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The nuclear revolution hasn’t been absorbed in military plans. Fix it

Updated on May 10, 2023 07:48 PM IST

On Pakistan, India should be more willing to use conventional military options and call out Pakistan’s nuclear bluff

Soldiers of the Indian Army during the Kargil War in July 1999. During the war, India’s responsible and restrained nuclear behaviour laid the foundation of the India-US strategic partnership and the dehyphenation of India from Pakistan in America’s South Asia policy. (HT PHOTO)

Can the malady of urban voter apathy be remedied?

Bengaluru’s weak electoral participation record is a reflection of a larger malady of urban apathy towards elections across the country.

Political parties will have to come up with a focused agenda for cities, so that residents get involved in electing their representatives. (HT Archive/Rpresentative Image)
Updated on May 09, 2023 08:51 PM IST

A strategy to win energy independence by 2047

A recent study outlines a pathway for India to achieve energy independence, grounded in rapidly falling clean technology costs

India’s electricity demand is rapidly growing. Abundant and cheap solar and wind energy and increasingly cost-effective (AFP)
Updated on May 09, 2023 08:41 PM IST

How India triumphed in the nuclear debate

25 years after Pokhran II, there is no doubt that India was right in going nuclear. Delhi won the geopolitical, strategic, ethical and economic arguments

The late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who made the political call to overcome the 24-year-long diffidence, set out a clear objective and managed the consequences, stands vindicated. (HT Archive)
Published on May 09, 2023 06:11 PM IST

The golden era of air travel: Air India's food service of the 1970s-80s

With the national carrier announcing an overhaul of its inflight menu, we look back at how the food in Air India flights has evolved over the decades.

Air India. (Private collection of Debasish Chakraverty/Capt DM Chakraverty)
Published on May 09, 2023 03:20 PM IST

Don’t hold out hope for better ties with Pakistan

India-Pak relationship is minimally stable. But the political flux in Pak, the troubles of the army and terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir do not bode well

The overall context of the India-Pakistan relationship and the extent of domestic confusion in Pakistan ruled out the possibility of any meaningful bilateral engagement at the recently concluded SCO meet in Goa (AFP)
Updated on May 08, 2023 06:42 PM IST

The violence in Manipur is a by-product of three interlocking processes

The real question with such clashes is not why, but why now, and why mostly in Kuki areas

Army personnel rescue people from a violence-hit area of Manipur, May 6, 2023 (PTI)
Updated on May 08, 2023 07:20 PM IST
ByAvinash Paliwal

EU-India tie-up is for global common good

We shall build on the solid foundation of people-to-people contacts that have brought together our citizens and civil society for many decades and remain the hallmark of our relationship.

In an increasingly erratic world scenario, it is more important than ever that the EU and India work together, bilaterally as well as in multilateral forums, such as the G20 (HT)
Updated on May 08, 2023 06:34 PM IST
ByUgo Astuto

Pollscape | Karnataka: Can PM’s roadshows be an antidote to anti-incumbency?

BJP has relied heavily on PM Modi, with him holding 21 public meetings and several roadshows. But this strategy may have sent mixed signals to voters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a roadshow in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Published on May 08, 2023 05:58 PM IST

The extraordinary life of Padma Desai

From conservative India to Harvard economics and beyond, Desai was a trailblazer in a world dominated by men. Her legacy will inspire future generations

During approximately five decades between Harvard and Columbia, Padma had a burst of scholarly activity. She quickly emerged as one of a handful of leading experts on the Soviet (later Russian) economy. She published 70 professional articles and more than 15 books. (Mint Archive)
Updated on May 08, 2023 05:30 PM IST

The king’s coronation is a testament to the crown moving with the times

Respect the King who showed that he has moved with the times, evident by the congregation of people who attended his coronation.

Britain's King Charles III with the St Edward's Crown on his head.(AFP)
Published on May 08, 2023 04:58 PM IST

Real worries are lost in rhetoric before elections

Election days are bound to be filled with mudslinging. Why do those involved in this forget that we are the world’s largest and youngest democracy?

This rising trend must be halted, but who will do so, when everyone commits the same sin? (ANI)
Published on May 08, 2023 04:55 PM IST

Karnataka results could pave the road to 2024

For the BJP, it's the mantra of centralisation and focus on PM Modi. The Congress is leaning on local leaders and a narrative of federalism

The BJP looks set to fight 2024 on a version of Hindutva symbolised by the person of PM Modi and his welfare push. The Congress is looking to focus on decentralisation by promoting local leaders, and imposing electoral costs on potential defectors (AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:46 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

Take some time off from the poll heat

This morning let me offer you something rather different. It’s a selection of gems culled from the internet and shared by friends.

“Epeolatry”: A person who worships words; (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:41 PM IST

Pak’s terror factory is exposing SCO’s limits

The global history of terrorism shows how it has metastasised in a context of geopolitical rivalries and divisions which override shared multilateral interests

The gap between Pakistan’s words and deeds was so stark that India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar had to call out Bhutto as the “promoter, justifier and spokesperson of a terrorism industry”, and remind SCO peers that “taking our eyes off this menace would be detrimental to our security interests”. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:38 PM IST

Reminiscing two untold stories in Indian politics

Bhishma Narain Singh and “King” Mahendra are no longer with us. But the trajectory of politics is full of such unknown stories

Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent veteran Congress politician from Bihar, Bhisma Narain Singh, to placate Charan Singh, who was then the home minister in the Janata Dal government. Three days later, she was released from jail (HT ARCHIVE)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:35 PM IST

Manipur is burning, and we have just stepped back into darkness

Manipur has had a long history of ethnic feuds. I personally witnessed one in 1997, but sense prevailed, and peace reigned. But this time, things are different

Manipur saw one of its darkest and longest nights on May 4. The delicate balance between the people of the hills and those from the plains was disturbed once more (PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 08:52 PM IST
ByHoihnu Hauzel

Why the K’taka polls are crucial for BJP, Congress

The BJP is using more aggressive Hindutva. The Congress is hoping for a rare win and creating a coalition last attempted in the 70s

The BJP can take some encouragement from some findings in a recent, reliable pre-poll survey by CSDS-Lokniti. It found that voters were reasonably satisfied with key state government programmes to provide benefits (ANI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 07:12 PM IST

SC’s ruling on divorce should spark a debate

The guidelines laid by the court should be an indicator to start the discussion on introducing the concept of irretrievable breakdown as a ground for divorce

Most countries that have irretrievable breakdown (or “no fault”) as a ground for divorce, also invoke other safeguards, but even in such systems, there are criticisms that a party at fault manages to move the court and the judge does not have any power of inspecting the conduct of the spouses. But the process does remove acrimony. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 05, 2023 07:00 PM IST
ByGeeta Ramaseshan

Unlocking India’s river cruise tourism potential

The cruise has laid the foundations for future developments in tourism

Cities of northern India with cultural significance were covered during the voyage, depicting the tales from the Ganga Aarti of Varanasi ghat to cities such as Patna (Bihar), Sahibganj (Jharkhand), Kolkata (West Bengal), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Guwahati (Assam), showcasing a composite ethos. (PTI)
Updated on May 07, 2023 05:50 PM IST

Terms of Trade | What will proportionate reservations achieve?

While proportional reservations may help in the quest for socioeconomic equality, they cannot be the silver bullet to end social oppression.

Recent political developments suggest that there is a renewed momentum for using the political route to further the agenda of caste equality in the country. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 10:14 PM IST

A message of hope to India from the Muslim world

At the Dar al Iftaa, Egypt’s body for Islamic legal edicts over which I preside, we constantly wrestle with the issue of applying Islam to the modern world.

Undoubtedly, the responsibility for an improved relationship between the Muslim world and India falls on both sides. (AFP)
Updated on May 04, 2023 07:50 PM IST
ByShawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam

How MSMEs can help India become a $5-trillion engine

A bridge between the traditional business ecosystem and new-age businesses, India’s MSMEs have been evolving. A thrust from the Centre will stimulate the sector

The sector needs a centralised hub of incubators for budding enterprises to help establish a knowledge network for entrepreneurs who aspire to develop their skills and serve global markets. (HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 04, 2023 07:49 PM IST

Will the double-engine rhetoric work in Karnataka?

BJP’s strategy will have to overcome allegations of corruption and anti-incumbency. The import of a double-engine promise will have ramifications

The Modi personality cult which is at the heart of the double-engine outreach is, in one sense, a double-edged sword. While it gives the BJP a clear edge in a presidential style national election, it also exposes the limitations of a political model which is focused on a single individual.
Published on May 04, 2023 07:36 PM IST

Scientifically Speaking: Space mice may one day help astronauts thwart bone loss

Research on mice-astronauts shows that their gut microbes were diverse and contained microbes associated with greater bone mineral density upon return to Earth

The habitat developed for the Rodent Research project by NASA. (Wikimedia Commons)
Published on May 04, 2023 07:17 PM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra

Cheetahs will have a bright future in India

Wild big cat governance is codified, and handling cheetahs should not be a concern

The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the lead on this project speaks volumes about the support this project has at the highest levels of governance (PIB)
Updated on May 03, 2023 08:01 PM IST

For 2024, parties must focus on young voters

Parties and analysts should focus on how different demographic segments vote, and the new social fault lines that could emerge defining the 2024 campaign

The BJP and the Opposition will have to tailor their messaging to the most crucial demographic in the 2024 elections — voters between 18 and 25 years, who will make up a 175-million strong population. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2023 07:37 PM IST

The Met Gala matters to Indians. Here’s why

For a country where the hijab debate is still raging and where girls’ choice of attire on metro trains is a matter of agitated discussions, clothes matter

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas pose at the Met Gala, New York City, May 1, 2023 (REUTERS)
Updated on May 03, 2023 07:35 PM IST
ByNishtha Gautam

What's ailing Indian arts?

A system of unquestioned power inscribed in the guru-shishya parampara may be the cause for a loss of precious talent from hallowed institutions

An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Haryana police was booked after his 14-year-old niece accused him of sexual harassment, the Rohtak police said on Monday.(File Photo)
Published on May 02, 2023 08:07 PM IST

India and Italy, a bridge to greater global cooperation

While India represents a bridge between the Global South and the West, Italy is committed to dismantling the fallacious rhetoric of “West Against the Rest”

Updated on May 02, 2023 07:24 PM IST
ByVincenzo de Luca
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