The integration of yoga into our daily lives and into global consciousness

Updated on May 03, 2022 12:37 AM IST

Over the last seven years, yoga has seen a revival in our national consciousness. At the same time, as a gift to the world, yoga has been embedded deeply into the global consciousness.

Yoga’s inherent foundations flow from Hinduism, with Lord Shiva being recognised as its first practitioner. (HT Photo)

War, malnutrition, and India’s fiscal burden

There may be unintended consequences to the current conflict which could have far-reaching impacts on distant countries. The great power conflict in Vietnam provides an instructive example of such long-term effects.

Local residents sit in the yard of their damaged building in Mariupol. (AP)
Published on May 03, 2022 12:17 AM IST

Indian veterinarians are facing a dire crisis. Help them, now

In the past few years, on the heels of the worst public health crisis, veterinarians contend with the same struggles that have plagued them for decades — institutional travails, inadequate equipment and a myriad of other challenges

When a pandemic strikes the globe, vets are forced to take ownership of the zoonosis threat. Is it hard to believe then that there is a dangerous mental health crisis sweeping through the veterinary community? (Representative Image)
Updated on May 02, 2022 07:23 PM IST

Hutong Cat | Will Twitter under Elon Musk give China the 'blue tick'?

Now that Musk — whose Tesla makes billions in China — has bought Twitter, the ties between the two of the richest and powerful might have got a bit too snug.

During a Shanghai visit in 2019, Musk is quoted as having said: “I’ve never seen anything built so fast in my life before, to be totally frank. And I’ve seen some crazy things … I really think China is the future.” (Reuters)
Updated on May 02, 2022 01:00 PM IST

What’s next in the Imran Khan saga?

Despite his democratic removal, Khan remains popular, but faces two problems: The narrative around his ouster and the possibility of being embroiled in cases. Will he bounce back?

Khan’s USP in the run-up to the 2018 elections was accountability, the dream of a naya (new) Pakistan that mesmerised the urban middle class and the youth. In three-and-a-half years, however, the dream lay shattered. (AFP)
Published on May 01, 2022 07:42 PM IST

India needs communal cohesion to progress

It would seem that there are no issues of importance confronting India, barring religious, communal and linguistic ones

Ajay Devgn, a huge star in Mumbai’s cinematic firmament, seems concerned about our rashtrabhasha, (national language) while Kichha Sudeep appears worried about his mother tongue, Kannada. (Shutterstock)
Published on May 01, 2022 07:40 PM IST

Cryptos will never be legal tender. Robust regulation is the only way forward

Lack of focus and pressures of meeting diverse stakeholder claims appears to be delaying crypto legislations in India, more than the complexities.

Ambiguity on cryptos is probably more due to political and economic pressures than reasons of continued diffidence on categorisation and consequent choice of regulator, but these too have a bearing. (Bloomberg/Representative Image)
Published on May 01, 2022 07:39 PM IST
ByNS Nappinai

Centre-state ties: A new federal compact is key

Both politics and economics have forced Indian federalism into unchartered territory. The Centre and states need to work out a model that doesn’t let political competition lead to economic recklessness

When it comes to the issue of fuel price rise, which is politically contentious with huge inflationary consequences, non-BJP ruled states believe they have little room to cut duties while the Centre believes it has done its bit and would like states to act. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 06:22 PM IST

As DU turns 100, retelling stories from the archives

Centenary celebrations are not meant to just lay down goals for an institution’s continued march forward, but also to pause and reflect on the past 

DU may now have about 700,000 students, but in the early 1960s, the stress of having around 25,000 students was intense enough to propel it towards splitting into two separate universities. (RIshi Ballabh/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 08:02 PM IST

Changing gender attitudes in India one family at a time

Interventions such as the Sphoorthi project can create an enabling environment for families to understand the importance of educating girls and gender equity.

To ensure the sustainable transfer of learnings and attitudes from the role models and peer girls, Sphoorthi established groups and collectives of girls at the village, cluster and taluk levels to help them sustain the change process. (Deepak Sansta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 05:35 PM IST

A riveting read of a man who went to war

The First World War Adventures of Nariman Karkaria, translated by Murali Ranganathan, makes for delightful reading. Karkaria writes of the war with a casualness that hides the traumatic experience it must have been

He was a young Parsi from Gujarat, who, in 1915, at the age of 20, left Navsari with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50 and embarked upon an unbelievable adventure. 
Published on Apr 30, 2022 05:27 PM IST

What a global funder can learn from the grassroots

To support these disproportionately vulnerable communities to recover from the pandemic, many philanthropy funders have reoriented grant-making strategies to focus on equity and inclusion

To support vulnerable communities to recover from the pandemic, solutions need to be designed with the participation of members of these affected groups (PTI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 10:24 PM IST
ByMoutushi Sengupta

How to ensure more women in the workforce

Non-discrimination in the law is a necessary first step to help female job-seekers enter the market without any roadblocks. But employers also need to see the paucity of women as a problem and be willing to implement solutions

Indian women’s labour force participation is more likely shaped by low and declining demand for female labour rather than supply-side constraints keeping women indoors (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 07:50 PM IST
ByAshwini Deshpande, Bhuvana Anand, Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja

Why women are missing out on jobs

India needs a focused fight that involves government, the private sector and civil society. The government can pass laws and policies such as expanding paternity leave and providing tax breaks for companies that promote inclusion

Updated on Apr 29, 2022 07:38 PM IST

Terms of Trade | The Prashant Kishor saga: Can a consultant revive the Congress?

No consultant can help the party decide on what are three existential questions — its attitude towards Hindutva politics, the need for an internal assessment, and its core leadership. Its future depends more on how it deals with these questions rather than its engagement with a political strategist

Election strategist Prashant Kishor, who was part of the Congress meetings, refused to divulge any details. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 02:34 PM IST

Achieve water efficiency in India’s fast-growing residential townships

Developers have continuously redefined the township model as per the market demand. But now, there is an urgent need for the township model to be rediscovered with a growing focus on water conservation and zero-wastewater discharge.

With growing environmental concerns, buyers today are increasingly interested in homes being equipped with water-saving measures. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 07:43 PM IST

In Narendra Modi’s welfare model, no one is left behind

What is welfarism under Modi? It involves an efficient State that delivers on its promises and refuses to accept corruption as a fait accompli in politics.

This focus on maximising coverage is what makes the BJP’s model of welfarism distinct from those of other parties. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 07:39 PM IST

Look back to look ahead: A foreign policy rethink

As the world order begins to change due to Russia’s war on Ukraine, India should work in its national interest and shift its arms purchases from Russia to the West

As Russia becomes a subaltern partner to China due to its miscalculations in Ukraine, India’s dependence on it for its arms supply will be risky. (AP)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 07:26 PM IST
ByJanmejaya Sinha

Mindfulness as a remedy to a chaotic life

Mindfulness is a value that we all already possess. It’s not something you have to get from someone or somewhere; you just have to learn how to access it.

Mindfulness. It’s a pretty straightforward word. To be mindful is to be aware of your own experience, on purpose, every moment, without attaching any judgments. (Bhupinder Sandhu)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 07:09 PM IST

Distantly Close | Congress’s talks with Kishor have hit a pause, not a dead end

Perception wise there indeed were sharp differences within the Congress on I-PAC’s activities. More importantly, people in the know of things insist the talks not making a headway does not mean a breakdown of communication between the principal interlocutors.

In one of his many interactions with the leadership, Kishor remarked to the effect that a ranking office in the Congress hierarchy wasn’t his priority. (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 11:07 AM IST
By Vinod Sharma

How Delhi decides on migrant crises

To date, strategic contexts have shaped decisions on conflict-generated migration. Even today, if circumstances dictate, the leadership may shed ideological blinkers in favour of national interests and regional power projection

Studies on India’s response to migrant crises lays bare that host States, not just India, have complex understandings of conflict-generated migrants ie not just as economic liabilities and security threats but also as potential assets in the social, economic, security, and strategic domains (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 07:13 PM IST
ByAvinash Paliwal

Be clear-eyed about great power behaviour

The new power balance, which will emerge after the Ukraine war, will undoubtedly influence the ongoing great power rivalry between the US and China

Russia invaded Ukraine not because it wanted to occupy territory, but to display its power and authority over its traditional sphere of influence (AFP)
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 07:12 PM IST
ByDeependra Singh Hooda

How should India respond to the US's unilateral ASAT test ban?

While the ban is to mitigate the risk of space debris, it neither guarantees the redressal of an arms race in space, nor does it signal the onset of international norms against ASAT testing. Here is how India should respond:

The American self-imposed test ban is a step toward reducing space debris, and an attempt towards introducing a broader set of multilateral risk reduction measures in space. (Getty Images/Representative image)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 04:38 PM IST

Scientifically Speaking | Why do some animals live longer than others?

New research shows that animal lifespans are highly correlated to the number of somatic mutations in similar cells that each possesses. What does this mean? 

Earlier work had shown that somatic mutations in specific cells increase at a constant rate in humans until death. This conclusion has been extended to other animals in the recent study.(Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 03:07 PM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra

What stagnates regionalism in the Bay of Bengal region?

The asymmetry in the region, the divergance in national security and regional security, along with extra-regional actors complicate the making of a political and security community

BIMSTEC’s record stands at an unimpressive total of five summits in 25 years, an insignificant operational budget and an understaffed secretariat built 8 years ago. (ANI/PIB)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 08:25 PM IST

Synergy and collaboration are key drivers in fighting forest fires and heatwaves

Long-term community engagement, incentive mechanisms, and shared ownership can be a silver bullet in the management of forest fires.

Yet, forests continue to burn year after year. Technological interventions are useful, only to the extent of tracking a fire incident. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 07:52 PM IST

In a time of democratic peace, Russia’s great power war

Interstate wars, involving great powers, were not expected to drive the 21st century. That was until Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

What exactly do Russia’s invasion and Ukraine’s resistance denote for the rest of us and the remainder of the 21st century? (Reuters)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 07:48 PM IST

Ukraine war: Can India help offset the global wheat shortage?

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dented wheat supplies globally, India's wheat exports hit 7.85 million tonnes in the fiscal year to March, an all-time high.

As the wheat-harvest season is under way, trends point to more sobering conclusions, which could upend the country’s export ambitions. (PTI)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 07:42 PM IST

In Perspective | Twitter under Musk: Absolute free speech won’t work

The libertarian idea of speech online today has weaknesses: Not all speech is equal, and not all communities suffer equally when free speech is abused.

How Musk works on addressing perceptions about free speech on Twitter will be crucial because it is one thing to engineer for matter and material, it is completely another to build for thought. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 07:27 PM IST

How the world sees India

As leaders come to Delhi, Indian diplomacy has reason to be pleased, but there still remains a need to look within

The balance of power is clear. Those who wield political, military and economic levers of power in western capitals want to leverage India’s strengths, rather than turn the spotlight on its perceived weaknesses. (ANI)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 07:15 PM IST
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