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Congress to BJP, the art of making poll slogans

From Indira Gandhi to Narendra Modi, the art of turning issues into slogans for electoral success continues in Sandeshkhali, Bengal.

 Ahead of the general elections in 1971, Indira Gandhi gave the slogan “Ve kahete hain Indira hatao, main kahti hoon garibi hatao” (File)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:28 PM IST

Restive farmers, responsive State

Agriculture in India needs redress — but its problems are not exceptional

Farmers Union members sitting on protest at Ladhowal Toll Plaza in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Manish/HT)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 08:00 AM IST

In democracy, consensus essential to push agendas

The question is whether the days of consensus in democracy have come to an end.

The Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code Bill 2024 was passed in the assembly on Wednesday.
Published on Feb 12, 2024 08:09 AM IST

Masks must be shed, and mutual respect for identities should stay

It is worth noting that no PM has yet greeted the nation with a Ram-Ram or a Sat Shri Akal outside of Parliament.

PM Modi's statement outside Parliament on the opening day of the Budget session began and ended by saying, “Ram-Ram”. (ANI)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 08:09 AM IST

Nation on the cusp of a cultural renaissance

We gained Independence only 77 years ago. Civilisations cannot turn in such a short period, yet we are paving the way for a renaissance

Workers give finishing touches to an Indian flag at a workshop ahead of the Republic Day, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 08:08 AM IST

Can a new multi-faith Ayodhya be made?

Ayodhya is fundamentally different from the Vatican. In a few years, Ayodhya will see temples and mosques standing together.

A general view of the audience during the opening of Ram Remple in Ayodhya.(AP)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 04:21 PM IST

In the Ayodhya euphoria, politics comes full circle

The UP government had left no stone unturned in adorning Ayodhya. Is the Vatican for Hindus on the horizon?

Underconstruction Ram temple in Ayodhya. (Sourced)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Opposition yet to discover means for a fightback

The Opposition’s biggest difficulty is that if they attend the Ram temple consecration ceremony, they would be seen as toeing the BJP line

FILE - India's opposition leaders, from left, T.R.Baalu, M.K Stalin, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarajun Kharge, attend a meeting of opposition parties where they announced their alliance named INDIA in Bengaluru, India, July 18, 2023. (AP)
Published on Jan 08, 2024 06:35 PM IST

INDIA bloc’s 2024 bid also a race against time

INDIA bloc's metaphorical train is already behind schedule and will now need to accelerate at least three-fold to reach their intended destination.

INDIA bloc held a meeting in Mumbai in September. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 05:13 PM IST

Confront the wrath of the climate crisis, now

Is there still room to entertain the belief that the climate crisis will organically resolve itself?

2023 is on track to become the hottest year in human civilisation spanning over 125,000 years. (HT Archive)
Published on Dec 11, 2023 06:32 PM IST

The night that tested the resilience of Bhopal and India

Incidents such as the Bhopal gas tragedy underscore that we must prioritise every countryman’s life as the nation’s utmost responsibility.

Bhopal gas disaster survivors hold posters during a protest rally. (AFP)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:10 PM IST

In India’s post 26/11 response, a template Israel can follow

Consider the ramifications if India had responded with an all-out attack highlighting that effective governance demands strategic acumen.

Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks wherein 10 terrorists from Pakistan had wreaked havoc in Mumbai. The 60-odd hours that followed were a saga of struggle and helplessness.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 09:00 AM IST

In cricket and cinema, India’s spirit of unity

One hopes that the vitality exhibited in sports, film, literature, and cultural endeavours will continue to reject negativity in times to come.

Shami’s journey this time around also was not without hurdles.(PTI)
Published on Nov 20, 2023 11:59 AM IST

Misuse of technology: An unrelenting threat

Nobody wants their personal information to be made public, but technology has made access to such information easy, introducing new threats.

governments have even been toppled in the past over illegal phone tapping and surveillance (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Nov 06, 2023 11:42 PM IST

When nations go to war, democracy is under stress

Tragedy in West Asia is aiding those who seek to split the world along sectarian lines

Smoke rising from the Gaza Strip due to Israeli bombardment on October 29. (AFP Photo)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 12:36 PM IST

The trolls on social media are Ravanas of present times

Social media trolls are using incidents like hate crimes to spread fear and misinformation, undermining democratic values.

Israel-Hamas War: Palestinians evacuate a wounded man following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.(AP)
Published on Oct 23, 2023 05:27 PM IST

West Asia’s trauma and diplomatic doublespeak

Israel-Gaza conflict raises concerns about violations of international law. Humanitarian approach urged to avoid further tragedies.

Israeli soldiers stand near their armoured vehicles stationed close to the border with the Gaza Strip on October 15.(AFP)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 11:25 AM IST

Punjab within India, India within Punjab

Sikhs are self-reliant, confident, courageous, and inclusive. That is why they are widely accepted and respected throughout the country.

The point is simple and straightforward. Some people in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other western countries are attempting to rekindle the fire of Khalistan (AFP)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 12:35 PM IST

The enduring power of Gandhi’s ideology

Gandhi never compromised on his principles and stuck to his convictions even at the cost of his life. He continues to stay alive in our thoughts

Gandhi’s funeral procession in February 1948. (Getty Images)
Published on Oct 02, 2023 05:55 PM IST

Insulate women’s bill from party politics

The recent passage of the "Nari Shakti Vandan Bill" generates hope, but its timing raises questions about political motives

Lucknow: Women celebrate after the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Divide and rule is the mantra as polls near

It is certain that in the following days, not only flowers but also thorns will appear in the political sphere.

Chaos was sparked recently in Tamil Nadu at an event where Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of chief minister MK Stalin and a minister of the state cabinet, uttered such remarks for Sanatana Dharma. (PTI)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 09:25 AM IST

The road to progress and politics is always varied in a democracy

We have to understand that the road to progress, companionship, and politics cannot always be the same in a democracy

Perhaps the question in your mind is: What is the immediate benefit of the G20 meetings to India and Indians? (PTI)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 07:59 AM IST

One-upmanship is the name of the game in national politics now

Welcome to the realm of political speculation and twists in the tale.

Opposition leaders during the INDIA meet, in Mumbai on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 04, 2023 08:24 AM IST

Opposition needs to address the cracks in its ranks

Internal discord and unclear intentions of leaders are some of the obstacles to be overcome for the INDIA coalition in the upcoming Mumbai meeting

INDIA’s leaders must exercise extreme caution even before stepping out of their homes. (ANI)
Published on Aug 28, 2023 08:19 AM IST

Kashmir’s priorities are changing for the better

Kashmir sees signs of progress and confidence despite several ongoing challenges and a presence of terrorism

The people of the Valley have set their priorities afresh and are advancing towards these.(ANI Photo)
Published on Aug 21, 2023 08:07 AM IST

Bridging hearts is as important as ending the curse of poverty

India has progressed from poverty and despair to economic growth and empowerment, but social responsibilities are crucial

Workers give finishing touches to an Indian flag at a workshop ahead of the Republic Day, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 14, 2023 12:10 AM IST

A lasting solution for Manipur is important

Manipur faces ongoing violence and political tension, hindering Parliament's work and requiring a long-term solution.

The entire country, and the people who live in Manipur, are looking forward to a long term solution.(Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 08:03 AM IST

Manipur’s crisis shows ethnic rivalries must be brought to an end

The fires in Manipur might spread to Mizoram and neighbouring areas. That is why it is critical to put a stop to the current storm of ethnic rivalry.

The Manipur police along with security forces have launched a series of operations across the state (File Photo)
Published on Jul 31, 2023 09:01 AM IST

The course seems set for the upcoming polls

INDIA needs to develop a counter-narrative to BJP and PM Modi's political cocktail. The meeting in Mumbai could be decisive.

There will undoubtedly be more questions. Is the NDA vs INDIA battle being fought on values? Is it a power struggle, or a battle of ideologies?(Shrikant Singh)
Published on Jul 24, 2023 08:34 AM IST

Break the vicious cycle of violence in every poll

West Bengal poll violence has raised an old debate. Until the political establishment breaks this cycle, elections will continue to be marred by violence.

The violence during West Bengal’s panchayat elections has reignited an old debate.(HT)
Published on Jul 16, 2023 09:49 PM IST
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