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Trump’s Jerusalem decision: Apart from getting enraged, Palestinians can do little

The Israeli State --both economically and militarily powerful -- is no easy pushover and fury on the streets is unlikely to propel the Palestinians anywhere close to their goal of an independent nation.

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes as Palestinians call for a
Updated on Dec 09, 2017 04:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Gauri Lankesh killing: True tribute only when journalists stand for principles

Journalist Gauri Lankesh may have been silenced, but it is now for us – the journalists –to ensure her lifelong battle is not lost.

It is okay to hold candle -light vigils in her memory. But our collective show of support for a dead colleague must not end with just mere symbolism, but should rather translate into more substantive action.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 08, 2017 01:54 PM IST
HIndustan Times, New Delhi | By

There will be more Gurmeet Ram Rahims, it’s a question of demand and supply

Freeing India of the menace of charlatans -- the likes of Ram Rahims -- is a far stiffer challenge than cleaning up India through the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The ‘godmen’ and ‘godwomen’ give people a false sense of identity and bonding, burnished by the charities such as free medicare and education that they run with their ill-gotten wealth.(HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2017 09:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Heartless Delhi: Punish those who look away when accident victims plead for help

An accident victim lay on a Delhi road with a broken spine for 12 hours but nobody came to his rescue. Standing by and doing nothing is no less a crime. It’s perhaps time that the Good Samaritan law have punitive provisions for ‘Bad Samaritans’

The Law Commission of India stated that 50% of those killed in road accidents could have been saved with timely assistance.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 18, 2017 05:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Darjeeling unrest: Mamata Banerjee’s stand will fuel Gorkhaland demand

50 days of Darjeeling unrest: The coming days don’t offer better prospects, with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee betraying little or no sympathy for the Gorkha agitators.

People protest for the separate state of Gorkhaland, in Darjeeling.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2017 07:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Brave Paikas are cannon fodder for Odisha’s politicians

Odisha goes to the polls in 2019 and the BJP hopes to unseat Patnaik who has been at the helm of the state uninterruptedly since 2000.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurating Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Bridge over River Kathajodi in Cuttack on Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2017 04:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Basirhat tells us battle for Bengal will be bloody

Religious fault lines have run deep in the state with 27% Muslim population. It has grown deeper since Mamata Banerjee took over as the chief minister.

Tension has prevailed in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal over a Faceboook post.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 16, 2017 07:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Why Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is rocking the alliance boat but not sinking it

Nitish Kumar is worried that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return in 2019 and Lalu Prasad will stake claim in Bihar the year after. And that could leave him nowhere.

Talks of a rocky relationship between alliance partners Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad have gained ground since the Bihar chief minister broke ranks and backed NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.(PTI file)
Updated on Jun 28, 2017 08:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Darjeeling will remain in India; Bengal must dump opposition to Gorkhaland

It is about time Bengalis should set aside their emotional opposition and weigh the demand for separate Gorkhaland for whatever its worth

Supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) hold candles as they take part in a peace march as well as to pay respect to those killed in clashes with police during an indefinite strike called by the GJM, in Darjeeling on June 19, 2017.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 06:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Al Jazeera: Good, bad, and a little ugly

Al Jazeera’s very deep pockets allow it to hire the best and brightest and the newsroom drawn from all continents and across nationalities is a mini-United Nations.

Beneath its veneer of multiculturalism and globalism, Al Jazeera in its core remains a Muslim Arab channel.(File Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2017 11:17 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Gulf crisis: Don’t panic, Qatar situation is far from apocalyptic | Opinion

The latest crisis in the Gulf was triggered after seven countries cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism.

People walk past the Qatar Airways branch in the Saudi capital Riyadh, after it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia following a severing of relations between major Gulf states and gas-rich Qatar. Saudi Arabia was among the nations that closed its borders with Qatar, effectively blocking food and other supplies exported by land to Qatar.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 06, 2017 09:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Jharkhand lynching: Our outrage is selective, and also possibly discriminatory

India hasn’t reacted to the lynching of Jharkhand villagers with rage, maybe because the incident didn’t take place in any of India’s big cities or the victims don’t belong to a particular religion or caste, or the crime is not connected to cows.

Locals protest lynching of seven people by a mob in Jamshedpur.(Manoj Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2017 01:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

It is time to shed these ‘watershed’ moments in Kashmir

From ‘time to act’ to ‘about time the Kashimiri issue is settled’, the response of those who shape our national discourse has grown stale. The Indian Army oversteps and ties up an innocent Kashmiri to a jeep as a human shield and we are told the army leadership must be more mature. When militants kill an unarmed soldier, our conscience-keepers take the high moral ground and decry violence.

A masked protester holds stones during a protest in Srinagar, April 28, 2017(REUTERS)
Updated on May 16, 2017 01:02 PM IST

For all her political success, it’s time to admit Jayalalithaa was no Amma

Jayalalithaa, accused by the Supreme Court of being a mastermind who misused her public office to amass wealth, should be remembered for whatever her worth: She was a politician par excellence, but she was not someone who can lay claim to sainthood

Supporters of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa pay tribute a day after her death in December last year.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2017 01:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times. New Delhi | By

Nagaland blocks women’s participation in local polls: Lack of outrage is outrageous

The news from Nagaland over the past few days has been unnerving. The violence that swept the state, resulting in several deaths and destruction of property, was terrible. More appalling were the reasons fuelling the street protests.

he Kohima Municipal Council office which was set ablaze by Naga tribals during their violent protest, in Kohima.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 09:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Heartless India? Time to punish people who watched Karnataka cyclist bleed to death

Since standing by and watching a person die is no less a crime, it’s perhaps time that the Good Samaritan law have punitive provisions for ‘Bad Samaritans’: people who do nothing to help a dying person.

The video footage that has now gone viral shows the victim lying in a pool of blood crying for help.(Youtube/Tv9 Kannada)
Updated on Feb 16, 2017 05:43 PM IST
New Delhi | By

‘Murthal gang-rape’ to ‘Bengaluru molestation’: Media vigilantism to the fore

Being a vigilante rather than being just vigilant can be disastrous. The past few days dominated by the news of reported ‘mass molestation’ of women in Bengaluru’s MG Road on New Year’s Eve proved how damaging it is for journalists.

Policemen attempt to manage crowds during New Year’s eve celebrations in Bengaluru on December 31, 2016.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2017 06:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Assembly elections in five states not the semis for 2019 Lok Sabha contest

The five-state elections are crucial, but are in no way critical. Neither are they a semi-final to the 2019 general elections as being suggested by many.

The five-state elections are crucial, but are in no way critical. Neither are they a semi-final to the 2019 general elections as being suggested by many.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Jan 05, 2017 09:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Bengaluru molestation: Politicians add hype, but where is the evidence?

Putting emotions aside, it is time to take a clinical look at what’s fast snowballing into the country’s latest collective shame.

New Years eve revelry in Bengaluru’s MG Road has been marred by allegations of mass molestation(File Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2017 02:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Impunity of Bastar police holds up mirror to our collective impotency

The controversial officer in charge of Bastar’s insurgency-ridden six districts threatened HT’s Raipur-based reporter for having the temerity to question him over academic Nandini Sundar’s alleged involvement in a recent murder in the region.

Bastar inpector-general of police SRP Kalluri, left, with his colleague Superintendent of Police RN Dash.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2016 02:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Shameless ‘beef’ politics eclipses teen rape-survivor’s plight in Uttar Pradesh

Failure of the establishment to help the unwed pregnant Bareilly girl in time is not only shameful, but also makes the system criminal.

Failure of the establishment to help the unwed pregnant Bareilly girl in time is not only shameful, but also makes the system criminal.(HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2016 06:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Symbols of our shame: In Odisha, Dana Majhis and deprivation abound

Dana Majhi has ultimately been saved from doom. The Odisha tribal who dented our collective conscience on being forced to walk 10 kilometres with the body of his dead wife last month was in Delhi this week to collect financial aid. The Bahrain government gave him Rs 8 lakh. Others also chipped in with donations that add up to no less than a king’s ransom for the poor farmer from poverty-stricken Kalahandi.

Dana Majhi at a press meet at Ashok Hotel, New Delhi.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 17, 2016 05:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Dana Majhi collects financial aid, says ‘life has turned upside down’

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Published on Sep 16, 2016 10:09 AM IST
ByRuben Banerjee and Ritam Halder

After his ‘death walk’, Dana Majhi gets the red carpet in Delhi

A month after the video of a helpless Dana Majhi walking back home with the body of his wife on the shoulder triggered nationwide outrage, the Odisha tribal received a red carpet reception during a day’s visit to the city to collect financial aid.

Dana Majhi at a press meet at Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, on Thursday.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 16, 2016 12:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRuben Banerjee & Ritam Halder, New Delhi

Rape survivor struggles in face of apathy

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Published on Sep 15, 2016 12:17 PM IST

Why no outrage over this rape victim denied permission by court to abort?

Rape victim is 32-weeks pregnant but her plea for abortion has been rejected many times.

The girl and her father knocking on the doors of the judiciary and government offices seeking permission to abort the child(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 14, 2016 04:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Money or dignity: The dilemma of Indians in the Gulf

Middle East is great as long as the going is good. But things can go horribly wrong all of a sudden, if you find yourself at the wrong side of law, or someone locally influential.

Middle East is great as long as the going is good. But things can go horribly wrong if you find yourself at the wrong side of law, or someone influential.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2016 04:01 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Qatar: An oasis for exiles

In granting nationality to M.F. Husain, the Gulf state of Qatar has done what it always does best — providing refuge to those in trouble back home, writes Ruben Banerjee.

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Updated on Feb 27, 2010 11:40 PM IST
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