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He would do well to wait his turn, and reconcile to being a facilitator rather than a competitor in the larger goal of the party retaining power (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)

With Channi’s elevation, the Congress has an opportunity in 2022. But it won’t be easy

By Vinod Sharma
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 08:28 PM IST
If the Congress fights the polls as one team, Channi’s Dalit appeal can be enchased across Punjab. But he won’t succeed unless the Gandhi family has his back
Afghan women hold placards during a demonstration demanding better rights for women in front of the former ministry of women affairs in Kabul on September 19. (AFP)
Afghan women hold placards during a demonstration demanding better rights for women in front of the former ministry of women affairs in Kabul on September 19. (AFP)

Afghanistan: Don’t sacrifice women’s rights at the altar of geopolitics

By Lakshmi Puri
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 07:56 PM IST
Because women’s rights have been systematically violated and women have been excluded from governance, peace and nation-building, conflict has become endemic
First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit in New Delhi on March 12, 2021. (File photo)
First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit in New Delhi on March 12, 2021. (File photo)

Beyond Quad, the quest for multi-alignment

By Syed Akbaruddin
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 06:00 PM IST
The upcoming Quad summit aside, PM Modi should use the UN speech on September 25 to reach out to smaller States and address their sensitivities
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.
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 20, 2021 01:08 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
In a speech last Sunday, boasting of how much he has done, Adityanath still found a way of weaving in an attack on Muslims (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
In a speech last Sunday, boasting of how much he has done, Adityanath still found a way of weaving in an attack on Muslims (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

We must condemn communal rhetoric

By Karan Thapar
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST
Ours is a secular country and Muslims are equal citizens. So, what does the Bharatiya Janata Party president’s and PM’s silence on Adityanath’s comments on the Muslim community amount to?
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
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
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

The age of competitive communalism

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:13 PM IST
Think of the agony and struggle of an Indian Muslim today, sandwiched between the Hindu Right and Islamist extremism
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (AP)
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (AP)

AUKUS roils the Indo-Pacific

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:01 PM IST
The strategic implications of AUKUS for the geopolitics of the extended Indo-Pacific region in general, and the maritime domain in particular, are significant and multi-layered
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP)

Aimed at Joe Biden, a new act in North Korea’s nuclear drama

By Shashank Mattoo
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:08 PM IST
At the end of August, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that it had detected suspicious activity from North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear plant. Yongbyon had been temporarily shuttered in 2018 in the heyday of Kim’s bonhomie with the then President Donald Trump
The announcement of AUKUS is evidence the Afghan exit will not stop the US investing strategic capital in the Indo-Pacific (AFP)
The announcement of AUKUS is evidence the Afghan exit will not stop the US investing strategic capital in the Indo-Pacific (AFP)

The Greatest Game: The Indo-Pacific

By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 07:14 PM IST
While India has to fashion its own Guard Northwest Policy, the United States exit from Kabul is a net strategic negative for China
Representational image. As India moves towards an increasingly digital society, how privacy and data governance laws may impact women’s safety and agency on the internet should not come as an afterthought. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image. As India moves towards an increasingly digital society, how privacy and data governance laws may impact women’s safety and agency on the internet should not come as an afterthought. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Balancing privacy and agency: Data governance needs a gender lens

By Mayank Mishra and Aparajita Bharti
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 05:38 PM IST
Given sensitivities around women’s data and its impact on their ability to use the internet, India’s various data governance proposals that are under discussion currently must be evaluated from a gender lens
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

Supplement competitive politics with collaborative economics

By Sandip Ghose
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 05:28 PM IST
There is a discernible shift in approach under the Modi regime. There is a visible increase in the engagement of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with global investors. Contrary to what sceptics may suggest, not all of it is limited to photo opportunities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photo)

How Modi restored the credibility of Indian capitalism

By Rajeev Mantri
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 06:13 PM IST
Where the credibility of capitalism has been undermined in the US, its credibility has been burnished in India due to measures such as the insolvency and bankruptcy code (IBC)
Then US President Donald Trump speaks during an Abraham Accords signing ceremony event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on September 15, 2020. (File photo)
Then US President Donald Trump speaks during an Abraham Accords signing ceremony event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on September 15, 2020. (File photo)

A year after the Abraham Accords, it serves as a beacon of hope in West Asia

By Rony Yedidia Clein
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 06:06 PM IST
The September 15, 2020 ceremony on the White House lawn was a historic event with the potential to transform West Asia. Now, we celebrate the Accords themselves along with the remarkable achievements accomplished in just a year, even under difficult Covid-19 pandemic conditions
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

For climate finance, create a level playing field

By Manjeev Singh Puri
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 05:34 PM IST
John Kerry must back enhanced access to financial markets for developing countries, stepped-up grants, and multilateral financing
Smoke is seen billowing out of the ground and first floor of the Taj Hotel in south Mumbai during security personnel's Operation Cyclone following the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008. (File photo)
Smoke is seen billowing out of the ground and first floor of the Taj Hotel in south Mumbai during security personnel's Operation Cyclone following the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008. (File photo)

26/11: What Mumbai Diaries gets right, and what it gets wrong

UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 10:52 AM IST
When the new web series, Mumbai Diaries 26/11 dropped last week, it wasn’t the first attempt to portray the horrific events surrounding the 2008 attacks on India’s financial capital when terrorists unleashed an attack that left 172 dead and changed India’s security outlook and apparatus forever
Around 85% proteins are considered “undruggable” because scientists haven’t been able to get any candidate drug to stick to them well. (Representational Image)
Around 85% proteins are considered “undruggable” because scientists haven’t been able to get any candidate drug to stick to them well. (Representational Image)

Scientifically Speaking | A new drug takes on one of cancer’s toughest targets

By Anirban Mahapatra
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 10:02 AM IST
Around 80% of the time in cancer cells, the mutations occur at a single building block of KRAS located at position 12 of the protein. One little mistake causes so much damage
Miranda House, North Campus, New Delhi. (File photo)
Miranda House, North Campus, New Delhi. (File photo)

How Miranda House went from 33 students in 1948 to a top public HEI

By Chandrachur Singh and Hena Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 05:55 PM IST
Topping the charts is not an easy enterprise. However, Miranda’s rise proves that educational institutions can excel by motivating stakeholders to act in concert for setting and achieving goals of collective excellence
The impact of the income tax portal fiasco on assessees must be the sole factor in finding solutions. No penal action must taken for glitches related to non-compliance for genuine assessees. (HT archive)
The impact of the income tax portal fiasco on assessees must be the sole factor in finding solutions. No penal action must taken for glitches related to non-compliance for genuine assessees. (HT archive)

Infosys row: The unanswered questions on the tax portal

By Prabal Basu Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 05:23 PM IST
Equating perceived incompetence with extremist motives such as an anti-national agenda to destabilise the economy is unpardonable when commenting on icons such as Nandan Nilekani, or Infosys. Hold the company accountable, but don’t demonise it. The government is an equal partner in this
India has, with the dishonourable exception of the 20-month Emergency in 1975-77, been a glowing example of a successful democracy. (File photo)
India has, with the dishonourable exception of the 20-month Emergency in 1975-77, been a glowing example of a successful democracy. (File photo)

To save democracies and warn autocrats, the political will of citizens is key

By Ram Madhav
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 02:50 PM IST
It was the undaunting spirit of the people of India in democratic values and institutions that was responsible for the restoration of democracy in 1977. That political will of the masses is the only guarantor of the survival of democracy, and also a warning for future authoritarians. Leaders must strive to uphold that power, not undermine it
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. (AFP)
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. (AFP)

Pegasus vs Privacy: What the government can expect from the Supreme Court

By NS Nappinai
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 01:15 PM IST
That the government’s refusal to furnish more details would result in an adverse inference being drawn by the SC is a certainty. What the consequences of such adverse inference is likely to be is the question that now takes primacy
The Constitution mandates that the officials who man the secretariats shall be different from those who man the executive. (HT archive)
The Constitution mandates that the officials who man the secretariats shall be different from those who man the executive. (HT archive)

Securing the independence of legislative secretariats, the Patel and Naidu way

By PDT Achary
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 06:39 PM IST
The Constitution provides for a separate secretariat and separate rules of recruitment of officials for each House. The V-P seems to have fully understood the purpose of this constitutional provision, and has upheld a great tradition
The past year has been a stark reminder about the links between environment, health and prosperity. Climate action — cleaner power, industries and transport — will greatly help with air quality. (HT archive)
The past year has been a stark reminder about the links between environment, health and prosperity. Climate action — cleaner power, industries and transport — will greatly help with air quality. (HT archive)

Next month, air pollution will be back

By Arunabha Ghosh
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 06:04 PM IST
Authorities must take pre-emptive action, help farmers tackle farm fires and support the poor with cleaner fuel. Citizens have a right to breathe
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