Sushil Aaron

Sushil Aaron

Sushil Aaron was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Sushil Aaron
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern, the new Prime Minister of New Zealand.(HT)
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern, the new Prime Minister of New Zealand.(HT)

Justin Trudeau to Jacinda Ardern: Younger politicians are taking over the world

UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2017 05:57 PM IST
Summary: A new generation of leaders seem able to tap into disaffection, promising change and speaking to the concerns of the excluded. What does the future hold for India?
The Facebook application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.(Reuters FIie Photo)
The Facebook application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.(Reuters FIie Photo)

How Facebook and Google are leading us to a ‘world without mind’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sushil Aaron
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2017 11:50 PM IST
Franklin Foer’s ‘World Without Mind’ shows how Big Tech is reshaping humanity, democracy and world culture at large.
This file photo taken on July 10, 2008, shows a Chinese soldier (L) gesturing next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's Sikkim state.(AFP File Photo)
This file photo taken on July 10, 2008, shows a Chinese soldier (L) gesturing next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's Sikkim state.(AFP File Photo)

Doklam crisis: Is China pushing India back for its ‘assertive bilateral diplomacy’?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2017 10:28 AM IST
China’s motivations for initiating the crisis through building the road at Doklam are still a matter of guesswork. It may be seeking to achieve several purposes at once.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a group photo with students of Princeton University in New Jersey on September 20.(PTI)
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a group photo with students of Princeton University in New Jersey on September 20.(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi makes the case for social peace as a public good in India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2017 03:09 PM IST
The Congress is likely to persist with the view that peace can, at its best, unlock the country’s energies or at the least ensure that no more damage is done to the social fabric. This message can resonate.
Smoke billows out after a mortar shell was allegedly fired by the Pakistani Army along the Line of Control in Rajouri district.(PTI file)
Smoke billows out after a mortar shell was allegedly fired by the Pakistani Army along the Line of Control in Rajouri district.(PTI file)

How do ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir actually happen?

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2017 11:51 PM IST
Local military dynamics and the conditions under which India, Pakistan troops face each other play a significant role in provoking violence, says a new study. There are steps that governments can take to address the situation.
At least 25 CRPF jawans were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in April.(PTI File Photo)
At least 25 CRPF jawans were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in April.(PTI File Photo)

Chhattisgarh is what happens to India’s democracy when few are watching

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2017 12:08 PM IST
An internal report by the CRPF blamed ‘the lack of intelligence, poor leadership on the ground, low morale and a lack of adequate training’ for the Sukma attack in Chhattisgarh.
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, US, on February 23, 2017.(Reuters)
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, US, on February 23, 2017.(Reuters)

The Steve Bannon way of winning elections will shape democracies elsewhere

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 10:11 PM IST
To get a sense as to what he’s capable of, it’s worth reading Joshua Green’s excellent book Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.
India and China have been engaged in a military standoff since early June in the Sikkim sector over the construction of a road by the Chinese army in disputed territory, which is also claimed by Bhutan.(AFP file)
India and China have been engaged in a military standoff since early June in the Sikkim sector over the construction of a road by the Chinese army in disputed territory, which is also claimed by Bhutan.(AFP file)

Sikkim standoff: Why China is challenging India now

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 06:51 PM IST
Not only is India militarily not in a position to challenge China now, the direction the BJP is taking the country undermines India’s capabilities as a power and leaves it in no position to deter China’s aggression for years to come.
Chinese army officers on the Chinese side of the international border at Nathula Pass in Sikkim. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)(AP)
Chinese army officers on the Chinese side of the international border at Nathula Pass in Sikkim. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)(AP)

Is China punishing India for its Belt and Road stance while testing Modi and Trump?

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2017 05:48 PM IST
The Sikkim standoff could be an act of dominance by Beijing aimed at showing the world who’s in charge in Asia
Family members of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer who was allegedly lynched by vigilantes for transporting cows in Rajasthan in April, sit on a dharna to demand justice for him. In recent months, a string of deadly mob attacks on Muslims has triggered outrage across India, with critics accusing the Narendra Modi government of not doing enough to stop these assaults.(HT file)
Family members of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer who was allegedly lynched by vigilantes for transporting cows in Rajasthan in April, sit on a dharna to demand justice for him. In recent months, a string of deadly mob attacks on Muslims has triggered outrage across India, with critics accusing the Narendra Modi government of not doing enough to stop these assaults.(HT file)

Why the BJP has no incentive to stop the lynching of Muslims in India | Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 07:23 AM IST
The Opposition is powerless, the police are bystanders, courts have not shown interest and the BJP feels it will no longer lose elections.
A combination of pictures of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn.(AFP Photo)
A combination of pictures of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn.(AFP Photo)

UK election ‘debate’: Can Jeremy Corbyn maintain the momentum against Theresa May?

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2017 08:33 AM IST
The world awaits to see if the populism sweeping Europe will take a progressive turn in Britain.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal talks to media as he leaves after attending the special session of the assembly in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal talks to media as he leaves after attending the special session of the assembly in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

EVM row: AAP, Congress mainstream the view that the BJP may never lose an election again

UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2017 10:37 AM IST
Several opposition parties, including the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP and the Mayawati-led BSP, have alleged that EVMs were tampered with in the February-March assembly elections in 5 states and the just-concluded civic polls in Delhi.
Security forces and protesters throwing stones on each other during clashes near Lal Chowk in Srinagar.(PTI File Photo)
Security forces and protesters throwing stones on each other during clashes near Lal Chowk in Srinagar.(PTI File Photo)

What Indians should know about war before demanding a military crackdown in Kashmir, Chhattisgarh | Opinion

UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2017 07:57 AM IST
A country must defend its borders and take security seriously but leaders should be judged not by their readiness to deploy force on their citizens but for their ability to create conditions where soldiers and civilians do not live with deep psychological burdens.
The Narendra Modi government wants a new approach and has settled on a policy that combines harsh crackdowns on agitating youth and initiatives that undermine mainstream parties, notwithstanding the PDP-BJP alliance.(AFP file)
The Narendra Modi government wants a new approach and has settled on a policy that combines harsh crackdowns on agitating youth and initiatives that undermine mainstream parties, notwithstanding the PDP-BJP alliance.(AFP file)

The Modi government has a new model for managing Kashmir

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2017 07:19 AM IST
The Centre’s policy in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be marked by more crackdowns and a deliberate disregard for the authority of the state government.
HT Image(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
HT Image(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

Attack on Africans: Envoys show the mirror to what India has become

UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2017 04:16 PM IST
Regrettably, India is also known for breakdown in the rule of law. It is known for the lynching of people on the mere suspicion of possessing beef, the relentless targeting of Muslims by political leaders, a social media sphere steeped in hate speech and misogyny.
OBOR aims to build land and sea links between China and Europe through roads, railway lines, power projects and ports in potentially over 60 countries.(HT file photo)
OBOR aims to build land and sea links between China and Europe through roads, railway lines, power projects and ports in potentially over 60 countries.(HT file photo)

Why India needs to take China’s One Belt One Road initiative seriously

Hindustan Timnes, New Delhi | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2017 04:59 PM IST
OBOR aims to build land and sea links between China and Europe through roads, railway lines, power projects and ports in potentially over 60 countries.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the swaering-in ceremony in Lucknow on Sunday.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the swaering-in ceremony in Lucknow on Sunday.(PTI)

Is Yogi Adityanath a candidate to succeed Narendra Modi in the future?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2017 02:28 PM IST
The party has again underlined that the use of intimidation and extreme rhetoric to establish one’s brand does not go unnoticed and will be rewarded over time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to his supporters as he heads towards the BJP headquarters after victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand elections, in New Delhi on Sunday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to his supporters as he heads towards the BJP headquarters after victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand elections, in New Delhi on Sunday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Narendra Modi’s UP victory, the BJP and India’s political future

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2017 02:06 PM IST
The BJP has achieved dominance but will India be stable? That depends on how the party chooses to govern.
Students and members of ABVP shout slogans at Ramjas College on Tuesday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Students and members of ABVP shout slogans at Ramjas College on Tuesday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

ABVP, BJP and the art of controlling political conversation in India

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2017 09:19 AM IST
The ABVP recognises that JNU student leaders like Kanhaiya Kumar, Khalid and Rashid have emerged as impressive public figures who can speak forcefully on a range of political issues – and thus it wants to oppose them in whatever way possible to limit their influence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.(PTI)

Can Narendra Modi win elections using Big Data as Trump did?

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2017 03:13 PM IST
How Big Data works in politics is fascinatingly relayed in the article.
In a customary call on Saturday, US President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, bragged about his election and hung up on him.(AP Photo)
In a customary call on Saturday, US President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, bragged about his election and hung up on him.(AP Photo)

Donald Trump’s outburst at Turnbull set to change calculations in Australia, Asia

UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2017 09:56 AM IST
The dust may settle soon but policymakers in Australia and Asia will be aware of the chilling effect a figure like Trump has on bureaucratic outreach. They will perhaps come to assume unpredictability as the default stance of the Trump administration, owing to his need to posture abroad for burnishing his domestic credentials.
India’s military might on display during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi, on January 26, 2017.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
India’s military might on display during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi, on January 26, 2017.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

What the next India-China war might look like

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2017 09:31 AM IST
China looms large in the minds of India’s planners – owing to its large military budget, its modernisation plans and the aggressive posturing in the South China Sea – but there is not enough public discussion as to what a future India-China war might look like.
US President Donald Trump speaks at the Armed Services Ball in Washington.(Reuters Photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks at the Armed Services Ball in Washington.(Reuters Photo)

What will US President Donald Trump’s Asia policy look like

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2017 02:34 PM IST
Neither Washington nor Beijing may possess the experience or a playbook for managing a relationship that is so deeply interdependent yet simultaneously filled with complex bilateral frictions and geostrategic rivalry.
US President Donald Trump may pick Ashley Tellis, a Mumbai-born scholar, as his envoy to New Delhi.(Reuters)
US President Donald Trump may pick Ashley Tellis, a Mumbai-born scholar, as his envoy to New Delhi.(Reuters)

Will Donald Trump listen to Ashley Tellis’ advice on India and China

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2017 12:18 PM IST
Ashley Tellis, a Mumbai-born scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is an authoritative voice on India-US ties and is tipped to be Donald Trump’s envoy to New Delhi.
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan.(Reuters Photo)
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan.(Reuters Photo)

Why Donald Trump will not win his battle with US intelligence agencies

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2017 12:13 PM IST
It is unlikely that US intelligences services will yield to Trump when it comes to Russia because accommodation with Moscow through a possibly compromised figure threatens the internal coherence of US national security institutions.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, New York, US, in November 2016.(Reuters File)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, New York, US, in November 2016.(Reuters File)

How US intel report on elections will affect Trump, Putin and the world

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2017 04:52 PM IST
US intelligence agency’s assessment that Russian president Vladimir Putin had ordered an “influence campaign” to help president-elect Donald Trump will generate heated debate in Washington and exert greater pressure on Trump to rethink his keenness on developing friendly ties with Russia.
In this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Shall Kumar, chairman of the Republican Hindu Coalition, after delivering remarks in Edison, New Jersey.(AP)
In this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Shall Kumar, chairman of the Republican Hindu Coalition, after delivering remarks in Edison, New Jersey.(AP)

Why India may matter less in world politics during a Trump presidency

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2017 01:05 PM IST
To increase its wiggle room, Delhi needs to find ways to express its strategic autonomy in ways that suits India’s interests while ensuring that US, Russia and China do not perceive its moves as being (too) opportunistic.
Donald Trump’s win still boggles liberals, who wonder if his election will bolster right-wing forces elsewhere in the world.(REUTERS)
Donald Trump’s win still boggles liberals, who wonder if his election will bolster right-wing forces elsewhere in the world.(REUTERS)

Rise of the right in 2016: Europe’s political landscape has changed

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2016 04:10 PM IST
Syrian refugees and terror attacks have paved the way for right-wing parties and personalities to prosper. Anti-immigration, anti-EU and anti-Muslim platforms are now shaping politics in Europe.
As automation makes more jobs redundant, policymakers cannot put off discussing universal basic income as an option.(Shutterstock image)
As automation makes more jobs redundant, policymakers cannot put off discussing universal basic income as an option.(Shutterstock image)

What can governments do when jobs run out?

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2016 12:26 PM IST
Discussions on India’s economy focus on the ease of doing business, addressing the deficit in education and skills and recapitalisation of banks to unlock investment. But as automation makes more jobs redundant, policymakers cannot put off discussing universal basic income as an option, even if it is expensive.
Rise of the Robots underlines that we have to rethink the assumption that education and reskilling on the job will lead to better prospects.(Shutterstock)
Rise of the Robots underlines that we have to rethink the assumption that education and reskilling on the job will lead to better prospects.(Shutterstock)

How technology will destroy low-wage and middle class jobs the world over

Hindustan Times | By Sushil Aaron
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2016 12:23 PM IST
Rise of the Robots underlines that we have to rethink the assumption that education and reskilling on the job will lead to better prospects.
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