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The Congress in Punjab

Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:31 AM IST

Imposing a power-sharing formula, despite chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s concerns, is a risky strategy

It is an open secret that Mr Sidhu’s sources of strength were Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (ANI)
ByHT Editorial

An attack on citizens

Pegasus-based surveillance is unacceptable. If the Indian government has done this, it is a betrayal of the constitutional compact with citizens. If another government has done it, it is a cyber attack on India and its citizens. Either way, there must be a truly independent judicial enquiry to get to the truth and hold those responsible for this violation of fundamental rights accountable.

If the allegations of widespread surveillance are true, they represent an unacceptable and illegal invasion of the right to privacy, right to liberty, and the right to dignity of all those targeted; the series also throw up deeply disturbing questions about the source of the hack and represents a subversion of India’s constitutional democracy. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 20, 2021 07:14 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

Housing is critical for the environment

A safe and climate-sensitive shelter can provide income, security and a future for inhabitants. For poor women, the home plays a critical role in their earning activities, making it a productive asset. In a post-Covid-19 and climate-crisis-hit world, it means better security and health, too, for occupants. Most importantly, legal rights to a house mean that the owner has an identity that the State recognises.

A 2020 Niti Aayog paper, titled Housing Conundrum, showed the housing market has a skewed demand–supply management. Housing backlogs coexist with stressed assets and vacant housing stock. The development of affordable housing is constrained by economic and spatial issues. Land use plans are unable to keep pace with rapid urban population increase and land development. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2021 07:14 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

The Kabul dilemma

The good guys are losing. The bad guys are winning. And India stares at a crisis. Between the right side and winning side, India will have to strike a balance to protect its core national interests and citizens.

Former Mujahideen hold weapons to support Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban, on the outskirts of Herat province, Afghanistan July 10, 2021 (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 19, 2021 06:59 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

The battle for Lucknow

The BJP is relying on four cards to win the UP assembly elections, but a mix of variables will determine the outcome of next year’s elections

Representational image. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 19, 2021 06:57 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

On the border, China isn’t listening

It wants to divorce the border situation from the rest of the relationship with Wang Yi suggesting that the border question be kept in its “appropriate place”.

On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet at Dushanbe, India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 15, 2021 06:49 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

CJI Ramana stands for liberty

At the moment, the court has just issued a notice, the Centre has to respond, there are other petitions challenging sedition, it isn’t clear if all petitions will get clubbed, and no decision has been taken but by outlining his concerns on sedition law, CJI has opened door for reform and repeal

**EDS: FILE PHOTO** New Delhi: In this file photo dated Sept. 2, 2013, Supreme Court Judge Justice NV Ramana. Justice NV Ramana was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI04_06_2021_000241B) (PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2021 04:34 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The inflation challenge

Any sharp inflationary spike puts a squeeze on purchasing power and demand.Unless the government acts, distress will rise, demand will dip, recovery will be harder

Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 14, 2021 04:30 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Preparing for the monsoon session

The present polarised political climate will be a challenge, and both sides will be keen to advance their respective agendas.

A view of the Parliament House. (Mohd Zakir/HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 14, 2021 04:31 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

20 years, 60 titles, 3 players, 1 current leader

Interestingly, over the last four years, of the 14 titles on offer, Djokovic has won eight, Nadal, four, and Federer, one — numbers that speak for themselves. Since 2011, there has been a clear leader in this race of three greats

Novak Djokovic with the Wimbledon trophy after winning his final match against Italy's Matteo Berrettini on Sunday, July 11. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2021 03:10 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The judiciary rescues Nepali democracy

India was on the wrong side of its own democratic values, of public perception in Nepal, and even the power structure, by supporting KP Oli’s domestic, undemocratic, political manoeuvrings. Now, Nepal’s Supreme Court has upheld constitutionalism. India must change course

Sher Bahadur Deuba. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 13, 2021 03:01 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

India will miss its vaccination target

With a dip in daily Covid-19 vaccinations, supply constraints and vaccine hesitancy remain key challenges

The country’s vaccination rate surged to record levels when the Union government brought the programme back under its control.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 12, 2021 08:26 PM IST
ByHT Editorial, New Delhi

The final frontier: Democratisation of space

The Virgin spaceflight was just to the edge of space, just as those later this year by Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s Space X will be, but by next year, there are expectations that commercial space tourism will be a reality,

Billionaire Richard Branson makes a statement as crew members Beth Moses and Sirisha Bandla float in zero gravity on board Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity after reaching the edge of space above Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, US July 11, 2021. (via REUTERS)
Published on Jul 12, 2021 05:50 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Don’t let religion prevail over science

Both Uttarakhand and UP are governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party, and are scheduled to go to the polls early next year. The party sees these yatras as important to its political base. But in the light of the devastating Kumbh experience, limited State capacity to conduct a mega pilgrimage and ensure that everyone follows Covid-19 protocols, vaccination status, and the impact that any surge will have on the under-equipped health care sector, both states must realise that going ahead with the yatras is fraught with danger.

The last Kanwar Yatra was held in 2019 and roughly 30 million pilgrims congregated in Haridwar. Experts warn that the Kanwar Yatra will be even more dangerous than the Kumbh Mela, since 30 to 40 million pilgrims may visit Haridwar in a fortnight compared to the seven million who came during the 30-day Kumbh. (Sakib Ali/HTPhoto)
Updated on Jul 11, 2021 08:36 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Monsoon: IMD has been consistently wrong

Last month, it hurriedly said that the monsoon would advance over Delhi nearly 12 days earlier on June 15. It failed to foresee that strong westerlies would weaken the monsoon flow and monsoon would take a “break” even before it covered India.

As the rains play their mysterious game with the national Capital, IMD must use it as a wake-up call. (HTPHOTO)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 08:10 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The graveyard of empires

After the British and Soviets, the US ends its war in Afghanistan — in defeat. According to a Brown University study, by April 2021, 241,000 people, including 71,000 civilians, had died as a direct result of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These numbers have only increased

Afghan National Army 215th Corps troops disembark an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Black Hawk helicopter during a troop re-supply at Camp Shorabak in Helmand Province in 2018. (Representational image/REUTERS)
Published on Jul 09, 2021 05:09 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The method in Modi’s rupture

Politics has mattered. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s choices also reflect his quest for a governance reset

This is arguably the most sweeping reshuffle in a council of ministers in independent India (PTI)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 07:45 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A negative stimulus

The price of petrol crossed ₹100 per litre in Delhi on July 7; it is now more than ₹100 in all metros

Representational Image. (HT archive)
Updated on Jul 07, 2021 04:08 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Abide by the SC’s verdict on Section 66A

In 2019, the SC asked the chief secretaries and director generals of police of all states and Union Territories to publicise the judgment. But the Act continued to be used to deny citizens their constitutional right of free speech

The Supreme Court. (HT archive)
Updated on Jul 07, 2021 03:51 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Stan Swamy: A systemic failure

The Dalit and tribal activist’s death should prompt the executive and judiciary to re-examine their approach

People hold posters next to candles outside the church holding memorial mass for Father Stan Swamy, Mumbai, July 6, 2021 (AFP)
Updated on Jul 06, 2021 10:51 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A telephone call, a birthday wish, and India’s Tibet policy

By wishing Dalai Lama on his 86th birthday on the phone, and publicly tweeting about it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done well in opening up a discussion on India’s Tibet policy

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2021 06:22 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

It’s time for political decisions

A little over two years after the 2019 elections, which delivered a resounding verdict in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and dealt yet another blow to the Congress, both the government and the Opposition have tough political choices to make

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and former PM Manmohan Singh. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2021 06:44 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Dowry: When social norms prevail over law

The analysis is based on data from the 2006 Rural Economic and Demographic Survey (REDS), the most recent source of dowry data

Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2021 06:23 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

In Uttarakhand, the BJP’s mismanagement

The party has now picked Mr Dhami, who does not seem to have the requisite administrative experience to manage a state that has confronted both natural disasters and a public health crisis this year

The crown has fallen on Pushkar Singh Dhami (PTI)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 08:33 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A national security knot

On theatre commands, the way to win over the Indian Air Force may be to not call it a support force.

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, was quick to react and categorically said the service did not have a “supportive role”, and airpower had a “huge role” to play (PTI)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 08:29 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

When students can’t study

The lack of digital access is closely linked with structural issues of regional disparity, class divide, caste, and gender. It will also deepen these divisions

Representational image. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 03:44 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

In defence of freedom

CJI Ramana spoke about an expansive notion of democracy that went beyond elections. By highlighting the centrality of everyday political discourse, both “reasoned and reasonable”, criticisms, and protests, to the democratic process, he sent out a message to those (spanning across the political divide) who have often sought to trample dissent or frowned upon public opposition to policies.

The Supreme Court can walk the talk by promptly taking up pending cases, including the ones on electoral bonds, constitutionality of decisions such as the effective abrogation of Article 370 and the division of Jammu and Kashmir, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and offering its views on the perceived use of anti-terror laws to crack down on free speech (PTI)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 09:10 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

From Tripura and the Nilgiris, a lesson for India

Local administrations in both regions had to overcome stiff challenges, particularly the remote location of many villages and a high level of vaccine hesitancy

Frontline workers wait for their health check up before getting inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine in Chennai. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 05:13 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Living together, separately

Indians are largely conservative when it comes to religion. But social barriers aren’t insurmountable

Devotees light diyas on the occasion birth anniversary of Guru Hargobind Sahib at Golden Temple, Amritsar, on June 25. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 30, 2021 04:19 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

On migrant workers, SC issues a stern reminder

Calling the Centre’s attitude towards the migrants “lackadaisical,” SC directed it to ensure that the proposed national database for unorganised workers is operational by July 31 so that welfare benefits can flow to the marginalised sections

Migrant workers headed to catch a bus at Noida Sector 16A on May 25, 2021. (HT archive)
Updated on Jun 30, 2021 04:07 PM IST
ByHT Editorial
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