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In the 1960s, the Kabul of my childhood

It was a very different time, and Afghanistan, a very different country. But the Kabul that’s imprinted on my mind belongs to that decade
US soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan (AFP)
US soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan (AFP)
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 04:10 PM IST
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India needs more women in the police

More women police personnel, proactive gender sensitisation across the force and the localities they work in, and taking policing out of the station to women, hold the key to a safer environment for women
There has been a 16% increase in women personnel entering the police force between 2019 and the beginning of 2020 (Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
There has been a 16% increase in women personnel entering the police force between 2019 and the beginning of 2020 (Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 04:11 PM IST
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India at 75: Can the twain ever meet?

In a naive and unreflective age where we celebrate too early, too much, and frivolously, we must evolve by continuously introspecting and making course corrections.
Where are we going as a nation? Are we inculcating the independence of spirit, thought and scientific enquiry? (Shutterstock)
Where are we going as a nation? Are we inculcating the independence of spirit, thought and scientific enquiry? (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 04:06 PM IST
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ByPrabal Basu Roy

‘Folk heritage on social media must be relatable, inclusive,authentic, relevant’

Preserving oral and folk traditions is also about preserving diversity because we lose so much in the loss of intangible traditions, says heritage educator Alisha Sadikot.
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Updated on Aug 21, 2021 02:02 PM IST
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Meet the seniors keeping India’s intangible heritage alive online

They’re taking to social media to preserve, in multimedia format, elements of culture that are typically conveyed person-to-person — heirloom recipes, oral histories, legends, ancient games, puppetry and more.
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Updated on Aug 21, 2021 05:11 PM IST
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Meet Nikhil Babar, India’s Magic Mike dancer

‘Stripping and public entertainment for pleasure are still taboo. I want to promote these smooth, sensual moves as an art that sits at the intersection of dance, fitness and sexuality,’ says the dance and fitness instructor.
Babar posts as @nikhil_babar_ on Instagram. He dances with the female gaze in mind, so his videos are teasing, gentle fun, rather than raw and raunchy. He says he sees himself as an ally in the cause of pleasure, of all genders and sexualities.
Babar posts as @nikhil_babar_ on Instagram. He dances with the female gaze in mind, so his videos are teasing, gentle fun, rather than raw and raunchy. He says he sees himself as an ally in the cause of pleasure, of all genders and sexualities.
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 01:57 PM IST
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ByStuti Johri

The Irregular Times: A new cultural tabloid where art goes paperview

With most galleries and events online or off limits in the pandemic, artist and curator Tarini Sethi and design entrepreneur Anant Ahuja are reaching out to the community with a ‘handheld’ quarterly print publication.
The first edition featured an essay on rewilding, dystopian art by Anpu Varkey, a deep dive into Chiraag Bhakta’s art practice, and a spotlight on photographer Harsha Vadlamani’s Chalo Dilli series of photographs on the culture of dissent.
The first edition featured an essay on rewilding, dystopian art by Anpu Varkey, a deep dive into Chiraag Bhakta’s art practice, and a spotlight on photographer Harsha Vadlamani’s Chalo Dilli series of photographs on the culture of dissent.
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 01:54 PM IST
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ByTanisha Saxena

Hong Kong tram green is a Pantone hue.What urban Indian hues could make the cut?

The green of Hong Kong’s trams was picked for being vibrant, historic and characteristic of that region. Take a look at urbanists’ top picks for Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru.
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Updated on Aug 21, 2021 04:51 PM IST
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The inside story of the retrospective tax blunder

It has taken the government nine years to withdraw the retrospective taxation amendments, and, that too, perhaps because of the possibility of adverse rulings in international arbitration cases
Any legal change, without careful and rigorous thinking about its implications, can cause huge damage, and it can take years to rectify (Shutterstock)
Any legal change, without careful and rigorous thinking about its implications, can cause huge damage, and it can take years to rectify (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 08:19 PM IST
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ByArvind Mayaram

We must stop using ‘hard work’ as a smoke screen in sport: Rudraneil Sengupta

Talk of mehnat is just a way to pass the buck. At the elite level, everyone works hard. Success is defined not by effort but by a scientific approach to training, and access to expertise.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway won gold and set a new Olympic record at the 1,500m race in Tokyo. He and his two brothers train under their father, Gjert, in a scienceled programme that is carefully calibrated, updated regularly, and customised for each man. (REUTERS)
Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway won gold and set a new Olympic record at the 1,500m race in Tokyo. He and his two brothers train under their father, Gjert, in a scienceled programme that is carefully calibrated, updated regularly, and customised for each man. (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 06:44 PM IST
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ByRudraneil Sengupta

When women pay the price for State failure

When the State plans laws to punish parents who cross the two-child limit, let’s be clear about who pays the highest price. It’s women, the poorest and most marginalised
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 06:21 PM IST
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Investigate political violence

West Bengal has a history of political violence
The injured being treated after clashes during the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections, in Cooch Behar district, on April 10. (File photo)
The injured being treated after clashes during the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections, in Cooch Behar district, on April 10. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 06:15 PM IST
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Don’t do the dance. Let a break-up be a clean break, says Simran Mangharam

Heartbreaks are tough, don’t make them tougher by using ‘Let’s stay friends’ or ‘I have two movie tickets’ to try and rekindle the flame. It never does any good.
The movies and TV shows may suggest that someone who says they’re done can be won back via the friend zone. It doesn’t happen in real life. That kind of lack of honesty was just one of the things that made Ross and Rachel’s a toxic bond.
The movies and TV shows may suggest that someone who says they’re done can be won back via the friend zone. It doesn’t happen in real life. That kind of lack of honesty was just one of the things that made Ross and Rachel’s a toxic bond.
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:50 PM IST
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BySimran Mangharam

Lost worlds: Why can’t we play Pong or Spacewar! anymore?

You can still watch the world’s first motion picture, The Roundhay Garden Scene, made in 1888. Yet, less than six decades on, thousands of videogames from the Spacewar! age are unavailable or unplayable.
Internet Archive hosts some early videogames, including beloveds of the ’80s and ’90s like Pac-Man, Digger and Prince of Persia (above). But thousands more have been lost forever.
Internet Archive hosts some early videogames, including beloveds of the ’80s and ’90s like Pac-Man, Digger and Prince of Persia (above). But thousands more have been lost forever.
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:48 PM IST
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ByK Narayanan

Fair game? Sharda Ugra on sexist norms, pushback by athletes,and a coming change

As young athletes resist sexualised uniform codes, rules on testosterone levels, restrictions on the breastfeeding of infants, and other archaic norms, it will be up to the hidebound men who run most sports bodies to figure out how to navigate a coming and necessary change.
The sight of the German women’s gymnastics team competing in unitards became a ceiling-buster Olympic moment. (AP)
The sight of the German women’s gymnastics team competing in unitards became a ceiling-buster Olympic moment. (AP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:50 PM IST
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BySharda Ugra

Lovlina Borgohain: The early years

The 23-year-old boxer who won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics discusses childhood, parents and her take on how winners are made.
’Everyone needs motivation. Needs someone to tell them they’re so good, they could win with a broken arm. That is how winners are made,’ says Borgohain. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
’Everyone needs motivation. Needs someone to tell them they’re so good, they could win with a broken arm. That is how winners are made,’ says Borgohain. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:46 PM IST
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ByZara Murao

I used to live in a bit of fear:Talking boxing, life,loss with Lovlina Borgohain

When the 23-year-old won bronze in Tokyo, it felt like failure, she says. She tells Wknd how she balances hope and loss, what goes through her mind during a bout, how she overcame fear, and what it’s like to score a win that feels like it comes with a rider.
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(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:45 PM IST
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ByZara Murao

When will the US pull back from the real challenge — Pakistan?

Pakistan took American money and backed the Taliban. India is now left with a security nightmare, with implications for Kashmir
US President Joe Biden arrives at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington on Monday, August 16. Biden addressed the nation about the US evacuation from Afghanistan, after the planned withdrawal turned deadly at Kabul's airport as thousands tried to flee the country after the Taliban's takeover. (File photo)
US President Joe Biden arrives at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington on Monday, August 16. Biden addressed the nation about the US evacuation from Afghanistan, after the planned withdrawal turned deadly at Kabul's airport as thousands tried to flee the country after the Taliban's takeover. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 03:43 PM IST
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Taliban wanted India to retain its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

A quick assessment done by the Indian side and its Afghan counterparts came to the conclusion that the request from the Taliban side could not be taken at face value and that the evacuation of the Indian diplomats and others should go ahead as planned
Senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai. (Source: Tolo News)
Senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai. (Source: Tolo News)
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 01:17 AM IST
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ByRezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

How can India become an athletics powerhouse?

  • India had just one distance runner qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Athletes blame their federation for a lack of performance. Coaches blame athletes and the federation. Officials blame athletes and coaches. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
Getnet Wale of Ethiopia, Avinash Sable of India, Abraham Kibiwott of Kenya and Zak Seddon of Britain in action during Heat 2 REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)
Getnet Wale of Ethiopia, Avinash Sable of India, Abraham Kibiwott of Kenya and Zak Seddon of Britain in action during Heat 2 REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 19, 2021 09:08 PM IST
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ByHugo van den Broek

'Kapitan' Jhingan's European dream

  • Croatian top flight club HNK Sibenik's owner says central defender can be used in a leadership role
Sandesh Jhingan will be the third Indian to play in the top tier of an European football league.
Sandesh Jhingan will be the third Indian to play in the top tier of an European football league.
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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ByDhiman Sarkar, Kolkata

India hold the aces on this England tour

  • Virat Kohli is genuinely aggressive and fearless. His team is bound to imbibe some of it. It's one of the things that made the Lord's win possible.
India Captain Virat Kohli celebrates after Mohammed Shami took the wicket of Dom Sibley. (Getty)
India Captain Virat Kohli celebrates after Mohammed Shami took the wicket of Dom Sibley. (Getty)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 07:09 AM IST
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BySanjay Manjrekar

A pathbreaking ruling on equality

The Supreme Court (SC)’s interim ruling allowing women to sit for the National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance exam for entry into the Army is a game-changer in eliminating gender discrimination. Opening NDA to women is long due. Armed forces must evolve
The very nature of warfare has changed. To be sure, physical fitness remains a prerequisite for both men and women, but technical expertise, decision-making skills and mental resilience are equally important, none of which are governed by gender constrains. (File photo)
The very nature of warfare has changed. To be sure, physical fitness remains a prerequisite for both men and women, but technical expertise, decision-making skills and mental resilience are equally important, none of which are governed by gender constrains. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 06:11 PM IST
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Walking the talk on climate commitments

India has approved the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol. Ratifying the amendment signifies that India will compete for low-global warming potential refrigerants, which can spur innovation and attract international investments
The 2016 Kigali Amendment aims to phase-down HFCs, a set of 19 gases used by the air-conditioning and refrigerant industry, by restricting their production and consumption. (HT file photo)
The 2016 Kigali Amendment aims to phase-down HFCs, a set of 19 gases used by the air-conditioning and refrigerant industry, by restricting their production and consumption. (HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 06:02 PM IST
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In 100 days, sowing the seeds of a New Assam

With the BJP at the Centre and in the state, the double engine of growth is gaining momentum in Assam. Along with our colleagues in the central government, we are speeding up the implementation of key central schemes such as Jal Jeevan Mission, PM Awas Yojana, and PM Kisan
We increased the wages of tea garden workers from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>167 to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>205 in the Brahmaputra Valley, and from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>145 to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>183 in the Barak Valley, with retrospective effect from February 2021. (HT Archive)
We increased the wages of tea garden workers from 167 to 205 in the Brahmaputra Valley, and from 145 to 183 in the Barak Valley, with retrospective effect from February 2021. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 06:10 PM IST
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ByHimanta Biswa Sarma

Chronicling BR Ambedkar’s life in London

The time he spent in London earning his law and second doctorate degrees was among the most important part of the polymath’s life. The interrupted stint shaped his worldview and philosophy, introduced him to new and exacting teachers, and sharpened his legal skills
A portrait of BR Ambedkar. (Source: Ambedkar student file, LSE Library)
A portrait of BR Ambedkar. (Source: Ambedkar student file, LSE Library)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 05:55 PM IST
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In a competitive marketplace, protecting India’s gig workers

Outdated, static mechanisms such as grievance redressal officers or onerous labour laws cannot keep pace with the gig economy and complaints of workers. Instead, we can look to harness the power of technology towards improving trust between platforms and gig workers
Representational image. (PTI)
Representational image. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 05:09 PM IST
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ByMihir Mahajan and Anupam Manur

The return of the Islamic Emirate

The US did not fight a 20-year war. It fought a one-year war, 20 times over. But in this period, Afghanistan has changed too
A member of Taliban forces inspects the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (REUTERS)
A member of Taliban forces inspects the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 01:44 PM IST
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ByRakesh Sood

KL Rahul back from the fringe to frontline

  • Praised as a great talent after an impressive Test debut in the 2014-15 season, the opener was dropped in August 2019 after a string of failures. He has grabbed the fresh chance in England.
India's KL Rahul waves to acknowledge the crowd. File(AP)
India's KL Rahul waves to acknowledge the crowd. File(AP)
Published on Aug 19, 2021 07:23 AM IST
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No one knows what the future of Afghan sports will be

There is panic on the ground, so you see people running around, trying to leave the country.
A demonstrator walks holding an Afghanistan flag, during a protest at Parliament Square in London: Representational image(AP)
A demonstrator walks holding an Afghanistan flag, during a protest at Parliament Square in London: Representational image(AP)
Published on Aug 18, 2021 11:56 PM IST
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