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Vaccination drive at a clinic in Gurugram, Haryana, on Thursday, May 6. (Vipin Kumar /HT photo)

Vaccines: The Centre and states should divide tasks

By Arjun Jayadev & Avinash Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 06:21 PM IST
A rapid and universal vaccination programme is essential to control a surge of this magnitude and time is of the essence — for the virus is not standing still
Polling officials at a polling booth on the eve of the fourth phase of panchayat elections, in Mathura, UP, late April. (File photo) Exclusive
Polling officials at a polling booth on the eve of the fourth phase of panchayat elections, in Mathura, UP, late April. (File photo)

BJP in damage control mode after Uttar Pradesh rural polls setback

UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 10:43 AM IST
Panchayat poll results have caused an alarm within the ruling BJP that the handling of the Covid-19 crisis could have an adverse impact on its prospects in the 2022 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh
The BJP government in Uttarakhand to make a substantial budgetary allocation for the farm sector in its annual budget 2018-19 Exclusive
The BJP government in Uttarakhand to make a substantial budgetary allocation for the farm sector in its annual budget 2018-19

India’s farm sector to sustain momentum, but that’s not enough

By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 10:19 AM IST
India’s farm sector is forecast to maintain its remarkable expansion in 2021-22 on the back of robust output and prices despite the coronavirus pandemic
Representational Image. (File photo) Exclusive
Representational Image. (File photo)

A self-destructive consensus explains the CPI(M)’s West Bengal disaster

UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 03:16 PM IST
The party-led Left Front (LF) ruled the state from 1977-2011. For an established political party within a democratic set-up to atrophy within a decade, is a rare, if not an unprecedented, political event
Representational Image. (HT file photo)
Representational Image. (HT file photo)

India to see expansion of agri sector in summer, despite Covid pandemic

By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 06:00 PM IST
The Union government is anticipating an increase in sowing and higher demand from the farm sector. It has issued instructions for the seamless availability and supply of critical inputs, such as fertilisers, seeds, pesticides, and machinery
Activists of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) allied with BJP celebrate after crossing the halfway mark during counting day of Assam assembly election in Guwahati on Sunday, May 2. (File photo) Exclusive
Activists of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) allied with BJP celebrate after crossing the halfway mark during counting day of Assam assembly election in Guwahati on Sunday, May 2. (File photo)

In state elections, when incumbents had a high success ratio

By Basim-U-Nissa, Ananay Agarwal and Gilles Verniers
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 10:39 AM IST
In this article, we use an original dataset, derived from Election Commission data and the results of the 2021 state elections, to explore the performance of incumbent candidates and turncoats
Women stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly polls, at Ranaghat, Nadia on April 17. (PTI)
Women stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly polls, at Ranaghat, Nadia on April 17. (PTI)

In Bengal, the X factor — women and welfare

By Neelanjan Sircar
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Irrespective of the outcome, the West Bengal election signals a major shift in the role of women in electoral politics. Privately, psephologists and party workers suggest that the difference in women’s and men’s voting preferences in the state is among the highest they have ever seen
PM Oli has often spoken about how his rivals led by former prime ministers Pushpa Kumar Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal have hobbled his administration, blaming them for putting politics over national interest (Agencies)
PM Oli has often spoken about how his rivals led by former prime ministers Pushpa Kumar Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal have hobbled his administration, blaming them for putting politics over national interest (Agencies)

PM Oli needs to spell out election plan; political instability has repercussions

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2021 05:24 PM IST
The best course of action for Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli to end the acerbic power struggle is to go for early elections
India is below half the world average in carbon emissions. (File photo)
India is below half the world average in carbon emissions. (File photo)

In the climate battle, focus on the high-emitters

By Rahul Tongia
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2021 05:49 PM IST
There is immense pressure on countries to go big in their climate ambitions. The problem is that we are using similar framings across countries. Instead, we need universal but different action
A Covid-19 patient waits inside an autorickshaw to be attended to and admitted into a hospital in Ahmedabad on Saturday.(AP Photo )
A Covid-19 patient waits inside an autorickshaw to be attended to and admitted into a hospital in Ahmedabad on Saturday.(AP Photo )

How the 2nd Covid wave is different and why the next 4 weeks are crucial

By Aditi Prasad, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2021 12:29 PM IST
  • India’s total active Covid-19 caseload crossed the 2 million mark earlier this week with a mammoth surge in new infections.
For India, which has borne the brunt of instability in Afghanistan in the past, this is a highly undesirable situation. Since 2001, New Delhi relied on the US security presence to expand its strategic footprint in Afghanistan and shore up ties with sitting presidents in Kabul, while refusing to engage with the Taliban (AP File)
For India, which has borne the brunt of instability in Afghanistan in the past, this is a highly undesirable situation. Since 2001, New Delhi relied on the US security presence to expand its strategic footprint in Afghanistan and shore up ties with sitting presidents in Kabul, while refusing to engage with the Taliban (AP File)

In Kabul, the republic versus the emirate

By Avinash Paliwal
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2021 06:40 AM IST
India should appoint a special envoy, strengthen ties with allies in Kabul, talk to the Taliban, and work with Iran
Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)

The science behind super-spreader events

By Rajinder K Dhamija
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 06:44 AM IST
The pandemic is raging in India due to multiple reasons, including changes in the behaviour of people (whether vaccinated or unvaccinated), change in the behaviour of virus (in terms of new variants), as well as avoidable mass gatherings
BJP activists with party flags in Kolkata. (PTI)
BJP activists with party flags in Kolkata. (PTI)

West Bengal 2021: Where the national hegemon is a local rebel

UPDATED ON APR 14, 2021 04:12 PM IST
There seems to be a political consensus about the direction of the wind. There are strong headwinds for the TMC and tailwinds for the BJP. The only uncertainty which exists currently is regarding the magnitude of this change
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visits the voting booths of Boyal after getting complaints of Vote Loot from supporters, at Nandigram, in East Midnapore on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visits the voting booths of Boyal after getting complaints of Vote Loot from supporters, at Nandigram, in East Midnapore on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Mamata Banerjee versus PM Modi in Varanasi is the buzz. Is it for real?

PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 04:49 PM IST
  • For now, the Mamata vs Modi face-off in Varanasi is just a social media virtual thought and not an on-ground reality.
Border Guards Bangladesh personnel stand guard as activists from Hefazat-e Islam block a road during a strike following deadly clashes with police over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, in Narayanganj, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka on March 28(AFP)
Border Guards Bangladesh personnel stand guard as activists from Hefazat-e Islam block a road during a strike following deadly clashes with police over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, in Narayanganj, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka on March 28(AFP)

Protests over Modi visit an excuse. Hefazat’s real aim to radicalise Bangladesh

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2021 12:16 PM IST
The rise of anti-India Islamist force Hefazat-e-Islam in Bangladesh has contributed to the radicalisation of the region and is turning out to be a security threat to the Sheikh Hasina government
PM Modi has tried to cut through the bureaucratic chaff but the civil services is still driven by processes rather than the outcomes.(File Photo)
PM Modi has tried to cut through the bureaucratic chaff but the civil services is still driven by processes rather than the outcomes.(File Photo)

Time for a real round of reforms in the bureaucracy. The last one didn’t work

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2021 08:21 PM IST
The time has come for the Modi government to separate the wheat from chaff by incentivising deserving senior officials.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Bangladesh is part of his continuing focus on cementing ties with the neighbour.(Twitter/PMO India)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Bangladesh is part of his continuing focus on cementing ties with the neighbour.(Twitter/PMO India)

Delhi-Dhaka ties move beyond symbolism, seek to power growth and connectivity

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2021 11:29 AM IST
PM Narendra Modi made it clear early in his first term that Bangladesh, like Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar, occupies a special place in Indian diplomacy and should be helped for mutual growth and security.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) shake hands after signing the peace agreement between US, Taliban, Doha, 29, 2020 (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) shake hands after signing the peace agreement between US, Taliban, Doha, 29, 2020 (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

In Kabul, be ready for political uncertainty

By Rakesh Sood
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2021 08:04 PM IST
The political reality is that the Taliban had more loyal and consistent backers in Pakistan and the Inter-Services Intelligence, while the Kabul government steadily lost legitimacy because of its own incompetence and disunity, and because its backers in the West eventually lost patience and interest. By end-2021, the US may have ended its longest war, but for Afghanistan, the uncertainties are only increasing.
The daily cases crossed the 26,000-mark on Sunday, the first time since December 19, or in the last 85 days.(HT Photo )
The daily cases crossed the 26,000-mark on Sunday, the first time since December 19, or in the last 85 days.(HT Photo )

Surge in Covid-19 cases: Is India heading towards another hard lockdown?

By Aditi Prasad, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 05:36 PM IST
  • As India witnesses a steady rise in the number of new infections over the past few weeks, there is a possibility that more cities could explore the possibility of imposing similar restrictions in other hotspots
India has reaped benefits of the personal connect between PM Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan(HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)
India has reaped benefits of the personal connect between PM Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan(HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)

Deepening India-UAE defence cooperation enlarges India's footprint in West Asia

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2021 11:43 AM IST
  • The UAE, which has deported more than 100 fugitives to India over the last few years, has also helped India with real-time intelligence from Iraq and Syria in the past. This month, its air force will refuel the Rafale fighter jets flying in from France.
The Chinese communist party mouthpiece has warned India for joining hands with democratic forces in the Quad.(ANI)
The Chinese communist party mouthpiece has warned India for joining hands with democratic forces in the Quad.(ANI)

Quad leaders made history at summit. Expect pushback from China

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • Beijing will try to cut a side deal with at least one of the Quad partners to derail the grouping yet again
The four-nation grouping, Quad was revived in 2017 after the US and Australia realised that China was not only rising but also turning out to be a tough competitor(Agencies)
The four-nation grouping, Quad was revived in 2017 after the US and Australia realised that China was not only rising but also turning out to be a tough competitor(Agencies)

Quad owes its revival to President Xi’s 'fortress China' doctrine

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • The US’ leadership role in the Quad is a sharp contrast to the message from Washington after the 2007 Malabar naval exercises that cautioned against provoking China.
The real test of the QUAD summit tomorrow will be whether it can send a credible message to the world(Agencies)
The real test of the QUAD summit tomorrow will be whether it can send a credible message to the world(Agencies)

QUAD to reject the 2007 Chinese veto on its foreign policies

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 06:08 PM IST
  • The meeting of leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or QUAD – India, Australia, Japan and the US –signifies three things.
The Joe Biden administration has made it clear that it will continue to press China's Xi Jinping regime on the Dalai Lama succession and Tibet. (AP)
The Joe Biden administration has made it clear that it will continue to press China's Xi Jinping regime on the Dalai Lama succession and Tibet. (AP)

US rebuff to China over Dalai Lama signals Biden won’t take eyes off Tibet

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2021 10:53 AM IST
  • The United States says the Chinese effort to impose a government-chosen successor of the Panchen Lama 25 years ago was “an outrageous abuse of religious freedom.”
Elections in Kerala are punctuated by several controversies, both past and present (File Photo)
Elections in Kerala are punctuated by several controversies, both past and present (File Photo)

Espionage to smuggling, scandals spice up every poll in Kerala

By Ramesh Babu, Thiruvanathapuram
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:26 PM IST
  • controversies and scandals were part of the state polity in the last three decades and mushrooming digital media also played its part in amplifying them, said a political observer.
The 1962 baggage at the turn of century was such that for 40 years, subsequent governments did not dare build border roads on the ground that these could be used by the Chinese army to enter the hinterland in case of a conflict.(PTI)
The 1962 baggage at the turn of century was such that for 40 years, subsequent governments did not dare build border roads on the ground that these could be used by the Chinese army to enter the hinterland in case of a conflict.(PTI)

Why 2021 political rhetoric is no match for 1962 fighting in Ladakh

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 02:15 PM IST
  • India and China came close to war last year after Indian army commanders atop Rezang La-Rechin La ridge threatened to fire at the advancing PLA tank regiment that sought to dislodge the Indian troopers.
Approximately half of the countries use population for delimitation, while another third use registered voters. Nowhere is it based on area and for good reasons (HTPHOTO)
Approximately half of the countries use population for delimitation, while another third use registered voters. Nowhere is it based on area and for good reasons (HTPHOTO)

J&K delimitation: Go by the population rule

By Haseeb Drabu
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:39 PM IST
Having already decided on the number of electors as well as the number of elected, the only part of delimitation that has been left to the Commission is the electoral cartography — the redrawing of boundaries and enclosing people within the constituency framework. Notwithstanding these debilitating infirmities in the context of J&K, the redrawing of the constituencies is an extraordinarily complex and highly contentious exercise. It can potentially alter the electoral demographic balance.
Representational image. (AFP)
Representational image. (AFP)

Congress needs to worry more about rebels than opponents in Puducherry

By Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 06:32 PM IST
The only time the Congress has lost Puducherry, it has been because of a rebel. The Congress and DMK together have won over 50% seats in every assembly elections in Puducherry since 1980, except in 2011
At a January meeting to review projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed displeasure at the process-driven bureaucracy (ANI)
At a January meeting to review projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed displeasure at the process-driven bureaucracy (ANI)

Behind PM Modi’s stinging critique of the IAS, a Jan meeting holds the clue

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 09:35 AM IST
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given bureaucrats an earful at a January meeting of the country's top officials and underlined the price that India paid for their slow pace.
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