• Elephant
    May 29, 2015 23:11 IST

    Why the elephant must be India's national animal

    A debate has recently started in the country about replacing our national animal — the tiger — with the lion. Before we proceed further into the touchy topic, we must look at the impact this tag has had on tiger conservation, and if such fancy labels at all help to protect such endangered species.

  • Corruption
    May 28, 2015 23:17 IST

    Fight rampant corruption by valuing the honest

    Corruption will have a continuum and cannot be wished away as long as society is inclined to tolerate it.

  • Smart City
    May 28, 2015 22:57 IST

    Crisis in our cities can be solved only with right kind of change

    As the government moves into its second year, the focus would now be on execution of its stated visions including the smart cities programme.

  • Myanmar
    May 27, 2015 22:19 IST

    Saarc and Asean should work to fix growing migrant crisis

    The surge of migrants and refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar, on unstable boats and headed towards an unknown horizon in Indonesia and Malaysia, has shaken human conscience. Unwanted in their home countries these people are virtually prisoners of unscrupulous human smuggling networks spread across South and Southeast Asia. The discovery of mass graves in northern Malaysia illustrates this saga of cruelty and exploitation of the powerless.

  • Kiren Rijiju
    May 27, 2015 17:20 IST

    Yes, minister: Rijiju speaking his mind on eating beef has meat in it

    It’s not every day that you come across a Union minister taking a strong stand against his colleague’s controversial remarks. And for that, minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju has perhaps won many a heart.

  • Modi with Parrikar
    May 26, 2015 22:12 IST

    ‘Make in India’ in defence: Push hard for the pull factor

    Selectively granting majority ownership to foreign firms will operationalise ‘Make in India’ in defence

  • Ireland, LGBT
    May 26, 2015 21:49 IST

    Voting not a solution, same-sex couples don't need stamp of approval

    A predominantly Catholic country, Ireland, voting to legalise same-sex marriage in a first-of-its-kind referendum has been cheered for being a huge victory for human rights. Activists have hailed it and called for similar referendums in other countries, saying only a popular vote will show conservatives how out of tune they are with modern liberal values.

  • DDA
    May 25, 2015 22:18 IST

    Mobilise NRIs for India’s gain, they can be great source of investment

    But all journeys start with a beginning and the past year has been a very good beginning that gives us high expectations for the future, particularly in the area of business and economics. From the perspective of someone based abroad but who has invested in India over the years, there are some concrete steps the government can take to further involve the large NRI community.

  • CBSE
    May 25, 2015 15:56 IST

    What they don't teach at school: Exams not a test for real life

    “Where did the missing 0.25% go?” was the most frequent, though a bit satirical, question asked after Arkya Chatterjee topped the ICSE class 12 test by scoring 99.75%.

  • HT Explains: Can we expect ground-breaking results from PM Modi's China visit?
    May 24, 2015 23:54 IST

    India-China relationship: Modi has a lesson to learn from Nehru

    India and China are linked by wounded tangents of history. Because of their sheer size, they accounted for half of global GDP in the 17th century, in a world that was largely agrarian. Both were viciously colonised in the next 250 years, their economies denuded and people impoverished.

  • pic 5
    May 24, 2015 13:47 IST

    Why people watch rape videos: Psychology and technology of it

    The recent arrest of a driver in Bengaluru for circulating videos of rapes and gang-rapes uncovered the dark world in which acts of brutal violence against women are turned into someone else’s entertainment. Some experts and reports also say the existence of the “deep web” – the portion of the internet that cannot be indexed by common search engines –helps in consuming gore and violent content online.

  • J Jayalalithaa, K Rosaiah
    May 24, 2015 11:02 IST

    Analysis: Jaya's return to bolster 'Brand Amma' ahead of polls

    Now firmly back in the saddle, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa will launch efforts to strengthen “Brand Amma” with an eye on the 2016 elections to the state assembly.

  • Jayalalithaa
    May 23, 2015 08:15 IST

    As Jayalalithaa returns as CM, AIADMK celebrates but question over judgement remains

    At around 2:30pm on Friday, under a scorching summer sun, traffic was at a standstill on arterial Anna Salai in Chennai. The reason – a victorious J Jayalalithaa was heading to garland a statue, in her first public appearance in 217 days.

  • Modi'sFirstDayAtWork
    May 21, 2015 22:44 IST

    PM to Pak: Ready for talks but violence will be met with force

    Externally, Modi has also managed to increase his ability to ignore Pakistan while avoiding international pressures. The message sent to Pakistan over the past 12 months has been consistent and simple: India is ready for dialogue, but will respond to any Pakistan recourse to violence with disproportionate force, writes Frederic Grare.

  • Leprosy
    May 21, 2015 22:57 IST

    Laws against people with leprosy must go

    India declared itself free of leprosy as a communicable disease in 2005 in the belief that the National Leprosy Eradication Mission had eliminated it. That was a huge mistake and we became complacent. The result: Over 100,000 cases have emerged every year since 2012, the maximum in the world, writes Navin B Chawla.