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Fight hard to save legacy green areas

Be it the destruction of the green cover of the Himalayas, the mangroves of the Sundarbans and Mumbai, the wetlands of Chennai and Bengaluru, the assault on our green resources has been relentless
Under the NCR Regional Plan 2021, which has been in force since 2005, nearly the entire Aravalli range in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan is protected, with no construction allowed in the area. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Under the NCR Regional Plan 2021, which has been in force since 2005, nearly the entire Aravalli range in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan is protected, with no construction allowed in the area. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 09:00 PM IST
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Why shots for children matter

As the Indian government expands vaccination, inoculating children is key to warding off the coronavirus threat
The government’s decision comes months after several countries with robust scientific institutions allowed vaccinations for children (HTPhoto)
The government’s decision comes months after several countries with robust scientific institutions allowed vaccinations for children (HTPhoto)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 09:23 PM IST
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Desmond Tutu: An intense force against apartheid

If there is anyone who could be said to have discerned the need to be above racial issues as much as Nelson Mandela, it was Tutu
Desmond Tutu was the chairman of the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and although he was able to see how terrifying and vicious apartheid was, he still felt that it was important to confront this peacefully rather than be vengeful (HT Archive)
Desmond Tutu was the chairman of the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and although he was able to see how terrifying and vicious apartheid was, he still felt that it was important to confront this peacefully rather than be vengeful (HT Archive)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 09:23 PM IST
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Sacrilege: The law must prevail

A constitutional democracy cannot afford to normalise mob violence, and any constriction of due process and fair trial must be contested. Act against desecration but don’t allow people to take the law into their own hands
Sacrilege is a serious and sensitive issue, particularly in Punjab, where incidents of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib rocked the state in 2015. (AFP)
Sacrilege is a serious and sensitive issue, particularly in Punjab, where incidents of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib rocked the state in 2015. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 08:37 PM IST
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How Delhi should deal with Myanmar

India will have to resort to deft diplomacy to secure its national security interests and keep pushing the military junta to work for a faster restoration of the democratic process in the interest of the people of Myanmar
To drive home India’s expectations regarding the restoration of democracy, Mr Shringla sought a meeting with deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, though it was no surprise that this wasn’t agreed to by the State Administrative Council (PTI)
To drive home India’s expectations regarding the restoration of democracy, Mr Shringla sought a meeting with deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, though it was no surprise that this wasn’t agreed to by the State Administrative Council (PTI)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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Omicron: Don’t panic, stay alert

The response to the new variant must be pragmatic, going beyond steps such as lockdowns and night curfews
Studies from Omicron hot spots have shown it is less likely to lead to serious disease when compared to Delta (REUTERS)
Studies from Omicron hot spots have shown it is less likely to lead to serious disease when compared to Delta (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 08:29 PM IST
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Another session of House discord

The government and Opposition must develop channels of communication to resolve extant issues
Parliament is the holiest sanctum in a representative democracy, where laws are meant to be debated and dissected and questions answered. (PTI)
Parliament is the holiest sanctum in a representative democracy, where laws are meant to be debated and dissected and questions answered. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 11:39 PM IST
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Cautious words from MPC

This newspaper has been arguing that the economy still needs fiscal support to convert the ongoing recovery into a sustainable one. The monetary policy’s future course and its efficacy will depend on the fiscal policy trajectory the budget will take
The element of economic uncertainty from the Omicron variant has only increased since the MPC meeting. (HT Photo)
The element of economic uncertainty from the Omicron variant has only increased since the MPC meeting. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 11:39 PM IST
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Omicron variant: An action plan for India

  • India is now entering the crucial set of weeks when the variant could take hold in community transmission
India must start boosters, at least for the elderly and the vulnerable.(REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
India must start boosters, at least for the elderly and the vulnerable.(REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Dec 22, 2021 08:58 PM IST
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Saving India’s natural wealth

  • The House panel must now properly evaluate objections to the biodiversity bill
The amended bill seeks to reduce the pressure on wild medicinal plants by encouraging their cultivation; exempts Ayush practitioners from intimating biodiversity boards for accessing biological resources or knowledge(HT File)
The amended bill seeks to reduce the pressure on wild medicinal plants by encouraging their cultivation; exempts Ayush practitioners from intimating biodiversity boards for accessing biological resources or knowledge(HT File)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 08:56 PM IST
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Student suicides: A brewing problem

While every campus death is heartbreaking, the fact that so many students from the marginalised classes have died by suicide show that top campuses are failing to provide adequate support to students who need it the most
The coronavirus pandemic has only added to the existing set of pressures. (HT PHOTO)
The coronavirus pandemic has only added to the existing set of pressures. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 08:19 PM IST
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Punjab: The volatile mix of politics and religion

The incidents themselves are disturbing, also because the alleged perpetrators were immediately lynched
The first, on December 19, occurred during evening prayers at Amritsar’s Golden Temple where a man jumped over the railings to try and grab the sacred “kirpan” (Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)
The first, on December 19, occurred during evening prayers at Amritsar’s Golden Temple where a man jumped over the railings to try and grab the sacred “kirpan” (Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 08:33 PM IST
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The Aadhaar-voter ID link

Problems with electoral rolls exist; but the government must be mindful that the technology may not be foolproof
In the Lok Sabha on Monday, several Opposition members said that the bill would lead to violation of privacy, disenfranchise voters, and breach red lines drawn by the SC (REUTERS)
In the Lok Sabha on Monday, several Opposition members said that the bill would lead to violation of privacy, disenfranchise voters, and breach red lines drawn by the SC (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 08:26 PM IST
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How to reverse learning loss

Coherent state-level strategies, accentuated vaccine programmes for students, teachers and allied staff, and adequate human resource and financial allocations are key
Around 320 million students have not stepped into a classroom for more than a year. Schools started reopening only in July and they have been plagued by closures. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Around 320 million students have not stepped into a classroom for more than a year. Schools started reopening only in July and they have been plagued by closures. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 05:59 PM IST
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Build winter shelters for the homeless

States need to follow the central policy and SC guidelines on dignified and well-equipped shelters for the homeless in letter and spirit
Such bitter winters pose a tough survival challenge for those who do not have a roof over their heads and adequate clothing. (AP)
Such bitter winters pose a tough survival challenge for those who do not have a roof over their heads and adequate clothing. (AP)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 05:58 PM IST
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Cleaning up Delhi-NCR’s air

  • A long-term plan with bold measures and a unified Centre-state front are essential
While SC’s push for a long-term anti-pollution strategy is welcome, the executive (the Delhi government, and the Centre) should have ideally taken this decision years ago(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
While SC’s push for a long-term anti-pollution strategy is welcome, the executive (the Delhi government, and the Centre) should have ideally taken this decision years ago(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 10:05 PM IST
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No winners in Board games

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has the right to choose who will lead India, but it has handled the change badly
The Ganguly-Kohli spat is a public announcement that the trust between India’s most successful batsman of this generation, and the all-powerful body that runs the sport, has been broken irreparably (BCCI-website)
The Ganguly-Kohli spat is a public announcement that the trust between India’s most successful batsman of this generation, and the all-powerful body that runs the sport, has been broken irreparably (BCCI-website)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 08:00 PM IST
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Climate education: Maharashtra shows the way

Maharashtra has done well to recognise children as equal stakeholders and critical agents of change in addressing the climate and ecological crisis
Environmental activists demonstrate outside a UN climate change meeting, Durban (HTPHOTO)
Environmental activists demonstrate outside a UN climate change meeting, Durban (HTPHOTO)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 08:04 PM IST
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Omicron: The ideal response

The first two waves of the pandemic have significant learnings for India. Use them well to fight the variant
One, if there ever was a time for the test-trace-isolate mantra, it is now (HT PHOTO)
One, if there ever was a time for the test-trace-isolate mantra, it is now (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 08:26 PM IST
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Bipolar disorder: The Supreme Court opens the door

The SC has opened up space for such a dialogue by ruling that the person with BPD was “entitled to succeed” just like anyone else
The recent Supreme Court (SC) ruling, in favour of a person with BPD, who was barred by the Delhi High Court administration from becoming a judicial officer in 2019 on account of his mental illness, offers crucial indicators towards that end (HT Photo)
The recent Supreme Court (SC) ruling, in favour of a person with BPD, who was barred by the Delhi High Court administration from becoming a judicial officer in 2019 on account of his mental illness, offers crucial indicators towards that end (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 08:35 PM IST
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On health, India must protect the poorest

India must prioritise health services for its vulnerable population. Indians have one of the world’s highest out-of-pocket health expenditures
Covid-19 has likely stalled two decades of progress towards universal health coverage and pushed half a billion people into extreme poverty (Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Covid-19 has likely stalled two decades of progress towards universal health coverage and pushed half a billion people into extreme poverty (Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 07:53 PM IST
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At UNSC, India stands tall

By opposing the United Nations Security Council draft resolution on climate change, it stands up to the developed world
As India’s permanent representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, put it, the country “had no option” but to vote against the resolution (ANI)
As India’s permanent representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, put it, the country “had no option” but to vote against the resolution (ANI)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 07:46 PM IST
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CBSE: Education in India must be progressive

How was a passage that is sexist, demeaning towards women, and (in the pursuit of knowledge) factually inaccurate, part of a central board exam?
Close up of high school or university student holding a pen writing on answer sheet paper in the examination room. College students answering multiple choice questions test in the testing room in university. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Close up of high school or university student holding a pen writing on answer sheet paper in the examination room. College students answering multiple choice questions test in the testing room in university. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 07:56 PM IST
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The Indian economy’s confidence problem

Poor consumer sentiment is at the core of the country’s low consumption growth. Unless the CSI looks up, it is unlikely that there will be a sustained recovery in demand, spending, and consumption
The CSI is currently at 62.3 and the FEI at 109.6 (REUTERS)
The CSI is currently at 62.3 and the FEI at 109.6 (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 07:50 PM IST
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General Rawat: A fitting farewell

The government must now investigate the crash and find a successor to carry forward his work, someone with the same zeal that the first CDS exhibited
People participate in the funeral procession of late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat (PTI)
People participate in the funeral procession of late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat (PTI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 07:56 AM IST
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The time for booster shots has come

This is the right time for India to approve (even mandate) booster shots, and also the right time for it to place advance orders with Covishield-maker Serum Institute
India has, thus far, fully vaccinated 55% of its adult population and partially vaccinated another 31% (REUTERS)
India has, thus far, fully vaccinated 55% of its adult population and partially vaccinated another 31% (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 12, 2021 08:20 PM IST
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The diplomatic Olympic boycott

It’s a strong statement for Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and the US to make. But China stands to lose little from it
Even a full boycott of the Games — and the Olympics have seen their fair share of boycotts — usually does not achieve much (REUTERS)
Even a full boycott of the Games — and the Olympics have seen their fair share of boycotts — usually does not achieve much (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 08:13 PM IST
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The end of the farm protests

The farmers gathered on Delhi’s borders for a little over a year should be headed home in a few days. What remains are the problems of agriculture
Yet, what the end of the protests marks is the return to status quo, albeit with some changes that are actually far from desirable (Bloomberg)
Yet, what the end of the protests marks is the return to status quo, albeit with some changes that are actually far from desirable (Bloomberg)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 09:44 PM IST
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Myanmar: A push to restore democracy

India should continue making use of its influence with Myanmar’s military leadership to make a discreet push for the restoration of democracy
Ms Suu Kyi’s reputation has suffered because of her stance on the Rohingya issue, hampering a coordinated international campaign (REUTERS)
Ms Suu Kyi’s reputation has suffered because of her stance on the Rohingya issue, hampering a coordinated international campaign (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 09:43 PM IST
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