The big question before 2024 polls: Can the Congress and AAP kiss and make up?

Updated on May 28, 2023 06:55 PM IST

The Congress-Left compact is the template that the grand old party needs to follow to share national space with new players like the Aam Admi Party

A file photo of an artist from Amritsar creating a poster shortly before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections showing Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, and Narendra Modi (HT photo/Sameer Sehgal)
By Vinod Sharma

What makes Vande Bharat- ‘an Indian beauty on tracks’- so great

Arunendra Kumar, Former Chairman, Indian Railways Board writes: No wonder the steam locomotive model at Rail Bhavan has been replaced by Vande Bharat Icon.

Vande Bharat Express train (File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 09:10 AM IST

Does divorce need a cooling off period?

The Supreme Court's new judgment about divorce makes life simpler for couples seeking to end their marriages. But what does a waiting period do exactly?

Is cooling period required in divorces? Let's take a step back and understand(Freepik)
Published on May 17, 2023 10:14 PM IST

Should India not rename places in China-occupied Aksai Chin?

China recently renamed 11 locations in Arunachal Pradesh, its third such unilateral move after April 2017 and December 2021.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Published on Apr 07, 2023 12:43 PM IST

Institutionalise gender equity in urban governance

Urban development and transport investments in India need to ensure that cities work for all

Create a policy framework that focuses on women, girls, gender minorities in cities (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 18, 2023 02:33 PM IST
BySonal Shah

How Trump will use indictment to rouse support for his 2024 campaign

Republicans' ferocious response to the indictment reflected the grip Trump still holds on the party as he seeks a return to the White House in 2024.

Former President Donald J. Trump.(AP)
Published on Mar 31, 2023 06:02 AM IST
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Indian military doctrines should focus on China, not Pakistan

Even as the top military commanders meet in Bhopal for next three days, the Indian military must shed off its cold war and colonial mindset and evolve new doctrines as old friendships have given way to “no limits” alliances.

File photo of Gen Anil Chauhan taking over as India's second Chief of Defence Staff.
Published on Mar 29, 2023 08:46 AM IST

Adani strikes back. But can he win the perception war against Hindenburg?

Hindenburg Research’s allegations of stock-price manipulation and accounting fraud were contained in a 106-page report, which has now been denounced by the conglomerate as “nothing short of a calculated securities fraud under applicable law.”

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 11:28 AM IST
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Is reversing reforms to grab power the way forward for India?

The move to shift from a defined benefit pension scheme or Old Pension System to defined contribution pension scheme or New Pension Scheme was in order to contain the rising and unsustainable pension bill with around 4 per cent of Union Budget already going towards pensionary benefits.

Reversing reforms by bringing back the old pension system (OPS) is the political lollipop that Congress has promised its voters in Himachal Pradesh. A file photo of Himachal Assembly building.
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 09:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

The science behind the load, span and design of a safe bridge

Different kinds of bridges require different factors to be taken into consideration. HT explains:

Rescue personnel conduct search operations after a bridge across the river Machchhu collapsed at Morbi in Gujarat. (AFP)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 09:46 PM IST

We are still far from attaining Mahatma Gandhi's vision of ‘Swaraj'

Mahatma Gandhi’s moral weapon was the initiation of "Change of Heart”, a very effective and potent weapon that he had used efficaciously to achieve several successes.

opinion Gandhi Jayanti 2022: This year marks Mahatma Gandhi’s 153rd birth anniversary.(Twitter/@VPSecretariat)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 07:33 PM IST

Temples of Modernity: Dream Big for ‘New India’

Pratik Mathur is an Indian Foreign Service officer, currently posted as Counsellor at Permanent Mission of India to UN in New York.

Harvard University, with a super spread campus with 15 colleges and departments spread across Boston, was a Biblical ‘city on the hill’ to itself.(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 10:48 AM IST

Choosing a climate action path wisely

For a climate-sensitive development plan, India must walk a line between the ‘development-first climate-later’ view and the ‘untrammelled opportunity’ view

India must strive to remake our economy to take advantage of an increas-ingly low-carbon focused global economy. And doing so could bring other development benefits, such as less congested cities and cleaner air (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 04, 2022 09:12 PM IST

Hutong Cat I China could tighten abortion rights to tackle population crisis

The point is abortion is common in China and private clinics even launch campaigns to attract clients. That could change

Abortion has been legal in China since 1953 and widely available through the national health care system. (iStock Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2022 01:57 PM IST

Five years of GST regime: How have the states fared?

With GST completing five years last week and the RUP period over (at least in the current form), it is worthwhile to assess how the states fared during this transition period.

For states, the introduction of GST shifted the tax base from production to consumption. (PTI)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 12:44 PM IST

Premium Conversations | India's coal phase-down, with Pradip Swarnakar, JTRC

Swarnakar, who heads the Just Transition Research Centre, spoke to HT about how 15-20 million livelihoods are likely to be affected, what should drive India's coal phase-down, and how to protect workers during the energy transition.

Domestically, this resistance reflects in the fact that we don’t have any institutionalised policy framework driving the energy transition. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2022 08:13 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

The story of India’s shifting trading partners and patterns

Here are three charts that explain India's trading partners in the years 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22: 

In 2019-20 India US trade topped at $88.9 billion while China came number two at $81.9 billion. (Reuters)
Published on May 31, 2022 01:01 PM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal

Numbers Matter | The growing booster challenge for India

Six weeks since the vaccine drive started, it is becoming apparent that the road ahead for booster coverage is going to be different in terms of pushing for coverage. Here's what we know:

For the first time since India’s inoculation drive started, the challenge ahead is not one of supply, but that of demand. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:49 PM IST

Digital transformation of the social impact sector for a sustainable tomorrow

When done right, digital transformation can help social sector organisations drive down costs, higher efficiency, service deliver, increase transparency and accountability. 

India’s mid-day meal programme is an excellent example of how industrial engineering and enterprise tech can work in tandem in the endeavour to not only eradicate malnutrition in children but also ensure their education.(Representational image.)
Published on May 16, 2022 05:04 PM IST

4 cities power India's start-up rush, but emerging hubs may be key to the future

A record 44 start-ups turned into unicorns in India in 2021, when India overtook the United Kingdom as home to the third highest number of unicorns after the United States and China.

By January 14 of this year we had 83 unicorns. Now we have 100.(HT File Photo)
Published on May 07, 2022 01:49 PM IST

Numbers Matter | The expansion of India's booster programme 

Despite the sheer size of the expansion plan, it does not appear to be an unsurmountable task for the government, especially going by past data. Let's see why.

From the drive having nearly 188 million people eligible for booster shots, it has now expanded to cover over 940 million people with a third shot of the vaccine. (Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 03:38 PM IST

Explainer: Interpreting S Jaishankar’s speech and Indian position on Ukraine

In both what the foreign minister said, and what he did not say, lies the story of India’s strengths, constraints, calculations and aspirations and the larger strategy that is an outcome of these variables.

India’s foreign minister told Parliament on Wednesday that India’s position was guided by its national beliefs and values, national interests and national strategy. (ANI)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 12:07 PM IST

Punjab election: How candidates and parties used social media 

In what was considered largely a digital affair due to restrictions on campaigning, candidates and parties took to Twitter and Facebook. Here is how they used these platforms to connect with voters:

As we begin to learn more about the use of social media by political parties and candidates, we cannot afford to rush to conclusions on how social media affects voters. (Mint)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 02:30 PM IST

Numbers Matter | The figures behind the booster expansion debate

Protection against severe Covid starts fading fast after 4-6 months. This is why, the sooner the issue of wider booster coverage is dealt with (and boosters are made available), the better for India, and the world.

Several global studies, both in a laboratory setting as well as those that looked at real-world data, have shown that vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19 starts decreasing after a certain time period. (Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture alliance)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 01:17 PM IST

How sanctions on Russia will strain India’s defence

The sanctions could pose a unique set of challenges for the India-Russia defence relationship and put India’s military preparedness to the test

Russia, India’s top supplier of arms, accounted for 46% of the country’s imports during the last five years even though India made fewer purchases from that country over the last decade. (AFP)
Published on Mar 17, 2022 02:00 PM IST

The poor record of assemblies in nominating and electing women

While women's representation across the five states has increased inchmeal — from an average of 4.6% in 2002 to 10% in 2022 — in real terms, the difference between the two is only 36 legislators. 

All three women MLAs elected in 2022 are married to politicians. Delilah Michael Lobo is the wife of Michael Lobo (both in photo), former MLA from Calangute. (ANI)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 02:52 PM IST
ByGilles Verniers, ,

Numbers Matter | Why the current outbreak in Hong Kong is unlike any other

With the average daily deaths much higher than ever seen since the beginning of the pandemic, there are lessons for countries on their approach to fighting the virus

When seen against Hong Kong’s population of 7.5 million, Tuesday’s statistics mean 30.4 deaths per million, while Monday’s 249 deaths come out to a whopping 33 deaths for every million residents. (Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 12:52 PM IST

Explainer: A history of police reforms in India  

There have been hits and misses over the years — with a shortage crisis and a lackadaisical approach to implementing various recommendations on training and mindsets having plagued the force.

Apart from poor work-life balance, cops also have to work with limited resources at their disposal. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2022 09:01 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

What does the UP assembly verdict mean for Muslim political representation?

The polls saw a polarised verdict, with 83% of Muslim voters picking the SP. Here are the trends in party nomination and representation of Muslims to understand voter behaviour

Contrary to speculations, the AIMIM did not have much impact in purely electoral terms. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2022 04:59 PM IST
ByGilles Verniers,

A near-peer competitor: How US intelligence views China

A report prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, titled the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, was made public on March 8. HT's deep dive into the fine print of the report: 

In the nuclear realm, the US has concluded that Beijing is set to continue the “largest ever nuclear force expansion and arsenal diversification in its history”. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 15, 2022 01:57 PM IST
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