Shashi Shekhar
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An urgent clarion call to build a global fraternity

To deal with challenging circumstances worldover, the world requires compassion, cooperation and complete solidarity, but what is happening is just the opposite.

Do the ominous clouds of impending war mean that phrases like “global village” and “global fraternity” are merely political catchphrases? (Shutterstock)
Published on Aug 28, 2022 07:46 PM IST

India’s tightrope walk in a hostile neighbourhood

Our neighbourhood is on fire on all sides. When a country’s liberal institutions begin to deteriorate, conservative elements take over.

The Yuan Wang-5 warship’s radar and cutting-edge equipment can track missiles and other security establishments for up to 750 km. As a result, it has the capability spy on all South Indian ports and plants. (AFP)
Published on Aug 21, 2022 08:45 PM IST

There’s a lot to fix before India turns 100

In recent years, social gaps have widened. Economic inequality has also grown; 57% of the nation’s overall wealth is in the hands of a mere 10% of the population. Even the official data on those living below the poverty line mocks the impoverished

People visit the India Gate, New Delhi, August 13, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Aug 14, 2022 07:10 PM IST

Amrit Mahotsav inspires us to face new challenges

Even though we have much to be proud of, our society’s paradoxes still exist. Although everyone participated in the struggle for freedom as a united front, now there are voices from various forms of divisiveness

Returning to the present, the nation has progressed significantly in the 75 years since Independence. We didn’t have enough food grain to feed everyone until 40 years ago. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2022 08:56 PM IST

In last 3 years, we have overcome decades of chasm in development: Manoj Sinha

Manoj Sinha said that the nullification of Article 370 integrated Jammu & Kashmir into the national mainstream.

J&K L-G Manoj Sinha lauded the work that has happened over these years, but warned that there were still attempts at destabilising the region from across the border. (Ayush Sharma)
Updated on Aug 06, 2022 02:09 AM IST

Three years after 370, Kashmir is changing

Although it is still too early to say, walking through the Valley in the last week of July gave the impression that something had undoubtedly changed

Jammu and Kashmir is undoubtedly a challenging and intricate issue. Although the final solution will take some time, the complexities of the problem have begun resolving themselves. One cannot simply click-fix a problem that has existed for decades. (WASEEM ANDRABI/HTPHOTO)
Updated on Jul 31, 2022 08:18 PM IST

Finally, the Mahatma’s dream is fulfilled

On 47 Lok Sabha and 554 assembly seats, with a predominance of tribal people, Droupadi Murmu can have an impact on the NDA’s fortunes

Droupadi Murmu in New Delhi, July 21, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Jul 24, 2022 08:01 PM IST

Chaos on the horizon as India’s neighbours bleed

With these neighbours in poor health, chaos seems to be on the horizon.

For decades, the Rajapaksa family ruled this island nation. Is Gotabaya going to be the last disgraceful name added to the long list of those deposed by people? (AP)
Published on Jul 17, 2022 09:07 PM IST

Grim pointer to a surge of hatred in the world

Whatever one may think, social media has strayed from its intended course. This is the result of a carefully-thought-out and diabolical strategy to gain power — because everywhere in the world, people are divided rather than united

It was predicted that the advent of social media, which includes massive platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, would bring people from all over the world together (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Jul 10, 2022 09:00 PM IST

Is today’s Opposition strong enough to take on the BJP?

The electoral muddle will start next year. How efficacious would it be to hope for a miracle so soon? The question itself contains the answer.

In recent times, one effort to come together was the exercise for consensus on a presidential candidate. The entire non-NDA spectrum was expected to rally behind Yashwant Sinha. This did not happen. (PTI)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 08:50 PM IST

The Maha political story is still incomplete

A furious Shiv Sena is now threatening to fight on the streets, on the House floor, and in court. This metropolis has always been a stronghold of the Shiv Sena and it is believed that whatever the fellow leaders do, the workers are with Matoshree

Shiv Sena supporters raise slogans holding placards as they stage a rally in support of the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, New Delhi, August 26 (Amit Sharma)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 08:34 PM IST

The undeniable shift in our heat and rain cycles

Deadly forest fires are raging from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. According to the Forest Survey of India, there were 1,141 major forest fires in the last week of March

This is the moment for everyone to exercise caution. It is not only necessary to strengthen laws and regulations, but it is also imperative that they must be strictly enforced. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 19, 2022 10:32 PM IST

All parties must have a code of conduct

The Prophet row is a lesson for everyone who tries to be “more loyal than the king” by taking needless risks. It will not be resolved unless leaders of all the political parties take concrete efforts to rein in their spokespersons

Paramilitary personnel stand guard during the curfew imposed after a protest against suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and expelled party leader Naveen Jindal over their alleged remarks on Prophet Mohammed, Ranchi, June 11, 2022 (Somnath Sen)
Updated on Jun 12, 2022 08:00 PM IST

Showbiz stars: Why so many leave us too soon

With KK, I’d like to talk about all those who were in show business but left us unexpectedly early.

KK, just like many of his generation’s vocalists, didn’t merely perform on stage. These artistes must perform many feats to keep the audience entertained. 
Published on Jun 05, 2022 09:11 PM IST

Modi seems invincible in his ninth year as PM

Narendra Modi is the only PM, after Jawaharlal Nehru, to have had such a smooth ride. This is yet another feather in his cap of enviable achievements

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Mahatma Mandir, May 28, 2022 (ANI)
Updated on May 29, 2022 08:20 PM IST

Gyanvapi row: The politics of demolition and construction

Are we about to experience another period of turbulence, such as the one we witnessed from 1989 to 1992?

For centuries, emperors and politicians used various methods to create divisions in society. Why shouldn’t citizens and leaders act to end this? (Shutterstock)
Published on May 22, 2022 07:45 PM IST

Modi’s hallmark: Clarity with determination

I have had the opportunity to observe successive PMs. All of them have contributed to India's progress, but I can confidently say that I have never seen such a combination of determination and clarity as I have in Modi

The pradhan sewak is aware of the difficulties which lie ahead. This is why he has added Sabka Vishwas to his famous Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas slogan going forward (ANI)
Updated on May 15, 2022 07:43 PM IST

India needs communal cohesion to progress

It would seem that there are no issues of importance confronting India, barring religious, communal and linguistic ones

Ajay Devgn, a huge star in Mumbai’s cinematic firmament, seems concerned about our rashtrabhasha, (national language) while Kichha Sudeep appears worried about his mother tongue, Kannada. (Shutterstock)
Published on May 01, 2022 07:40 PM IST

Ukraine: Opportunities for India in a new world order

New Delhi must remain both aware and alert in the days to come. This could be the time when India takes its rightful place in a new world order.

The last three decades were a time of relative peace, prosperity, and progress, but this brazen invasion of a sovereign country has put paid to all that. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 24, 2022 11:12 PM IST

The world must pull back from the brink

Developing and poor nations require food, not weapons. The situation is fuelling inflation and the direct repercussions are being felt the most by developing countries

A Ukranian serviceman looks into a crater and a destroyed home are pictured in the village of Yatskivka, eastern Ukraine on April 16, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 07:56 PM IST

The Ukraine crisis and the need for a new world order

There is only one of two scenarios: Either build a new world order keeping every country’s interest in mind or prepare for a dark future marked by strife 

In this short time, the conflict has not only divided the world in two but also given rise to fears of World War III. (AFP)
Published on Apr 10, 2022 08:29 PM IST

It’s time India makes its voice and goals heard

The US, these days, is on a slippery slope, China has been weakened by the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict has wreaked havoc on Europe

The Ukraine conflict has triggered tensio-ns on an unprecedented scale between Russia and the West. India’s stand has become critical for both sides (PTI)
Updated on Apr 03, 2022 07:51 PM IST

The Kashmir Files trains the spotlight on a tragedy

The Kashmir Files opened up old wounds. Stories of Kashmiri Pandits compelled to leave their land are worrying. This film has showcased a forgotten history 

Many of these people were driven out. If a few more events like these had been included in The Kashmir Files, the overall picture would have been portrayed more accurately. 
Published on Mar 27, 2022 07:30 PM IST

Yogi, Kejriwal may achieve bigger roles

Yogi and Kejriwal have forged their political careers in the crucible of adversity. If they can stay the course, bigger political roles await them

The good news is that several people of humble origins such as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have proved successful in recent times through sheer dint of hard work and perseverance (Hindustan)
Updated on Mar 20, 2022 05:58 PM IST

Coming soon: A Modi vs Kejriwal face-off

The AAP is not only occupying the Congress’s space, it is also posing a challenge to regional parties

Is a confrontation between Narendra Modi and Kejriwal on the cards in the next five years? Early indications of the contours of such a face-off will come at the end of this year. (AFP)
Updated on Mar 13, 2022 07:28 PM IST

Assembly election 2022: Lessons from the ground

The pandemic has broken the backbone of the Indian economy. Economists are divided on how and when the economy will recover. However, most people are getting back on track much quicker than expected

A labourer carries sacks containing rice grain to store at a Food Corporation of India (FCI) warehouse, Jammu, 2020 (Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 06, 2022 07:32 PM IST

‘People now vote for development, for state and the country, not for caste’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Hindustan’s Shashi Shekhar about the BJP’s prospects in the ongoing assembly elections, economic revival after the pandemic. Edited excerpts:

interview ‘People now vote for development, for state and the country, not for caste’
Published on Mar 03, 2022 01:04 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

'Leaving no stone unturned to bring back our students from Ukraine': PM Modi

Exclusive: Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Hindustan that the government is working round the clock to bring back all Indian nationals who are stranded in the warzone

interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Hindustan Times that the government is working round the clock to bring back Indians from Ukraine(PTI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 05:55 PM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

What the world can learn from Ukraine

Those who want peace should put more pressure on their governments. Citizens took part in rallies, facing police batons and arrests. But these are not enough; the same pattern of resistance should emerge all over the world as was witnessed during the Vietnam war

Police detain a demonstrator during an action against Russia's attack on Ukraine in St. Petersburg, Russia, February. 26, 2022. (AP)
Updated on Feb 28, 2022 08:59 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar

Voters don’t demand good governance

It is said that in a democracy, people get the rulers they deserve. While walking through the streets of Moradabad, I found no public resentment about the apathy shown to the city

Before Covid-19, there was an annual export of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>9,000 crore from this city. Today, that figure stands at around of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7,000 crore (Virender Gosain/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2022 08:25 PM IST
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