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Crafting an Indian exceptionalism in technology policy

By Vivan Sharan and Aayush Soni
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 07:33 PM IST
The centrepiece of the Indian approach should be to foster a competitive environment that enhances consumers’ rights, rather than rely on regulatory solutions to do the same
Elderly women wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait to vote for local body elections in Kochi, Kerala, December 10, 2020 (AP)
Elderly women wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait to vote for local body elections in Kochi, Kerala, December 10, 2020 (AP)

Institutional reform is key to post-Covid-19 national recovery

By Avishkar Singhvi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 06:04 PM IST
It is the constitutional duty of Parliament to usher in a new era of legal reforms which creates a framework of dealing with pandemics, as well as the root causes of it, rather than leaving the country to rely on antiquated legislation
AI (Artificial Intelligence) concept. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) Exclusive
AI (Artificial Intelligence) concept. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The promise and perils of Artificial Intelligence partnerships

By Dhruva Jaishankar
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 03:21 PM IST
AI can be a force for good. It has emerged as one technology of particular importance because of its role as an accelerator, its versatility, and its wide applicability. But challenges include standards-setting, supply chain resilience, talent retention, and data policy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI) Exclusive
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

Why the second wave may not hurt Narendra Modi politically

UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 03:07 PM IST
Significant sections of voters do not see the removal of Modi or the defeat of Hindutva to “save the Republic” as the primary political fault line in the country
While the issue has been resolved for last year’s batch, the same problems are now being faced by children who are currently in Class 10 or 12. Board exams for Class 12 students affect their college admissions, and so related decisions probably need greater debate. However, the decision regarding the fate of children who are in Class 10 today can be taken relatively quickly. (HTPhoto)
While the issue has been resolved for last year’s batch, the same problems are now being faced by children who are currently in Class 10 or 12. Board exams for Class 12 students affect their college admissions, and so related decisions probably need greater debate. However, the decision regarding the fate of children who are in Class 10 today can be taken relatively quickly. (HTPhoto)

A plea from Class 10 students: Decide on our fate now

By Nayantara Deva
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 06:30 PM IST
The pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us, and on behalf of all my batchmates, I do hope that the government will decide quickly on these issues, so that we are spared a year of uncertainty and board exam-related anxiety, and can focus on learning in a more predictable and reassuring manner.
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For those with dementia, Covid’s impact has been brutal

UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 04:00 PM IST
India has 5.3 million dementia patients. According to the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), the number will grow to 7.6 million by 2030
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For the corporate world, the hybrid approach to work poses challenges

By Raghu Raman
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 03:37 PM IST
In addition to customer behaviour, economic upheavals and extreme uncertainty, the new mode of hybrid working has changed the environment completely
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On climate, our hubris is the problem

By Arunabha Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 03:37 PM IST
Unless we move beyond techno-centrism, discuss a fair development deal, and change lifestyles, summits won’t yield outcomes
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters) Exclusive
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)

As Netanyahu loses power, what does it mean for India?

By P R Kumaraswamy
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 05:17 PM IST
Some of the key shifts in India’s position vis-à-vis Israel happened during the Bibi-Modi tenure — India’s abstentions in the Unesco vote on Jerusalem and the UNHRC votes on the Gaza wars of 2014 and 2021
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Representational image. (Bloomberg)

In a pandemic, the idea of a university

By Siddharth Mallavarapu
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 03:25 PM IST
While applied knowledge has a particular status, what we must not forget is the significance of basic research investments
It was Xi who wanted to project China as a superpower-in-the-making by moving away from Deng Xiaoping’s “hide-and-bide” strategy of keeping a low international profile. This meant China reacting strongly against perceived violations of its core interests, resulting in a dip in ties with many countries, some of which wanted to keep China in good humour. And now it seems that while Xi’s diplomats have delivered, Chinese diplomacy has suffered seriously. (REUTERS)
It was Xi who wanted to project China as a superpower-in-the-making by moving away from Deng Xiaoping’s “hide-and-bide” strategy of keeping a low international profile. This meant China reacting strongly against perceived violations of its core interests, resulting in a dip in ties with many countries, some of which wanted to keep China in good humour. And now it seems that while Xi’s diplomats have delivered, Chinese diplomacy has suffered seriously. (REUTERS)

Is China backtracking on its wolf warrior diplomatic style?

By Harsh V Pant
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2021 07:50 PM IST
The wolf warrior diplomatic style was perhaps suited more to the age of Donald Trump, but now that the Joe Biden administration has lowered the rhetoric on “America First”, the challenge for China is even more acute. China’s new-gen diplomats have been asked to defend the indefensible in recent years, from Beijing’s atrocities on minorities and its hyper-militaristic foreign policy to the opacity and mishandling of Covid-19.
From 1990 till the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, India had pulled 300 million people out of economic distress. The pandemic has ruined the good work of the last three decades (Praveen Kumar/HT)
From 1990 till the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, India had pulled 300 million people out of economic distress. The pandemic has ruined the good work of the last three decades (Praveen Kumar/HT)

The pandemic must lead to a reset of capitalism

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2021 07:46 PM IST
World War I paved the way for the departure of monarchies. World War II sparked the Cold War of communism versus capitalism. The fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s paved the way for the collapse of the communist system. Is the coronavirus pandemic laying the groundwork to change the current face of capitalism?
Curzon recognised that India’s security depends upon its ability to exercise influence over a geopolitical space beyond its own shores. He also recognised that India’s main landward attention must be directed to its frontiers. And he understood that building influence in neighbouring spaces required India to offer an attractive commercial and strategic alternative to the charms of its rivals (Getty Images)
Curzon recognised that India’s security depends upon its ability to exercise influence over a geopolitical space beyond its own shores. He also recognised that India’s main landward attention must be directed to its frontiers. And he understood that building influence in neighbouring spaces required India to offer an attractive commercial and strategic alternative to the charms of its rivals (Getty Images)

The Curzonian imprint on Indian foreign policy

By A Wess Mitchell
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 07:22 PM IST
Lord Curzon’s conceptualisation of India’s neighbourhood and emphasis on frontiers and integration is still relevant and can serve as a template for both India and India-US partnership
Agriculture will remain a key sector in the post-pandemic phase (Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Agriculture will remain a key sector in the post-pandemic phase (Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Post-Covid-19, women and the green economy

PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 06:45 PM IST
Across the world, gender is becoming a significant factor in climate policies. Even as India has done well in recognising the climate crisis and working towards meeting its Paris obligations, it has been relatively slow in recognising the gender dimension of climate
PM Modi also did away with the requirement that states should pay more than the Centre for the same vaccine (Harsimar Pal Singh/Hindustan Times)
PM Modi also did away with the requirement that states should pay more than the Centre for the same vaccine (Harsimar Pal Singh/Hindustan Times)

Decoding the Centre’s Covid vaccine U-turn

UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2021 07:23 PM IST
The original vaccine policy required people under the age of 45 to pay for their vaccines. The SC called this “arbitrary and irrational”. It was, possibly, a lot more. You could also argue that it breached fundamental rights
It is a common misperception that child shelters not linked with CARA are a better option for an orphaned child (REUTERS)
It is a common misperception that child shelters not linked with CARA are a better option for an orphaned child (REUTERS)

For adoption, the centrality of due process

By Smriti Gupta and Payal S Kapoor
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 06:45 PM IST
The proper procedure entails that these children enter the legal adoption pool, which is critical not only for their well-being but also for the legal protection of the family unit formed through adoption
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Covid-19 and the invisibilisation of rural India

PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2021 04:46 PM IST
Even as cities open up, in India’s villages — from the north to the south — the Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate the poor. And we don’t even know the scale of the tragedy
A woman cleans anti-coronavirus disease (Covid-19) screens on desks at a media centre inside the National Maritime Museum, as preparations are underway for the G7 leaders summit, Falmouth, Cornwall, Britain. (REUTERS)
A woman cleans anti-coronavirus disease (Covid-19) screens on desks at a media centre inside the National Maritime Museum, as preparations are underway for the G7 leaders summit, Falmouth, Cornwall, Britain. (REUTERS)

G7 needs a reset. It must reflect the world of today

By Ram Madhav
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2021 03:36 PM IST
In his final year in office, the outspoken United States (US) President Donald Trump found G7 to be an “outdated group of countries”
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When our children are left vulnerable

UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2021 03:32 PM IST
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights says 3,621 children have been orphaned since the start of the pandemic. With over 360,000 deaths so far, this is likely an underestimation
G7 health ministers, Italy's Roberto Speranza, Germany's Jens Spahn, Britain's Matt Hancock, U.S.'s Xavier Becerra, EU's Stella Kyriakides, and Japan's deputy assistant minister for international affairs Masaru Hiraiwa. The 2021 G7 summit will begin a new effort to accelerate the development of vaccines, treatments and tests for any new virus from 300 to 100 days. (REUTERS) Exclusive
G7 health ministers, Italy's Roberto Speranza, Germany's Jens Spahn, Britain's Matt Hancock, U.S.'s Xavier Becerra, EU's Stella Kyriakides, and Japan's deputy assistant minister for international affairs Masaru Hiraiwa. The 2021 G7 summit will begin a new effort to accelerate the development of vaccines, treatments and tests for any new virus from 300 to 100 days. (REUTERS)

At G7, an agenda for the future

By Boris Johnson
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 06:58 PM IST
Let us aim to provide a billion vaccine doses to the developing world by next year, create a global pandemic radar, and step up partnerships on education and climate
A health official draws a dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, January 29, 2021. (REUTERS)
A health official draws a dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, January 29, 2021. (REUTERS)

Is the global pharma industry unhappy with India’s policies?

By Gopal Krishna Agarwal
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 06:40 PM IST
The world-class Indian vaccine, with several vaccine manufacturers and an open licence, is attractive for several countries, particularly in the developing world. Indian pharma industry will gain immensely and our country will stand out as a nation helping at the time of need. But dominant global pharma companies stand to lose billions of dollars in profits due to the policies followed and stand taken by the Modi government and this is a strong enough reason for them to be unhappy.
Jitin Prasada crossed over to join the BJP, a party that he (and his family) had opposed for years.(HT Archive)
Jitin Prasada crossed over to join the BJP, a party that he (and his family) had opposed for years.(HT Archive)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The Politician as Careerist

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 04:09 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "The defections and the buying and selling of legislators reminds us that politicians have less and less use for values or ideals."
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India’s PACK challenge requires a political response

By Atul Mishra
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 04:22 PM IST
Pakistan is speaking a new language of geoeconomics and a trade-fronted regional policy. This merits cautious interest from New Delhi, indications of which are evident
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Decoding the BJP’s meltdown in Bengal and the way forward

By Sandip Ghose
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 04:07 PM IST
Neither BJP supporters nor political commentators had anticipated such a debacle. The high-voltage campaign had swept everyone off their feet. But even fewer people had expected the collapse of the BJP West Bengal state unit post the elections
Large majorities of both foreign and US-born Indian-Americans say being Indian is important to them (Shutterstock)
Large majorities of both foreign and US-born Indian-Americans say being Indian is important to them (Shutterstock)

For the diaspora, ties that bind — and divide

By Sumitra Badrinathan, Devesh Kapur, Jonathan Kay and Milan Vaishnav
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 08:22 PM IST
Among Indian-Americans, criticism of India’s current trajectory is coupled with a deep commitment to the country’s success
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Laws and criminal justice: Where the Indian elite can’t secede

By Rohini Nilekani
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 05:02 PM IST
It is extremely important that the Supreme Court is re-examining colonial era sedition laws, which were repealed in the United Kingdom (UK) itself, but which no government in India has revoked, and in fact, each has used to stifle dissent
PM Narendra Modi takes part in the First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga on March 12, 2021. (HT file) Exclusive
PM Narendra Modi takes part in the First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga on March 12, 2021. (HT file)

The four dimensions that will shape Quad

By Rajiv Bhatia
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 05:01 PM IST
Three months after its virtual summit on March 12, the Quad — composed of the United States, India, Japan and Australia — is attaining greater consolidation, even as its challenges acquire a sharper edge
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Reflecting sunlight with pollutants will not save the planet

By Anirban Mahapatra
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 01:31 PM IST
Solar geoengineering is a broad term used to refer to emergency measures to lower temperatures on earth by reflecting sunlight back into space
Even after 14 days of illness, many patients are experiencing severe lethargy, joint pains,chest heaviness, breathing difficulty. (AFP)
Even after 14 days of illness, many patients are experiencing severe lethargy, joint pains,chest heaviness, breathing difficulty. (AFP)

Covid-19: Not just an acute infection

By Anupam Kumar Ranjan, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 10:20 PM IST
The post-Covid complications are proving as detrimental to the population as the acute Covid-19 illness does. The post-Covid sequelae may occur as a result of the side effect of the medications used during Covid-19 infection or due to severe immunity compromise and lung damage occurring as a result of the infection.
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