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Sukumar Ranganathan is the Editor-in-Chief of Hindustan Times. He is also a comic-book freak and an amateur birder.

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HT interview: Modi going to see you through this stormy period, says Jaishankar

India's External Affairs Minister Jaishankar highlights India's confident foreign policy stance under Modi's leadership.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 17, 2024 08:44 AM IST

HT interview: We empower citizens, Opp wants to steal their wealth, says PM Modi

There is no scope for complacency in the BJP as it is here to fulfil the vision of Viksit Bharat by 2047, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the state of the campaign, and the focus of his next government should it return to power.
Updated on May 12, 2024 11:40 AM IST

HT interview: Economy relevant to elections, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been on the campaign trail, across southern India, and also parts of the North-East.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 10:04 AM IST

Electoral bonds will be back after consultations: Finance Minister Sitharaman

BJP plans to reintroduce electoral bonds if re-elected in 2024, aiming for transparency. Nirmala Sitharaman criticizes Opposition, advocates economic stability.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (ANI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 04:40 AM IST

Playing it forward: R Sukumar interviews jazz legend Herbie Hancock

He's unfazed by the potential of AI. Once an engineering student, he has a soft spot for technology. His focus now, he says, is to pass the baton he was handed.

At the American Center, New Delhi. ‘I was young once, and I made mistakes. But musicians didn’t just put me (down); they showed me how it was done. So now it’s my turn to be the kind of grandfather of the music,’ he says. (HT Photo: Paroma Mukherjee)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 10:49 PM IST

R Sukumar picks his favourite read of 2023

About humankind and the wild and how one interacts with and shapes the other, this tale of survival, that’s also an appreciation of life, is an all-time classic

An original piece of fiction that can be read at multiple levels (Riverhead Books)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:43 PM IST

‘We turned out to be right’: ex-Cisco CEO John Chambers, on betting big on India

The age of AI will be a time for much more collaboration between the US and India, its companies and its people, says the former CEO of Cisco.

 (Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 06, 2023 09:43 PM IST

HT Interview: Our PM believes in democratising technology, says Vaishnaw

India’s new privacy law, will mean greater accountability for Big Tech, the minister said.

New Delhi: Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw during foundation stone laying ceremony for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations, in New Delhi, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(PTI08_06_2023_000066B) (PTI)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 05:47 AM IST

Under Modi, a new caste has emerged in the country, that of beneficiaries: Shah

Union minister Amit Shah says a Uniform Civil Code has been on the BJP’s agenda since the day our party was formed

Union home minister Amit Shah dismissed opposition parties coming together to take on the BJP as a photo-op and said that it would have no impact on votes
Updated on May 04, 2023 02:29 PM IST

India’s big reform push will help Global South

India’s push for holistic, transformative reforms of multilateral development banks is key to transitions to low-carbon economies.

The good news is there appears to be a broad consensus on the need for IMF and the World Bank to expand the scope of their objective PTI
Published on May 02, 2023 07:01 PM IST

HT Interview: ‘My worry is …,’ Bill Gates on misinformation

To Prime Minister Modi’s credit, when we were doing the 2015 Paris Accord where people signed up for various commitments, part of the reason he went to it was because of a side meeting that he named “Mission Innovation”, Bill Gates says.

Bill Gates (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 04:56 AM IST

R Sukumar picks his favourite reads of 2022

End-of-the-world scenarios, a nature book that explores the idea of Umwelten, and graphic novels that synthesise fable, myth and the artist’s own universe

From technophilosophy to sensory bubbles (HT Team)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 04:30 PM IST

HT interview: Data bill in line with global practices, says Vaishnaw

Union minister says carve-outs in India’s new privacy bill are consistent with Constitution provisions

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw (HT file)
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 12:34 PM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Sunetra Choudhury and R Sukumar

By order of the President

The exercise to elect the Congress president shows the relationship the party shares with change — across two time frames.

New Delhi, India - Sept. 30, 2022: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge files his nomination papers for Congress Presidential election, at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, September 30, 2022 (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 02:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Lessons India needs to learn from Covid-19

On the medical oxygen front, the nation is unlikely to witness shortage; on the district hospital front, there is a long way to go; and in terms of science- and evidence-based decision making, some progress has been made

Life and work are almost back to normal in India; providing booster shots to everyone over the age of 18 will ensure it stays that way (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 06:36 PM IST

Pulp-it | How do you rate a cricket team’s captain?

Sure, culture is important, as is strategy, but because sustained performance is not possible without either, the simplest way to rate a leader is outcomes.

Based purely on outcomes, Virat Kohli is a great leader, perhaps the best the Indian cricket team has ever had (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 11:31 AM IST
ByR Sukumar

Pulp-It | In 2022, what India must do to learn to live with Covid

Covid-19 will become endemic in India. It’s important to tailor our response to this phase around four interventions.

India should mandate (and strictly enforce the mandate of) masks — not just cloth ones, but surgical ones, or N95s — in all closed spaces (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 05:57 PM IST

Pulp-It | After WFH, it is time for a BTW strategy

Apart from detailing the logistics of WFO, the Back To Work strategy should include reorientation sessions, communicating an updated employee health policy, and activities (Covid-safe ones, of course) that emphasise team work and fun

The absence of physical interaction with colleagues and the workplace itself could end up alienating (at worst) or distancing (at best) people from their organisations (Representative Image / Bloomberg)
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 06:31 PM IST

Pulp-it | Should you lose sleep over Omicron?

Is the new variant more transmissible or infective? Does it cause more severe disease? Is it resistant to existing Covid-19 vaccines?

It’s safe to assume that full vaccination provides more protection than partial vaccination (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 10:09 AM IST

How to solve the crypto conundrum?

The exact contours of the cryptocurrency law that India will introduce isn’t clear. It could completely ban private cryptocurrencies and trading in them; or it could just ban their use as a currency and allow their trade as an asset class .

There are around 15 million crypto investors with an estimated $10 billion in investments, according to estimates. (AP)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 05:31 AM IST

Pulp-it | Delhi’s air is always bad. Stubble burning makes it worse

Stubble burning is singularly responsible for pushing AQI into the severe category on most of the few days in which the air is really bad

There’s a seasonality to the bad air — November, December and January are the worst months (AFP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 01:51 PM IST

Pulp-it | Why Delhi is choking

For eight days till Thursday, the Central Pollution Control Board’s daily bulletin reported an AQI level that is either severe or at the high end of the very poor category. Friday’s reading, too, was in the severe category

On paper, Delhi has a commission to manage air quality, and a well-established protocol for dealing with bad air days (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 08:53 PM IST

The prickly problem of greater-good debates

Forcing people to change their personal choices in the interests of a greater good could have far-reaching implications. But at some point of time, each of us will have to consciously make choices based on what’s good for the environment

People burst fire crackers on the occasion of Diwali, Saket, New Delhi (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 05, 2021 06:22 PM IST

Pulp-it | No one has figured out how to win T20s yet

The T20 format is yet to see a team with the right mix of skills, strategy, and captaincy. When one emerges (and it will take some doing), the form book will start to matter again in the format

One of the most successful franchises, Chennai Super Kings, which has won four IPL titles, has a win rate of almost 60% (PTI)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 02:24 PM IST

A tale of IIT admissions, coaching institutes, and students as brand ambassadors

How many coaching classes does an IIT-JEE topper need? 42

I’m told some of the more popular JEE test-prep schools are so focused on maintaining their track record that they admit students after an admission test (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 03:56 PM IST

Happy to see economic recovery: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

The Finance minister said, “I’m happy to see recovery; at this stage we want to have very positive signs from all segments so that mutually they create this thing called sentiment. If sentiment becomes positive, it creates a multiplier effect.”

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 21, 2021 12:52 AM IST

Banks themselves will drive bad bank, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that she was confident the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL), effectively a bad bank, will work because “this entire mechanism is driven by the banks”

HT Image
Published on Sep 20, 2021 11:52 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Happy to see economic recovery’: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the resolution formula is the one that will be given priority. Not liquidation. When you look at resolution – there is an implicit message being given that these are workable assets, and that with some doing they will be valuable.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said there will definitely be interest in the market.I lay a lot of emphasis on the professionals (managing the assets), which is why, along with NARCL, we have set up India Debt Resolution Company Ltd.
Updated on Sep 21, 2021 06:10 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Vaccination: Focus on hesitancy, the 12-18 age group, and booster shots

The experience of the United States, where many infections, most hospitalisations, and almost all deaths currently being seen, are among the unvaccinated is a cautionary tale

Representational image. The government, public health workers, employers, media, religious and charity organisations, influencers — all of us have a responsibility in making sure more people get vaccinated, but there are always those who will not. (AP)
Updated on Sep 01, 2021 06:53 PM IST

From a pandemic to an endemic, India’s vaccine drive enables a way out

Those managing India’s vaccine drive have always been a step or two behind the curve. But a reading of the infection and vaccination trajectories indicates that they need to start planning now for a future of endemic Covid-19.

470 million people would have received at least one shot of vaccines that prevent death and serious illness from Covid-19 (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST
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