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Guarding principles, protecting people’s will

Published on Feb 26, 2024 10:00 PM IST

As the electoral process confronts myriad challenges, the judiciary must safeguard its integrity and hold accountable those who seek to undermine democracy

The Supreme Court. (ANI)

Why customer protection is central to financial inclusion

India needs a robust and comprehensive financial customer protection regime, which it currently lacks.

Life Insurance
Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:44 PM IST

In Sandeshkhali protests, message for Mamata, TMC

Justice must be seen to be done because everyone knows that Shahjahan was operating with the collusion of the local administration and party hierarchy.

Fresh protests erupt in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 09:44 PM IST

Keeping up with UP | Can the Congress-SP alliance slow down the BJP tornado?

The alliance may create hype but its poll pitch of roji-roti will have to cut through the religiously surcharged atmosphere and Modi guarantee

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav joins Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra(ANI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 04:32 PM IST
BySunita Aron

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

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

Code that is neither uniform nor lawful

Uttarakhand UCC is only the latest of the State’s attempts to control intimate relationships. It should be consigned to the dustbin of illegality

The Uttarakhand UCC is best understood as a continuation of an existing legal framework, rather than something new and unprecedented (PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 01:19 PM IST

Just Like That | Raja Ram Mohan Roy and his many contradictions

The 19th C. Hindu reformist and religious scholar sought to abolish Sati and rid society of fanatic orthodoxy. British colonialism would enlighten us, he felt

Raja Ram Mohan Roy, painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1833. (Wiki Commons)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 04:06 PM IST

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

Self-reliance in defence crucial to winning wars

Glaring inadequacies in military-industrial complexes of developed nations are being exposed amid conflicts

A comprehensive status audit of our ecosystem in terms of readiness, stockpiles, inventory variety and depth, digital capacities, supply-chain autonomy and critical chokepoints needs to be carried out (AP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:44 PM IST

In most states, jail is more the norm, not bail

With a nearly 70,000 inmate population, Bihar’s prisons have the largest number of undertrials in any state in India

Prisons are meant to hold the convicted, not punish with incarceration those who have not yet been properly tried. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:40 PM IST
ByMaja Daruwala,

Congress-mukt Bharat to Congress-yukt BJP

The belief that the Gandhis are the only glue that holds the Congress together has been shaken by high-profile departures in the last decade

Rahul Gandhi’s yatras are a good exercise in re-building a lost mass connect, but episodic journeys can’t compensate for years of organisational neglect (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:37 PM IST

Delhi must be prepared to counter Beijing’s lawfare

India must develop its own lawfare strategy using domestic and international legal instruments

Indian troops tracking the movement of troops across the Line of Actual Control in China.
Published on Feb 21, 2024 10:05 PM IST

Public intellectual and jurist, God’s good man

In Fali Nariman’s death, India has lost its tallest spokesman for honesty in public intent and private conduct

Senior advocate to the Supreme Court Fali S Nariman. (PTI)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Behind the UAE temple, a legacy of pluralism

How do we frame the camaraderie between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a West Asian Arab Muslim nation?

A devotee blows a conch shell (Shankha) during preparations ahead of the arrival of the Indian prime minister for the inauguration of the BAPS Hindu Mandir, the largest Hindu temple in the Middle East, in Abu Dhabi on February 14, 2024. (Photo by RYAN LIM / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 10:08 PM IST

Caste census lessons for new government in Bihar

Reservations alone can’t alleviate economic deprivation. They must be complemented by the increased availability of jobs and strong inclusive growth.

Patna, Bihar, India - Aug . 02, 2023: Enumerator staff collect information from residents for a caste-based census in Bihar after Patna High Court rejected a petition against the survey, at Phulwari Sharif in Patna , Bihar,India, Wednesday, July, 02, 2023. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 10:04 PM IST

Manufacturing versus services: A false binary

India does not need to choose between manufacturing and services. India has the capacity and means to succeed in both manufacturing and services.

Global services exports account for only ~22% of total exports.. (AP)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Between the Gulf and the Sea, a changing geopolitical scenario

The Red Sea is the eye of the storm today, with its winds changing West Asian international relations for actors both within and outside the region

An Israeli Navy missile boat is seen off the coast of Eilat, October 31, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 08:44 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Remembering Chef Imtiaz Qureshi's impact on Awadhi cuisine

Explore the culinary journey of Chef Imtiaz Qureshi, a pioneer in Awadhi cuisine, whose innovative creations left an enduring impact on Indian gastronomy.

Chef Imtiaz left an indelible mark, especially through the iconic Dum Pukht biryani, shaping the landscape of North Indian cuisine.
Published on Feb 20, 2024 06:11 PM IST
By, New Delhi

What a Biden-Trump rematch entails for the US

The stage is definitely set for a potential Biden-Trump rematch. What might such a rematch entail?

After Trump lost to Biden in 2020, many believed that his political career would come to an end (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 10:11 PM IST

In Indonesia, personality trumps democratic ideals

The recent elections demonstrate a trend wherein a few individuals dominate politics. There are similarities in this regard between India and Indonesia.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C) shakes hands with Indonesia�s Defence Minister and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (L) arrive for the inauguration of the National Defense Central Hospital (RSPPN) in Jakarta on February 19, 2024. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 10:04 PM IST

Governance risks in a post-truth world

Facts have become a casualty in the deeply polarised United States and authoritarian China, putting the rules-based order at serious risk

Xi Jinping took decisive steps to concentrate power, purged rivals on corruption grounds, and introduced stronger controls on civil society to silence any dissent(AP)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 10:00 PM IST
ByJanmejaya Sinha

HistoriCity | Varanasi is a microcosm of Hindu India, it's also a city of reform

Kashi has captured the collective Hindu imagination as Shiva’s city. But to narrowly define this city in terms of orthodox Hinduism is a mistake

A Hindu priest performs evening prayers on the banks of the river Ganga at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, in Varanasi on February 10, 2024. (Photo by Niharika KULKARNI / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 09:42 PM IST
ByValay Singh

From soil to sip: How microbes are taking tea to new heights

A new study reveals soil microbes' crucial role in enhancing tea flavour. Here's how this could transform cultivation practices and sustainability efforts.

It's no secret that the environment in which tea grows plays a pivotal role in its quality(Pixabay)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 06:42 PM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra
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