republic. (Central Government)
The Central Vista holds a special space in the Indian consciousness, not only as an imposing edifice of government but also as the living, breathing heart of the Republic. (Central Government)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 08:14 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Expand the focus on foundational learning

It is important to remember that attaining foundational skills was a critical challenge even before the pandemic. Data from the 2019 ASER showed that less than half of Grade 5 students had mastered Grade 2 level literacy. The last two pandemic years have only accentuated the problem

The status of learning among students in under-resourced and localised “English medium” schools mushrooming in rural and peri-urban centres could be worse. Now that school attendance has stabilised, it is essential to see what kinds of remedial studies and reorientation have been done in State-run schools and whether they are showing results. There is absolutely no room to waste time. (Shutterstock)
The status of learning among students in under-resourced and localised “English medium” schools mushrooming in rural and peri-urban centres could be worse. Now that school attendance has stabilised, it is essential to see what kinds of remedial studies and reorientation have been done in State-run schools and whether they are showing results. There is absolutely no room to waste time. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 07, 2022 07:37 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Banning crackers can help Delhi air

Delhi announced a complete ban on the manufacture, storage, sale and use of firecrackers in the Capital till January 1, 2023. The early announcement is a welcome move, but curb the menace of stubble burning in neighbouring states also

In 2021, for instance, Delhi woke up to one of its most polluted post-Diwali mornings in 2021. This was not because the ban was unsatisfactorily implemented but due to farm fires that had spiked in the run-up to the festival (and had contributed as much as a quarter of the pollution load on Diwali) and sluggish wind speeds that were inadequate to disperse the pollutants. (Keshav Singh/HTPhoto)
In 2021, for instance, Delhi woke up to one of its most polluted post-Diwali mornings in 2021. This was not because the ban was unsatisfactorily implemented but due to farm fires that had spiked in the run-up to the festival (and had contributed as much as a quarter of the pollution load on Diwali) and sluggish wind speeds that were inadequate to disperse the pollutants. (Keshav Singh/HTPhoto)
Updated on Sep 07, 2022 07:37 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Jharkhand governor needs to clear the air

To keep Election Commission's recommendations on whether chief minister Hemant Soren should be disqualified as MLA under wraps hurts the legitimacy of the government

The poll watchdog was asked for its opinion by governor Ramesh Bais after the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded Mr Soren be disqualified for allegedly violating office of profit guidelines by getting a mining licence in his name. (ANI)
The poll watchdog was asked for its opinion by governor Ramesh Bais after the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded Mr Soren be disqualified for allegedly violating office of profit guidelines by getting a mining licence in his name. (ANI)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 10:06 PM IST
ByHT Editorial
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