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Excerpt: Lata Mangeshkar: A Life in Music by Yatindra Mishra

This extract from a new translation by Ira Pande of the National Award winning biography Lata: Sur Gatha presents the close relationship between Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar (R) in a picture dated March 31, 2013. (Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times)
Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar (R) in a picture dated March 31, 2013. (Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 07:54 PM IST
ByYatindra Mishra

In a new-age world of work, address key systemic issues

One key issue today is the changing nature of work and terms of employment, particularly the skill gap, which has been aggravated by a few mega-trends such as the advancement of digital technology, demographic changes and green transition

The Covid-19 pandemic strengthened the idea of working from home, while other new forms of work emerged, spurred by technology. (Representative Image)
The Covid-19 pandemic strengthened the idea of working from home, while other new forms of work emerged, spurred by technology. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 07:53 PM IST
ByArti Ahuja

India unshackled from Pakistan is good news

A mix of marginalisation, mobilisation and militarisation has helped Delhi take away a key facet of Pakistan’s outreach, allowing India to be more ambitious on the regional and global stage

The more India has ignored Pakistan, the shriller has been the response from the Pakistani leadership. But the results of the Indian policy response are evident in Delhi making new space in the global hierarchy. (Shutterstock)
The more India has ignored Pakistan, the shriller has been the response from the Pakistani leadership. But the results of the Indian policy response are evident in Delhi making new space in the global hierarchy. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:34 PM IST

In Myanmar, Delhi adopts a cautious stance with junta

In context of the second anniversary of Myanmar’s February 2021 coup, it is important to keep this history in mind when making sense of India’s handling of the coup’s after-effects.

The overall calculation is that the junta is far from collapsing, and the resistance far from united. In consequence, India can’t afford to lose access to Naypyidaw. (Reuters)
The overall calculation is that the junta is far from collapsing, and the resistance far from united. In consequence, India can’t afford to lose access to Naypyidaw. (Reuters)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:31 PM IST
ByAvinash Paliwal

Focus on retaining girls in STEM fields

Policy has to focus on retaining them by introducing women mentors, creating a more supportive environment for women at workplaces, and moving to erase discrimination

While boys are pushed to opt for science and mathematics, girls are pushed towards social sciences. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
While boys are pushed to opt for science and mathematics, girls are pushed towards social sciences. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:28 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

What the economic survey reveals

Economic recovery from Covid-19 is complete but demand and revenue challenges loom

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey 2022-23 in Rajya Sabha. (PTI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey 2022-23 in Rajya Sabha. (PTI)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:23 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

No breaking point... parties did not give a concrete offer: TIPRA Motha chief

In the upcoming assembly elections in Tripura, the TIPRA Motha party, led by former Congress leader Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma, is being wooed by all national parties for an alliance.

TIPRA Motha chief Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma.
TIPRA Motha chief Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma.
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 02:04 PM IST
By, New Delhi

ICET: The next big thing in the India-US strategic relationship is here

ICET is, arguably, that next big thing, for the political, strategic, commercial and scientific alignment it represents between the two countries

HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 02:01 PM IST
By, Washington

Covid at a point of transition, but still a global emergency: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday announced that Covid-19 continues to remain a public health emergency of international concern but added that the pandemic is currently at a “transition point”, suggesting that a change may be in the offing later this year

A person wearing a protective suit sits in Beijing Railway Station as passengers wait to board a train to travel for Spring Festival ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year festivities after China lifted its Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing. (REUTERS)
A person wearing a protective suit sits in Beijing Railway Station as passengers wait to board a train to travel for Spring Festival ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year festivities after China lifted its Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 02:01 PM IST
By, New Delhi

ChatGPT and the future of writing

Whether Artificial Intelligence replaces authors, teachers and artists entirely or just helps them be more creative and productive, it’s certain that it will transform the way we read, write and learn

AI can write poetry, essays, stories, movie scripts and even generate website code snippets. (Shutterstock)
AI can write poetry, essays, stories, movie scripts and even generate website code snippets. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:27 PM IST
ByNidhi Dugar Kundalia

Problematics | More tricks to play on impressionable friends

Welcome to week 23 of Problematics! Here are this week's puzzles, admittedly not my own.

Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 04:57 PM IST

Road project damages Uttarakhand eco-sensitive zone, says report

A report by a monitoring panel has recommended stringent action against the executing agency, contractors and forest officials

Road project damages Uttarakhand eco-sensitive zone, says report
Road project damages Uttarakhand eco-sensitive zone, says report
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 12:31 PM IST

‘Pathaan’ mania sweeps aside boycott calls, sets new records

Pathaan became the first film in Hindi cinema history to gross ₹100 crore worldwide in a single day when it opened on Wednesday.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s fans celebrate Pathaan’s release in Kolkata. (ANI)
Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s fans celebrate Pathaan’s release in Kolkata. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 12:31 PM IST
ByRoshmila Bhattacharya, Mumbai

Days after demise, letter to reveal who betrayed poet Phukan

It is a whodunit that has haunted Assam’s literary circles for close to five decades

Jnanpith Award winner Assamese poet Nilamani Phukan. (AGENCIES)
Jnanpith Award winner Assamese poet Nilamani Phukan. (AGENCIES)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 12:27 PM IST
By, Guwahati

In his death, Gandhi joined a mortal act to an immortalisation

As the rest of India hailed Independence, Gandhi mourned its division. This year marks 75 years of a mortal act that led to an immortalisation. May Gandhi’s ideals always remain a guiding light on the power of ahimsa

Seventy-five years on, this needs to be known: Never in all these decades, not once, did Gandhi’s sons or daughters-in-law or his associates use a single abusive word of hate against the assassin or his collaborators. (Getty Images)
Seventy-five years on, this needs to be known: Never in all these decades, not once, did Gandhi’s sons or daughters-in-law or his associates use a single abusive word of hate against the assassin or his collaborators. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:34 AM IST

Challenges await India in decarbonising its economy

Given global developments, this objective of decarbonising the economy may face certain challenges under international investment law, which Indian policymakers need to be alert about.

India — as agreed at COP27 — plans to phase down around 81 coal-fired power plants over the next four years. (AP/Representative Image)
India — as agreed at COP27 — plans to phase down around 81 coal-fired power plants over the next four years. (AP/Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:36 AM IST

Some good news on the agriculture front

India’s wheat yield in 2023 is likely to break a record and touch 112 million tonnes

A bumper crop is good news but the climate challenge to food security will need a more long-term response. (AP)
A bumper crop is good news but the climate challenge to food security will need a more long-term response. (AP)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:36 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

No matter what, Gandhi’s thoughts cannot be killed

Bapu’s thoughts are as relevant today as they were in his day. However, the greatest tragedy of our fast-paced world is that we no longer have people like Gandhi

Godse had no idea that Gandhi’s thoughts could not be killed. (HT Archive)
Godse had no idea that Gandhi’s thoughts could not be killed. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 29, 2023 08:12 PM IST

The threat of police brutality

The Memphis killing brings to the fore the grim reality of unbridled power of the police

Police brutality is an unfortunate reality around the world. (Reuters)
Police brutality is an unfortunate reality around the world. (Reuters)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:37 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

Book Box: Engaging with Democracy

This Republic Day weekend, celebrate by engaging with these 4 books on democracy.

Jaipur Lit Fest.
Jaipur Lit Fest.
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:31 AM IST

Just Like That | Notes on R-Day then & now, the Right & Left at JLF & a wedding

Anecdotes on the thrill of celebrating at the Republic Day parade having changed over time, a fiery debate on the political Left and Right at JLF, and a Delhi wedding.

The PM now is surrounded by a ring of security personnel, and his movements are strictly restricted. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
The PM now is surrounded by a ring of security personnel, and his movements are strictly restricted. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:33 AM IST

Report: Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023

The 14th edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival was packed with sessions on mental health, Partition narratives, queer literature, murder mysteries, translation, graphic novels, food, dance, bookselling, Dalit writing, poetry and historical fiction

Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:24 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

First Principles | Bloodbath in Silicon Valley and its trickle-down effect

It appears that tech has hit the reset button, with layoffs in several large IT companies. What does this mean?

The chairman of an Indian IT major with a significant presence in the US had some pointers on how it may impact India. (Unsplash)
The chairman of an Indian IT major with a significant presence in the US had some pointers on how it may impact India. (Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:22 AM IST

Tughlaqabad Fort: Eviction notice sent to 1,000 families

The Supreme Court in February 2016 declared the entire Tughlaqabad Fort as protected, and directed ASI to not allow any land-grabbing or encroachment there. However, residents claim that the ASI notice was put up only recently

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ordered that 1,000 houses that have come up on the fort premises should be vacated. The locality is known as Bengali Colony. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ordered that 1,000 houses that have come up on the fort premises should be vacated. The locality is known as Bengali Colony. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:30 AM IST
BySadia Akhtar

Deforestation, poorly planned infra work affecting Himalayas, says Petley

Petley said that while heavy rain and tectonic activity may trigger such events, human activity can also trigger instability

University of Hull vice-chancellor, Professor, Dave Petley (HT)
University of Hull vice-chancellor, Professor, Dave Petley (HT)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:29 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

ICHR plans to hold exhibitions on country’s ‘unexplored dynasties’

ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi.

ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi. (HT)
ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi. (HT)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:27 AM IST

Two key thrusts in R-Day parade

Push for defence indigenisation and women leaders in forces is a signal for the future.

The detachment of Brahmos of the 861 missile regiment, led by Lieutenant Prajjwal Kala, participates in the parade at Kartavya Path. (ANI)
The detachment of Brahmos of the 861 missile regiment, led by Lieutenant Prajjwal Kala, participates in the parade at Kartavya Path. (ANI)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 07:58 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Reverse the damage done to the Aravallis

When the world is scrambling to save its blue-green infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, this lackadaisical approach towards the Aravallis is not just unexplainable but also misguided.

From mining to illegal encroachment and a recent plan to set up a zoo safari, authorities seem to pay no heed to environmental concerns. (HT File Photo)
From mining to illegal encroachment and a recent plan to set up a zoo safari, authorities seem to pay no heed to environmental concerns. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 07:58 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A new war of narratives in India’s political arena

Narendra Modi is seen as an astute world figure and mass leader. Rahul Gandhi is projecting himself as an ascetic on a mission. This contrast may inject a new dimension in politics.

The vishwaguru storyline is likely to gather greater momentum ahead of the September heads of State G20 summit where Modi will occupy centre stage and the pomp and pageantry of the Indian State will be in full gaze (PTI)
The vishwaguru storyline is likely to gather greater momentum ahead of the September heads of State G20 summit where Modi will occupy centre stage and the pomp and pageantry of the Indian State will be in full gaze (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 12:52 AM IST

A watershed moment for Indian documentaries

All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers are unlike most animal documentaries. Instead of serving as a warning about the extinction of creatures or the human threat to their ecosystems, the film is a portrait of coexistence and interspecies bonds.

All That Breathes (a still in photo) and The Elephant Whisperers have made their mark on the global stage, for their country and their craft, proving that small is indeed beautiful (PTI)
All That Breathes (a still in photo) and The Elephant Whisperers have made their mark on the global stage, for their country and their craft, proving that small is indeed beautiful (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 07:11 AM IST
ByKarishma Upadhyay
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