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What happens if Ukraine loses?

Russian victory would be debilitating for the West, and especially for Europe

Ukrainian servicemen drive an infantry fighting vehicle (IVF) past the destroyed railway station in the town of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, on April 11, 2024, amid the Russian invassion in Ukraine. (Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Southern Lights | The BJP's gambit depends on caste after all

In Kerala and TN, marginalised castes account for more than 75% of the population. Are they willing the BJP as a major political player?

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @narendramodi** Alathur: BJP supporters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public meeting, ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Alathur, Kerala, Monday, April 15, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_15_2024_000170B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 11:08 PM IST

The emerging election mosaic in Uttar Pradesh

The full electoral picture in UP, of course, is still to emerge. But the pointers to the future are very much there.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav during Congress’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Agra. (Sourced)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 10:10 PM IST

Two poll manifestos, two different mindsets

As India gears up for history’s biggest-ever elections, it is important to enquire about the mindset of its two biggest parties — the Congress and the BJP

FILE- India’s opposition Congress party leaders from left, Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Rahul Gandhi, display copies of party’s election manifesto during a press conference in New Delhi, India, April 5, 2024. India's 6-week-long general election starts on April 19 and results will be announced on June 4. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 10:06 PM IST

In Tamil Nadu, a clash of visions

The contest in the state involving BJP and Dravidian parties will have implications beyond the general elections

Coimbatore, Mar 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a roadshow in Coimbatore on Monday. Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai and Union Minister L. Murugan are seen. (ANI Photo)(Narendra Modi Twitter)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:50 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

India is the bright spot in sluggish economy

India will continue to be the fastest-growing major economy despite a moderation from current levels of growth.

The IMF's WEO report underlines that generating broad-based growth tailwinds is not going to be easy. (Reuters/File)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:45 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Northeastern View | In Manipur, what does violence hold out for voters?

As political violence declined, voter turnout shot up with Manipur seeing a turnout of 85% in the 2017 election. Seven years later, this may not be the case

A poster spreading awareness to vote is pictured on a street ahead of the elections in Imphal, Manipur, India, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:22 PM IST

Can our political discourse handle a public apology?

As HD Kumaraswamy proved, apologies occupy complex moral positions. An apology should accept responsibility and acknowledge one's role in causing distress

Kumaraswamy’s apology is a classic case of how not to apologise (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:21 PM IST

Weather Bee | How unusual is snowfall in late April?

India's snowpack season in 2024 is marked by unpredictability, with current levels far below what they should be at this time.

Ganderbal [J&K], Apr 16 (ANI): Vehicles covered in snow as Sonamarg receives fresh snowfall, in Ganderbal on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:13 PM IST

Who is Teja Singh Samundri and what is the Gurdwara Reforms Movement?

Former Indian diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu is contesting elections from Amritsar. Meet his grandfather, who played a key role in shaping the Sikh community

Teja Singh Samundri was born on February 20, 1882, in a village called Rai Ka Burj in Amritsar district(Taranjit Singh Sandhu Twitter)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:56 PM IST

What UPI internationalisation means for startup founders

Indian startups may be able to explore markets abroad without potential burden of complex payment infrastructure, but information security is a big necessity

Published on Apr 17, 2024 08:30 PM IST
ByShrija Agrawal

Why was Tejasvi Surya heckled at a recent gathering?

The 2,500-crore Sri Guru Raghavendra Cooperative Bank Limited scam has affected thousands of senior citizens and families. The BJP MP was questioned about this

On April 13, Bengaluru South Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tejasvi Surya and his uncle, MLA LA Ravi Subramanya, representing Basavanagudi constituency, beat a hasty exit from a meeting with constituents after they were heckled by aggrieved depositors(@INCKarnataka/X)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 08:27 PM IST

Health Talk | Why HPV vaccines are an effective shield against cervical cancer

HPV, transmitted through intimate contact, often remains undetected, yet it can lead to various cancers. Understanding its risks and prevention is crucial

Certain types of HPV lead to cervical cancer and India, in particular, has a population of 511.4 million women who are at risk of developing this cancer
Published on Apr 17, 2024 08:26 PM IST

What Jokowi’s inglorious exit means for Indonesia

The outgoing president is playing kingmaker to a controversial ex-general

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo stands as he waits for Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan during a visit at the Bogor palace in Bogor, West Java on January 25, 2024. (Photo by Adek BERRY / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Learning the way of the water holds the key to decluttering city traffic

Water transport lost favour as roads and bridges made travel faster. But that is not the case anymore. Now, waterways offer parallel routes to many destinations

The Kochi water metro (Twitter/CMOKerala)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 11:38 AM IST

Questions to the Congress on wealth redistribution

A mass redistribution of assets in a subcontinent-sized country with 1.4 billion people will need huge government capacity to carry out the exercise.

FILE- India’s opposition Congress party leaders from left, Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Rahul Gandhi, display copies of party’s election manifesto during a press conference in New Delhi, India, April 5, 2024. India's 6-week-long general election starts on April 19 and results will be announced on June 4. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 10:11 PM IST
ByMonika Halan

ASEAN must coordinate better on the Indo-Pacific

ASEAN countries are aware that the declining trust among countries in the Indo-Pacific require AOIP to be developed into a more effective mechanism.

Published on Apr 16, 2024 10:05 PM IST

Heat is on, be ready for the consequences

A warming world demands holistic solutions that span robust heat action strategies, climate-resilient agriculture, urban planning, and economic foresight

Mumbai, India - March 20, 2024: A boy Jumping in the afternoon heat as temperature soars at Dadar chowpatty in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Shrinking footprint of the Congress party

The fall in tally suggests that the party has finally admitted to its decline and recognises the need to have pre-poll alliances

Congress flags waves at rallies
Published on Apr 16, 2024 09:17 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Why monsoon rainfall matters

Normal rains, spread out evenly, will boost key sectors of the Indian economy

According to IMD’s forecast for the 2024 southwest monsoon, rainfall is expected at 106% of its long-period average or LPA, with a model error of ±5%. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 09:17 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Sangakkara on song: Cricket has no toolkit, players must be aware and smart

For the modern cricket stalwart, it is about knowing yourself and finding solutions when challenged in match situations.

Rajasthan Royals coach Kumar Sangakkara interacts with players during a training session (PTI)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 09:09 PM IST
ByAmrit Mathur, New Delhi

The enduring appeal of Tamil Nadu's moral compass, Thiruvalluvar

BJP manifesto's promise to build Thiruvalluvar Cultural Centres reopens the debate over the Tamil poet-saint, his political beliefs and his stance on Hinduism

The Thiruvalluvar Statue, located 400 meters from the coastline of Kanyakumari(Darisi sumanth/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 09:05 PM IST

Will the 2024 polls be a watershed or inconsequential for India’s democracy?

Is the BJP’s dominance only generating unease among the political elite outside the BJP’s fold rather than the people at large?

New Delhi: A model of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) placed outside the Election Commission of India (ECI) office, in New Delhi, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan)(PTI04_16_2024_000189A)(PTI)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 06:24 PM IST

Maya revives west UP statehood debate

Mayawati's call for the formation of a separate state from western UP has once again ignited the debate over a 40-year-old movement spearheaded by the RLD

Moradabad: BSP chief Mayawati during an election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Moradabad, Monday, April 15, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_15_2024_000090B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 10:55 PM IST
ByS Raju

Kerala Muslim politics is rooted in pragmatism

The politics of minorities in Kerala is constantly evolving, with multiple issues forcing a reset at unexpected moments, and because of unexpected reasons.

Two Muslim men greet each other after offering Eid prayers at a mosque on the flood affected island of Kunjunnikkara, outskirts of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala, India, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.(AP File Photo)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 10:08 PM IST

Apple shows the way for electronics exports

A balanced approach towards tariffs may well allow India to become an electronics export powerhouse without having to sacrifice its manufacturing ambitions.

Apple iPhones are seen inside India's first Apple retail store during a media preview, a day ahead of its launch in Mumbai, India.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 09:09 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Speaking politics through manifesto

The BJP’s sankalp patra — Modi ki guarantee — reflects transformation of polity and the party

Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases the BJP election manifesto in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 09:08 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Sandeshkhali unrest part of a long line of TMC–BJP pre- and post-flashpoints

Political storms around the time of elections are not new in the state. Panchayat, assembly and Lok Sabha polls routinely witness violent clashes in West Bengal

Sandeshkhali, India - March 8, 2024: CBI Team along with Security Force personnel searched the Sheikh Shahjahan Market at Sarberia in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India, on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 09:04 PM IST

Why is Kanhaiya Kumar's candidature from Delhi instead of Bihar's Begusarai?

In 2019, he stood for elections from his home district as a Left candidate but lost. This time around, he stands from an ally party but from the Capital

**EDS: FILE PHOTO** New Delhi: In this Friday, April 5, 2024 file photo Congress party leader Kanhaiya Kumar reacts during an interview in New Delhi. The Congress has fielded youth leader Kanhaiya Kumar from the North East Delhi seat. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan) (PTI04_15_2024_000193B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 08:56 PM IST

For this northeastern state, it’s a battle of epic proportions

In Tripura’s two constituencies, a total of 18 candidates are in the fray, though traditionally, the party in power in the state has won the LS polls

Agartala: People attend an election campaign rally of Tripura chief minister Manik Saha, Tipra Motha Party (TMP) supremo Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma and BJP candidate from West Tripura constituency Biplab Kumar Deb ahead of Lok Sabha elections, (PTI FILE)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 07:45 PM IST
ByPriyanka Deb Barman
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