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Distantly Close: Congress must find a clear response to BJP's Ram-Roti narrative

  • The chintan shivir marked the inauguration of much-needed reflection in the party. But execution is key and hard questions remain
Rahul Gandhi, Udaipur. There’s a pertinent lesson here for Rahul Gandhi who in his Udaipur address sought to discount the relevance of regional parties to showcase the Congress as the sole ideological bulwark against the BJP. (PTI)
Rahul Gandhi, Udaipur. There’s a pertinent lesson here for Rahul Gandhi who in his Udaipur address sought to discount the relevance of regional parties to showcase the Congress as the sole ideological bulwark against the BJP. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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By Vinod Sharma

How to insulate the police from politics

A few good men need to stand together to question appointments, cases of arbitrary arrests, fight for honest policemen, and reflect on the rule of law and the future of our democracy
All operational posts in the police are under the scanner of the political executive. In most states, the ruling party cadre wields influence over the police working in their areas (Shutterstock)
All operational posts in the police are under the scanner of the political executive. In most states, the ruling party cadre wields influence over the police working in their areas (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:23 PM IST
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ByYashovardhan Azad

Multiple crises and the cost of wasted time

We have reached where we are after two billion years of evolution from the slime of the primeval ocean and are moving steadily into Artificial Intelligence. However, at the moment, the negative factors would seem to be overwhelming
The doomsday clock is moving forward due to three calamities: The climate crisis, the pandemic and the threat of a nuclear conflagration (Shutterstock)
The doomsday clock is moving forward due to three calamities: The climate crisis, the pandemic and the threat of a nuclear conflagration (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:24 PM IST
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ByKaran Singh

To survive heatwaves, we need a moratorium on cutting down trees

Prior to this heatwave, several workers I spoke to asked why they couldn’t start working at 5 am and ending at 1 pm? Coupled with workplaces designed for frequent rest, shade and hydration, this could be a first step.
About 80% of the workforce in urban India is informal (90% in rural India). We know them as cobblers, workers in construction and waste, and street vendors, among other people who make cities liveable. They are vulnerable to the heat; their work requires them to be on the streets, facing the elements, for the most part, without any cooling comfort. (AFP)
About 80% of the workforce in urban India is informal (90% in rural India). We know them as cobblers, workers in construction and waste, and street vendors, among other people who make cities liveable. They are vulnerable to the heat; their work requires them to be on the streets, facing the elements, for the most part, without any cooling comfort. (AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:24 PM IST
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SC must decide on the 1991 law

The Places of Worship Act is at the heart of the Gyanvapi dispute. The Supreme Court needs to take a call on it at the earliest
The top court was right in partially rolling back the lower court’s order sealing the premises and stopping worshippers from accessing the site — an order the Muslim side said was passed without hearing its arguments. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
The top court was right in partially rolling back the lower court’s order sealing the premises and stopping worshippers from accessing the site — an order the Muslim side said was passed without hearing its arguments. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:22 PM IST
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Attacks on Pandits: Bridge the divide

The targeting of Pandits, their continued residence in temporary transit camps, and the pervasive fear and panic among community members indicate an urgent need for political initiatives 
Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar meets with Kashmiri Pandits and assures security enhancement during his visit to Sheikhpora, Budgam, May 17, 2022 (ANI)
Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar meets with Kashmiri Pandits and assures security enhancement during his visit to Sheikhpora, Budgam, May 17, 2022 (ANI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:22 PM IST
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Warner, Wriddhiman make a statement after their SRH exits

  • The explosive Australia batter, who fell out with Sunrisers in 2021, and the India ‘keeper have risen again with Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans respectively
David Warner; Wriddhiman Saha
David Warner; Wriddhiman Saha
Published on May 17, 2022 09:05 PM IST
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Starts not defining final scores in IPL

  • Focus on preserving wickets in the powerplay overs may be yielding slower starts but teams are exploiting the slog overs better than ever
Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler(Mumbai Indians Twitter)
Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler(Mumbai Indians Twitter)
Published on May 17, 2022 08:58 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Excerpt: Digital Leapfrogs by Vijay Mahajan

This excerpt on how technology is reshaping consumer markets in India looks at the remarkable effects of the widespread use of apps and social media
Smartphones: The world in your palm. (Shutterstock)
Smartphones: The world in your palm. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 17, 2022 04:36 PM IST
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ByVijay Mahajan

The life and labour of India's pastoral women

  • Lost in literature are the struggles of Indian shepherdesses, whose lives and work depend on laborious daily tasks. Their lives offer us a conduit to understand the invisibility of women’s work pervasive in our society. 
A significant part of a pastoral woman’s identity is derived from her care and responsibility toward the flock. (Shutterstock)
A significant part of a pastoral woman’s identity is derived from her care and responsibility toward the flock. (Shutterstock)
Published on May 17, 2022 04:24 PM IST
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Climate and Us | Plan for the vulnerable: India's heat emergency must be humane

  • This year’s heat spell should have been an opportunity to document the health burden of heat and come up with a humane plan for persons most exposed to this slow disaster. The government must act now
The first thing to do is study the impact of the heatwave on both mortality and morbidity. (PTI)
The first thing to do is study the impact of the heatwave on both mortality and morbidity. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 03:23 PM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi

Numbers Matter | The growing booster challenge for India

  • Six weeks since the vaccine drive started, it is becoming apparent that the road ahead for booster coverage is going to be different in terms of pushing for coverage. Here's what we know:
For the first time since India’s inoculation drive started, the challenge ahead is not one of supply, but that of demand. (PTI)
For the first time since India’s inoculation drive started, the challenge ahead is not one of supply, but that of demand. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:49 PM IST
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Delhiwale: Portrait of a childhood

  • A child far from home
Noor Ahmad says he arrived in Delhi two years ago with his ‘mama’ (uncle) who lives nearby, in Darya Ganj.
Noor Ahmad says he arrived in Delhi two years ago with his ‘mama’ (uncle) who lives nearby, in Darya Ganj.
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:17 PM IST
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ByMayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi

Heatwaves persist but some areas remain cooler than average

The plight of Delhi and large parts of north-west and central India is in sharp contrast with large parts of the country, which were actually cooler than historical average in the second week of May.
A group of youngsters play in a canal to beat the heat in Surat on Monday. (PTI)
A group of youngsters play in a canal to beat the heat in Surat on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:17 PM IST
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Delhi: An everyday struggle for these workers under the sun

For several workers in the Capital, staying away from the sun is not an option. Despite the oppressive heat, heat warriors are still out, keeping Delhi running. HT profiles some of these people
Ram Lakhan Singh, a parking attendant, at Connaught Place on Monday. (Arvind Yadav/HT)
Ram Lakhan Singh, a parking attendant, at Connaught Place on Monday. (Arvind Yadav/HT)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:16 PM IST
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India’s Thomas Cup win: Bugle of history, chorus of the future

Our badminton people are going bananas
Srikanth Kidambi after winning a point against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie.(AP)
Srikanth Kidambi after winning a point against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie.(AP)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:15 PM IST
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BySharda Ugra

Food poisoning almost robbed Lakshya Sen of Thomas Cup glory

India's top singles player was poorly to start with, but didn't let three losses in a row affect him with a vital opening win in the final against Indonesia
Lakshya Sen in action at Thomas and Uber Cup in Bangkok(AP)
Lakshya Sen in action at Thomas and Uber Cup in Bangkok(AP)
Published on May 16, 2022 11:33 PM IST
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ByAvishek Roy

50°C the new normal? Heat stress takes toll

New Delhi: With parts of Delhi seeing maximum temperatures in excess of 49 degrees Celsius (°C) on Sunday, two questions are uppermost on peoples’ minds: is 50 possible; and is the climate crisis behind this? The answers, according to experts, is that 50°C is indeed possible; and that the climate crisis is likely responsible for what is happening
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Updated on May 17, 2022 12:14 PM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi

Number theory: The decade that shaped India’s Thomas Cup win

What they brought along, and used to fashion this tall achievement, was a multitude of threads that have been stitched together for a decade or so now.
India vs Indonesia Highlights Thomas Cup 2022(Twitter)
India vs Indonesia Highlights Thomas Cup 2022(Twitter)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:14 PM IST
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‘Everybody started to step in as everybody wanted to be part of this history’

HS Prannoy, whose last-gasp wins played a huge role in India’s Thomas Cup triumph, speaks about how the grand success was built on great team bonding
India shuttler HS Prannoy(Twitter/PRANNOYHSPRI)
India shuttler HS Prannoy(Twitter/PRANNOYHSPRI)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:47 PM IST
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Heatwaves are the new normal. Study the hazards

  • The most effective way to reduce the negative impacts of a heatwave is to develop a comprehensive response plan that combines individual strategies into an integrated approach
With unabated global warming, the probability of compound extremes such as the simultaneous occurrence of drought and heatwaves is also likely to increase. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT Photo)
With unabated global warming, the probability of compound extremes such as the simultaneous occurrence of drought and heatwaves is also likely to increase. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:20 PM IST
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The J&K delimitation report and the future of the region

  • There are several important takeaways from the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission, which submitted its final report.
On May 5, the three-member delimitation commission finalised the UT’s new electoral map, marking the first step for elections in the region since its special status was scrapped in August 2019. (PTI)
On May 5, the three-member delimitation commission finalised the UT’s new electoral map, marking the first step for elections in the region since its special status was scrapped in August 2019. (PTI)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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RBI is fighting inflation with its hands tied

  • Its difficulty in balancing its role in both inflation management and debt management is rooted in India’s monetary history
Without having to worry about managing the government’s borrowing costs, RBI can focus better on its primary mandate of maintaining price and financial stability. (Mint Archives)
Without having to worry about managing the government’s borrowing costs, RBI can focus better on its primary mandate of maintaining price and financial stability. (Mint Archives)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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Moscow scores a self-goal

  • Russia’s aggression made Finland and Sweden abandon neutrality and move closer to NATO
But even as Russia should introspect about its actions, it is important that NATO does not sound triumphalist and proceed with its expansion in a manner that does not escalate tensions. (HT)
But even as Russia should introspect about its actions, it is important that NATO does not sound triumphalist and proceed with its expansion in a manner that does not escalate tensions. (HT)
Updated on May 16, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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A new dawn begins in Indian badminton

  • Never before had the shuttlers collectively shared the spotlight to deliver one of the most glittering trophies in Indian sporting history.
India team holds the trophy after winning Thomas Cup title. (AP)
India team holds the trophy after winning Thomas Cup title. (AP)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:20 PM IST
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Ecostani | 2022: The link between climate, extreme weather, and inflation

  • IPCC’s caution for the future is visible in India today, where we have seen the record coldest and warmest period in less than five months, with the vulnerable set to lose the most 
On May 15, Delhi recorded 49.2 degrees Celsius, the highest for the city since 1901. (AFP)
On May 15, Delhi recorded 49.2 degrees Celsius, the highest for the city since 1901. (AFP)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:06 PM IST
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New in the Northeast | A political shift across states, and a film festival row

  • With Manik Saha replacing Biplab Deb in Tripura, four former Congress leaders are heading BJP-led governments in the region. This, and two films at Cannes in France that caused controversy back in Assam 
A former Congress leader, Saha’s rise within the BJP, a party which he joined in 2015, has been quick. (Twitter/Biplab Kumar Deb)
A former Congress leader, Saha’s rise within the BJP, a party which he joined in 2015, has been quick. (Twitter/Biplab Kumar Deb)
Published on May 16, 2022 07:32 PM IST
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Review: Fiji: A Love Story by Ajay Singh

The memoirs of the former Indian ambassador to Fiji highlight, through his own family’s history, the iniquities of the colonial indentured system whose consequences continue to embitter that nation’s politics
A view of Suva, the capital of Fiji. (Shutterstock)
A view of Suva, the capital of Fiji. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 16, 2022 06:58 PM IST
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IPL 2022: Bowlers sealing the deal in the powerplay

  • T20 bowling may be a tough gig full of innovations but impact pacers are using traditional red-ball skills to break the match open in the initial overs.
Rajasthan Royals Trent Boult celebrates the dismissal of Lucknow Super Giants Ayush Badoni(ANI)
Rajasthan Royals Trent Boult celebrates the dismissal of Lucknow Super Giants Ayush Badoni(ANI)
Published on May 16, 2022 10:55 AM IST
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Delhiwale: Dargah’s chai

  • A tea stall with a most unique site
Sitting at the stall gives a tantalisingly close view of the shrine’s marble dome.
Sitting at the stall gives a tantalisingly close view of the shrine’s marble dome.
Updated on May 16, 2022 11:42 AM IST
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ByMayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
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