No room for vigilantism in a rules-based society

Updated on Feb 19, 2023 08:27 PM IST

The Bhiwani murders can become a test case, but strong political will and institutional response will be necessary

Charred remains of a vehicle where bodies of two Muslim men were found, Bhiwani, Haryana (PTI)
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Keeping watch on China at LAC

A three-pronged Cabinet push and a US Senate resolution show that Beijing’s moves will be matched by India, and scrutinised globally

It is commendable that India is moving rapidly to cover some asymmetry with China in preparedness and strength. However, it must remain watchful and vigilant to thwart Chinese misadventures and consider a comprehensive and transparent strategy to contain what is emerging as the toughest geopolitical challenge for a nation looking to cement its place at the global high table (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 08:09 PM IST
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Flouting green norms cannot be condoned

According to a report in this newspaper, the state has granted approvals to 790 projects involving the diversion of strip forest land for approach roads to provide access to roadside amenities such as retail stores, petrol pumps, and wedding halls.

Haryana has a forest cover of only 3.63%, according to the Forest Survey of India. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2023 07:51 PM IST
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Why the Tripura polls matter

In the small state, a three-cornered contest is competitive, and holds key symbolic takeaways

Voters wait in the queue to cast their votes at the polling booth for the Tripura Assembly Elections 2023, on Thursday.(Spokesperson ECI Twitter)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 10:02 PM IST
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AI deal marks a key moment

The agreement holds major downstream implications and shows India’s economic might on the world stage

The AI deal, despite being one struck by a private firm, is also a significant geopolitical moment. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 09:27 AM IST
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Caste bias is rife on campuses. Address it

It is yet to be understood that academic excellence can co-exist, even thrive, alongside caste-based attitudes. BR Ambedkar warned about it at the moment of India’s Independence. It remains true today.

But irrespective of the particular details of the IIT-Bombay incident, the bias battled by Dalit and Adivasi students in educational spaces that are supposed to nurture and protect them is an undeniable blot on modern India. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 09:28 AM IST
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On green laws, need a change in attitudes

A set of SOPs for all highway projects near border areas may, unfortunately, be too late to reverse the damage on the fragile Himalayas. But it can engender a change in the attitudes of the authorities and the developers

The damage in Joshimath and its adjoining areas is already done. But it is not too late to save the Himalayas. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 07:17 PM IST
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Make farming climate proof

Inflation targeting won’t be very effective if agriculture can’t deal with climate vagaries

A bumper wheat crop and (possibility of) a normal monsoon eases cereal prices even as the anticipated weakening of overall economic momentum reduces some pressure on core inflation numbers. (PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 07:10 PM IST
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Ban on wheat exports may hit farm incomes

When farmers are not allowed to exploit windfall gains of high prices either in domestic or foreign markets, they incur a loss of potential income

A decision to ban exports, in the wake of so many contingencies, is not something that ought to be criticised. Food security is a strategic objective and sovereign countries are free to tweak policies to safeguard it. (AP)
Updated on Feb 14, 2023 08:54 AM IST
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The way forward on crypto regulations

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman indicated that there will be the need for a standard operating procedure of sorts

Crypto originated as a tool for transaction, but as demand skyrocketed, people have seen it as an asset to chase high returns with. (iStock)
Published on Feb 12, 2023 07:45 PM IST
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Why the governor rejigs matter

Appointment of six governors and shuffling of seven holds key clues for politics and the polls

Focus will be on the new governor of Assam, Gulab Chand Kataria. (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 12, 2023 08:46 PM IST
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NSA’s trips hold key global clues

NSA Doval’s visits to DC and Moscow showed that India is balancing its relations to push its priorities in an uncertain global environment

Together, the meetings in DC and Moscow held clues about India’s priorities in a rapidly changing world, and how it will continue to navigate these choppy geopolitical waters to best secure its interests, while reorienting itself towards the future, possibly acting as a bridge between rival powers, and not allowing external pressures to dictate its global engagement. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 07:37 PM IST
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LeBron James and the audacity of hope

LeBron achieved what experts thought no one ever would. When he scored 38 points for the LA Lakers, he beat the all-time scoring record in the NBA regular season

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. (AP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 09:06 AM IST
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In Himalayas, exercise caution

As Char Dham registration begins, work on a long-term plan to protect the fragile ecosystem

The tragedy at Joshimath forms the backdrop as the online and offline registration for the Char Dham Yatra. (Archive)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 09:05 AM IST
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Why MPC’s growth forecast is optimistic

While the MPC’s estimate is broadly in line with the baseline forecast of 6.5% in the Economic Survey, there is a reason why professional economists are right in terming the growth forecasts as slightly optimistic.

With the global economy slowing, the export engine of growth will lose momentum. (Mint Archives)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 09:11 AM IST
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Biden delivers a robust display

A strong State of the Union seals the President’s place as the Democratic front-runner for 2024

Mr Biden, despite apprehensions about his age (he will be 82 in 2024), appears determined to run again. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 09:09 AM IST
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MPC will hold key inflation, economy clues

More than the rate decision, the Reserve Bank of India’s projections and stance may show way forward after Budget

The global economy continues to show turbulence, more so in currency and financial markets, than in commodity markets. This necessitates that RBI maintains extra vigilance in making sure that its trade-off between domestic growth and inflation is in accordance with its responsibilities to maintain external economic stability. (mint)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 07:52 PM IST
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Accuracy, ethics must be at centre of AI race

In a world where unregulated tech is causing havoc and eroding democratic ideals, questions of ethics, accuracy and transparency will have to be front and centre in the months and years to come

To be sure, while ChatGPT has north of 100 million users and Microsoft has announced plans to integrate its features with its Teams platform, little is known about Bard, though Alphabet chief executive officer Sundar Pichai said the app was to go out for testing with a plan to make it more widely available in the coming weeks. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 07:49 PM IST
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Fix the MCD deadlock to focus on governance

The courts will examine whether procedural infirmities have crept into the process, but political parties must step back from the disarray, be guided by the law and precedents, and allow governance concerns to take centre stage

BJP councillors shout slogan against AAP councillors at the Civic Centre, New Delhi, February 6, 2023 (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 08:44 AM IST
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Balloon offensive a new flashpoint

When a large white balloon drifted into United States (US) airspace over Alaska on January 28, few had expected it to spark an international crisis and reverse months of progress in the US-China relationship

Beijing has responded with belligerence, indicating that it was not looking to step back, undoing the goodwill generated by the meeting between President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Bali last November, and recent moves to blunt the intensifying battle over gaining the technological edge, especially in the semiconductor industry. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 08:45 AM IST
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Science must drive policy

The government may want to consider undertaking a comprehensive study of vulnerable ecosystems and earthquake-sensitive zones in the Himalayan region so as to create robust baseline geological knowledge about these areas

It is too early to say what caused the cracks in buildings in Doda, whether there was any connection to road projects and infrastructure development, or the fact that the region sits on a seismic zone 4. (Shanky Rathore)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:06 AM IST
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Lessons for Pak from the Musharraf era

At a time when Pakistan faces a fresh round of political uncertainty, the Musharraf era could serve as a lesson on the perils of military intervention in politics, and the futility of myopic actions to shore up domestic popularity

The architect of the Kargil war, however, was also the Pakistani ruler who came close to clinching a possible deal on Kashmir with India, though that was scuppered when his grip on power became tenuous following the political movement against him spearheaded by lawyers in 2007 (AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:08 AM IST
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Find decisive fixes to free undertrials

Steps by the Union government and Supreme Court may help, but a mindset change is needed first. Let us not make the process the punishment

Far too often, and in far too many trivial cases, the first impulse of the authorities is to put the accused behind bars, even though the Supreme Court has stated (in Arnesh Kumar vs State of Bihar) that arrests should be an exception in cases where the maximum possible punishment is less than seven years in prison (a quantum that precludes most heinous crimes). (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:03 AM IST

What the Indus impasse entails

Any update in the treaty will be difficult at a time of intense economic instability in Pakistan

The Indus Waters Treaty stood the test of time because it conferred benefits to both sides. (File Photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 07:07 PM IST
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Ending sewer deaths will need monitoring

On Wednesday, the Union government made a renewed effort to stamp out this practice. This is an important move.

The government told Parliament last year that at least 321 people died in the past five years from cleaning drains. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 07:06 PM IST
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5 key aspects of Budget 2023-24

It goes beyond populism; is conservative on nominal growth; makes a big push for the new tax regime; focuses on capital expenditure; and places emphasis on climate and macro-trends

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Union Budget 2023-24 in the Rajya Sabha on the second day of Budget Session of Parliament on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 11:40 PM IST
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Focus on retaining girls in STEM fields

Policy has to focus on retaining them by introducing women mentors, creating a more supportive environment for women at workplaces, and moving to erase discrimination

While boys are pushed to opt for science and mathematics, girls are pushed towards social sciences. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:28 PM IST
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What the economic survey reveals

Economic recovery from Covid-19 is complete but demand and revenue challenges loom

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey 2022-23 in Rajya Sabha. (PTI)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:23 PM IST
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Yatra done, Cong poll walk begins

The Bharat Jodo Yatra may energise the party cadre, but electoral victories will take a lot more work

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during 'Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar, January 29, 2023 (Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:04 PM IST
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India’s U-19 victory may herald a new era

With the Women’s Premier League set to begin in March, the triumph has given women’s cricket in India, ready to take-off in any case, just the launchpad it needed

Indian U-19 women's cricket players celebrate with T20 world cup trophy, South Africa, January 29, 2023 (PTI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:04 PM IST
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