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India today can absorb somewhat higher global oil prices, and shift focus on attracting the massive investments needed for its natural gas and renewable energy plans(REUTERS)

India’s evolving energy diplomacy | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 06:42 AM IST
The real challenge for India’s energy diplomacy is preparing the ground for a post-oil future in a manner that ensures oil markets abet rather than disrupt this larger transition
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Those who lead protests have to discipline their followers into adopting peaceful means, and must exercise their rights without infringing on the rights of other citizens(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Those who lead protests have to discipline their followers into adopting peaceful means, and must exercise their rights without infringing on the rights of other citizens(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Balance order and dissent | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 08:19 PM IST
Protesters must observe the bandh peacefully. The government must be restrained
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Telangana State BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy along with other leaders celebrate the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election results in Hyderabad.(PTI)
Telangana State BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy along with other leaders celebrate the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election results in Hyderabad.(PTI)

What Hyderabad says about the BJP | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:22 AM IST
If the Hyderabad local elections, and the BJP’s own past record is any indication, expect this to spike in 2024
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Gen Naravane is set to hold talks with the military and civilian leadership of both countries(ANI R Raveendran)
Gen Naravane is set to hold talks with the military and civilian leadership of both countries(ANI R Raveendran)

A boost for defence ties in West Asia | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:13 AM IST
Gen Naravane’s visit could lead to greater military exchanges, including joint exercises and defence cooperation, with a region that occupies a significant space in India’s national security interests
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This is not the first instance in which inadequate information or improper understanding of a scientific process as complex as vaccine development has gained traction on mainstream as well as social media(REUTERS)
This is not the first instance in which inadequate information or improper understanding of a scientific process as complex as vaccine development has gained traction on mainstream as well as social media(REUTERS)

The dangers of misinformation | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:13 AM IST
We must listen to experts first, before forming our own opinions on the Covid-19 vaccine
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For India, high temperatures have had a devastating impact on communities, the economy, and biodiversity(AP)
For India, high temperatures have had a devastating impact on communities, the economy, and biodiversity(AP)

On the climate, a new warning | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:04 PM IST
Two reports underline the scale of the crisis yet again. India must remain focused
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MSPs have also incentivised foodgrains over other crops, giving rise to imbalances of water and land resources and shifting land away from crops such as pulses and oilseeds, necessitating costly imports.(AFP)
MSPs have also incentivised foodgrains over other crops, giving rise to imbalances of water and land resources and shifting land away from crops such as pulses and oilseeds, necessitating costly imports.(AFP)

Why MSP is not a solution

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 07:33 PM IST
Instituting MSPs through law will lead to inflation and distort markets
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After years of flirting with politics and dropping hints about his own political ambitions, Rajinikanth, Tamil cinema’s biggest living icon – he remains that, although he has competition from some of the younger actors -- has finally announced that he will launch his own political party in January.(PTI)
After years of flirting with politics and dropping hints about his own political ambitions, Rajinikanth, Tamil cinema’s biggest living icon – he remains that, although he has competition from some of the younger actors -- has finally announced that he will launch his own political party in January.(PTI)

The Rajinikanth factor in Tamil Nadu polls

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 07:33 PM IST
There is little doubt that irrespective of whether he succeeds or not, Rajinikanth’s entry will shape the nature of politics in an important state that sends 39 MPs to the Lok Sabha.
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India must have a stronger regime that brings companies such as Facebook and Google under a regulatory framework and treats them for what they are — media companies(REUTERS)
India must have a stronger regime that brings companies such as Facebook and Google under a regulatory framework and treats them for what they are — media companies(REUTERS)

Hold Facebook accountable | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 08:31 PM IST
In UK, Facebook has agreed to pay for news content. This must be replicated elsewhere
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What emerged was a blatantly gratuitous intervention over an issue Mr Trudeau probably knows little about(REUTERS)
What emerged was a blatantly gratuitous intervention over an issue Mr Trudeau probably knows little about(REUTERS)

Justin Trudeau is wrong, yet again | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 08:30 PM IST
Intervening on a policy or legislative issue within a democracy defies international norms
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As a lower riparian country, India has the right to be worried because dam building on the Brahmaputra by China can have far-reaching impacts on the lives and livelihoods of its people.(AP file photo)
As a lower riparian country, India has the right to be worried because dam building on the Brahmaputra by China can have far-reaching impacts on the lives and livelihoods of its people.(AP file photo)

Convey concerns on China’s dam-building

UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 12:22 PM IST
India must explore all diplomatic and economic options to bring China to the discussion table. But whatever it does, timing will be key to make the right impact
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Irrespective of the truth of the case in Bareilly, the state is making a mistake.(ANI)
Irrespective of the truth of the case in Bareilly, the state is making a mistake.(ANI)

The perils of UP’s approach | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 04:15 AM IST
UP should step back from a law that could deepen the Hindu-Muslim divide
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President Donald Trump has given up on foreign policy except in West Asia(REUTERS)
President Donald Trump has given up on foreign policy except in West Asia(REUTERS)

Donald Trump’s last push in West Asia | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:25 PM IST
Mr Trump’s team is tying up the loose ends of what it sees as its great foreign policy moment — getting a slew of Gulf Arab nations to recognise Israel and concretise an anti-Iran coalition
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Farmers will have to recognise that the reality of the laws will not change(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Farmers will have to recognise that the reality of the laws will not change(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Find a meeting point on farm laws | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 07:03 AM IST
Reach out sensitively, and find a mechanism to assure farmers that their incomes will be protected, including through an amendment if necessary
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India’s economic challenge in a post-Covid world is not going to be a restoration of positive growth rates(Bloomberg)
India’s economic challenge in a post-Covid world is not going to be a restoration of positive growth rates(Bloomberg)

Is the economy turning? | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 07:02 AM IST
There is room for cautious optimism. But focus on public spending, reviving demand
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Mr Singh was careful, citing sensitivities, not to elaborate on the ground situation at LAC, except saying both the Chinese and Indian armies were mobilised(HT Photo)
Mr Singh was careful, citing sensitivities, not to elaborate on the ground situation at LAC, except saying both the Chinese and Indian armies were mobilised(HT Photo)

Safeguarding India’s borders | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 08:51 PM IST
Rajnath Singh was tough and responsible in articulating the government’s approach
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The 26/11 attacks brought home to both the Indian State and citizens that it could not be business-as-usual anymore(Hindustan Times)
The 26/11 attacks brought home to both the Indian State and citizens that it could not be business-as-usual anymore(Hindustan Times)

How Mumbai changed India | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 08:00 PM IST
There is no tolerance for Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. India must not let down its guard
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There are only a few sporting icons who become not the product of a generation but the very definition of it(REUTERS)
There are only a few sporting icons who become not the product of a generation but the very definition of it(REUTERS)

The life and legacy of Diego Maradona | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:55 PM IST
Maradona almost single-handedly introduced the joy of sport to a larger world audience at the dawn of the era of live television
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In his inaugural address at an annual conclave of the presiding officers of Parliament and various state legislatures, President Ram Nath Kovind made a series of significant points — which may appear cliched, but are central to the functioning of any democracy(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
In his inaugural address at an annual conclave of the presiding officers of Parliament and various state legislatures, President Ram Nath Kovind made a series of significant points — which may appear cliched, but are central to the functioning of any democracy(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The President’s message

UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 08:18 PM IST
Ram Nath Kovind has words of advice to both parties and presiding officers
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Foreign secretary Harsh V Shringla in New Delhi(ANI)
Foreign secretary Harsh V Shringla in New Delhi(ANI)

In Nepal, a test for FS Shringla

UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 07:57 PM IST
At a time when there remains an effort to challenge the progressive political transformation of 2006, Mr Shringla should make it clear that New Delhi stands by a federal, democratic, republican, and secular Nepal.
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A laboratory assistant holds a tube with Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine against the coronavirus disease at the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition in Budapest, Hungary, November 19, 2020(via REUTERS)
A laboratory assistant holds a tube with Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine against the coronavirus disease at the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition in Budapest, Hungary, November 19, 2020(via REUTERS)

Getting ready for the vaccine | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 11:46 PM IST
Heed the PM’s message — prepare, but with caution
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There is an equilibrium in the India-United States (US) ties from which no administration will stray far.(REUTERS)
There is an equilibrium in the India-United States (US) ties from which no administration will stray far.(REUTERS)

Biden’s team of liberal internationalists | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 11:46 PM IST
The question New Delhi needs to ask is whether the incoming Biden administration understands that the tenets of an earlier post-war global order increasingly no longer hold true.
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While a lot of attention is paid to the party’s strategy and success in national elections, its organisational machinery that helps convert support to votes, and the careful branding of Narendra Modi as the leader who is committed to India’s national interests, there is often inadequate attention to how the party builds its strength from the local to the national.(HTFilephoto)
While a lot of attention is paid to the party’s strategy and success in national elections, its organisational machinery that helps convert support to votes, and the careful branding of Narendra Modi as the leader who is committed to India’s national interests, there is often inadequate attention to how the party builds its strength from the local to the national.(HTFilephoto)

The BJP focuses on the local | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:57 PM IST
The party’s vigorous campaign for local polls shows why it remains dominant nationally
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The G20 has been largely missing in action through much of the pandemic. The inability to have physical interactions inhibited genuine diplomatic outreach(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The G20 has been largely missing in action through much of the pandemic. The inability to have physical interactions inhibited genuine diplomatic outreach(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Planning for a post-Covid world | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 07:21 PM IST
Ensuring the revival of cooperation over global financial architecture, supply chain stability and climate will be the task of future hosts, including India, which has moved its chairmanship to 2023.
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The old Kerala law — Section 118(D) of Kerala Police Act — suffered from same problems as Section 66A and was struck down by the top court. There is little to suggest the new one is on a more sound legal footing.(REUTERS)
The old Kerala law — Section 118(D) of Kerala Police Act — suffered from same problems as Section 66A and was struck down by the top court. There is little to suggest the new one is on a more sound legal footing.(REUTERS)

A draconian step in Kerala

PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 11:39 PM IST
A recent measure undermines free speech, and violates Supreme Court jurisprudence
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With a population of 1.4 billion and a growing economy, India will be vital for the future of global energy markets.(Hindustan Times)
With a population of 1.4 billion and a growing economy, India will be vital for the future of global energy markets.(Hindustan Times)

Renew commitment to renewable energy

PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 11:38 PM IST
Despite the present challenges the sector is facing — fall in energy demand by almost one third, prevailing price instability impacted investment decisions, projected contraction in global energy demand — India must stick to the green path to meet its climate and sustainable development goals.
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Bengal matters to the BJP because it is the one eastern Indian state where it has never — except in the last Lok Sabha elections — been able to make substantial inroads(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Bengal matters to the BJP because it is the one eastern Indian state where it has never — except in the last Lok Sabha elections — been able to make substantial inroads(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Why Bengal 2021 matters | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 10:44 PM IST
Local issues, religious polarisation, and the Modi versus Mamata binary will define poll
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Tracking and building each element of the vaccine architecture should be the single-most important governance priority over the next year.(REUTERS)
Tracking and building each element of the vaccine architecture should be the single-most important governance priority over the next year.(REUTERS)

Build a vaccine architecture

UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 06:32 AM IST
The procurement, distribution, affordability of vaccines must be the top priority
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External affairs minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi. It is somewhat paradoxical that a minister in what can be termed a government that leans towards the Right has articulated a position that resembles that of the Left. Ever since India opened up, it was the economists on the Left who warned against its implications on domestic capital and labour.(ANI)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi. It is somewhat paradoxical that a minister in what can be termed a government that leans towards the Right has articulated a position that resembles that of the Left. Ever since India opened up, it was the economists on the Left who warned against its implications on domestic capital and labour.(ANI)
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Strategic partnerships work best if they generate a return on investment in the policy space(PTI)
Strategic partnerships work best if they generate a return on investment in the policy space(PTI)

Modi-Biden lay out a road map | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 06:37 AM IST
India and the US should deepen convergence, find ways to deal with differences
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