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Tweaks fail to fix flaws in surrogacy regulations

Denial of reproductive choices to a chunk of the population is symptomatic of the social biases against the heteronormatively and maritally non-conforming

 The Surrogacy (Regulation) Act remains a much-flawed legislation, and incremental corrections mean sections of the population will continue to be deprived of the option. (File image (Vijayanand Gupta | Hindustan Times))
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:30 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Congress to BJP, the art of making poll slogans

From Indira Gandhi to Narendra Modi, the art of turning issues into slogans for electoral success continues in Sandeshkhali, Bengal.

 Ahead of the general elections in 1971, Indira Gandhi gave the slogan “Ve kahete hain Indira hatao, main kahti hoon garibi hatao” (File)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:28 PM IST

Addressing a data drought

Household Consumption Expenditure Survey data has implications for public policies

The availability of the Household Consumption Expenditure Survey data will allow a much-needed overhaul of many other important indicators in the country
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:26 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Ukraine’s war of sorrow is West’s strategic failure

The war has imperilled European — rather than American — security but it is American assistance that has kept Ukraine in the game so far.

A local resident and her child walks past the railway station destroyed by a Russian missile attack in Konstyantynivka, Donetsk region, on February 25, 2024, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Monetary policy has an inflation dilemma

Faced with low core inflation and high food inflation, RBI will likely tilt towards a longer disinflationary stance, to achieve the 4% CPI rate

India’s recent inflation has been a tale of two prices. Food inflation remains elevated at 7.6% but core inflation has dropped sharply to 3.6% in January 2024
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:10 PM IST

Gulzar: A seeker in the shrine of poetry

The reason is that Gulzar is, at his core, a poet, and by extension, a writer and film-maker. Writing has been his passion since he was a child

Gulzar the poet came into his own in his writings outside of films, and this is where his eternal literary legacy will lie (PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:13 AM IST

Manipur women face trauma in relief camps

In many camps, there are 200 women to one toilet in most camps and often only open spaces for bathrooms

Many women have had to flee their homes to reach refugee camps as the violence spread (PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:10 AM IST

MSP as subsidy for consumer, not farmer

When MSP is higher than the market price, private traders will refuse to buy, thus leaving farmers with unsold surpluses or forcing the government to step-in

Members of the farm union Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) block railway tracks during a protest to demand minimum crop prices (AFP Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:09 AM IST

Suitors are wooing Paramount

The drama highlights the parlous state of the entertainment industry

FILE PHOTO: Toy figures of people are seen in front of the displayed Paramount + logo, in this illustration taken January 20, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Urban Agenda: Hill states move to check unregulated urban development (finally)

Nine hilly states that failed to take up the Centre's incentives for urban planning-informed development get their act together after recent climate disasters

A picturesque view of Shimla town after the fresh spell of snowfall on Thursday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 07:22 PM IST

How to be a constitutionalist: Lessons from Fali S. Nariman's cases

All accused have right to a lawyer, a woman has the right to earn without discrimination, Governors must stay neutral, newspapers have freedom of expression

Fali S Nariman(PTI)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 06:33 PM IST

Tech Tonic | Your phone camera is at a crossroads

Phones may be replacing cameras, but not camera makers. Would you trust their expertise, or hand over control to AI?

A UR-Leica from 1914 (left) is the world's first compact 35mm film camera, the learnings from which have been a foundation of digital cameras and now smartphone cameras(Image: Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 06:07 PM IST

Health Talk | Unpacking Alabama SC's decision that counts embryo as unborn child

A tale of two countries, and their approach to IVF treatment: In India, the rules are being amended too, but in favour of couples

Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court in the United States of America ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law(Wiki Commons)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 05:51 PM IST

How not to botch the upcoming EU leadership reshuffle

The great scramble for top Euro-jobs is upon us, alas

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, is pictured during a press conference after a board meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. Ursula von der Leyen announced her intention to run for a second term as EU commission president. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)(AP)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Should you put all your savings into stocks?

As markets roar, an old argument returns

A pedestrian in front of an electronic stock board showing the Nikkei 225 Stock Average outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. Japanese stock prices are within sight of a historic peak reached during the nation�s economic heyday in 1989 as global investors return in droves. Photographer: Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Keeping up with Kafka via The Trial, tribulations and trivia

A century after his death, Franz Kafka’s stories continue to warn against unchecked authoritarianism and of how we still struggle with inclusivity.

(Clockwise from top) A still from Orson Welles’s 1962 film The Trial. A portrait of Kafka from around 1905. The house at the Old Town Square in Prague, where he grew up. A statue in Prague, which shows Kafka riding on the shoulders of a headless man, draws from the 1912 story Description of a Struggle. A drawing by Kafka found in one of his notebooks. A Google doodle from his 130th birthday in 2013, pays tribute to The Metamorphosis. A graphic novel adaptation of The Metamorphosis by Søren Jessen, and a painting by Miquel Barceló inspired by the same novel. (Getty Images, Adobe Stock)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 01:20 PM IST
ByDhamini Ratnam

Ameen Sayani: A voice that brought a nation closer

Armed witih the melody-thread of Bollywood songs, Ameen Sayani was more effective than all the Hindi missionaries who sought to popularise the language

Ameen Sayani was not just a singular golden voice but represented the subcontinent’s longing for an aesthetic of freedom.(HT File Photo/ Vijayanand Gupta)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:24 AM IST

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani: A 90-year journey of faith and spirituality

The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Quran, the Bible, and the Vedas, bind us all under universal truths

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani(HT File Photo/Kunal Patil)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:23 AM IST

How justifiable is the Maratha claim for quotas?

In key socio-economic indicators, the Marathas are just behind the Brahmins. But their anxieties, in the backdrop of agrarian transformation, must be addressed

Extending quotas to relatively richer and more powerful groups would amount to diluting the already small and shrinking entitlement for communities that are truly disadvantaged and discriminated against.(Bachchan Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:16 AM IST

The making of a contest

INDIA bloc gets to business as the Congress, SP and AAP agree on seats. The alliance must also have a narrative to challenge the NDA

The Samajwadi Party and the Congress settled on a pre-poll alliance for Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday(HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 09:01 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The untold story behind climate change: we've known about the crisis for a while

A 351-page report on the quality of our environment is perhaps the first documented evidence of scientists bringing global warming to a US President's attention

Scientists have issued warnings over the last few decades about the impact the burning of fossil fuels was having on the environment. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 07:58 PM IST

Book Box | Who exposed big pharma and what do need to know about him?

The award-winning author of ‘Empire of Pain’ on what drives him to investigate and enjoy playing the skunk in the garden party

 Patrick Radden Keefe (Sonya Dutta Choudhury)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 07:26 PM IST

VR dating: What happens when the headset comes off?

Our virtual avatars are going on coffee dates in the multiverse. Could our avatars feed our delusions, complicate the quest for The One?

In an episode from the Netflix series Black Mirror, the video game avatars of two friends fall in love. Their passionate affair in the game leaves the friends questioning their own sexuality, friendship and the line between reality and fantasy.
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:34 PM IST
BySimran Mangharam

What makes bread ryes and shine? Swetha Sivakumar breaks down gluten

The feisty protein composite is what makes our bread light and airy. How does it do that? And what happens when there’s no gluten? Take a look.

Gluten is not found in all grains. The hardy protein composite is only found in cereals such as wheat, barley and rye. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:29 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Fever dream: In this story, ladies first, second and third

Sultana’s Dream by Spanish animator Isabel Herguera follows a young woman who searches for Ladyland, inspired by a story by Bengali writer Rokeya Hossain.

Ladyland is a dream world that’s run by women and where men are confined indoors. In Sultana’s Dream, Inés’s journey to then find a real Ladyland is depicted through three animation styles in the film — mehendi art, shadow puppetry and hand-painting. (Sultana Films SL)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:16 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

They too shall pass: Wildlife crossings now go the extra mile

Canopy bridges for monkeys, ropeways for squirrels, ladders for fish. Wildlife crossings are finding new ways to ferry animals across highways and tunnels.

The Ecoduct De Borkeld in the Netherlands. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:19 PM IST
ByAnesha George

It’s a flex: Rudraneil Sengupta on modern sports medicine

Doctors are pushing the limits of recovery by leveraging supporting muscles. It also helps when an athlete knows her body well.

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat in a 2020 bout. During recovery following her ACL surgery last year, Phogat had to keep her fighting impulse in check, to make sure she doesn’t push too hard and get injured again. (HT Archives)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 06:11 PM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

Celebrating Kafka: A toast, to old Franz and new

A Kafka-themed orchestra, an AI experiment, and a game that takes players through The Trial. It’s a year of metamorphosis in the age of the metaverse.

At the Kafkaesque exhibition, the life-sized, animatronic Stag In Silico by British artist Mat Collishaw slips, slides, and falls on its platform, in response to the intensity of abuse directed at selected individuals on X.
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 04:49 PM IST

One-woman tusk force: A Wknd interview with Parbati Barua

She grew up taming wild elephants in the forests. Now 70, she is the first Indian woman mahout to be awarded a Padma Shri.

Parbati Barua with one of her elephants in Chhattisgarh in 2003. Even today, she prefers to spend time with her long-time elephant companion Lakshmimala.‘I visit her almost every week,’ she says. (Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 06:14 PM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

Terms of Trade | Politics must fight unequal growth, but sincerely

Politics must criticize new-economy for failing to solve India's structural transformation problem, but first, it must uncouple from dirty capital

Bengaluru has led the country in all things IT and knowledge economy. Recently, the Karnataka government is asking MNCs to display local employees.(HT Photo)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 03:55 PM IST
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