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Forget those vaccine fears, time to move on

Published on Jun 02, 2024 12:19 AM IST

Sensationalism over the issue could have been avoided. Even a balanced report can lead to alarm and anxiety among the public.

The only appropriate way to interpret these numbers is to compare them with the rates for non-vaccinated populations with similar characteristics.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Exit polls have spoken; electors will on Tuesday

When the contest is looked at in terms of votes, its closeness is evident. That is the detail that parties ending up on the losing side need to look at

Patna, Bihar, India -May .01, 2024: Polling officials during submission of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and other election materials after the end of the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha election at A.N. College in Patna, Bihar, India, Saturday,01, 2024. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 12:05 AM IST

Brotherhood of lapsed spies turned chroniclers

Covert doesn’t reveal the inner workings — leave aside secrets — of R&AW and ISI. Instead, it “explores the inner lives and motivations of spy chiefs …"

Ex RAW chief and author AS Dulat. (Ravindra Joshi/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 12:02 AM IST

A bruising election ends and it seems neck and neck between NDA, INDIA

At best, speculations end with predictions of narrow victory margins on majority of the seats unlike in 2019 when the BJP won about 50% of the seats

Uttar Pradesh, May 31 (ANI): A polling official carrying Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and other election-related materials leave for their respective polling booths for the 7th Phase of General Elections 2024, in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 08:30 AM IST
BySunita Aron

Is it time to reimagine the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act?

An assessment of the implementation of the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA) reveals a glass less than half full.

The Act also does not factor in the new urban realities and aspirations of twenty-first century India (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 08:00 AM IST

The Mahatma before Attenborough filmed ‘Gandhi’

Gandhi’s radical politics fascinated filmmakers during his lifetime and after

In 1931, Charlie Chaplin met Gandhi in London (London Express / Getty Images)
Published on May 31, 2024 11:24 PM IST

What the conviction of Donald Trump means

Trump's conviction may persuade the Left-wing voter currently upset with Biden that Trump represents a greater threat

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower, Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York. A day after a New York jury found Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony charges, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed the conviction and likely attempt to cast his campaign in a new light. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)(AP)
Published on May 31, 2024 09:24 PM IST

India needs to be ready for hotter and longer summers

India needs to be sensitive to rising temperatures and heatwave conditions. The country is now locked into this due to the climate crisis.

Residents collect water from a tanker during high temperatures in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Temperatures at a weather observatory in India�s capital city touched 52.9C (127F) on Wednesday, evidence of a worsening heat wave that also sent peak electricity demand in Delhi to an all-time high. Photographer: Prakash Singh/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on May 30, 2024 11:45 PM IST

Ten key takeaways from the elections

The campaign suggests that electoral democracy is alive in India even if constitutional democracy appears weakened

Women queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the sixth phase of voting in India�s general election, in village Tigaon on the outskirts of Faridabad on May 25, 2024. India is voting in seven phases over six weeks to ease the immense logistical burden of staging an election in the world's most populous country. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 30, 2024 11:01 PM IST

From the Archives: Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Eleanor Roosevelt on Gandhi

On January 30, 1958 — 10th anniversary of MK Gandhi's death — HT published tributes from Eleanor Roosevelt and Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Read their pieces below

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr stands next to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in his office in 1966.(Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries)
Published on May 30, 2024 07:19 PM IST

Chabahar is a metaphor for strategic autonomy

Chabahar deal augurs India’s rise as a leading power that can persuade or compel other countries to accommodate its national interests.

The agreement signed by India and Iran will facilitate the long-term development of Shahid Beheshti terminal of Chabahar port. (PTI photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 29, 2024 11:47 PM IST

Elections in Bengal are all but bipolar contests

The BJP’s nomination process was slow. Its choice of candidates seems in some cases to be inexplicable, especially when winning candidates have been shuffled

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters during a public meeting addressed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in favour of the party's National General Secretary and candidate from Diamond Harbour constituency Abhishekh Banerjee, ahead of the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Kolkata, Wednesday, May 28, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_29_2024_000246B)(PTI)
Published on May 29, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Why are there fewer Muslim candidates?

Issues of Muslim representation and Muslim exclusion should not be mixed up

Muslims check for their names in voters' list as they arrive to vote in Nahal village, Uttar Pradesh state, India, on April 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)(AP)
Published on May 29, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Urgent need for legislation to deal with human negligence-triggered accidents

The need of the hour is to have a single point nodal agency consisting of experts in structural engineering, fire prevention, and electrical systems.

Firefighters attempt to douse the fire after it broke out at a New Born Baby Care Hospital in Vivek Vihar on May 25 (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 29, 2024 08:57 PM IST
ByNeelam Krishnamoorthy

Elections with Dalits as the rallying point

The prominence that reservation and Constitution have acquired in elections due to the years of Ambedkarite assertions will, hopefully, augur well for Dalits

Noida, India- April 14, 2024: People seen on the occasion of the 133th birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar at Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, sector 95, in Noida, India, on Sunday, April 14, 2024. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on May 28, 2024 10:53 PM IST
BySubhajit Naskar

Perils of promoting an anti-vaccination scare

Unless all of them play their roles with conviction and commitment, a confused public will be sceptical of science and suspicious of public health interventions

The mRNA vaccines too have had their share of “scare”, with myocarditis and pericarditis (inflammation of heart muscle and its covering layer) reported among some persons who received the vaccines. Young males were identified as a high-risk group. (For Representation)
Published on May 28, 2024 10:07 PM IST
ByK Srinath Reddy

What June 4 will tell us about India

The verdict will reveal what voters think of Narendra Modi, the depth of a Hindu political identity, and the nature of economic sentiment

Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the sixth phase of voting in India's general election in New Delhi on May 25, 2024. India is voting in seven phases over six weeks to ease the immense logistical burden of staging an election in the world's most populous country. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 28, 2024 09:33 PM IST

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Discover the top pizza chefs and restaurants in Naples

From Pepe In Grani to La Notizia, here’s a list of the most iconic and highly-regarded pizzerias in Naples, many of which have branches around the world.

Iconic pizza places in Naples not only define the city's pizza heritage but are also expanding globally, making it likely you'll encounter their delicious offerings even outside of Italy.(Unsplash)
Published on May 28, 2024 03:41 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Blinken in Beijing and the mirage of US-China detente

Blinken’s visit may be another way of signalling to China that it shouldn’t exploit any crisis to escalate new ones, at least until the US elections are over

China's President Xi Jinping (R) speaks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26, 2024. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein / POOL / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 28, 2024 12:36 AM IST

Trump trial will change US politics, presidency

If the people decide that Trump should be the next president, it will not only be Trump who has been put on trial, it will be the country’s political system.

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 26: Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raises his fist as he looks on during the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2024 in Concord, North Carolina. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Jared C. Tilton / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)(Getty Images via AFP)
Published on May 27, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Political promises in an aspirational ethos

The polarised campaign in this election season suggests the immunity to issues of inequality that political debates gained in recent years has worn off

FILE- Workers use machinery at a coastal road project construction site in Mumbai, India, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)(AP)
Published on May 27, 2024 10:00 PM IST

If it matters, write it down by hand: The surprising scientific benefits of hand

While our world is increasingly digital, and the efficiency of typing is undeniable, the cognitive benefits of handwriting can’t be overlooked.

Handwriting involves complex coordination between our motor and visual systems, strengthening neural pathways associated with memory and learning.(Pixabay)
Published on May 27, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra

Mandate 2024: The view from Varanasi

The presence of the Prime Minister as a candidate enlivens the contest in Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @BJP4INDIA** Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Nari Shakti Sammelan in Varanasi, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_21_2024_000317B)(PTI)
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 PM IST

Political parties need to queer the election pitch

There is no hope for the queer community if we choose to be an isolated minority. We need to recognise that our issues are intersectional

Attempts to introduce a comprehensive Bill to stop discrimination against the LGBTIQA+ community have failed to materialise (PTI)
Published on May 26, 2024 11:01 PM IST
ByDelfina Kanchana Sundar

Rethink the immunity granted to governors

This widely worded provision of immunity can be attributed to our colonial past which functioned with the concept of the “king can do no wrong”.

Serious allegations of sexual harassment and molestation have been levelled against the governor of West Bengal (Raj Bhavan West Bengal)
Published on May 26, 2024 10:53 PM IST

The Art and Science of Fitness | The joy of being an amateur athlete

Most of us play sports for the fun and love of it. By reminding ourselves, ‘why did I get started?’ we have the opportunity to tap into that initial motivation

There is a purity and dignity to amateur sports that sadly sometimes gets lost at the elite level.(Pixabay)
Published on May 26, 2024 09:00 AM IST

AI is way beyond our expectations, says Google co-founder Sergey Brin

From a surprise visit by the company’s co-founder to a hologramlike video chat product and an AR glass cameo, the best at Google I/O was delightful.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at a Google I/O event in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)(AP)
Published on May 26, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Just Like That | Raja Bhoj: The overlooked scholar-king of ancient Bhopal

Raja Bhoj's profound impact on arts and sciences remains largely unacknowledged in contemporary education.

Statue of Raja Bhoja in the Upper Lake in Bhopal, India(Bernard Gagnon/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on May 26, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Why India-UK relations are set for robust growth

The onus is on the respective governments to realise the promise, which will require some heavy lifting, newfound initiatives, and realistic expectations

A significant British Indian immigrant community is often seen as an asset binding the two sides together(HT file)
Published on May 26, 2024 12:25 AM IST
By, Anit Mukherjee

The West steps up for Kyiv. Will it be enough?

The US aid package provides a lifeline that can keep the Ukrainians in the fight through the end of 2024

Smoke rises from a household item shopping mall which was hit by a Russian air strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine May 25, 2024. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova(REUTERS)
Published on May 25, 2024 10:10 PM IST
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