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A tightrope walk for India

Updated on Aug 18, 2022 08:02 PM IST

New Delhi will soon have to balance its energy security interests and the need to reassure the West. Neither can be compromised – and that’s the challenge

Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Bangkok, August 17, 2022 (AFP)
Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Bangkok, August 17, 2022 (AFP)
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Govt must act on false claims by Patanjali

The government must take note of the high court’s observations and ensure no erroneous claims are allowed to undermine important public health programmes such as administering vaccines

The pandemic is not behind us, and to undermine public health interventions for narrow business interests – and Ramdev’s exhortations are little more than advertisements for products made by his company – can only be allowed at dire costs to the nation. (PTI)
The pandemic is not behind us, and to undermine public health interventions for narrow business interests – and Ramdev’s exhortations are little more than advertisements for products made by his company – can only be allowed at dire costs to the nation. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2022 08:02 PM IST
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A release that may be lawful, but not right

The Bilkis Bano case has followed the law and due process, but is still surprising for at least three reasons.

Questions about whether the remission was done with an eye on the Gujarat polls are only natural — especially in the context of the welcome the convicts received on their release. (Source: Twitter)
Questions about whether the remission was done with an eye on the Gujarat polls are only natural — especially in the context of the welcome the convicts received on their release. (Source: Twitter)
Updated on Aug 17, 2022 08:01 PM IST
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How to better govern sport

The suspension of India by FIFA underlines deeper problems with sport administration

Multiple international organisations — FIFA and the International Olympic Council among them — have been accused in the past of pushing for better governance among members even as they fought to protect entrenched interests. (AFP File Photo)
Multiple international organisations — FIFA and the International Olympic Council among them — have been accused in the past of pushing for better governance among members even as they fought to protect entrenched interests. (AFP File Photo)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 08:01 PM IST
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Tackling the new variants

The next phase of the global Covid-19 vaccination is beginning, and India must keep abreast of developments

Updating vaccines is a tricky question. Scientists need to broadly consider two questions: First, has the pathogen changed substantially enough to warrant such a decision, which includes millions of dollars in costs and months in time for requisite tests? And, second, is the new mutated pathogen here to stay? (Hindustan Times)
Updating vaccines is a tricky question. Scientists need to broadly consider two questions: First, has the pathogen changed substantially enough to warrant such a decision, which includes millions of dollars in costs and months in time for requisite tests? And, second, is the new mutated pathogen here to stay? (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 07:35 PM IST
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Adopt a pragmatic policy on inflation

Most analysts expect RBI to continue to raise interest rates over the course of the year in an effort to combat inflation. While raising interest rates might help anchor inflation expectations and calm financial markets, this is bound to hurt the growth prospects of the economy.

Both retail and wholesale inflation seem to have peaked and are on a downward trajectory now. (Hindustan Times)
Both retail and wholesale inflation seem to have peaked and are on a downward trajectory now. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 07:33 PM IST
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For progress, dilute caste purity notions

The unfortunate link between water and misinformed notions of caste purity bubbled up to the surface this week when a nine-year-old Dalit boy died after he was allegedly beaten up by a teacher for touching a drinking water pot in Rajasthan.

Dr BR Ambedkar led followers in 1927 to drink water from the tank. A decade later, the Bombay high court affirmed the right. (HT Graphics)
Dr BR Ambedkar led followers in 1927 to drink water from the tank. A decade later, the Bombay high court affirmed the right. (HT Graphics)
Updated on Aug 15, 2022 08:51 PM IST
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Deepening democracy

India’s democratic system is both a miracle and a cherished project. But concerns remain

The PM and President have rightly focused on creating a road map. (ANI)
The PM and President have rightly focused on creating a road map. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 15, 2022 08:46 PM IST
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May the force be with India

India has achieved a lot in the last 25 years. However, to flourish further, the country must nurture its ability to deal with diversity

A girl walks carrying Indian flag along with army soldiers during a ceremony to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence in Mumbai, August 14, 2022 (AP)
A girl walks carrying Indian flag along with army soldiers during a ceremony to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence in Mumbai, August 14, 2022 (AP)
Updated on Aug 14, 2022 07:10 PM IST
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Taliban in Kabul: A year on, challenges remain

India should stick to its stated position that the focus will be on the Afghan people, including meeting their growing needs for food and medical care, and a more liberal visa regime, while it works to safeguard its national security interests

A Taliban fighter guards a gate after a gathering attended by Afghanistan's Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund and Minister for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Sheikh Mohammad Khalid at the former presidential palace, Kabul, August 13, 2022 (AFP)
A Taliban fighter guards a gate after a gathering attended by Afghanistan's Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund and Minister for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Sheikh Mohammad Khalid at the former presidential palace, Kabul, August 13, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Aug 14, 2022 07:11 PM IST
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Control the Capital’s rising crime graph

According to the police, cases of crime across most categories, such as theft, snatching, and burglary, increased by 8.1%

Senior police officers told HT that the spurt in the number of criminal cases could be due to the online FIR registration system, which has made it easier for citizens to report crimes. (Representative Image)
Senior police officers told HT that the spurt in the number of criminal cases could be due to the online FIR registration system, which has made it easier for citizens to report crimes. (Representative Image)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 08:23 PM IST
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The fallout of China’s actions

Its growing aggression under Xi, including a possible Taiwan attack, will be felt across Asia

A possible attack on Taiwan has been one of the greatest unspoken fears in Asia since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Reuters)
A possible attack on Taiwan has been one of the greatest unspoken fears in Asia since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Reuters)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 08:20 PM IST
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GeM portal onboarding: A mega push for the cooperative sector

The government’s move can restore the importance of the critical cooperative structure and provide it with a new lease of life, help the sector to innovate and diversify its product range, and ensure better income opportunities for its members

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses at the National Conference of Agricultural and Rural Development Banks (ARDBs) organised by the National Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks Federation Ltd (NAFCARD), at NCUI Auditorium, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (Shrikant Singh)
New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses at the National Conference of Agricultural and Rural Development Banks (ARDBs) organised by the National Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks Federation Ltd (NAFCARD), at NCUI Auditorium, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (Shrikant Singh)
Updated on Aug 10, 2022 11:05 PM IST
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Handle personal data with care

Experts in India rightly point out that the purpose and safeguards of the country’s new model need to be better explicated.

India isn’t the first country to set up such as system. In 2016, the European Union (EU) adopted the PNR Directive for all its member countries. Even before the directive, the EU and the United States (US) signed a pact in 2011 to share PNR records. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
India isn’t the first country to set up such as system. In 2016, the European Union (EU) adopted the PNR Directive for all its member countries. Even before the directive, the EU and the United States (US) signed a pact in 2011 to share PNR records. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2022 09:39 PM IST
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Three key aspects of the change in Bihar

Three aspects of the change in Bihar – a Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Congress alliance will likely take over – merit mention.

The JD(U)’s re-entry into the Opposition space, and Nitish Kumar’s stature as well as connections across parties, at once both simplifies and complicates the leadership question for 2024. 
The JD(U)’s re-entry into the Opposition space, and Nitish Kumar’s stature as well as connections across parties, at once both simplifies and complicates the leadership question for 2024. 
Published on Aug 09, 2022 08:49 PM IST
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An early end to Parliament

The monsoon session’s premature end points to a trust deficit between State and Opposition

While the government needs to do all it can to bridge the trust deficit with the Opposition to improve Parliament’s functioning, the Opposition also needs to realise that it must not think of disrupting Parliament as an end in itself. (ANI)
While the government needs to do all it can to bridge the trust deficit with the Opposition to improve Parliament’s functioning, the Opposition also needs to realise that it must not think of disrupting Parliament as an end in itself. (ANI)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 08:38 PM IST
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In Bihar, an uneasy alliance

Even if the JD(U) does not quit the NDA, tensions will remain as the BJP wants to be the dominant partner

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been trying to get even with the BJP for this treatment by trying to champion issues such as demanding a caste census (and an increase in the existing 50% cap on reservations) (PTI)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been trying to get even with the BJP for this treatment by trying to champion issues such as demanding a caste census (and an increase in the existing 50% cap on reservations) (PTI)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 07:54 PM IST
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What the CWG tells us about Indian sport

Neeraj Chopra has shown Indian athletes that they can be the best in the world, but it was up to the others to follow through, and now, even though these are small steps, they are showing they can

Men's triple jump gold medalist Eldhose Paul and silver medalist Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevida (L), Birmingham on August 6, 2022 (ANI)
Men's triple jump gold medalist Eldhose Paul and silver medalist Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevida (L), Birmingham on August 6, 2022 (ANI)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 07:55 PM IST
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Sable and a new era for Indian athletics

India finished with eight medals, including an incredible gold and silver for Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker in the triple jump. These medals are a sign of India’s rising assurance in sports at the international level.

Kenya's Abraham Kibiwot (R) crosses the finish line in first place followed by India's Avinash Mukund Sable, Birmingham , August 6, 2022 (AFP)
Kenya's Abraham Kibiwot (R) crosses the finish line in first place followed by India's Avinash Mukund Sable, Birmingham , August 6, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Aug 07, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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Building a civil and just society

The common understanding of the law is that it is a formalised set of rules, regulations, and statutes often enforced through societal institutions

The lesson is important, the messaging is clear, and the appeal aims for a just society, through criticism of laws that have failed to march with the changing times and the difficulties created by transforming society. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The lesson is important, the messaging is clear, and the appeal aims for a just society, through criticism of laws that have failed to march with the changing times and the difficulties created by transforming society. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 07, 2022 09:00 PM IST
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Three questions on MPC’s decision

RBI’s hawkish stance, at some cost to growth, may be driven by persisting external volatility

Experts also predict that the rate could peak anywhere between 5.7% and 6% — the policy rate is currently at 5.4% — which means RBI has actually already effected much of the increase in this cycle. (AFP)
Experts also predict that the rate could peak anywhere between 5.7% and 6% — the policy rate is currently at 5.4% — which means RBI has actually already effected much of the increase in this cycle. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 05, 2022 07:24 PM IST
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Data bill: A right call by the govt

While the fact that India doesn’t have a base law is a problem, undue haste can lead to more problems

As technology evolves, so will its applications and the legal doctrines that seek to combat the harms and abuses. India has done well to hold wide-ranging stakeholder discussions and it is a welcome step that frameworks are not rushed (SHUTTERSTOCK)
As technology evolves, so will its applications and the legal doctrines that seek to combat the harms and abuses. India has done well to hold wide-ranging stakeholder discussions and it is a welcome step that frameworks are not rushed (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Aug 04, 2022 06:41 PM IST
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Framing a road map for climate goal

The updated NDC has no sectoral targets and a 2070 net-zero pledge, though the government hopes the three steps will move India towards that long-term ambitious goal

Union minister for environment, forest and climate change Bhupender Yadav speaks in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, New Delhi, August 3, 2022 (ANI)
Union minister for environment, forest and climate change Bhupender Yadav speaks in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, New Delhi, August 3, 2022 (ANI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2022 06:41 PM IST
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The larger message from July trade numbers

India’s trade deficit jumped to an all-time high of $31 billion in July, significantly higher than the $26.2 billion number for June. What is the larger takeaway of this number?

The import outlook, given the primacy of crude oil imports, will depend on global energy prices. (Reuters)
The import outlook, given the primacy of crude oil imports, will depend on global energy prices. (Reuters)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 08:46 PM IST
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A new age of military tech

Zawahiri’s killing, with a new missile, shows how much war and weaponry have evolved

While the planning for the latest operation was just as meticulous, the US reportedly deployed a drone armed with the Hellfire R-9X missile. (AFP)
While the planning for the latest operation was just as meticulous, the US reportedly deployed a drone armed with the Hellfire R-9X missile. (AFP)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 08:41 PM IST
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5G auction: The key takeaway

For Indian consumers, the big takeaway is that faster mobile internet, with greater possibilities, and, hopefully, fewer network disruptions, is now a step closer

The government recently announced a <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.64 lakh crore revival package for the State-owned BSNL, which includes 4G spectrum, and it is likely that, at some point in the future, another package that includes 5G will be made available to the company. That means India will have five 5G players. (mint)
The government recently announced a 1.64 lakh crore revival package for the State-owned BSNL, which includes 4G spectrum, and it is likely that, at some point in the future, another package that includes 5G will be made available to the company. That means India will have five 5G players. (mint)
Updated on Aug 02, 2022 06:24 PM IST
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What the killing of al-Zawahiri reveals

The Taliban wants the release of the country’s assets frozen around the world. However, the group has rarely spoken about its commitments to root out terrorist organisations operating from Afghan soil

A still file image from a video released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab and obtained on June 8, 2011 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows Ayman al-Zawahiri as he gives a eulogy for slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a video released on jihadist forumsafghanistan (AFP)
A still file image from a video released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab and obtained on June 8, 2011 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows Ayman al-Zawahiri as he gives a eulogy for slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a video released on jihadist forumsafghanistan (AFP)
Updated on Aug 02, 2022 06:24 PM IST
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India needs climate-resilient farming

For farmers, rising temperatures and erratic rainfall — both imprints of the climate crisis — are challenging since it not just impacts income, but also their ability to invest it back into their farms

Punjab agri department looking for ways to cut use of pesticides on basmati crop (HT File)
Punjab agri department looking for ways to cut use of pesticides on basmati crop (HT File)
Published on Aug 01, 2022 08:59 PM IST
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The economy is on a rebound

High-frequency indicators show the formal economy is doing well, but vulnerabilities remain

In balance, the country’s economic prospects look a lot brighter than they did just a month ago. (AFP)
In balance, the country’s economic prospects look a lot brighter than they did just a month ago. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2022 08:53 PM IST
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