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This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. (AFP)
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. (AFP)

Pegasus vs Privacy: What the government can expect from the Supreme Court

By NS Nappinai
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 01:15 PM IST
That the government’s refusal to furnish more details would result in an adverse inference being drawn by the SC is a certainty. What the consequences of such adverse inference is likely to be is the question that now takes primacy
Campaign for DUSU election 2017 at North Campus, DU, in New Delhi on September 6, 2017. (HT archive)
Campaign for DUSU election 2017 at North Campus, DU, in New Delhi on September 6, 2017. (HT archive)

Delhi was hub of student activism. Then came pandemic, a State crackdown

UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 12:43 PM IST
Normally, between August and September, Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campuses would be busy for the high-stakes campus elections. But this year, just like last year, there is a lull
A medic gives a dose of Covid vaccine to a health worker in Patna, Bihar, earlier in January this year. (HT archive)
A medic gives a dose of Covid vaccine to a health worker in Patna, Bihar, earlier in January this year. (HT archive)

Breakout Covid-19 infections will occur, but vaccination to determine lethality

UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 10:52 AM IST
This is particularly evident if we look at the number of new infections appearing across the western world today with the spread of the Delta variant. As of September 7, the variant had spread to 170 countries and territories, and caused a rise in infections in many of them, according to the WHO
MS Dhoni(Getty Images)
MS Dhoni(Getty Images)

MSD: Mentor, margdarshak, the wise tutor

By Amrit Mathur
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 08:33 AM IST
  • Now, MSD the Bahubali has switched roles and is a margdarshak, teacher, guide…mentor, to be precise, as Jay Shah announced.
India’s foreign boxing coach Bergamasco seeks clarity over fresh contract
India’s foreign boxing coach Bergamasco seeks clarity over fresh contract

India’s foreign boxing coach Bergamasco seeks clarity over fresh contract

By Avishek Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 08:14 PM IST
  • Italian seems unhappy over boxing federation's decision on a short-term tenure extension following a subdued Tokyo Olympics showing.
The Constitution mandates that the officials who man the secretariats shall be different from those who man the executive. (HT archive)
The Constitution mandates that the officials who man the secretariats shall be different from those who man the executive. (HT archive)

Securing the independence of legislative secretariats, the Patel and Naidu way

By PDT Achary
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 06:39 PM IST
The Constitution provides for a separate secretariat and separate rules of recruitment of officials for each House. The V-P seems to have fully understood the purpose of this constitutional provision, and has upheld a great tradition
Representational Image. (HTarchive)
Representational Image. (HTarchive)

25 yrs after reservation Bill, equitable women’s representation remains elusive

By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 09:23 AM IST
Only 7.7% members in the Lok Sabha and 4% members of state assemblies were women in 1996, when the first women’s reservation Bill was introduced. Women’s share is now 14.4% in Lok Sabha and around 8% in state assemblies
The past year has been a stark reminder about the links between environment, health and prosperity. Climate action — cleaner power, industries and transport — will greatly help with air quality. (HT archive)
The past year has been a stark reminder about the links between environment, health and prosperity. Climate action — cleaner power, industries and transport — will greatly help with air quality. (HT archive)

Next month, air pollution will be back

By Arunabha Ghosh
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 06:04 PM IST
Authorities must take pre-emptive action, help farmers tackle farm fires and support the poor with cleaner fuel. Citizens have a right to breathe
A view of an entrance to Delhi University. (HT Archive)
A view of an entrance to Delhi University. (HT Archive)

Delhi University has approved FYUP. What does it mean for students?

By Sadia Akhtar and Kainat Sarfaraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 05:12 PM IST
Varsity officials have said that students wanting to opt for the regular three-year undergraduate course will be allowed to do so
An NSO report show farm incomes have risen by 57% between 2012-13 and 2018-19, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%. (AP File)
An NSO report show farm incomes have risen by 57% between 2012-13 and 2018-19, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%. (AP File)

The structural shift in Indian agriculture is worrying

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 06:02 PM IST
The increase in wages as a component of the income basket shows that farmers are not moving into a higher-paying, stable, productive economy but are becoming more reliant on informal labour to sustain their incomes
Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)

Conversion in C'garh: Aggressive BJP, silent Congress, insecure community

UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 04:38 PM IST
For the BJP, concern about “conversion” is not new in Chhattisgarh. During their first tenure as government beginning 2003, the government passed the Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2006 which provides for a three-year jail term for people engaged in forced religious conversion
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan's Taliban, in Tianjin, China, on July 28, 2021. China’s enhanced diplomatic efforts primarily focus on securing Xinjiang against any jihadist influence, and Beijing does not seem to have any intention to involve itself in the treacherous territory of Afghanistan based on miscalculations of power and interests. (VIA REUTERS)
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan's Taliban, in Tianjin, China, on July 28, 2021. China’s enhanced diplomatic efforts primarily focus on securing Xinjiang against any jihadist influence, and Beijing does not seem to have any intention to involve itself in the treacherous territory of Afghanistan based on miscalculations of power and interests. (VIA REUTERS)

For China, the challenge has just begun in Afghanistan

By Harsh V Pant and Vinay Kaura
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 04:21 PM IST
Conflict resolution and political problem-solving in other countries are not traits that Chinese diplomats excel at. It remains to be seen how China walks this tightrope in Afghanistan, which remains a fractured crucible of contradictory ethnic and political interests
A health worker sanitises voters as they wait in queues to cast votes at a polling station. The BJP’s explicit attempts to communalise the UP polls by mobilising Hindus, and the Opposition’s implicit hope to do so by winning over Muslims, is dangerous. (PTI)
A health worker sanitises voters as they wait in queues to cast votes at a polling station. The BJP’s explicit attempts to communalise the UP polls by mobilising Hindus, and the Opposition’s implicit hope to do so by winning over Muslims, is dangerous. (PTI)

Don’t communalise UP polls

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 04:12 PM IST
The BJP’s explicit attempts to communalise the UP polls by mobilising Hindus, and the Opposition’s implicit hope to do so by winning over Muslims, is dangerous
The Tribute In Light shines up from Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2021 in New York City. (AFP)
The Tribute In Light shines up from Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2021 in New York City. (AFP)

In perspective: If 9/11 happened 20 years later

UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 05:07 PM IST
One hopes such an attack would never happen again, in New York or elsewhere in the world. But how would we talk about it, if conversations were no longer the preserve of the media elite as they were back then?
Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

India has lagged behind in textile exports. Can the sector become competitive?

By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 11:10 AM IST
According to a recent CRISIL report, India’s share in global exports of cotton yarn shrunk 600 basis points to 23% in 2020 from 29% in 2015, while in readymade garments, its share has stagnated at 3-4% over the past decade
Young Emma Raducanu's winning journey via Pune, Chandigarh, New Delhi(AP)
Young Emma Raducanu's winning journey via Pune, Chandigarh, New Delhi(AP)

Young Emma Raducanu's winning journey via Pune, Chandigarh, New Delhi

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2021 07:24 AM IST
  • In December 2019, the young British player was in India to play a couple of ITF tournaments—second rung in the sport’s competition structure—in Solapur and Pune.
Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrates dismissing Haseeb Hameed of England. (Getty)
Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrates dismissing Haseeb Hameed of England. (Getty)

Dawid Malan on Bumrah: Wasn’t great to see him take wickets, but a great watch

By Rasesh Mandani, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 09:23 PM IST
  • The England No. 3 watched from the dressing room as the India spearhead produced a sensational spell on Day 5 to help the visitors win the Oval Test.
The tale of Rohit Sharma's rise as India's Test opener continued in England. (Getty)
The tale of Rohit Sharma's rise as India's Test opener continued in England. (Getty)

Rohit Sharma aces the waiting game for overseas Test success

By Sanjay Manjrekar
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 08:33 AM IST
  • The impressive performance of India's openers in the England Test series was a ringing endorsement of defensive batting in tough conditions abroad, writes Sanjay Manjrekar in his latest column. 
If these conditions persist, it will become difficult for India to capitalise on its youthful demographic, called its demographic dividend, and become a 10 trillion-dollar economy. Economic anxiety has outsized consequences which can stifle the growth and potential of an entire generation. We must not allow that to happen. (Hindustan Times)
If these conditions persist, it will become difficult for India to capitalise on its youthful demographic, called its demographic dividend, and become a 10 trillion-dollar economy. Economic anxiety has outsized consequences which can stifle the growth and potential of an entire generation. We must not allow that to happen. (Hindustan Times)

The young, anxious Indian millennial

By Vivan Marwaha
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 07:45 PM IST
Economic insecurity, in the form of lack of stable, decently paid jobs, is driving the young to search for stability in their social and political lives
Twenty years ago, the events of 9/11 changed the world, hurtling it into a new era. A “global war on terror” was launched. That era has ended, and presumably, so has America’s global war on terror. (REUTERS)
Twenty years ago, the events of 9/11 changed the world, hurtling it into a new era. A “global war on terror” was launched. That era has ended, and presumably, so has America’s global war on terror. (REUTERS)

From 2001 to 2021, the return of the age of strategic rivalry

By Rakesh Sood
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 07:46 PM IST
The Taliban, ably helped by Pakistan, the US’s frontline ally in its global war on terror, has badly dented the notion of US invincibility. Despite President Joe Biden’s efforts in recent months to reassure allies that “America is back”, there is a wariness about both US commitment and its competence.
Celebrating 15 years, BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — countries held their 13th summit on September 9 virtually. (REUTERS)
Celebrating 15 years, BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — countries held their 13th summit on September 9 virtually. (REUTERS)

At 15, BRICS has made incremental progress. But there is palpable disconnect too

By Rajiv Bhatia
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 07:47 PM IST
To those in governments, holding a meeting of partner nations is a win in itself. If the meeting produces a consequential outcome, it is an achievement. However, to citizens, what matters is whether the agreements reached are being implemented and, more importantly, whether their implementation will bring some benefit to the people at large. So viewed, BRICS is a work in progress.
The roots of Vijay Rupani’s resignation as chief minister (CM) in 2021, and that of Anandiben Patel in 2015, do not just lie in immediate political factors, though, to be sure, Covid-19 mismanagement and Patidar discontent contributed to Mr Rupani’s exit. They lie in the fact that after Narendra Modi, the BJP has not found a leader who has the political stature to sustain the party’s electoral dominance in Gujarat. And in that lies the story of both the BJP’s strength and its weakness. (PTI)
The roots of Vijay Rupani’s resignation as chief minister (CM) in 2021, and that of Anandiben Patel in 2015, do not just lie in immediate political factors, though, to be sure, Covid-19 mismanagement and Patidar discontent contributed to Mr Rupani’s exit. They lie in the fact that after Narendra Modi, the BJP has not found a leader who has the political stature to sustain the party’s electoral dominance in Gujarat. And in that lies the story of both the BJP’s strength and its weakness. (PTI)

Gujarat: The BJP’s poll card

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 07:43 PM IST
When a strong leader, with a mass base and a high degree of political control, leaves office, there is a vacuum
Protesters demand justice for a minor girl who was allegedly raped, murdered, and cremated without her parents' consent at, New Delhi, India, August 4, 2021 (Hindustan Times)
Protesters demand justice for a minor girl who was allegedly raped, murdered, and cremated without her parents' consent at, New Delhi, India, August 4, 2021 (Hindustan Times)

The epidemic of sexual violence persists

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 07:44 PM IST
The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) paints a frightful picture of a steady rise in rape cases. India recorded 32,033 rape cases in 2019. This implies that at least 88 women were raped every day.
Emma Raducanu, 18 (L), and Leylah Fernandez, 19. (Getty Images)
Emma Raducanu, 18 (L), and Leylah Fernandez, 19. (Getty Images)

Tennis joi de vivre and tales of caution

By Rutvick Mehta, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 10:48 PM IST
  • Emma Raducanu, 18, and Leylah Fernandez, 19, are the first all-teenage Grand Slam singles finalists since Serena beat Martina Hingis at the 1999 US Open.
Insurrectionists are ingenious and detecting their plots is impossibly hard. But the trope provides an incomplete picture of how $8 trillion was spent fighting a war against terror, in which almost one million people have died, only for us to end up almost where we started (AFP)
Insurrectionists are ingenious and detecting their plots is impossibly hard. But the trope provides an incomplete picture of how $8 trillion was spent fighting a war against terror, in which almost one million people have died, only for us to end up almost where we started (AFP)

9/11: How Deep States fought, won, and got lost in a war on terror

By Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 07:34 PM IST
Even as the capabilities of spy agencies have ballooned, truth has become more elusive. Agencies tailor facts, politicians suppress intelligence, rules are broken, and terror persists
Evaluating diets with the latest estimates reveals no rampant deficiency. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
Evaluating diets with the latest estimates reveals no rampant deficiency. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)

Rice fortification isn’t the way to fight iron deficiency

By Anura Kurpad and Harshpal Singh Sachdev
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 07:34 PM IST
Adding iron through fortification on top of existing iron tablet supplementation programmes (as an extra layer) for women and children is redundant, wasteful, and potentially dangerous. Overeating rice means even more risk of excess
There’s only one thing that’s, arguably, more troubling. Why are Justice Yadav’s peers — leave aside his superiors in the Supreme Court — silent? (Getty Images/Purestock)
There’s only one thing that’s, arguably, more troubling. Why are Justice Yadav’s peers — leave aside his superiors in the Supreme Court — silent? (Getty Images/Purestock)

A troubling account of prejudice in court

UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 07:33 PM IST
Rejecting the bail petition of a man booked under the Uttar Pradesh Cow Slaughter Act, Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav delivered a series of opinions that smack of prejudice and ignorance
The first concert was held in IIT-Delhi. It was a disaster, with some five-to-10 people sitting in an auditorium of 1,200 seats (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
The first concert was held in IIT-Delhi. It was a disaster, with some five-to-10 people sitting in an auditorium of 1,200 seats (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)

Bridging the gap between the sciences and arts

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 07:34 PM IST
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi has become the first major technology educational institution to have a chair in Indian classical music and arts
Igor Stimac (AIFF)
Igor Stimac (AIFF)

Igor Stimac backs Arsene Wenger’s plans to redraw international calendar

By Dhiman Sarkar, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 11:04 PM IST
  • ‘I would want a biennial World Cup because it doubles India’s chances to qualify for one,’ says India’s head football coach.
 (Image courtesy the Bhagat family)
(Image courtesy the Bhagat family)

Stellar support: This woman defied tradition to build 69 bridges in India

UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:46 PM IST
Shakuntala Bhagat, who died in 2012, was India’s first woman civil engineer. Her inventions and ideas keep bridges across the Himalayas standing even today.
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