Trump trial marks a fundamental rupture

Updated on Apr 05, 2023 08:01 PM IST

The weaponisation and politicisation of institutions, and the stoking of populist and nativist sentiments can create such dystopian realities quickly. Other countries should take note

Former US president Donald Trump leaves after speaking during a press conference following his court appearance over an alleged 'hush-money' payment, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 4, 2023 (AFP)
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Tackling graft in a federal system

In a polarised political atmosphere, the Central Bureau of Investigation must be seen as independent and impartial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented with a memento by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director-General Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, New Delhi (Jitender Gupta)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 07:53 PM IST
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Expedite settlement of Joshimath victims

The state and Centre should also discuss the need for a new policy to support victims of ecological disasters

A displaced family watches their mobile phone in a temporary accommodation in a hotel, in Joshimath, Uttarakhand (AP)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 07:57 PM IST
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Learn from Ram Navami clashes

Ahead of the 2024 polls, attempts to exploit the communal rift may surge. Such bids, including in this case, must be curbed, and politics kept away

In Bihar, Sasaram and Nalanda districts were rocked by stone pelting and clashes, prompting the government to shut down internet services and educational institutions. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 08:46 PM IST
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Oppn needs a new social justice plank

At the first national conference of the All India Federation for Social Justice, Opposition parties are discussing ways to take their efforts forward

At the first national conference of the All India Federation for Social Justice, an initiative of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), members of 19 Opposition parties came together on a common platform to discuss ways to take their efforts forward (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 06:51 PM IST
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Fix accountability for Jaipur blasts order

The acquittal of four people convicted for their role in the 2008 Jaipur serial blasts raises questions about the veracity of the investigation

As the judges noted, this case was a classic example of institutional failure — and one that will continue until accountability is fixed and remedial measures taken. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 02, 2023 08:49 PM IST
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The X factor of fiscal year 23-24

How the government navigates a potentially weak monsoon in a crucial election year will be key

Kharif crops, such as paddy, are sown during the onset of the monsoon season around the month of June and harvested at the end of this season during the months of September and October. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 02, 2023 08:45 PM IST
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How to hold Big Tech to account

Tweaks in India’s competition law can help ensure that antitrust action doesn’t remain a mere slap on the wrist for big tech companies

The bill seeks to expand the scope of penalties by taking into account an offending enterprise’s global turnover, not just the value of the business it does in India. (Reuters)
Published on Mar 31, 2023 08:00 PM IST
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The roots of health bill row in Rajasthan

The new right to health bill has angered a section of health care providers backed by the Indian Medical Association.

Doctors stage a protest against the Rajasthan Right to Health Act, at Panch Batti in Jaipur.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 07:47 PM IST
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How to tackle hate speech

The Supreme Court’s disapproval of religion in politics will need a new compact to work

The Supreme Court. (ANI)
Published on Mar 30, 2023 06:32 PM IST
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On Covid, India has no need to worry yet

Is Covid back? Is the trickle of cases being recorded in several parts of the country the same sort of a sign that preceded the Omicron variant and the Delta variant waves? The short answer is no, for several reasons.

The current version of the coronavirus most widely found, XBB.1.16, surged from 3% in early February to 65% in mid-March. (ANI)
Published on Mar 29, 2023 08:17 PM IST
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In Karnataka, 3 factors at play

Communalism, caste and corruption are likely to shape the poll battle in the southern state

Polarisation is an old fault line in the coastal regions of the state, a region which the BJP swept in 2018 and which its state chief NK Kateel has kept simmering with comments on interfaith marriages and Tipu Sultan’s legacy. (Agencies)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 08:13 PM IST
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It’s advantage EPS in battle for AIADMK

The Madras high court on Tuesday rejected applications by O Panneerselvam challenging his expulsion from the party and the elevation of his rival, E Palaniswami

If Mr Palaniswami emerges as the undisputed leader of his party, he will have his hands full in trying to steer the AIADMK to a position of strength (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 07:16 PM IST
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Understanding the heat better

IMD’s move to publish a heat index is good; it will impact policy, especially for poor workers

New policies will have to be put in place for the 231 million workers who must work outdoors. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 07:13 PM IST
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The tremendous early potential of WPL

At long last, women’s cricket is getting its moment in the sun (and under the floodlights).

Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by seven wickets to clinch the WPL 2023 title at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.(Reuters)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 11:29 PM IST
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The balance of free speech and State interests

SC’s revival of guilty-by-association doctrine further narrows the bail window under UAPA

The three-judge bench led by justice MR Shah now has reversed the top court’s position, agreeing with the government’s argument. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 09:02 PM IST
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Safeguard the rights of interfaith couples

Devendra Fadnavis told the state legislative council that prima facie there was a design behind alleged cases of “love jihad” and announced that the state government was thinking of a legal solution for this.

This case is likely to stoke a raging row over interfaith marriage and conversion after the Kerala ‘love jihad’ controversy.(Representative photo)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 09:22 PM IST
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Lessons from the US bank crisis

Take note of the implications for inflation targeting and the political dimension of economic policy

Bailing out banks by pumping in liquidity defeats the very purpose of monetary tightening by raising interest rates. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 09:20 PM IST
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The political and legal fallout of the Surat verdict

Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification may impact the nature of political speeches and open the debate on criminal defamation in India

In a sense, the notification on Friday confirming Mr Gandhi’s disqualification was a given — with only its timing being in question. (File Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 07:07 PM IST
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Two takeaways from the Surat court’s order

The verdict may open the debate on criminal defamation, and impact political speeches

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at Surat district court. (PTI)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:07 PM IST
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Khalistani groups overreach in the US

The violence Khalistani groups have resorted to in the US marks an overreach that is likely to come back to hurt the pro-Khalistan groups for three reasons.

The turn to violence punctures any moral high ground Khalistani groups may have hoped to claim within the US polity. (AP)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:05 PM IST
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Uphold dignity in death penalty

The State must administer death sentences in a just and dignified way. Exploring more humane ways to execute it can be a first step

This debate has played out at various levels across the world, but which, in India, has been muted. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 07:51 PM IST
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Xi-Putin talks hint at new tests for India

The joint statement after the summit indicated that the road ahead for New Delhi to build a consensus on key issues may be rough

Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 21, 2023 (AFP)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 07:38 PM IST
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India’s best friend in Asia

Fumio Kishida’s visit to India and his vision of the Indo-Pacific is good news for the region

If the late Shinzo Abe engineered a paradigm shift by placing India at the centre of its engagement in the region, Fumio Kishida has taken it forward, as seen in the Japanese PM’s visit to India this week. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 07:17 PM IST
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A climate wake-up call for the world

While the science of the new IPCC report is not new, this document connects the dots of the crisis and provides a road map for the world to tackle it.

The report’s narrative is clear: Humans are altering the climate and natural systems in unprecedented ways. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 07:15 PM IST
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Attack the roots of radicalisation

Punjab’s socioeconomic crises have created a conducive environment for separatists. Pulling the state out of it will need careful planning

Police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel conduct a flag march, Amritsar. March 19, 2023 (Raminder Pal Singh)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 06:45 PM IST
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Upholding openness in judicial hearings

First in the MediaOne case, then in the hearings into allegations of fraud levelled at the Adani Group by American firm Hindenburg Research, and now in the OROP case, the top court has hinted that, save exceptional circumstances, it wants proceedings to be open, fair and transparent

A bench of the apex court led by CJI said that it needed to put an end to the “sealed cover practice” because it was contrary to the basic process of fair justice. The CJI further said that he was personally averse to the practice and underlined that there needed to be transparency. (Sanjay Sharma)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 06:33 PM IST
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Securing State’s digital assets

The government’s plans to beef up cybersecurity with private sector help is encouraging. But decisions and interventions must move fast, and the cybersecurity police is now key

Government’s plans to beef up cybersecurity with private sector help is encouraging. But decisions and interventions must move fast, and the cybersecurity police is now key (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 19, 2023 08:55 PM IST
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Building a third front won’t be easy

Regional outfits have enjoyed a greater share of success in challenging the BJP at the state level, than the Congress, whose internal disturbances and atrophying electoral presence have weakened its claim to be the national Opposition pole

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee with Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, Kolkata, March 17 (PTI)
Updated on Mar 19, 2023 08:21 PM IST
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Towards a more robust model of drug regulation

The Centre is exploring a common standard of drug regulation and a central database. It can remove problems exposed by a string of deaths

The Union health ministry is considering formulating common standards for drug regulators at the Centre and in the states and maintaining a central database to regulate better the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of drugs. This is a big move, (Hemant Mishra/ Mint)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 07:45 PM IST
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