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Hutong Cat | Finer details of China's 'global security initiative', anyone?

Published on Sep 26, 2022 04:10 PM IST

Lengthy on principles but short on actual details, five months after the initiative was proposed by Xi Jinping, experts are still combing their knowledge of China’s opaque politics to make sense of it.

It was the mention of “indivisible security” in Xi’ speech that caught the attention, a concept which has resurfaced in the Chinese narrative only recently. (AP)
It was the mention of “indivisible security” in Xi’ speech that caught the attention, a concept which has resurfaced in the Chinese narrative only recently. (AP)

Remembering Professor Pramod Talgeri

He will be remembered for bringing freshness into JNU politics. He fought the election for the position of secretary of teachers association as an apolitical independent candidate and won hands down. He could get support of teachers with different ideological dispositions because of his openness of ideas, spirit of accommodation and understanding the views of others

In the maddening crowd of the city, when I would be cursing everyone, on the street and authorities at all levels of governance in my mind, at a traffic light, I heard Marathi Bhav Geet coming from the open window of a car, next to me. It was Pramod at the steering wheel, fully relaxed enjoying the music, sitting as if on a seashore. (Amitabh Kundu)
In the maddening crowd of the city, when I would be cursing everyone, on the street and authorities at all levels of governance in my mind, at a traffic light, I heard Marathi Bhav Geet coming from the open window of a car, next to me. It was Pramod at the steering wheel, fully relaxed enjoying the music, sitting as if on a seashore. (Amitabh Kundu)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 01:15 PM IST
ByAmitabh Kundu

The Taste With Vir: Visiting Australia? Don't go only for the food

The pandemic seems to have left its mark on Australia. In common with many other countries, Australia has difficulty coping with the influx of visitors. If you are planning to go to Australia, it might be worth considering delaying your trip till things settle down a bit.

Taste With Vir: Visiting Australia? Don't go only for the food(Unsplash)
Taste With Vir: Visiting Australia? Don't go only for the food(Unsplash)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:08 PM IST
By, Delhi

The art of a good unicorn | Web 3.0 and the golden age of the creator economy

The future of the WWW is making its grand entrance: Web 3.0. It’s an internet that’s more intelligent and interactive. It’s a way to create an expansive experience which also focuses on discovery engines. And yes, it’s still evolving

The advent of this new WWW tilts the scales in favour of content creators. Ownership would be granted to those who create something. These creators would no longer be just a product, they would be the economy itself. (Shutterstock)
The advent of this new WWW tilts the scales in favour of content creators. Ownership would be granted to those who create something. These creators would no longer be just a product, they would be the economy itself. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 25, 2022 08:40 PM IST
ByShrija Agrawal

What UNGA can do in a turbulent world order

The side events, of civil society and businesses engaging with leaders, take centre stage in a largely symbolic UNGA. However, its key role in consolidating attitudes on several global issues cannot be discarded

The UN’s successes are small in comparison to the mammoth challenges we confront. In an imperfect world, however, that is all we can manage. (AP)
The UN’s successes are small in comparison to the mammoth challenges we confront. In an imperfect world, however, that is all we can manage. (AP)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:38 PM IST

Fresh stories of mutual trust may be in the making

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and three senior aides went to meet imam Ahmed Ilyasi, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Imam Parishad, and talked for about an hour in a closed room

On Thursday, Bhagwat and three senior aides went to Kasturba Gandhi Marg in New Delhi to meet imam Ahmed Ilyasi. (HT Photo)
On Thursday, Bhagwat and three senior aides went to Kasturba Gandhi Marg in New Delhi to meet imam Ahmed Ilyasi. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:37 PM IST

Why Chhello Show is both transcendent and rooted

To my mind, what distinguishes Nalin’s cinematography is his internationalist stance that transcends the so-called burden of regional cinema.

Pan Nalin’s Chhello Show. 
Pan Nalin’s Chhello Show. 
Updated on Sep 25, 2022 08:37 PM IST

First Principles | Hold the hosannas for web3

If history is anything to go by, it appears unlikely that web3 will create a “new middle class”.

As things are, investors from across the world have poured at least $88 billion into almost 16,000 companies dabbling with web3. Of these, 79 are now unicorns of which at least three are headquartered in India. (Shutterstock)
As things are, investors from across the world have poured at least $88 billion into almost 16,000 companies dabbling with web3. Of these, 79 are now unicorns of which at least three are headquartered in India. (Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 07:31 PM IST

Just Like That | Notes on three remarkable people, past and present

Of how Khushwant Singh helped me — then, a novice writer — get my first book published; of Zail Singh's immeasurable wit; and of Malavika Sarukkai's gift of dance.

Khushwant Singh, Malavika Sarukkai and Zail Singh. 
Khushwant Singh, Malavika Sarukkai and Zail Singh. 
Published on Sep 25, 2022 10:24 AM IST

Post Abe, the contours of India-Japan relations

Japan’s relations with India are currently healthy, but as structural challenges make themselves felt in the ties, the biggest tribute to Shinzo Abe’s legacy would be to find ways to surmount some of these hurdles

Shinzo Abe’s assassination less than two years after stepping down as PM leaves a political vacuum that may affect the pace — if not necessarily the direction — of Japan’s future trajectory. This, in turn, has implications for Japan’s partnership with India (PTI)
Shinzo Abe’s assassination less than two years after stepping down as PM leaves a political vacuum that may affect the pace — if not necessarily the direction — of Japan’s future trajectory. This, in turn, has implications for Japan’s partnership with India (PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:28 PM IST

Queen Elizabeth was a symbol of stability

Queen Elizabeth succeeded because she was aware that she had to do her duty, and more often than not that meant keeping quiet.

In the end, the 12 days of mourning were a gathering of the Queen’s people to give thanks for a reign of nearly 70 years. She had seen the winds of change sweep away the British Empire, the church accepting women bishops and divorce becoming accepted practice. She held weekly talks with Britain’s first three women prime ministers. (REUTERS)
In the end, the 12 days of mourning were a gathering of the Queen’s people to give thanks for a reign of nearly 70 years. She had seen the winds of change sweep away the British Empire, the church accepting women bishops and divorce becoming accepted practice. She held weekly talks with Britain’s first three women prime ministers. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:23 PM IST

To develop, India must forge a new social contract

As we begin our journey for the next 25 years, what is our quest for India at 100? What key ingredients would enable us to move to a high-income country?

ndia must grow at 8-10% in the next 25 years to lift the average income of people and create more jobs. It is estimated that this would entail a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 9.36% for IMF levels and 7.39% for World Bank levels (Shutterstock)
ndia must grow at 8-10% in the next 25 years to lift the average income of people and create more jobs. It is estimated that this would entail a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 9.36% for IMF levels and 7.39% for World Bank levels (Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 09:35 PM IST
ByNK Singh

Ukraine: Putin is in an unwinnable quagmire

There seem to be few corrective mechanisms within Russia to compel Putin, who has dominated his country for 22 years, to change course and beat a retreat

From his labyrinth in the Kremlin, Putin does not see Ukraine’s spirited armed resistance to Russian occupation as the real problem. Rather, as his defence minister Sergei Shoigu puts it, Russia is at war “not so much with the Ukrainian army as it is with the collective West.” In Putin’s narrative, Ukrainians have become “cannon fodder” or proxies being exploited by the West to break up and tie down Russia. (AP)
From his labyrinth in the Kremlin, Putin does not see Ukraine’s spirited armed resistance to Russian occupation as the real problem. Rather, as his defence minister Sergei Shoigu puts it, Russia is at war “not so much with the Ukrainian army as it is with the collective West.” In Putin’s narrative, Ukrainians have become “cannon fodder” or proxies being exploited by the West to break up and tie down Russia. (AP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Putting women at the centre of foreign policy

More than a moral mission, by nurturing a feminist dimension in its Neighbourhood First policy, India will be able to better achieve its regional interests

To put the neighbourhood first, India will have to innovate to centralise the role of women. (IANS)
To put the neighbourhood first, India will have to innovate to centralise the role of women. (IANS)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST
ByRiya Sinha and Constantino Xavier

Terms of Trade | Crony capitalism & politics: Narrative is stronger than facts

One of the reasons the Congress's crony capitalism attack does not work against the BJP is that the latter has been able to portray its government's incentives to big business as an act in larger national interest.

The Opposition could have argued that the government should have set up its own enterprises — if need be in collaboration with foreign companies — rather than subsidising Indian business houses such as Vedanta. (ANI)
The Opposition could have argued that the government should have set up its own enterprises — if need be in collaboration with foreign companies — rather than subsidising Indian business houses such as Vedanta. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 05:22 PM IST

Going the last mile: How to enable a graceful care journey for the elderly

Create a nationwide cadre of community-based nursing aides who are only dedicated to providing daily compassionate care to the care receiver. This service should be accessible to all Indians irrespective of where they stand in the social strata

Perhaps, training medical practitioners in humanities can be a small step in strengthening the health care system that can compassionately engage with “unfixable” experiences of pain, dying and caregiving. (Shutterstock)
Perhaps, training medical practitioners in humanities can be a small step in strengthening the health care system that can compassionately engage with “unfixable” experiences of pain, dying and caregiving. (Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 23, 2022 03:22 PM IST

Why Indo-Americans must speak up on race relations

As a significant demographic, they must speak out on race relations, engage other minority groups and civil rights organisations, and use our formidable resources to work for racial equality and justice for all in the US.

Hate crimes against immigrant groups have been rising in the US since 2015, when Donald Trump launched his toxic campaign for president and stoked anti-immigration sentiments. (AP)
Hate crimes against immigrant groups have been rising in the US since 2015, when Donald Trump launched his toxic campaign for president and stoked anti-immigration sentiments. (AP)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 07:10 PM IST

Decolonising the mind is a complex endeavour

A new history has begun through Kartavya Path, or the path of duty. Modi urged the nation to leave behind all vestiges of colonial mentality.

Removing colonialism from the Indian mindset is also part of a larger issue: Does not Kartavya Path now demand the proud Army of the Indian Republic to abandon the legacy of how some of its units were raised? That would be a fitting tribute to Netaji. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Removing colonialism from the Indian mindset is also part of a larger issue: Does not Kartavya Path now demand the proud Army of the Indian Republic to abandon the legacy of how some of its units were raised? That would be a fitting tribute to Netaji. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 07:05 PM IST

The ‘Gujarat factor’ in the development project

The Vedanta-Foxconn deal has sparked claims of favouritism, reviving old rivalries. In the spirit of federalism and fair competition, the Centre should nurture a level playing field for all states

Yuva Sena protest against the shifting of Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor manufacturing project from Maharashtra to Gujarat. (States should compete for investment based on objective economic factors. ANI)
Yuva Sena protest against the shifting of Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor manufacturing project from Maharashtra to Gujarat. (States should compete for investment based on objective economic factors. ANI)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 07:01 PM IST

Policies and People | How AI is helping India’s poor become climate-resilient

Heatwaves are becoming frequent and intense in India. SEEDS, a non-profit, and Microsoft have developed an AI model that processes large volumes of data to provide risk information at a hyper-local level to vulnerable communities

Sunny Lives. (@SeedsIndia/Twitter)
Sunny Lives. (@SeedsIndia/Twitter)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 06:53 PM IST

Legal protections for Big Tech need review

While Joe Biden’s intent is positive, it remains devoid of specifics of how any of this will happen, especially given the partisan divide in American politics on the issue

Network effects (you are more likely to be on a platform that your friends and family are on) and calculated corporate deal-making (most notably, Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp) have given rise to monopolies. A handful of services have now become today’s new town square. (Getty Images)
Network effects (you are more likely to be on a platform that your friends and family are on) and calculated corporate deal-making (most notably, Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp) have given rise to monopolies. A handful of services have now become today’s new town square. (Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 08:02 PM IST

What CBI’s shrinking jurisdiction implies

Nine states have already withdrawn consent to the agency. This mistrust is not good in a federal structure. If the Centre is serious about fighting graft, it must make the CBI truly autonomous

The daily tu tu mai mai (back and forth) between the ruling party and the Opposition over the alleged misuse of central agencies is costing the nation. Indian democracy needs to move ahead (Shutterstock)
The daily tu tu mai mai (back and forth) between the ruling party and the Opposition over the alleged misuse of central agencies is costing the nation. Indian democracy needs to move ahead (Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 08:02 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

The SC’s final ruling in the hijab case will have broader implications

The hijab case raises several issues about Muslim women students’ right to education, the meanings of secularism, tolerance, and accommodation under the Constitution, fostering diversity and pluralism in classrooms, and the limits of State power

Thus, the final judgment of the SC will be important, not only for what it holds but also for how it holds. (Amit Sharma)
Thus, the final judgment of the SC will be important, not only for what it holds but also for how it holds. (Amit Sharma)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 07:58 PM IST

To stop stubble burning, a monetary incentive is key

An allocation of ₹1,000 crore on the scheme would imply a burden of ₹600 crore to the Centre, and ₹200 crore each on the Punjab and Delhi governments.

It is in everyone’s interest to stave off stubble burning and cash compensation appears to be the best way for us to do so. (HT Photo)
It is in everyone’s interest to stave off stubble burning and cash compensation appears to be the best way for us to do so. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 07:58 PM IST

Reclaiming our past and our present from the West

One cannot ignore that the legacy of colonialism shapes us in debilitating ways. An example is what colonialism has done to knowledge, that is, to questions like what we know and how we know it

The monopolisation of the past by history has produced ugly consequences in many parts of the world, including in India. (AP)
The monopolisation of the past by history has produced ugly consequences in many parts of the world, including in India. (AP)
Updated on Sep 20, 2022 08:46 PM IST

Creating a sustainable home for the cheetahs

To conserve this iconic grassland species, India must expand the habitat and curate best practices to ensure growth. This is the start of a journey that needs great commitment

While we can consult international scientists regarding the ecology of the cheetah, we must also tap into our home-grown conservation strategies. (PTI)
While we can consult international scientists regarding the ecology of the cheetah, we must also tap into our home-grown conservation strategies. (PTI)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 07:58 PM IST

How festivals may shape the economy

In India, the September-November festive season has a decisive impact on the economy because it drives up consumption and acts as a bellwether for the year ahead

If the festival stimulus is strong, analysts tend to be more optimistic about the year ahead. If not, sales and consumption forecasts are revised downward (SUNIL GHOSH/HT PHOTO)
If the festival stimulus is strong, analysts tend to be more optimistic about the year ahead. If not, sales and consumption forecasts are revised downward (SUNIL GHOSH/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 07:18 PM IST

From Samarkand, a key message for New Delhi

With India as the new chair of SCO, New Delhi’s obvious task is to make the grouping more effective. A prerequisite for this vital mission is for the chair to initiate behind-the-scenes dialogue with all members at a high political level, including China and Pakistan

The SCO’s importance is evident: It represents 40% of the world’s population, 30% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 22% of the planet’s land. (PTI)
The SCO’s importance is evident: It represents 40% of the world’s population, 30% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 22% of the planet’s land. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 07:15 PM IST
ByRajiv Bhatia

UP must opt for the green economy path

UP’s size positions it well to be a leader in green accounting. A five-year exercise has been initiated by the Centre to quantify the country’s natural capital to help estimate each state’s green GSDP. UP should be at the forefront of this green accounting path.

In a state of 230 million people, the gains in development must be assessed while ensuring that ecosystems are not lost to deforestation, soil degradation, and pollution. Accounting for the decline in natural capital will be crucial while gauging the true value of the $1-trillion economy. (HT PHOTO)
In a state of 230 million people, the gains in development must be assessed while ensuring that ecosystems are not lost to deforestation, soil degradation, and pollution. Accounting for the decline in natural capital will be crucial while gauging the true value of the $1-trillion economy. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 07:14 PM IST
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