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Romance writing in 2021: What works, and what just doesn’t

HT Wknd spoke to women writers about what it’s like to write romance novels in India today. We also asked them: what still works, what doesn’t and what are the newest tropes. Take a look.
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Updated on Nov 19, 2021 06:57 PM IST
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With Carlsen, I can run out of superlatives: Anand

It is his hunger for chess that sets the Norwegian apart, says the five-time world champion
File image of Viswanathan Anand.(File)
File image of Viswanathan Anand.(File)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 12:06 AM IST
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Farm laws repeal could set stage for four-cornered fight, hung House in Punjab

Given that assembly polls are weeks away in the agrarian states of Punjab and UP, PM Narendra Modi has stooped to conquer, for it was time for him to show the human side of his carefully cultivated strong persona
Farmers celebrate at Delhi’s Singhu border protest site after PM Narendra Modi announced that the three contentious farm laws will be repealed. (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Farmers celebrate at Delhi’s Singhu border protest site after PM Narendra Modi announced that the three contentious farm laws will be repealed. (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 05:32 PM IST
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ByVinod Sharma

In the past week, India’s Maoist story has changed

When India’s Maoist story is written, two days in this past week are going to be seen as seminal, with far-reaching consequences beyond just the immediate
Milind Teltumbde was younger, in his late 50s, but was also a member of the central committee, and on the NIA’s most wanted list as well (ANI)
Milind Teltumbde was younger, in his late 50s, but was also a member of the central committee, and on the NIA’s most wanted list as well (ANI)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 04:56 PM IST
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ByDipankar Ghose

We are failing our children

There is grim news on education. But the silver lining is that the pandemic forced innovation. Build on it
Students pray in their classroom on the first day of reopening of schools, Pune (Hindustan Times)
Students pray in their classroom on the first day of reopening of schools, Pune (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 03:51 PM IST
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ByYamini Aiyar

The repeal of farm laws

India’s agrarian sector still needs fundamental reform, but there are lessons to be learned on the how-to
Farmers raise slogans as police remove barricades from the farmers' protest site, Ghazipur, New Delhi, October 29, 2021 (PTI)
Farmers raise slogans as police remove barricades from the farmers' protest site, Ghazipur, New Delhi, October 29, 2021 (PTI)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 06:02 AM IST
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ByHT Editorial

When Xi Jinping uses history for the future

In politics, history is rarely about the past. Pieces in the party-State media and Xi's explanatory note, which was published along with the CCP's new resolution, confirm this
A man holds a mobile phone in front of an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping displayed at the Museum of the Communist Party of China, Beijing, China (REUTERS)
A man holds a mobile phone in front of an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping displayed at the Museum of the Communist Party of China, Beijing, China (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 02:41 PM IST
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ByManoj Kewalramani

Pulp-it | Delhi’s air is always bad. Stubble burning makes it worse

Stubble burning is singularly responsible for pushing AQI into the severe category on most of the few days in which the air is really bad
There’s a seasonality to the bad air — November, December and January are the worst months (AFP)
There’s a seasonality to the bad air — November, December and January are the worst months (AFP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 01:51 PM IST
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Will India get a CAATSA exemption?

India has a legitimate case for CAATSA exemption. Negotiations for the purchase of five S-400s started years before CAATSA was enacted
Despite the remarkable progress made since — including the resuscitated Quad — the relationship remains fragile. (AP)
Despite the remarkable progress made since — including the resuscitated Quad — the relationship remains fragile. (AP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 01:47 PM IST
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ByYashwant Raj

The limits of the Gandhi-Khurshid strategy

Take on Hindutva — but remember that it will have clear electoral implications and give the BJP a tool to distract voters
If the Gandhi-Khurshid zero tolerance for religious hatred is to be pursued, then it must extend to any and every perpetrator of communal violence (PTI)
If the Gandhi-Khurshid zero tolerance for religious hatred is to be pursued, then it must extend to any and every perpetrator of communal violence (PTI)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 06:26 PM IST
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In defence of India’s climate stance

India ended up being unfairly blamed for watering down the language of the climate pact text, by forcing a dilution on coal, from phasing it “out” to phasing it “down”
It is important that developed countries set the narrative right, and not blame the one country that has made a huge leap in its climate commitments (ANI)
It is important that developed countries set the narrative right, and not blame the one country that has made a huge leap in its climate commitments (ANI)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 06:30 AM IST
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An education emergency

There is an urgent need to improve the hybrid model, bridge the digital divide, and, critically, help government schools
While the 2021 report does not explicitly shed light on all-India learning outcomes (except for Karnataka), many of its findings indicate the negative impact Covid-19 has had on learning levels (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
While the 2021 report does not explicitly shed light on all-India learning outcomes (except for Karnataka), many of its findings indicate the negative impact Covid-19 has had on learning levels (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 06:09 PM IST
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For clean air, get citizens involved

The pollution control boards and municipal corporations could benefit from engaging citizens by: Empanelling monitoring groups; encouraging citizen science; and amplifying the use of complaint redressal portals
Local governments should work with citizen groups to identify and prioritise areas for intervention (Hindustan Times)
Local governments should work with citizen groups to identify and prioritise areas for intervention (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 05:21 PM IST
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ByTanushree Ganguly

Behind the facade of civility, the reality of the US-China dialogue

China sees itself as a power that has risen to become a peer of the US and wants its place under the sun, in the process unmasking its aggressive intent. The US is trying to push to retain its pre-eminent global status
In the three-and-a-half-hour summit, Biden touched upon a range of contentious issues such as human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority in the western Xinjiang Province and in Tibet, Chinese aggression toward Taiwan and trade issues — all we are told in a spirit of “healthy debate” (REUTERS)
In the three-and-a-half-hour summit, Biden touched upon a range of contentious issues such as human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority in the western Xinjiang Province and in Tibet, Chinese aggression toward Taiwan and trade issues — all we are told in a spirit of “healthy debate” (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 05:08 PM IST
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ByHarsh V Pant

The race for the domination of AI chips

With AI and advanced semiconductor technology an integral part of Industry 4.0, the impact of AI chips on the global technology landscape will gradually evolve in the coming decade
The market for AI chips has consistently increased in the last decade, with AI chips projected to account for 22% of the global AI revenue by 2022 (Shutterstock)
The market for AI chips has consistently increased in the last decade, with AI chips projected to account for 22% of the global AI revenue by 2022 (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 01:30 PM IST
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ByArjun Gargeyas

Scientifically Speaking | The consequence of excluding women from drug trials

If a drug is not cleared rapidly, it can result in an adverse drug reaction resulting from overdose. It has been reported that women are twice as likely to suffer from adverse drug reactions than men
Microscope and drug experiment for antiviral, antibacterial, probiotic in scientific laboratory (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Microscope and drug experiment for antiviral, antibacterial, probiotic in scientific laboratory (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 12:56 PM IST
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ByAnirban Mahapatra

IOC walks back on trans athlete rules, but gaps remain

IOC released new guidelines on Tuesday related to participation of transgender and intersex athletes, dropping its earlier stance of using the levels of natural testosterone in a sportsperson as the determining factor for their eligibility.
IOC released new guidelines on Tuesday related to participation of transgender and intersex athletes, dropping its earlier stance of using the levels of natural testosterone in a sportsperson as the determining factor for their eligibility. (Representational image)(AFP/Getty Images)
IOC released new guidelines on Tuesday related to participation of transgender and intersex athletes, dropping its earlier stance of using the levels of natural testosterone in a sportsperson as the determining factor for their eligibility. (Representational image)(AFP/Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 07:01 AM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

OBCs: The key to the BJP’s electoral strategy in UP

The BJP slogan of sabka sath, sabka vikas (development for all) will undoubtedly continue to be the overarching theme alongside the caste calculations
Almost all observers agree that in preparations for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh (UP) elections, the BJP is far ahead of its challengers. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Almost all observers agree that in preparations for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh (UP) elections, the BJP is far ahead of its challengers. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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ByShashank Chaturvedi, Sanjay Kumar Pandey, David N Gellner

Explaining India’s shift from foreign to home-grown coaches

  • Bharat Arun’s role in changing NCA’s syllabus; Shastri’s success; BCCI nudging former players to coaching have contributed to the change.
Explaining India’s shift from foreign to home-grown coaches(FILE - Reuters)
Explaining India’s shift from foreign to home-grown coaches(FILE - Reuters)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 07:34 PM IST
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ByVivek Krishnan, New Delhi

How important was the slower ball at the T20 World Cup?

  • This edition of the tournament saw more slower balls being bowled than ever before. In T20s, it’s not just about surprising the batter into a mishit, but taking the pace off so the ball can’t be hit.
Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates after dismissing New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell (not pictured) during the ICC men�s Twenty20 World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on November 14, 2021. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)(AFP)
Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates after dismissing New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell (not pictured) during the ICC men�s Twenty20 World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on November 14, 2021. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 07:26 PM IST
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BySomshuvra Laha, Kolkata

COP26: A tale of five stories

The Glasgow climate meet was marked by a hard push for the interests of rich countries, soft wording for those of vulnerable countries
Delegates talk during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, November 13, 2021 (REUTERS)
Delegates talk during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, November 13, 2021 (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 01:23 PM IST
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ByArunabha Ghosh

From across the border, a new cyber threat

Pakistan’s anti-India cyber activity must be viewed in the backdrop of its new Cyber Security Policy 2021, which seeks to position the country as an important participant in the global conversation on cyber security
In recent years, India has strengthened its cyber security capabilities by creating institutions such as the Defence Cyber Agency and putting in place policy frameworks like the National Cyber Security Policy of 2013. (Shutterstock)
In recent years, India has strengthened its cyber security capabilities by creating institutions such as the Defence Cyber Agency and putting in place policy frameworks like the National Cyber Security Policy of 2013. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 12:56 PM IST
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ByAditya Bhan and Sameer Patil

Policies and People | How a young conservationist is saving river turtles

For the last eight years, Arunima Singh, recipient of the NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award 2021, and her field team have been fighting tirelessly for turtles, Gangetic dolphins, marsh crocodiles, and gharials
Arunima Singh won the prestigious award not just for her exceptional efforts towards saving turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, and Gangetic dolphins, but also for devoting a large part of her time to a crucial activity: Raising the awareness levels of riverine communities and the general public about these freshwater species (TSA)
Arunima Singh won the prestigious award not just for her exceptional efforts towards saving turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, and Gangetic dolphins, but also for devoting a large part of her time to a crucial activity: Raising the awareness levels of riverine communities and the general public about these freshwater species (TSA)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 12:59 PM IST
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Where law stands on eating, selling, displaying meat

The Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled civic bodies in Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Junagadh in Gujarat have last week ordered roadside food vendors and hawkers to cover non-vegetarian food, including eggs, saying an open display of the food could “hurt religious sentiments”
The Supreme Court or the high court is yet to consider a challenge to a prohibitory order against open display of meat or non-vegetarian food items.(HT file)
The Supreme Court or the high court is yet to consider a challenge to a prohibitory order against open display of meat or non-vegetarian food items.(HT file)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 12:07 AM IST
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ByUtkarsh Anand, New Delhi

India’s demand to ‘phase down’ coal is a principle enshrined in Paris Agreement

Developing countries have been pointing to the absence of equity and differentiation since negotiations started during the second week and the COP26 Presidency released the first draft Glasgow pact text
When the issue of differentiation was not addressed even in the final draft, India and China made an intervention during the formal plenary calling for rewording of the text (AP)
When the issue of differentiation was not addressed even in the final draft, India and China made an intervention during the formal plenary calling for rewording of the text (AP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 09:25 PM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi

The significance of Kirpal’s elevation

By recommending him for elevation as a judge in the Delhi HC, the collegium has done what Mr Kirpal has sought to do his entire life: Live with dignity, and work in a place that promises to uphold it
He was also involved with the fight that led to a Constitution bench overturning Section 377, an Indian Penal Code provision that criminalised same-sex relationships (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
He was also involved with the fight that led to a Constitution bench overturning Section 377, an Indian Penal Code provision that criminalised same-sex relationships (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 07:46 PM IST
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Dealing with inflation

Inflation management in the country should not undermine the pursuit of broad-based economic recovery
Taxes on petrol-diesel are still way above pre-pandemic levels, and fuel inflation will continue to matter (AFP)
Taxes on petrol-diesel are still way above pre-pandemic levels, and fuel inflation will continue to matter (AFP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 07:47 PM IST
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After Tokyo debacle, pistol shooter Abhishek Verma for one coach in command

  • India’s federation and the elite shooters are reviewing their showing in Japan after the sport failed to deliver a medal for the second Olympics in a row.
After Tokyo debacle, pistol shooter Abhishek Verma for one coach in command(Vijay Verma/PTI)
After Tokyo debacle, pistol shooter Abhishek Verma for one coach in command(Vijay Verma/PTI)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 07:38 PM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, New Delhi

Enabling philanthropy to achieve its potential, effect social change

Is Indian philanthropy ready to turn a critical lens on itself and, in so doing, multiply its potential for impact? Or will it fall back on old habits and squander the present opportunity?
What will it take to disrupt entrenched norms so that Indian philanthropy can reach its full potential? (Shutterstock)
What will it take to disrupt entrenched norms so that Indian philanthropy can reach its full potential? (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 07:37 PM IST
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ByPritha Venkatachalam and Ingrid Srinath

If you fear Brazil, there is no point taking the field: Thomas Dennerby

  • Playing stronger opponents will help India test their defensive game, says the women’s team coach
If you fear Brazil, there is no point taking the field: Thomas Dennerby(AIFF)
If you fear Brazil, there is no point taking the field: Thomas Dennerby(AIFF)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 07:33 PM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai
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