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In Delhi battle, national echoes

The campaign in the national Capital has been high on drama, and reflected the themes that have resonated across India in this election

People carry Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at a distribution centre ahead of the sixth phase of India's general election in New Delhi, India, May 24, 2024. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis(REUTERS)
Published on May 24, 2024 11:31 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Engaging with Africa calls for new thinking

The Union government has done a lot to bring Africa into focus. It is time for more autonomous participation by Indian businesses, institutions and hospitals.

(FILES) General view of the Dantokpa market, one of the largest open-air market in West Africa, in Cotonou on February 29, 2024. (Photo by Abadjaye Justin SODOGANDJI / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 24, 2024 11:19 PM IST

‘Knife’ cuts through the debate on free speech

Knife, his latest is a sharp work of literature that cuts the flab of Joseph Anton and presents Rushdie as barebones.

Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie reacts on stage prior to a lecture from his book 'Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder', in Berlin on May 16, 2024. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 24, 2024 11:17 PM IST

How the Centre should spend the bonanza from RBI

The new government would be wise to prioritise reducing fiscal deficit with the surplus dividend from RBI. Spending, if any, from this amount should be on capex

RBI. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 24, 2024 11:06 PM IST
ByMonika Halan

Kashmir’s yearning for Democracy

Having witnessed the sense of trust shown by the Kashmiris in democracy, it shall be pertinent for New Delhi to reinforce this success.

Kashmir, India - May. 13, 2024: Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station during the fourth phase of voting in Lok Sabha elections in Pulwama district,on 13 May 2024.(Photo By Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)--
Published on May 24, 2024 09:32 PM IST

An uphill task for AAP-Congress to wrest Delhi from BJP in Lok Sabha polls

A vote swing between two elections is not unusual, but the magnitude required to generate a wave against the BJP in Delhi may not be easy for AAP and Congress

New Delhi: Supporters during a public meeting in support of BJP candidates for Lok Sabha polls, at Dwarka in New Delhi, Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh) (PTI05_22_2024_000251A)(PTI)
Published on May 24, 2024 09:03 PM IST

Slash and burn: The Guns N’ Roses guitarist's new album is a blues tribute

The star-studded compilation features Steven Tyler, Demi Lovato, Iggy Pop, and covers of legendary blues tracks. Plus, a bonus original by Slash.

The cover art for Orgy of the Damned.
Updated on May 24, 2024 02:14 PM IST

Life after 40? A heatwave guide

As Bengaluru battles the blaze, a new project is breaking it down at the ward level: How do different areas fare? How are people viewing the change?

Thermal imagery represents heat levels at a petrol pump in Bengaluru. Idling vehicles turn the fuel station red, while areas around it remain a cooler blue.
Updated on May 24, 2024 02:11 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Bunkers, fog showers: How countries are keeping their cool

As temperatures rise, underground spaces are being repurposed, institutions are opening their doors and cooling sprays are being installed along arterial roads.

Vienna became one of Europe’s first cities to combat urban heat, when it introduced fog showers in 2018. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 24, 2024 02:10 PM IST

Heat ledgers: What happens to the body, exactly, in extreme heat?

Find out. Plus, meet the climatonauts trekking through deserts to answer the question: What will survival look like, in a climate we have not evolved for?

Climatonauts in the Nafud desert in Saudi Arabia, where temperatures reached 45 degrees Celsius and water was limited. (Human Adaptation Institute / Lucas Santucci)
Updated on May 24, 2024 06:56 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

An excerpt from At the Wheel of Research, the biography of Dr Soumya Swaminathan

The former chief scientist at WHO recalls her early years, the deep friendships she forged, and strategies she evolved for coping with pressure.

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Updated on May 24, 2024 01:51 PM IST
ByAnuradha Mascarenhas

Viral phenomenon: An interview with ex-WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Her tip to other women at the top: ‘As lonely as it might seem, you are never really alone. Around the world, women are tackling similar challenges.’

A new biography of Dr Swaminathan, written by Anuradha Mascarenhas, is called At the Wheel of Research. (HT Photo: Rangaprasad)
Updated on May 24, 2024 01:49 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Voters sulk as “Odia Asmita” shuts out bread and butter issues from elections

Political parties are debating issues Odia Asmita (Odia pride), which BJP has made its poll plank.

Ganjam, May 13 (ANI): Voters wait to cast a vote for the Odisha Assembly Election 2024, at Gopalpur in Ganjam district on Monday. (ANI Photo)(Sai Saswat Mishra)
Published on May 24, 2024 03:13 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

Naveen Jindal aims for third term in Kurukshetra in a tough contest

Supported by prominent BJP leaders and spiritual guru Dhirendra Shastri, Jindal’s campaign faces challenges from AAP's Sushil Gupta and INLD's Abhay Chautala

Haryana chief minister Nayab Singh Saini with BJP LS candidate from Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal during the election campaign in Kaithal on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 24, 2024 02:59 AM IST

Rohtak: The electoral battle could be a make or break for the Hooda family

“If Deepender Hooda wins, his stature in the party will increase significantly and if he loses, BJP’s polarisation strategy will be played in the state polls”

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Singh Hooda during a rally in Jhajjar on Sunday. (HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 24, 2024 02:53 AM IST
BySunil Rahar

Report card on reforms amidst general elections

India has an urgent need for renewed vitality around economic reforms

New Delhi, India - May 22, 2024: BJP Supporters during PM Narendra Modi Election Rally in Dwarka in New Delhi ,Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on May 23, 2024 10:12 PM IST

Circuitous churning of Benegal’s film Manthan

Manthan creates its own dialectical landscape of words and images. Its recent premiering at Cannes and the ongoing elections make it politically interesting

Made at a budget of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 lakh, Manthan was the first crowd funded Indian film. (HT Archive)
Published on May 23, 2024 10:05 PM IST

This election is poised for a surprise outcome

People are realising that life, religion, places of worship and education will all be safe if the Constitution is safe.

People at an election rally in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on April 17. (AP Photo)
Published on May 23, 2024 10:00 PM IST

In Europe, censure of Israel finds resonance

The move by Ireland, Norway and Spain could spur similar efforts by other European States aimed at a two-State solution

Smoke billows after an Israeli strike on Jabalia as seen from Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip on May 19, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant Hamas group. (AFP)
Published on May 23, 2024 09:09 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Enforcing the red lines in campaign

The Election Commission must ensure that all parties follow the Model Code of Conduct

The Election Commission of India. (HT File)
Published on May 23, 2024 09:00 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Weather Bee | How bad is the heat in India this May?

The answer depends on an analysis of average maximum weekly temperatures, with heat moving from the southern parts of the country to the northern parts

New Delhi, India - May 20, 2024: Visitors brave the Heat Wave in hot summer at Kartvaya Pathlawns , in New Delhi, India, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on May 23, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Spies, trade and tech: China’s relationship with Britain

China was once seen as a golden opportunity. It is increasingly viewed as a threat

FILE- A pedestrian walks through a footbridge is silhouetted as Chinese and Hong Kong flags are strung to mark the 26th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China in Hong Kong, on June 27, 2023. Hong Kong’s plan to enact a new national security law, on top of a sweeping legislation that was imposed by Beijing and used to crack down on dissent, is deepening concerns over the erosion of freedoms in the former British colony.(AP Photo/Louise Delmotte, File)(AP)
Published on May 23, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Terms of Trade | A state-wise breakup of the 2024 contest

This column will attempt a breakdown of the national contest into six groups of large states, which have at least ten parliamentary constituencies.

People at an election rally in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on April 17. (AP Photo)
Published on May 23, 2024 02:50 AM IST

Recurring dowry harassment cases are denting Kerala's progressive image

“The number of dowry harassment cases in the state is rising alarmingly even though the government has opened a 24-hour call centre service for victims”.

Though anti-dowry pledges are mandatory in government offices, schools, colleges, and other socio-cultural establishments across the state, and the government observes every November 26 as dowry prohibition day, dowry deaths are frequently reported from across Kerala. (HT FILE)
Published on May 23, 2024 02:47 AM IST

In Maps: Your city's flora, fauna and much more

For a city to be liveable, uncontrolled expansion of grey infrastructure is unsustainable especially as the effects of climate change come to the fore

Jammu and Kashmir Natural Asset Map (Credit - ICLEI South Asia)
Published on May 23, 2024 02:30 AM IST

Offered a choice, voters pick horses for courses

Why electorates sometimes back different parties when elections are held simultaneously for Parliament and legislative assembly

**EDS: IMAGE VIA PIB** Berhampur: Voters display identity cards while standing in queue to cast their votes during the 4th phase of general elections, in Berhampur, Odisha, Monday, May 13, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_13_2024_000312B)(PTI)
Published on May 22, 2024 10:10 PM IST

A career that mirrored India’s transformation

Despite operating in complex environments, Vineet Nayyar was known for his impeccable business ethics

Vineet Nayyar, former executive Vice Chairman of Tech Mahindra
Published on May 22, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Caste route to winning votes

Composition of NDA, INDIA bloc candidate lists represents the political churn in UP

**EDS: IMAGE VIA PM MODI WEBSITE** Barabanki: BJP supporters during a public meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Lok Sabha elections, in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, Friday, May 17, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI05_17_2024_000071B)(PTI)
Published on May 22, 2024 08:48 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

In OpenAI’s ‘her’ story, a crisis and a warning

Lawmakers and the industry must act now to lay down ethical and transparency guardrails, especially for Big Tech

Actor Scarlett Johansson had accused OpenAI of creating a voice for the ChatGPT system that sounded ‘eerily similar’ to her after she declined to voice the chatbot herself. (REUTERS)
Published on May 22, 2024 08:48 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Modi, Mamata spar over religious orders as the political narrative turns bitter

While the BSS is a Hindu religious and social welfare organisation founded by Swami Pranavananda Maharaj, ISKCON is a Vaishnava Hindu religious organisation.

Narendra Modi slammed Mamata Banerjee for insulting Hindu organisations like ISKCON, Ramakrishna Mission, and Bharat Sevashram.
Published on May 22, 2024 08:30 AM IST
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