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RCB captain Virat Kohli(IPL)
RCB captain Virat Kohli(IPL)

Virat Kohli to step down as RCB skipper after IPL 2021

By Rasesh Mandani, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 09:16 AM IST
He has already announced that he would step down as India T20 skipper after the World Cup in the UAE.
Harmilan Kaur Bains
Harmilan Kaur Bains

Track queen Harmilan Kaur--hate, love and a burning Olympic dream

By Sharad Deep, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 09:12 AM IST
  • Harmilan broke the 19-year-old national record in 1,500m, set by Sunita Rani in the 2002 Busan Asian Games while winning gold.
Jehan Daruvala.(Dirk Bogaerts)
Jehan Daruvala.(Dirk Bogaerts)

If I can finish in the top 4, it will be a good result: Jehan Daruvala

UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:32 PM IST
  • India’s young F2 driver Jehan Daruvala is quietly confident heading to next weekend’s race in Sochi, Russia after winning the Sprint Race 2 at Monza in the Sept 10-12 weekend.
With this art of communication and continuous use of the latest technology, Modi has managed to instill confidence in the minds of voters. This is why, despite demonetisation, the pandemic, and inflation, people still have faith in him. (PTI)
With this art of communication and continuous use of the latest technology, Modi has managed to instill confidence in the minds of voters. This is why, despite demonetisation, the pandemic, and inflation, people still have faith in him. (PTI)

The centrality of Narendra Modi

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:06 PM IST
His ability to dream, translate dreams into reality through courage and persistence, and engage with the masses is key to his success
Air India is still a jewel, though jaded. It has an enviable national and global route network, invaluable bilateral rights with foreign countries, prime slots and aviation infrastructure (AFP)
Air India is still a jewel, though jaded. It has an enviable national and global route network, invaluable bilateral rights with foreign countries, prime slots and aviation infrastructure (AFP)

If Tatas win the AI bid, it will be poetic justice

By Captain Gopinath
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:05 PM IST
The acquisition of Air India is fraught with huge risks. But the Tatas may succeed if they can merge all three airlines into a single entity, with a new vision and a dynamic leadership team to steer it.
In a society where girls and women have the same rights as men, gender roles that subjugate women remain unchanged. The “collective conscience” of society restricts women from absolute freedom. The right to choose a partner and think independently is still forbidden. (AFP/Getty Images)
In a society where girls and women have the same rights as men, gender roles that subjugate women remain unchanged. The “collective conscience” of society restricts women from absolute freedom. The right to choose a partner and think independently is still forbidden. (AFP/Getty Images)

Rape in India: Women are vulnerable, unsafe, and deprived of agency

By Vineeta Dwivedi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:04 PM IST
The demand for equality by women creates insecurity in a patriarchal, conservative, male-dominated society and can result in the expression of violence against the same women who do not conform. Women come to be defined in relation to men.
By making it untenable for Captain Amarinder Singh to continue as Punjab’s chief minister (CM), and now picking Charanjeet Singh Channi as the next CM, the Congress leadership appears to believe it has warded off anti-incumbency, ended the internal factional battle between Mr Singh and state party president Navjot Singh Sidhu, and strengthened the party in the run-up to the 2022 polls. (Reuters)
By making it untenable for Captain Amarinder Singh to continue as Punjab’s chief minister (CM), and now picking Charanjeet Singh Channi as the next CM, the Congress leadership appears to believe it has warded off anti-incumbency, ended the internal factional battle between Mr Singh and state party president Navjot Singh Sidhu, and strengthened the party in the run-up to the 2022 polls. (Reuters)

Punjab: The Congress gamble

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:02 PM IST
While picking a Dalit chief minister may work, the party has mismanaged the state, and erred on Captain
Facebook and its products have been upheld as examples of harmful technology. It began five years ago when the abuse was so formidable that it influenced an election in the United States and a referendum in the United Kingdom. (AP)
Facebook and its products have been upheld as examples of harmful technology. It began five years ago when the abuse was so formidable that it influenced an election in the United States and a referendum in the United Kingdom. (AP)

Facebook’s broken policies, tech, and management

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:01 PM IST
The company has repeatedly demonstrated a knack for making the wrong choice when faced with hard decisions. WSJ’s recent reporting now makes it clear the problem begins at the top
For the BJP, a win will re-establish its presence as the hegemon after a set of state-level setbacks, mute criticism over its record, and make the BJP the clear front-runner for a third term in 2024. For the Opposition, a win will erode BJP’s political strength in north India, reinforce attempts at Opposition alliance, and give confidence that the BJP can indeed be defeated (PTI)
For the BJP, a win will re-establish its presence as the hegemon after a set of state-level setbacks, mute criticism over its record, and make the BJP the clear front-runner for a third term in 2024. For the Opposition, a win will erode BJP’s political strength in north India, reinforce attempts at Opposition alliance, and give confidence that the BJP can indeed be defeated (PTI)

In Uttar Pradesh, does the BJP have an edge?

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:14 PM IST
The stakes are high for all, but the BJP’s will to win and its fusion of leadership, social alliances, and narrative of development and law and order makes it the front-runner at the moment
According to the National Alliance on Prison Reforms, which deals with prisoner rights, the main problem is bail (Shutterstock)
According to the National Alliance on Prison Reforms, which deals with prisoner rights, the main problem is bail (Shutterstock)

The grim reality of women prisoners in India

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:14 PM IST
There are several ways to help women prisoners — a liberal application of bail; easier access to legal help; special fast-track courts and rehabilitation facilities
After the boundary award, Pakistan could not establish any corridor through India to link its eastern and western territories, and also became increasingly dependent on the canal waters from East Punjab (Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
After the boundary award, Pakistan could not establish any corridor through India to link its eastern and western territories, and also became increasingly dependent on the canal waters from East Punjab (Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

How civil engineers shaped India’s geography

By Uttam Kumar Sinha
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST
The farsightedness of civil engineers — when determining the boundary; their understanding of the seriousness of asset distribution; and their fear of India being at a disadvantage by the boundary award — is not highlighted enough
Representational image.
Representational image.

The bubble-hopping life of a multi-format India cricketer

PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 06:35 PM IST
  • It looks comfortable from the outside till you realise that sometimes players aren’t even allowed to open room windows.
Representational image.(Archive images)
Representational image.(Archive images)

Different scores and other myths of the tied Chennai Test

By Gulu Ezekiel
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:54 PM IST
  • With the 35th anniversary of the game (September 18-22, 1986) falling this week, Gulu Ezekiel gives an eye-witness account on the iconic match.
A representation of a very young earth in the Hadean Eon, when the surface was an ocean of lava. (Shutterstock)
A representation of a very young earth in the Hadean Eon, when the surface was an ocean of lava. (Shutterstock)

Earth’s been through a lot in its 4.54 billion years. Take a (very) brief tour

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 04:04 PM IST
New discoveries are being made almost every year. Crystals so ancient they go back almost to the start. Fossils no one even knew to look for on the Indian mainland. It turns out, there’s evidence of prehistory hiding in plain sight, even in and around India’s largest cities. Take a look.
The site at Champua where Mazumder and Chaudhuri found the rock that contained the zircon crystals.
The site at Champua where Mazumder and Chaudhuri found the rock that contained the zircon crystals.

What it takes to find crystals almost as old as Earth itself

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 03:08 PM IST
Geologists Rajat Mazumder and Trisrota Chaudhuri followed clues left behind by geologists in the ’80s, about rocks in Champua, Odisha. What they came away with were two zircon fragments, 4 and 4.2 billion years old, from back when the earth was still covered in lava.
A stalagmite taken from inside the Mawmluh cave in Meghalaya contains the clearest indication of a 200-year global megadrought. The age kickstarted by the drought is now called the Meghalayan Age. It began 4,200 years ago, and is ongoing. (Courtesy Brain Daly)
A stalagmite taken from inside the Mawmluh cave in Meghalaya contains the clearest indication of a 200-year global megadrought. The age kickstarted by the drought is now called the Meghalayan Age. It began 4,200 years ago, and is ongoing. (Courtesy Brain Daly)

History on the rocks: Tour the ancient marvels lurking in our midst

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 04:19 PM IST
The mysteries of the earth’s fantastic past are hidden all around us — in rocks and caves, in stalagmites, even in plain sight. Travel back in time, as far back as 4.2 billion years, through ancient remnants still visible in and around some of India’s biggest cities.
People learn to hide their feelings early on, but identifying them in real time can improve communication and keep relationships healthy, Mangharam says. (Shutterstock)
People learn to hide their feelings early on, but identifying them in real time can improve communication and keep relationships healthy, Mangharam says. (Shutterstock)

Check in with yourself: Monitoring your emotions is good for love

By Simran Mangharam
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:55 PM IST
An exercise for schoolchildren got me thinking, and logging my emotions, says Simran Mangharam. ‘I find that the practice makes me more centered, more confident, able to communicate better.’
Concerned over the fading of their culture, the community brought out an East Indian-to-English dictionary in 2019. Remedios volunteered as project coordinator on that effort. She now refers to her copy for help with her quizzes.
Concerned over the fading of their culture, the community brought out an East Indian-to-English dictionary in 2019. Remedios volunteered as project coordinator on that effort. She now refers to her copy for help with her quizzes.

What’s the word for...: An East Indian is using quizzes to preserve her language

By Melissa D’Costa
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:43 PM IST
Candida Remedios posts her quizzes on Instagram every weekend. The language overlaps with Konkani, Hindi and Marathi, so even non-East-Indian-speakers have a shot. The prize: A postcard of Mumbai.
 (HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)

Return to sender: This artist is archiving online rape threats

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:39 PM IST
Isha Yadav’s new project invites women to send in screenshots of rape and other violent threats they receive online. She plans to display the posts in an exhibition next month too.
As summits go, India is in an anomalous position wherein PM Modi attended a virtual summit of China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on September 17 — a week before the US-led Quad summit in Washington (PTI)
As summits go, India is in an anomalous position wherein PM Modi attended a virtual summit of China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on September 17 — a week before the US-led Quad summit in Washington (PTI)

September: The month for geopolitical summitry

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 10:21 PM IST
While security-related tensions simmer and can be regulated by astute political choice, the more serious global challenges are the yet-to-be-contained Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis
India captain Virat Kohli.(File)
India captain Virat Kohli.(File)

Kohli may be tired, but his hunger remains

By Snehal Pradhan
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 10:04 PM IST
  • By giving up captaincy only in T20s but not ODIs, he has kept himself in the hunt to earn trophies in ODIs and Tests.
File image of Ravichandran Ashwin.
File image of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ashwin returns to IPL, primed for bigger prize ahead

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 07:47 AM IST
  • It all started in the IPL for Ashwin, now one of Test cricket's greatest bowlers. Now it's again the platform from where he hopes to get into the World Cup.
Handu uses Facebook and Instagram (@asvunkoshur) to unite Kashmiri children from different communities. ‘I have a lot of faith in kids. I believe if you want to teach something positive to people, catch them young,’ she says.
Handu uses Facebook and Instagram (@asvunkoshur) to unite Kashmiri children from different communities. ‘I have a lot of faith in kids. I believe if you want to teach something positive to people, catch them young,’ she says.

A smiling Kashmiri effort: Preaching unity in words and deeds

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:31 PM IST
Meanka Handu’s YouTube channel Asvun Koshur is preserving Kashmiri language with a dose of satire. She’s also reaching out to Kashmiri children from across religious communities, holding virtual sessions that aim to unite.
India captain Virat Kohli and the team. They pulled out of the fifth and final Test citing fear for themselves and their families, after a physiotherapist they’d all been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19. Then they flew, with their families, to the UAE, where the IPL is set to begin today. (AFP)
India captain Virat Kohli and the team. They pulled out of the fifth and final Test citing fear for themselves and their families, after a physiotherapist they’d all been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19. Then they flew, with their families, to the UAE, where the IPL is set to begin today. (AFP)

The questions raised by India’s cancelled Test

By Rudraneil Sengupta
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 07:13 PM IST
While no one should ever have to justify a fear, it seems odd that a case of Covid-19 prompted such different reactions in the India team, just a few days apart, during their tour of England.
‘Breaking down concepts that take adults years to master was both challenging and interesting,’ Sahai says.
‘Breaking down concepts that take adults years to master was both challenging and interesting,’ Sahai says.

Tunes, steps, melody: A classical arts play book for kids

By Riddhi Doshi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:46 PM IST
A new book uses snippets, short stories and anecdotes to explain classical Indian music and dance to children. The effort, by author and educator Shrinkhla Sahai, also features untold histories, colourful imagery and interactive exercises.
Elton John has roped in Gucci to design the costumes for his farewell tour. Suits, as always, but also a more refined palette of prints and pigments will be evident at his concerts. (Rocketman Entertainment)
Elton John has roped in Gucci to design the costumes for his farewell tour. Suits, as always, but also a more refined palette of prints and pigments will be evident at his concerts. (Rocketman Entertainment)

Suiting up like Rocket man: An ode to Elton John’s unforgettable costumes

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:41 PM IST
The singer-songwriter is on his final tour, capping 60 years in music. We’ll always have the hits. But we might miss his costumes more.
 (HT Archives)
(HT Archives)

Laying on the gilt: What’s next for Sanjay Leela Bhansali?

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:31 PM IST
In an industry with less and less room for opulent productions, he seems determined to stay the path. His upcoming movies and a Netflix show about courtesans hold out the same promise of glitter. Could that very steadfastness stream him onward?
Zohra, Afghan women’s orchestra, performs during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, in 2017. (HT Archive)
Zohra, Afghan women’s orchestra, performs during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, in 2017. (HT Archive)

A tale of Afghan women, music, and freedom

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:52 PM IST
Music was an act of resistance for the girls in Afghanistan’s first all-women orchestra. Some managed to leave the country, but others lie low, their future uncertain, as they await clarity from the Taliban
Tourists visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. There is a pressing need to upgrade capacity at top tourist locations, while simultaneously developing alternate tourist destinations to take the load off. (Representational image/PTI)
Tourists visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. There is a pressing need to upgrade capacity at top tourist locations, while simultaneously developing alternate tourist destinations to take the load off. (Representational image/PTI)

A domestic tourism opportunity has presented itself. India must seize it

By Rajesh Magow
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:49 PM IST
While the pandemic is far from over and the memory of the devastating second wave is still fresh, the country doesn’t have a moment to lose to claw back lost ground while placing big bold bets into the future of travel and tourism in India
The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan. India’s convergence with the US helps. It creates leverage in negotiations with China. It leads to intelligence-sharing and support, as has happened in Ladakh. But Washington must realise that New Delhi cannot continue to make artificial distinctions between its east and west. (AP File)
The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan. India’s convergence with the US helps. It creates leverage in negotiations with China. It leads to intelligence-sharing and support, as has happened in Ladakh. But Washington must realise that New Delhi cannot continue to make artificial distinctions between its east and west. (AP File)

The problem in the West

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:07 PM IST
For a true partnership, the United States must understand India’s concerns to the West. It is in the west that India confronts a military-controlled Pakistani establishment, which believes in using terror and religious extremism
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