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Interview: Shivam Nair – ‘In OTT, writing is the hero; the story is the hero’

On growing up in Bihar, knocking on Satyajit Ray’s door, working in TV in Mumbai, the brotherhood of film industry outsiders, and the freedom of OTT

Shivam Nair during the promotion of Naam Shabana in New Delhi. (Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 05:18 PM IST
ByMihir Chitre

Message in a bottle: Swetha Sivakumar on packaged drinking water

Perrier kicked it all off with a massive ad campaign in the 1970s. As the market for bottled water boomed, see how cola companies got into the game, found shortcuts. Could your favourite brand just be purified municipal water? Find out, in this week’s Sound Bites.

 (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 03:29 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

It’s a thrill to be watching as football legends are born: Rudraneil Sengupta

Messi and Ronaldo may be slowing down, but we are witnessing one of the finest goal-scoring eras in football history. A host of players are aiming for a place among the greats. Two young ones to watch: Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland celebrates a goal for Borussia Dortmund in 2021. The 6’4” bundle of attacking muscle has just been signed by Manchester City. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:34 PM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

Spinning an ancient yarn: Inside the struggle to recreate Dhaka muslin

This legendary fabric was so fine, it was translucent. It was worn by royalty around the world for centuries, stamped out during colonial British rule. Now, researchers in Bangladesh are trying to recreate it, with a little help from weavers in India, and they’re finding that it’s even harder than they imagined.

An 1801 portrait of the French empress Joséphine Bonaparte in a white muslin dress. (Artist: Francois Gerard via State Hermitage Museum)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 03:57 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Indian traditions gave me new ideas, architect BV Doshi tells Wknd

The 94-year-old just received Britain’s RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. With sunlight and greenery, soaring arches, buildings inspired by ancient stepwells, his unique style created a template for independent India, with locally relevant structures moulded to suit our culture and society.

‘The rituals in the family and the traditional ways of living together as a community gave me a lot of new ideas about what is real and what is artificial, what is borrowed and what is acquired,’ Doshi says. (Vinay Panjwani / Vastushilpa Foundation)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:05 PM IST

Delhiwale: The selfie fairy

A landmark on Mathura Road

It is not uncommon for artists to show their work in public spaces without giving away their identity.(HT)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:44 PM IST
ByMayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi

To cut bad air, curbs on trucks entering Delhi from Nov to Feb

Last year, the Delhi government banned the entry of all trucks (except those carrying essential commodities) into the capital between November 17 and December 20, as the air quality started deteriorating to become severe (AQI more than 400).

Delhi govt to impose restrictions on goods trucks entering the capital from Nov-Feb to curb air pollution.
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:41 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Vaccines may have helped cut Covid-19 deaths to 1/3rd

The numbers are the first estimates of how many lives were potentially saved across the world due to vaccines, and how many more could have been had distribution been more equitable.

A health worker collects a swab samples from a man for a Covid-19 test in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Mundka fire: Man claims body of his wife cremated by family of other victim

NEW DELHI: Manoj Kumar, 40, had been waiting for authorities to hand over the remains of the body of his wife Sweety, 32, who was among the 27 people charred to death in a devastating fire in a CCTV assembling unit in north-west Delhi’s Mundka on May 13

The Mundka fire is one of the worst fire incidents that Delhi has seen since the 2019 Anaj Mandi tragedy that claimed 43 lives.(Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:42 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ronaldo Singh making up for lost time

The pandemic robbed the youngster of a chance to build on junior success but now he is finally back on track

Ronaldo was India’s best bet to take on the top Asian cyclists from Malaysia, Japan and Korea(Twitter)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 11:57 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy

BJP: A party hegemonic to opponents and allies?

The reason why the Sena decided to dump its pre-poll ally after the 2019 assembly elections was that it wanted the chief ministership for itself. This would have entailed unseating the incumbent BJP chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The fact that Uddhav Thackeray has repeatedly reiterated the centrality of Hindutva to the Sena is clear proof that the BJP’s line of attack has a resonance in the Sena’s rank and file.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:39 PM IST

History, Southside | Empires of sound and linguistic politics

South India's history and politics are complex and intertwined — and this is most evident in its languages. Here, I explore their vibrant and surprising past, including how the linguistic innovations of Southern India often outpaced those of the North.

For centuries, the languages of the South have had a turbulent relationship with each other and with those of the North. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 11:19 PM IST

The anti-defection law and its effect on politics

By barring members from voting or speaking against the party on any issue, it weakened legislatures. And, as the turmoil in Maharashtra shows, it fundamentally altered the relationship between a politician and the party

Visuals of lawmakers being herded from state to state have underlined their lack of independence and the fraying relationship between a party and a lawmaker. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 09:56 PM IST

Recipient countries hold the key to China’s BRI success

BRI should not simply be assessed by looking at China’s interests. Recipient countries matter because their geopolitical concerns and domestic interests can intersect to affect how well BRI functions

China and BRI are viewed very positively in Pakistan — 82% of Pakistanis view China favourably, while 72% believe that the CPEC is of enormous benefit to the country.(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 09:54 PM IST
ByManjari Chatterjee Miller

What it takes to become a sapper in the Indian Army

A sapper is promoted as Army commander after having successfully commanded a corps. He reaches that position by dint of ability.

For decades, the corps of engineers (popularly called sappers) has been the most-sought after arm in the Army. (ANI)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 09:53 PM IST

Designing CUET with caution and empathy

CUET is aimed at ending a system where students have to write multiple tests. For this landmark reform, cautious and vigilant implementation for millions of students will be key.

A single entrance exam can become an unreasonable assessment of a person’s merit, if not designed with empathy and awareness of ground realities. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 09:41 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

What the MVA crisis tells us

The fragility of the unnatural alliance points to larger challenges facing parties in fighting the BJP

Maharashtra rebel leader Eknath Shinde. (ANI)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 09:37 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Pride matters | The quest for gender-inclusive educational spaces

Practising diversity in the classroom is a slow evolution to unlearn and move away from binaries, stigmas, and preconceived constructs to arrive at a common ground of shared realities, where differences are understood, accepted, and then etched into one's understanding of diverse ways of life.

A participant poses in front of young students (and supporters) of the Delhi Queer Pride movement. (Manoj Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 05:42 PM IST

Policies and People | Cheetahs in Kuno: Who gains, who loses

The cheetah introduction plan has sparked a controversy. While eventually, everything may fall in place, there is no harm in answering the project-related questions from scientists and conservationists

Unveiling the cheetah plan, Union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Bhupender Yadav said that “Project Cheetah aims to bring back independent India’s only extinct large mammal – the cheetah. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 03:53 PM IST

'2005 World Cup final, 2018 comeback will be career's most enduring memories'

"It's been a very long journey for me, but perhaps the most enduring memory will be playing the 2005 World Cup final. It was an epochal moment in India's women's cricket," Dhar said.

Rumeli Dhar's 19-year international career that came to a close with an Instagram post on Wednesday.(Instagram)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 06:47 PM IST

Tangible growth in Ladakh since it became Union Territory: RK Mathur

Ladakh was carved out as a Union Territory from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir three years back

Ladakh lieutenant governor RK Mathur. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:45 PM IST

Review: Iranian Women and Gender In the Iran- Iraq War by Mateo Md Farzaneh

The first major academic study of women’s role in the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war looks at how gender roles were impacted in post-war Iran as a result of their participation

Basiji (mobilized volunteer force) women familiarise themselves with AK-47 assault rifles in a classroom in west Tehran as part of mass mobilisation in the final year of the Iran-Iraq war. This picture is dated 12 May 1988. (Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 05:06 PM IST
ByShaikh Mujibur Rehman

With Arati Prabhakar, strength of Indian-Americans in White House is on the rise

Arati Prabhakar earlier served as the director of the Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), a key innovative hub of new technologies in the US

Arati Prabhakar. (REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:41 PM IST

Delhiwale: Family of a woman

Glimpsing into a working mother’s life

In her late 20s, the working mother describes her days as supremely hectic.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 12:43 PM IST
ByMayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi

Fourth innings Test chases no longer a drab affair

With the Test Championship points system in place since 2019 and rewarding wins, teams are looking to bat more positively in chases

Stokes and Bairstow during England's 2nd Test against New Zealand. (Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 11:59 PM IST

Pride Matters | The fight for meaningful queer emancipation

Has India moved forward in the inclusion of the queer community since the scrapping of Section 377? With Covid-19 as an example of a trying time for the community, their fight for fundamental rights continues, while the State is often found wanting

While legal change is critical, it goes hand-in-hand with social change. For that, the State and society have an obligation to fulfil. (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 10:25 PM IST

Number Theory: How did the pandemic affect migration in India?

How did the pandemic affect migration in India in the ultimate analysis? This question might never be answered because the 2021 census, which might have captured the pandemic’s impact on migration, has been delayed.

Patna, India – May 21, 2020: Migrants who arrived on Shramik Special trains from various states seen at Danapur Railway station in Patna, India, on Thursday, May 21 2020. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 12:41 PM IST

For a few dollars more: Non-IPL leagues battling for No 2 position

With the impending arrival of UAE and CSA T20 leagues, Big Bash raises the pitch offering bigger pay to attract marquee talent

Among all the IPL-inspired leagues, Big Bash was the first to start in 2014-15.(Getty)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 10:14 PM IST

Supreme Court verdicts that may guide Maharashtra governor’s actions

A Supreme Court judgment in 2013 clearly rules that governors are not bound by the aid and advice of the council of ministers, headed by a CM, when they believe that dissolving the assembly is not in the interest of the nation.

In Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is finding it difficult to keep its flock together and save the government.(Satish Bate/HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 12:42 PM IST
By, New Delhi

A Gandhian solution for the Gyanvapi feud

The Gyanvapi matter is pending in the court. The core issue is: Was the mosque built over a temple? If yes, what next? Gandhi-ji had the answer

This picture taken on May 19, 2022 shows a view of the Gyanvapi Mosque after its survey by a commission in Varanasi. (Photo by Sanjay KANOJIA / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 08:01 PM IST
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