Articles by Shashi Shekhar
A new record will be made in UP elections 2022: Anurag Thakur
“In my view, while the people of Uttar Pradesh voted for the BJP in record numbers in 2017 and 2019, a new record will be made in the ongoing elections,” Union minister Anurag Thakur said.
Updated on Feb 16, 2022 07:06 AM IST
ByShashi Shekhar and Ramnarayan Srivastav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
BJP backed by all sects due to issue-based support, PM’s welfare policies: Shah
There is a formidable alliance that the BJP is up against in Uttar Pradesh.
Updated on Feb 14, 2022 01:18 AM IST
BySmriti Kak Ramachandran, Shashi Shekhar
UP: Have leaders listened to the people’s concerns?
Will the voter consider issues that seem to have been forgotten? This election gives them an opportunity to consider what really matters in their daily lives
Updated on Feb 13, 2022 06:15 PM IST
In Uttar Pradesh, real issues remain on the backburner
While leaving the holy city, I was deeply disturbed that even as polls were drawing close, the people of Mathura were not debating on the many civic and governance issues
Updated on Feb 06, 2022 08:47 PM IST
UP polls: Which way will Dalits go this time?
Dalit voters have changed their preferences many times in India’s most populous state. Earlier they threw in their lot with the Congress, later the BSP was their preferred party. After that, the BJP made inroads into this vote bank
Published on Jan 30, 2022 09:40 PM IST
Can Aparna Yadav succeed like Maneka Gandhi?
Her joining the BJP has helped the saffron party gain a significant advantage, and it remains to be seen what she can gain from this move
Updated on Jan 23, 2022 09:19 PM IST
In UP 2022, it’s back to Mandal vs Kamandal
The message is clear, the BJP is going into the election on a plank largely comprising religion and development
Published on Jan 16, 2022 08:46 PM IST
Lapse in PM’s security: A brazen breach of norms
There was undoubtedly a clear violation of procedure during the PM’s visit to Punjab. The Punjab government should have acted in an open-minded fashion but clearly, electoral considerations took precedence
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 08:49 PM IST
A range of challenges awaits the world in 2022
We may soon get pills to combat Covid, the economic revival may gain momentum, and perhaps the world as we know it, may change forever
Published on Jan 02, 2022 08:26 PM IST
2021: For India, a year of mixed fortunes
If 2021 has proved anything, it is that the concept of a global village has become redundant. Vaccine nationalism by the richer countries has made the battle against the virus all the more difficult for the poor nations
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 08:39 PM IST
Value probity and decency in public life
We have a rock solid foundation for parliamentary conduct, but it would seem we have made a travesty of it
Published on Dec 19, 2021 05:55 PM IST
The brave soldiers in the liberation of Bangladesh
Let us pay tribute to our brave soldiers on the 50th anniversary of that historic victory. A grateful nation salutes them
Published on Dec 12, 2021 08:19 PM IST
Omicron: The nature of poll campaigns must change
It’s time for parties to come together and institute safe campaigning methods, with the resources usually spent on mobilising crowds put to better use
Published on Dec 05, 2021 08:31 PM IST
The contours of the battle in Uttar Pradesh
With the SP-RLD alliance, it is clear that the SP and at least five parties it has allied with will directly take on the ruling BJP-led NDA
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:15 PM IST
After the repeal, a set of new questions
It will be interesting to see whether the Opposition succeeds in projecting the issue as the government’s defeat or whether the ruling party manages to capitalise on it
Updated on Nov 21, 2021 08:00 PM IST
How should India remember Jawaharlal Nehru?
When Nehru gave his famous tryst with destiny speech on the eve of Independence, it was not clear what this destiny held in store for India
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 06:36 PM IST
This festive season, what do economic indicators tell us?
The fall in the number of Covid-19 cases and bullish markets have given many some hope that things are turning a corner. While it is too early to make accurate predictions, there is good news and bad news for the middle class
Updated on Nov 07, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Indira Gandhi’s legacy: The successes and the mistakes
Though she failed to establish peace in Punjab, Kashmir and the Northeast, her legacy remains strong even 37 years after her death. Her memories will live on.
Published on Oct 31, 2021 06:05 PM IST
The story of challenges, the story of resilience
India has a diverse landscape with villages in remote areas. Health workers, however, overcame these challenges to ensure that people across the country got vaccinated
Updated on Oct 24, 2021 04:42 PM IST
The political chessboard in Uttar Pradesh
Politicians often find opportunities in tragedies but forget about them when their purpose is fulfilled. But, does any party or person benefit from Lakhimpur Kheri-type tragedy?
Published on Oct 17, 2021 02:27 PM IST
Lakhimpur Kheri: The movement and the politics
This non-violent farmers’ movement, which has been going on for a year, has now witnessed a bloody incident that has aroused anger and passion
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 07:31 PM IST
The disturbing effect of Covid-19 on India’s children
The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed more than 10 million Indians. At that time, growth had slumped to -10.5%, and inflation had skyrocketed. The people who suffered the most were from the lower rungs of society. A British report published in 1919 analysed the death toll in Bombay (now, Mumbai), on the basis of social classification. It was found out that more than 61% of those who died were from low-income groups and lower social classes.
Updated on Oct 03, 2021 03:00 PM IST
From ascetic to flashy, a tale of political priests
Why is it that often, after the mysterious deaths of such people, issues regarding fame, power, and lifestyles, either theirs or their associates’, arise?
Updated on Sep 26, 2021 07:51 PM IST
The centrality of Narendra Modi
His ability to dream, translate dreams into reality through courage and persistence, and engage with the masses is key to his success
Updated on Sep 19, 2021 08:06 PM IST
What the rise of extremism means for the world
Extremism is spreading across the world through phones and computers. Now news, videos, and photos of the Taliban’s excesses in Afghanistan will make this mix even more lethal
Updated on Sep 05, 2021 08:02 PM IST
On the Taliban and terror, stop irresponsible rhetoric
The West must abandon its hands-off approach and tackle the growing turmoil caused by terrorism across the world — particularly in Asia and Africa
Published on Aug 29, 2021 08:04 PM IST
The misuse of India’s investigative agencies
The inhuman rules created during the British era remain. Those in power can use State agencies to pursue their interest. But now is the time for change. Citizens of a sovereign and democratic country have a fundamental right to live a life without discrimination. When will that happen? I await that day.
Updated on Aug 22, 2021 09:06 PM IST
Looking back at the 25th, 50th I-Day anniversaries
Independence and the progress that followed have been achieved through the efforts of generation after generation
Published on Aug 15, 2021 08:30 PM IST
Restoring governance and normalcy in J&K
Despite many confidence-building efforts by the government led by Lieutenant-Governor, Manoj Sinha, it will take some time to win the trust of the masses in the Kashmir Valley
Updated on Aug 08, 2021 07:01 PM IST
Parliament must discuss people’s concerns
The country expected much better from its elected representatives. Many questions related to the pandemic still need to be raised and answered in Parliament
Updated on Aug 01, 2021 06:54 PM IST