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Review: Happy Endings by Minita Sanghvi

A dramatic Indian LGBTQi love story featuring an award-winning author and a Bollywood film star

Lesbians at a gay pride march in India. Happy Endings is a contemporary Indian LGBTQi love story. (ParthaKar49/
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 08:49 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

How Delhi became the setting for racy crime novels

In the past few years, an increasing number of writers, some famous and some not-so-famous, have been exploring the dark underbelly of Delhi in their novels

Some books based in Delhi.
Published on Nov 22, 2022 08:25 PM IST

Look beyond COP for climate action

COP27 will be marked for the loss and damage fund and stalled steps on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But the time has arrived to focus on what nations are doing at home, not global meets

Vulnerable countries — particularly small island nations facing sea level rise — have long argued that when both mitigation (avoiding emissions) and adaptation (minimising impacts) fail, as they seem to have, they need support to face climate-induced losses and damages. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:43 PM IST

How New Delhi should navigate DC next year

Ties will deepen. But Delhi will have to keep an eye on the Hill’s political attitudes and the administration’s engagement with China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden at the 17th G20 Summit, Bali. (Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Suryakumar, in white-hot form, backed to play Test cricket

Former India coach Ravi Shastri and former Test opener Wasim Jaffer, his first Mumbai skipper, believe the explosive batter must be picked for the longest format too.

India's Suryakumar Yadav bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and India at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui(AFP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Decolonising India’s history

A new Indian Council of Historical Research project to prioritise local sources is significant, but must steer clear of politics

History writing is an inherently political act but there’s no reason it should rake up political rows. The ICHR project is a significant step forward. But it needs to be carefully thought through. (wikipaedia)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:44 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Chronic delays in Pocso cases are eroding the future of India’s children

Delays in Pocso cases adversely impact the accused (since getting bail in such cases can be extremely difficult) and the child victims (who are re-traumatised by a lengthy trial)

A recent study analysing judicial data across 10 years (2012-21) and 400,000 cases in 28 states and Union Territories conducted by this author (and others) shows that the proportion of Pocso cases that takes more than three years to be disposed of is increasing year-on-year, and Delhi has the highest average case length among the states studied (three years and six months). It also found that in a typical Pocso trial, over six months are spent at the evidence stage alone. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:39 PM IST

India-US relationship is on a strong footing

The comments by Mr Finer show that the US-India relationship is on firm ground and remove doubts that a single issue or stance can dramatically alter the nature of this relationship

The recently concluded G20 summit in Bali underscored India’s adeptness at managing an erratic world order. More proof of this came this week with comments from United States (US) deputy national security adviser Jonathan Finer, who said that President Joe Biden looked to India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help take forward the global agenda (AFP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:38 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The Art and Science of Fitness | What the National Police Academy taught me

From marching and running to cycling and swimming, the National Police Academy trains future officers meticulously to ensure that they have the training, skills, and attributes necessary to be India's finest IPS officers. I got to witness this first-hand:

NPA Triathlon 2022.
Published on Nov 22, 2022 07:06 PM IST

Amit Majmudar, author, The Map and the Scissors: ‘I Am All Over the Past’

On making MK Gandhi and MA Jinnah the central characters in his novel that won this year’s Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award for fiction

Author Amit Majmudar (Courtesy HarperCollins India)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:59 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Hutong Cat | The Chinese are fed up with Covid restrictions & they're showing it

In a country that’s paranoid of protests and protesters, the frequency of anger and frustration fuelling public outbursts, even clashes, over stringent Covid-19 control rules is worth noting.

In many cases, it’s not the rules but the lack of sensitivity with which those locked down and barricaded are treated that have ignited people’s fury. (Reuters)
Published on Nov 22, 2022 04:40 PM IST

Book Box: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of YA

Pick up these five pacy books. And meet Menaka Raman, who says reading YA helps her be more understanding and empathetic with her two boys.

Poster Girl.
Published on Nov 22, 2022 02:43 PM IST

Problematics | World Cup goals set on your table

The World Cup is an occasion we cannot ignore. I hope you enjoy solving the following football-related puzzles as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 01:16 PM IST

Djokovic surmounts drama to headline tennis in 2022

The 21-time Slam winner had so much going against him, and yet as he ended with the ATP Finals crown last week his peers knew he is still the man to beat.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with his trophy after defeating Norway's Casper Ruud (AP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 12:23 AM IST
ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai

In land of diamonds and textiles, larger Guj pointers from triangular contest

By night, deeply business-oriented as it is, Surat is alive well into the wee hours, the malls and shopping complexes full of customers. “There is something in the water of the river Tapi. It makes things grow,” Chainani said. “But every garden needs a gardener, even if you have water. And the BJP has always been strong here.”

BJP’s Ravi Kishan addresses supporters in Surat on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 01:00 PM IST
By, Surat

Just for kicks: England’s saga of loss, and its hope for redemption

England has one of the most competitive professional football leagues in the world. It is also one of the oldest and most-watched leagues in the world. But one look at their World Cup and Euro history and you will know they could have and should have done better.So why haven’t they?

England’s Bobby Moore holds up the trophy after winning the 1966 World Cup. (Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 01:00 PM IST

Number Theory: Crude oil fuelled India’s Russian imports this year

As a country that imports more than 80% of its energy requirements, India, too, has been affected by the crisis, with inflation staying above the 6% mark – it is the upper limit of RBI’s tolerance band – for the tenth consecutive month now.

According to Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) data, India’s imports from Russia stood at $21.4 billion between April and September 2022.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 12:58 PM IST
ByRoshan Kishore & Rajeev Jayaswal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

A deepening climate divide

Push back from richer nations underlined a rift in the recently concluded COP27 that is hampering climate action

Delegates applaud as COP27 President Sameh Shoukry delivers a statement during the closing plenary at the COP27 climate summit in Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 20, 2022 (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:26 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

In Gujarat elections, a battle of prestige

In this triangular fight that upends the state’s two-party polity, the BJP is banking on Brand Modi, Congress on grassroots workers and the AAP on a narrative of change. The outcome will hinge on how much of Congress’s votes shift to the AAP

Barring West Bengal, no major state has had such continuous rule by any non-Congress party. Narendra Modi was the architect of this ascent (ANI)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:36 PM IST

Xi’s actions will impact international relations

In a world characterised by what the French philosopher Edgar Morin so presciently described as a polycrisis, China’s actions will touch every aspect of international relations. China is living up to the fact that we live in interesting times.

Xi Jinping will persist with his zero-Covid-19 strategy, the campaign against the tech companies, the commanding heights of the State in the Chinese economy and the war against inequality (AP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:19 PM IST

Why the draft data bill may face legal hurdles

The wait for a near-decent data protection law that assures our privacy has already been long. Though this draft is only at the consultation stage, one has to hope that this doesn’t delay the inevitable, ie, an enactment that protects personal data.

Unconstitutional and excessive vesting of delegated or subordinate legislation (laws made by a body or entity that is other than, or subordinate to, Parliament) percolates multiple provisions of the draft. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:20 PM IST
ByNS Nappinai

Look beyond politics on pension scheme

Government employees form a minuscule but vocal section of the population, with the power to influence an electoral campaign. It is unfortunate that political compulsions are precipitating short-term thinking that may hurt the government in the long-term.

Data shows pension pay-outs form a quarter of the states’ own revenues (and more than half of the tax revenues in states such as Bihar and Uttarakhand (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:33 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Home bombed, family forced to flee: Ukraine's Orlov plays on amid the war

He was travelling after a tournament in India when Russian invaded his home nation on February 24. Since then he has lived a nomadic life on the tennis tour, hoping the hostilities end soon

Vladyslav Orlov is Ukraine's No. 4 men's tennis player.(Vladyslav Orlov/Facebook)
Published on Nov 21, 2022 12:08 AM IST
ByRutvick Mehta

A crucial push for civil liberty

The Supreme Court’s decision to prioritise bail hearings is a shot in the arm for human rights

Justice Chandrachud said a full court meeting adopted a resolution to hear 10 bail matters and 10 transfer petitions each day of the week. (PTI)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 08:27 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The true joys of the football World Cup

Sport is replete with hypotheses and opinions; football, the most popular global sport, more so; and the World Cup, the grandest of all football tournaments, a little a bit more.

True joy lies in the anticipation of what could happen rather than in the act of lifting the trophy. (Reuters)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 08:25 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The government unveils an ambitious data framework

The Digital Data Protection Bill 2022 embraces the notion of the flow of data across borders, largely doing away with data localisation requirements in previous versions.

The Digital Data Protection Bill 2022 defines consent as freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous permission to process user data. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 08:24 PM IST

Public sector banks are sitting on a bonanza

An improved macroeconomic environment, the government’s policy push, and transformation efforts by public sector banks helped them post impressive results. Act on this opportunity

The CEOs of several PSBs have taken decisive action to improve their banks, investing in technology, processes, talent systems and governance. (Reuters)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 08:14 PM IST
ByJanmejaya Sinha,

By ejecting the selectors, will BCCI find a solution?

The big elephant in the room for selectors is the presence and power of the ‘superstar culture and team management’

BCCI has sacked the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee after World Cup loss
Published on Nov 20, 2022 07:22 PM IST
ByAmrit Mathur

Time to reshape Rishabh Pant’s T20 batting approach

Outstanding in Tests and very effective in ODIs, the wicketkeeper-batter will be a fit in India’s T20 playing eleven if he rectifies his foot movement to avoid miscuing shots

Rishabh Pant in action for Team India.(ANI)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 12:24 AM IST

Sebastian Vettel's last dance

The German four-time world champion will sign off after a 15-year F1 career at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday

All 20 drivers went out for a farewell dinner for Sebastian Vettel on Thursday evening.(Lewis Hamilton/Twitter)
Published on Nov 19, 2022 11:56 PM IST
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