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Brexit has given India an opportunity to show that it is not protectionist as much as forward-looking when it comes to trade, technology and investment. The question is whether the Modi government has a strategic enough sense of trade policy to grasp this chance.(AP)

Brexit: India could gain as of now

UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:04 AM IST
The real test for India will be whether it can leverage the UK’s desire for some quick trade agreement successes and put together a 21st century economic partnership deal that stresses services, aligns data standards, and incorporates immigration
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Farm unions want the government to adopt a comprehensive measure of cultivation costs that includes the imputed cost of capital and the rent on the land, called “C2” in economic parlance.(PTI)
Farm unions want the government to adopt a comprehensive measure of cultivation costs that includes the imputed cost of capital and the rent on the land, called “C2” in economic parlance.(PTI)

Farm talks: No end in sight yet

UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:03 AM IST
The regulating of free markets so that farmers feel more secure may be a workable proposal
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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the pre-budget consultations, New Delhi, December 17(ANI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the pre-budget consultations, New Delhi, December 17(ANI)

Now over to the Union budget

PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:19 PM IST
The economy will pick up this fiscal year, but it must be on a sustainable path
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Local elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are a significant moment in the political evolution of the new Union Territory.(WASEEM ANDRABI/HTPHOTO)
Local elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are a significant moment in the political evolution of the new Union Territory.(WASEEM ANDRABI/HTPHOTO)

In Kashmir, the return of democracy

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:59 PM IST
Local polls are a good first step. Focus on deepening trust between J&K and Delhi
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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Tuesday announced that the Union government will increase its share of contribution to Post Matric Scholarship for students from the Scheduled Castes (SCs).(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Tuesday announced that the Union government will increase its share of contribution to Post Matric Scholarship for students from the Scheduled Castes (SCs).(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Ensuring education for the marginalised students

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:39 PM IST
While ensuring more funds to retain students is commendable, the Centre must also iron out the systemic challenges that are dogging post-matric scholarships
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India must begin engaging with other governments and immunise them against the coming pretender to the Potala Palace.(AP)
India must begin engaging with other governments and immunise them against the coming pretender to the Potala Palace.(AP)

The battle over the next Dalai Lama

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:46 AM IST
India, like the US, should make it clear that only Tibetans, not Beijing, can decide the issue
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In a developing country such as India, there is a continuing debate on carbon-intensive growth versus environment and health. But as The Lancet study shows, increasing pollution load is erasing the very economic and human development gains that the country aspires to achieve(AP)
In a developing country such as India, there is a continuing debate on carbon-intensive growth versus environment and health. But as The Lancet study shows, increasing pollution load is erasing the very economic and human development gains that the country aspires to achieve(AP)
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At a time when Muslims feel a degree of insecurity about their place in Indian democracy, the PM’s words matter.(ANI)
At a time when Muslims feel a degree of insecurity about their place in Indian democracy, the PM’s words matter.(ANI)

The PM’s message of inclusion

UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:57 PM IST
Narendra Modi has done well in reaching out to minorities in recent days
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Rescuers work at the site of a mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain in Idukki district, Kerala, August 7, 2020(AP)
Rescuers work at the site of a mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain in Idukki district, Kerala, August 7, 2020(AP)

The rise in extreme climate events

PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:54 PM IST
It is not just the Centre; states have a key role too. The State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs) need upscaling and capacity enhancement
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With this move, Mr Oli has destroyed his credentials and legacy — and even those who may have supported his belligerent nationalism against India have turned against him.(Getty Images)
With this move, Mr Oli has destroyed his credentials and legacy — and even those who may have supported his belligerent nationalism against India have turned against him.(Getty Images)

Nepal’s unconstitutional turn

UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:07 PM IST
KP Oli has destroyed his legacy. India must stand with democratic forces
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A health care worker in Mumbai, December 17, 2020(Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times))
A health care worker in Mumbai, December 17, 2020(Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times))

The virus throws up a new challenge

PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The need at present is to improve surveillance, understand the new threat better, and quickly make any clinical, behavioural or scientific research adjustments we need to make without panicking.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with party leaders during an election rally ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls 2021, in West Midnapore district, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.(PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with party leaders during an election rally ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls 2021, in West Midnapore district, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.(PTI)

The BJP’s Bengal offensive | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:50 PM IST
If past record and current momentum are an indication, Trinamool should be worried
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He said that the print media is adapting to the digital medium with sincerity, but added that information generated by the print media at substantial cost was being “hijacked by social media giants”.(PTI)
He said that the print media is adapting to the digital medium with sincerity, but added that information generated by the print media at substantial cost was being “hijacked by social media giants”.(PTI)

On media, the Vice-President speaks up | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:48 PM IST
Mr Naidu has triggered an important debate and a bipartisan consensus is essential to rein in social media companies, and treat them as just that, media companies which must follow the law both in their content and their business models
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Both countries should take some time to consider how to reconcile their domestic political narratives(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Both countries should take some time to consider how to reconcile their domestic political narratives(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

The Delhi-Dhaka bond | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:52 PM IST
Sustain the partnership, reconcile domestic narratives, and manage China
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Several factors worked to shore up the Pinarayi Vijayan government.(PTI)
Several factors worked to shore up the Pinarayi Vijayan government.(PTI)

Kerala: The Left has an advantage | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:30 PM IST
Facing allegations of gold and drug smuggling, it kept the focus firmly on its handling of the 2018 floods and the Covid-19 pandemic
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If a second wave hits, it may be devastatingly strong, especially given the fierceness of the first wave(AFP)
If a second wave hits, it may be devastatingly strong, especially given the fierceness of the first wave(AFP)

The good news on Covid-19 | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:41 AM IST
All parameters show that it has managed to prevent a strong second wave. But be careful
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This debate goes beyond the feud within the Mukherjee family — and raises a larger question about the place of political memoirs in India(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
This debate goes beyond the feud within the Mukherjee family — and raises a larger question about the place of political memoirs in India(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The importance of political memoirs | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:06 PM IST
What India needs is more — not less — of candid autobiographies by those who helmed the nation; it also needs readers to be more open in treating this as a historical record rather than scoring political points over it.
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The farm movement — despite the presence of select individuals who harbour extreme identity-based aspirations and the counterproductive role of the diaspora — is a rooted mass movement, which has genuine economic and political concerns(ANI)
The farm movement — despite the presence of select individuals who harbour extreme identity-based aspirations and the counterproductive role of the diaspora — is a rooted mass movement, which has genuine economic and political concerns(ANI)

Stay firm, but be sensitive | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:56 PM IST
The government must defend farm laws. But use words carefully, don’t defame protests
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To show their commitment to citizens in these times of distress, India’s parliamentarians owe it to the country to get to work(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
To show their commitment to citizens in these times of distress, India’s parliamentarians owe it to the country to get to work(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Why the winter session matters | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:30 PM IST
Covid-19 cannot be a reason to halt the work of democratic institutions, especially Parliament
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Rising crude oil prices along with higher tax component of petrol-diesel prices can generate additional tailwinds for inflation going forward
Rising crude oil prices along with higher tax component of petrol-diesel prices can generate additional tailwinds for inflation going forward

Keep a close watch on inflation figures | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:30 PM IST
A persistence of high inflation, especially in food items, might put a squeeze on household budgets and therefore mass demand
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His literary legacy will endure. Many argue that(AP)
His literary legacy will endure. Many argue that(AP)

The life and legacy of a literary master | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:14 AM IST
A remarkably reticent man, he once said of his craft, “Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit.”
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While the results of the remaining states and UTs will be required to work out national averages, the available data provides a glimpse into challenges(PTI)
While the results of the remaining states and UTs will be required to work out national averages, the available data provides a glimpse into challenges(PTI)

NFHS: The good and bad news | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:37 PM IST
Though it is not complete, there is enough data to frame positive intervention policies
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While the strengths of the farm movement are clear, the problem with the movement is not too much politics, but too little politics(AP)
While the strengths of the farm movement are clear, the problem with the movement is not too much politics, but too little politics(AP)

The politics of farm protests | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 08:57 PM IST
The protests need more effective political leadership, with the ability to negotiate
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The Centre has left no room for ambiguity in its submission to the Supreme Court that it is against enforcing the two-child norm(File Photo)
The Centre has left no room for ambiguity in its submission to the Supreme Court that it is against enforcing the two-child norm(File Photo)

Focus on people, not the population | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 08:31 PM IST
India’s family planning programme has been voluntary and non-coercive, a tribute to the State’s commitment to personal liberty and democracy. And this has largely been successful
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India must be ready for a new world of climate that will be as much about cooperation as it will be about competition(AP)
India must be ready for a new world of climate that will be as much about cooperation as it will be about competition(AP)

Beyond the Paris pact | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 07:43 PM IST
There is both urgency and hope. India deserves accolades for its record
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It is important that domain experts are armed with every bit of information, and free of any pressure of anticipation, to make the right decision on the vaccines(REUTERS)
It is important that domain experts are armed with every bit of information, and free of any pressure of anticipation, to make the right decision on the vaccines(REUTERS)

Vaccine: Science over speed | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 09:09 PM IST
Safety and efficacy must be the key principles. It’s good that India is following due process
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No one knows this better than Mamata Banerjee, who braved physical assaults and fought a long battle to oust the Left(PTI)
No one knows this better than Mamata Banerjee, who braved physical assaults and fought a long battle to oust the Left(PTI)

In Bengal, preserve democratic space | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 10:14 AM IST
Just as the BJP itself needs to allow this peaceful space for democratic challenges wherever it is dominant, the Trinamool must do so in Bengal
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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov recently claimed that the Indo-Pacific and the Quad are Western attempts to seduce a naïve India into joining an anti-China alliance(AP)
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov recently claimed that the Indo-Pacific and the Quad are Western attempts to seduce a naïve India into joining an anti-China alliance(AP)

The trouble with Russia | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:32 PM IST
There remains convergence but the China factor is too important to ignore
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It would be far more productive for the agitating forces to negotiate in a more constructive manner(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
It would be far more productive for the agitating forces to negotiate in a more constructive manner(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Farm groups must not be maximalist | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 10:02 PM IST
The all-or-nothing approach — reflected in the demand for an outright repeal of laws and unwillingness to settle for anything less — is not a mature way to approach political negotiations
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The order also, once again rightly, takes a position against hate speech, defined in terms of context, content, and impact(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The order also, once again rightly, takes a position against hate speech, defined in terms of context, content, and impact(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Free speech vs hate speech | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:26 PM IST
The Supreme Court’s defence of freedom, and disavowal of hatred, is welcome
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