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BJP under Modi: Politics as building party and nation

Published on Jun 07, 2024 10:10 PM IST

The election result should definitely lead the party to find the fault lines. It is more capable of self-correction than any other party in the country

**EDS: SCREENSHOT VIA** Mathurapur: BJP supporters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Mathurapur, West Bengal, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_29_2024_000068B)(PTI)

Missing women MPs in the new Lok Sabha

Despite remaining largely a boys’ club, a new generation of young and feisty women are set to enter Parliament

Geniben Thakor with Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 10:07 PM IST

What the verdict holds for the BJP, its mascot, Modi

PM Modi may need to turn into a consensus builder to manage NDA allies and also to negotiate the changing power dynamics within his own party

BJP supporters during a campaign rally. (ANI Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 10:00 PM IST

West Bengal politics has to be dialogic even while remaining contentious

The Election Commission of India declared that election campaigning was most intense in WB. The total number of meetings and rallies was around 95,000

North 24 Pargana: Security personnel and locals during a clash at Sandeshkhali amid the seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in North 24 Parganas district, Saturday, June 1, 2024. Widespread violence between supporters of the TMC and the BJP over alleged electoral malpractices in strife-torn Sandeshkhali marred the final phase of LS polls in West Bengal on Saturday, resulting in injuries to a number of people. (PTI Photo) (PTI06_01_2024_000568A)(PTI)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 08:30 AM IST

The BJP lacked coherence in their political campaign in West Bengal

The controversy surrounding the Sandeshkhali incidents, including allegations, counter-allegations, and sting videos, did not help the BJP much.

Birbhum, June 04 (ANI): TMC supporters smeared in colour celebrate the party's victory during the counting of Lok Sabha polls, at Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(Maneka Das)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 07:30 AM IST

The Naidu vs Jagan potboiler in Andhra

The revenge politics and governance gaffes of Jagan Mohan Reddy cost the YSRCP dearly in the elections. It has given a new life to the TDP in the southern state

Mangalagiri, June 04 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan pose victory signs during his visit to Janasena Party central office, in Mangalagiri on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(Tharun Vinny)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 01:12 AM IST

Delhi hospital fire calls for more than mourning

For the new government that will soon assume charge at the Centre, the Delhi hospital fire should provide a moment for reflection

Six infants were killed in the fire at the Baby Care New Born Hospital in Vivek Vihar, New Delhi, on May 25. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Indian democracy’s epitaph writers and fairy tale weavers have lost, for now

Ask the BJP and it will tell you that all of Hindutva and anti-Muslim speeches were not enough to harvest a majority in the Lok Sabha nor a win in Ayodhya

Democracy, for the masses, is neither a hedge fund to be traded promiscuously, nor an endowment fund which can be used to make fortunes forever. (AFP)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 06:00 PM IST

What awaits Mexico’s first female president

As Mexico’s first female president, Sheinbaum faces high expectations, particularly from the country’s active feminist movement.

FILE PHOTO: Claudia Sheinbaum gestures to supporters after being declared the winner of the presidential election according to the INE electoral institute's rapid sample count, in the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City, Mexico June 3, 2024. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 10:11 PM IST

Biodiversity solutions to battle heatwave menace

What will work in India may well provide the roadmap for the rest of the world.

Mumbai, India - May 4, 2024: A lifeguard stands along the coast near Girgaon beach as IMD and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services has declared alert for swell surge waves for 36 hours from 4th May to 5th May, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 10:11 PM IST

Operation Blue Star: Trauma and lessons

A crucial lesson of the violence in Punjab is that given India’s plurality, regional aspirations have to be blended with the mainstream

Devotees look at a model of the demolished Akal Takht Sahib, regarded as the supreme seat of the Sikh religious authority during Operation Blue Star in 1984 ahead of the operation's anniversary at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 3, 2024. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Trinamool's seasoned defence against the BJP's spin attack

The strategy of bringing in star campaigners from outside and sidelining state leaders helped the TMC characterise the BJP as a "party of outsiders".

A supporter of Trinamool Congress Party waives a party flag as she celebrates her party's lead in India's national election in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)(AP)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 06:11 PM IST

Lorlatinib: A game-changer in lung cancer therapy

The drug has shown impressive results in extending progression-free survival, due to its ability to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and treat brain metastases

Lung cancer rates have been rising, particularly in urban and northeastern regions, largely driven by higher smoking rates and significant air pollution. (Pexels)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra

How Opposition revived its political fortunes in the face of the BJP juggernaut

Ultimately, Mandate 2024 shows how the Indian voter continues to surprise.

Supporters of Indian National Congress (INC) party hold a portrait of their president Rahul Gandhi and wave India's national flag to celebrate vote counting results for the country's general election, at the INC headquarter in New Delhi on June 4, 2024. Vote counting was underway in India's election on June 4, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi all but assured a triumph for his Hindu nationalist agenda that has thrown the opposition into disarray and deepened concerns for minority rights. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 02:17 AM IST

Pandian, pride and BJP’s path to power in Odisha

The unprecedented verdict in Odisha is a telling reminder not to take the voters for granted.

Bhubaneswar, June 04 (ANI): BJP supporters celebrate the party's lead in the Odisha Assembly and Lok Sabha election results, in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
(Prahlad Mahato)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:34 AM IST

In verdict, three fundamental questions about narratives, justice and the State

There is a strong possibility that the success of the INDIA bloc may attract professional politicians, who moved to the BJP from other parties.

People watch the election results in Bengaluru. (AFP)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:24 AM IST

Mandate 2024: The mirror has cracked

Will the BJP recognise the constraints placed on its dominance by voters? Can the Indian voter and INDIA bloc use the space to build a new consensus on justice?

Patna, Bihar, India -May .01, 2024: Voters standing in queue for casting votes at a polling booth during seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha election at Danapur Diyara in Patna, Bihar, India, Saturday,01, 2024. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:22 AM IST

Why and how the BJP’s tally fell short of its target

In an election without an overarching national narrative, regional differences and identities strongly shaped election outcomes

truth is that the BJP lost a significant number of seats in a small number of important states due to myriad reasons.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:19 AM IST
ByNeelanjan Sircar

Compounding India to prosperity in new term

India’s economy has now reached a critical mass where the compounding process can dramatically enhance both per capita income as well as sheer bulk

When India began to reform its economy in 1991-92, its GDP amounted to just $270 billion in nominal terms. (AFP)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:16 AM IST

Looking back before looking ahead in 2024

Three things stood out during the election campaign: Rising unemployment, divisive political rhetoric, and the decline of institutions.

New Delhi, India - June 3, 2024: BSF jawan stand infront of Parliament on the eve of result of General Lok Sabha election in New Delhi, India, on Monday, June 3, 2024. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:09 AM IST

The Taste with Vir: Will weight loss drugs finish off the diet business?

Two new drugs are set to transform the weight-loss landscape. People are losing more weight on these medicines than they ever did on the fad diets.

The new drugs make the pleasure centres feel satiated much earlier than before; say, halfway through the sort of meal you would have completed in the old days. You begin to feel full and stop eating.(Gustavo Fring)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 04:44 PM IST

Lessons from a life of running: The harmony of youthful passion and wisdom

Here’s a story that illustrates the balance between youthful vigour and the wisdom that comes with age, advocating for simplicity and discipline in training

While age cannot match the sheer speed and strength of youth, it can sometimes outsmart it with wisdom and experience. (Pixabay)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Hold parties accountable for fair conduct in elections

Parties like parents will bear some brunt for the failings of their leading members and they will need to develop internal mechanisms to deal

FILE-Polling officials wait to receive electronic voting machines and other polling material at a distribution centre on the eve of the sixth round of multi-phase national elections in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, file)(AP)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 10:08 PM IST

Reforming civil services is key to improving delivery

If the Indian State is to meet 21st-century needs, it will need an ample supply of fresh thinking and knowledgeable personnel.

UPSC civil services exam
Published on Jun 03, 2024 10:04 PM IST

We, the People: The day after the results

The Constituent Assembly saw We, the People, as an assertion of the entity in whose name the Constitution was adopted.

The new parliament building illuminated in tri-color(ANI)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Robust electoral process, pressing need of the hour

One hopes that the Commission will evaluate both its shortcomings and successes. Improving the electoral process is the most pressing need of the hour.

Polling officials gather to submit electronic voting machines (EVMs) and other polling materials at a collection centre in Varanasi on June 1, 2024, at the end of the seventh and final phase of voting in India's general election. India's Hindu-nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked set to win a third straight landslide election victory on June 1, at the close of a six-week general election bedevilled by searing heatwaves. (Photo by Niharika KULKARNI / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 11:40 PM IST

Grand Strategy: A rising India needs to think like a great power

As a start, the government must formulate a security strategy document keeping in mind the country’s objectives and the strategic environment it must operate in

In developing a grand strategy for India, the first step is to undertake an objective assessment of the world we live in (PTI/Archive)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 11:26 PM IST

Mahatma Gandhi, a global citizen of his time and ours

African Americans were speaking and writing about Gandhi from 1917, if not earlier, i.e. almost four decades before King burst upon the American scene.

Mahatma Gandhi led the 1930 Salt March. The march allowed him to rouse the people in the villages through which he passed. (SOURCED)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 11:26 PM IST

General Elections 2024: Through a gender lens darkly

I’m thinking about what the 2024 general elections tells us about attitudes to gender and violence against women.

Nadia, May 13 (ANI): Women voters stand in queue to cast their votes for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Nadia on Monday. (ANI Photo) (CEOWestBengal-X)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 02:30 PM IST

Just Like That | In Pune crash, a mirror to our class hypocrisies

What happened in Pune deserves stringent legal action. But it also provides us a mirror to examine our own value systems and introspect.

The condemnable incident rightly created national outrage
Published on Jun 02, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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