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View from the Himalayas | A fine balance among the Himalayan states

Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:53 PM IST

The Himalayas will remain a contested space between India and China; Bhutan and Nepal face an uphill task. Here's why

(FILES) This photograph taken on December 6, 2019 shows tourists walking across a suspension bridge over the Puna Tsang Chhu River in Punakha province in Bhutan. Squeezed between giant arch-rivals India and China, the landlocked mountain kingdom of Bhutan was long isolated by icy Himalayan peaks. But as Bhutan readies to elect a new parliament in Thimphu on January 9, China and India are watching the contest with keen interest as they eye strategic contested border zones, analysts warn. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)(AFP)

Taste By Vir: Are Indian restaurants taken more seriously globally than before

Nobody disputes that Indian food is now taken more seriously globally. But what about Indian restaurants? That’s a tough one but my instinct is to say ‘yes’.

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: Are Indian restaurants taken more seriously globally than ever before? (Pixabay (Representative Image) )
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 03:09 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Unemployment and demographic dividend

The unemployment problem in India is becoming centred around educated youth, a longer-term trend evident for some decades

New Delhi, India - Feb. 16, 2018: Candidates apply for jobs at 'Job Fair' organized by Directorate of Employment, Delhi Government at Tyagraj Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, on Friday, February 16, 2018. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 01:31 AM IST

Hips don't lie, they also help prevent injuries when running

By focusing on moving the hip backwards, engaging the glutes, and improving cadence, runners can reduce the strain on their bodies and run more efficiently

When an amateur runner takes longer strides, their heels strike the ground, landing ahead of their knees. The heavy impact from the contact with the ground transmits excessive force up the shin, to the knee, the hips and up the spine, leading to a majority of aches and pains in these regions.
Published on Apr 02, 2024 01:04 AM IST

Sheela Barse: A life to be celebrated

The lawyer was one among a handful of active citizens who took upon themselves the task of putting Public Interest Litigations to good use

Sheela Barse(Wordpress)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 12:14 AM IST
ByMaja Daruwala,

An American president who forged ties with India turns 100 this October

Jimmy Carter's visit to a tiny village in Gurugram in the 1970s led to it being renamed Carterpuri. The name remains even as the world has changed

US President Jimmy Carter waves to the crowd at Connaught Place, New Delhi, during a state visit on January 1, 1978. (SN Sinha/HT Archive)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 12:06 AM IST

Onus is on the ECI to build trust in elections

The conduct or rather misconduct in the recent Chandigarh mayor election, though outside ECI’s jurisdiction, was a jarring note.

As elections commence, one will see lakhs of government employees drawn from both central and state governments converging under the direct control of ECI.(Pics for representation)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 10:08 PM IST

A restatement of the basic law on obscenity

It is important that the law be restated by the Supreme Court from time to time, to prevent the frivolous weaponisation of the obscenity law in cases like this.

The Supreme Court (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 10:00 PM IST

The good wife: A lesson from India’s courts

A family court’s observation this past week that applying sindoor, or vermillion, is the ‘religious duty’ of a married woman…

(Source: Wikimedia, Bodhisattva Dasgupta)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 10:16 AM IST

Seeking validation for a fresh set of values

The 2024 general election will deliver a mandate to elevate the country as the third superpower while introducing fresh values that will shape policy directions

A man rides past an election awareness poster displayed along a street ahead of India�s upcoming general elections, in Hyderabad on March 26, 2024. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 08:11 AM IST

Poverty-decline claims need rigorous scrutiny

In the face of these facts, the rhetoric of sharp poverty reduction, let alone of its disappearance, can only stand on presumptions, not facts.

The assertion of extreme poverty elimination obscures the lived experiences of millions who continue to grapple with poverty daily.(Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 08:09 AM IST

Adding more firepower to India’s nuclear deterrence

The successful test-firing of an Agni V will help Delhi meet the challenge from Beijing and Islamabad

DRDO conducted the first successful flight test of an indigenously developed Agni-5 missile with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-Entry Vehicle ( MIRV) technology, on Monday.(ANI)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Sadhguru's health crisis and the blend of traditional and modern medicine

Sadhguru's successful recovery from brain surgery using allopathic methods underscores the importance of choosing the right treatment based on circumstances

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev leaving hospital after being discharged(ANI)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Gender Question | When the erased wife meets the restoring narrator

In grand narratives of heroes, we tend to forget about the partners, wives and children whose invisible work propagates the myth of the brilliant man

In his hearth, no man can hide from the truth: A caricature from Punch, the witty English periodical of the 19th century.(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 10:35 PM IST
ByDhamini Ratnam

Making the most of the India opportunity

Reconciling the projections of the country’s future growth with present demand conditions is bogging CEOs down. They need to seize the moment

The key point is that in this decade, India is starting to drive global GDP growth. In the next six years, it will add as much to global GDP as all of Europe, and half as much as the United States. (REUTERS/ FILE)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 10:09 PM IST
ByJanmejaya Sinha

A World War II story of misplaced panic, scare

Why hasn’t The Great Flap received the attention it deserves? The book has delightful tales to tell, none more amazing than what happened at Madras Zoo.

An Indian infantry section of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment about to go on patrol on the Arakan front in Burma, 1944.(Wikimedia Commons/ No 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Daniel Kahneman: An incomplete obituary

In an era where economists increasingly think of themselves as doctors who can fix ‘problems’, one may turn to Kahneman to learn a thing or two about humility.

FILE - Psychology professor Daniel Kahneman poses, Oct. 9, 2002, at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. Kahneman, a psychologist who won a Nobel Prize in economics for his insights into how ingrained neurological biases influence decision making, died Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, File)(AP)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 09:53 PM IST

Nikki Haley’s future is in good hands, hers

For now, Haley’s path forward remains uncertain. What is certain is she will carve out her own path.

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks on stage at her watch party during the South Carolina Republican presidential primary election in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. February 24, 2024. REUTERS/Brian Snyder(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 09:50 PM IST

On Zero Waste Day, let’s zero in on our waste

As waste is a state subject in India, policies and regulations at the state and city levels play a critical role towards a zero-waste ‘circular’ economy

Approximately 45% of all municipal solid waste is not managed in controlled facilities.(HT)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 04:10 PM IST

Keeping up with UP | Will Ram sway the angry farmers of West UP?

Arun Govil and Dipika Chikhlia invoke Ramayana memories in Ayodhya, as western UP becomes a pivotal battleground in upcoming elections.

Bhopal: TV artist and actor Arun Govil, known for portraying Lord Rama in Ramayan TV series during the event 'Suno Ram Kahani' organised to celebrate Ayodhya's Lord Ram Mandir consecration, in Bhopal, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_24_2024_000405A)(PTI)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 03:57 PM IST
BySunita Aron

The mood has changed, misogynists better behave

Political parties now recognise women's power as voters. It is then up to them to signal their displeasure and intolerance for verbal abuse.

Political parties now recognise women's power as voters. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 11:38 PM IST

AAP story: Leader in prison, party on the backfoot

Whether the AAP can stay intact and fight with its senior leadership in prison is the existential question before the party

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves Rouse Avenue Court after appearing in a liquor case, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, March 28, 2024. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 11:38 PM IST

Takeaways from Chipko for today's eco warriors

The Chipko movement is not a relic of the past; it is a source of inspiration for the challenges we face today.

Sunderlal Bahuguna was a prominent face of the Chipko movement, which started in the 70s sto safeguard trees in the hills of Uttarakhand, then part of Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 09:46 PM IST
ByHaritima Bahuguna

What explains the disconnect between economic inequality and politics in India?

The World Inequality Lab's report on India's inequality has stirred debate. But a more interesting question is the muting of inequality as a factor in politics.

The interplay of inequality with politics is very different from the dialectic between poverty and politics in India (CES) (AP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 04:17 PM IST

CAA and the TMC’s solo act blur poll picture in Bengal

The TMC’s decision to be on its own hurts the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance while providing a leg-up to the BJP.

Kolkata, India - March 10, 2024: Chief Minister of West Bengal and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) Chairperson Mamata Banerjee greets TMC supporters in Jonogorjon Rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, India, on Sunday, March 10, 2024. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 11:20 PM IST

IRDAI signs off on investor gouging

Early exits from life insurance will continue to haemorrhage savings

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 11:20 PM IST
ByMonika Halan

Reading the fine print of India-EFTA trade deal

Does the FTA obligate the EFTA countries to invest $100 billion in India in 15 years? Not really.

The India-EFTA ministerial meeting marked a significant milestone in taking forward the negotiations on a TEPA between India and EFTA, the joint communique said (Photo:
Published on Mar 28, 2024 10:00 PM IST

We’ve been there, we’ve done that, and we can help: IIT alumni

A global alumni group, comprising members of marginalised communities, has started mentoring SC/ST students to ensure they don't fall through the cracks

Students who belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) communities, like Darshan Solanki from IIT Bombay (who died by suicide in February 2023) or Anil Kumar from IIT Delhi (who died by suicide in September 2023), often have little support on campus.(Agency File Photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 01:17 AM IST

Developed India needs the dignity of development

There has been a significant reduction in chronic poverty, but India has a long way to go to ensure opportunity for all to realise their fullest human potential

For every citizen to realise their fullest human potential, our government schools, hospitals, health and nutrition centres and skill opportunities, all have to perform much better than at present.
Published on Mar 27, 2024 11:35 PM IST

Ideas for India: The CPR saga is a cautionary tale

CPR is the chosen partner of officials with a penchant for intellectual curiosity, who are willing to follow the data wherever it may lead.

Office of the Centre for Policy Research at Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 11:29 PM IST
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