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Safeguarding the poll panel’s independence

Updated on Nov 27, 2022 08:26 PM IST

The Supreme Court has questioned the Election Commission's appointment procedure, its chief’s tenure and neutrality. But to date, the system has worked well. Instead, the top court must find ways to keep the credibility of the Indian democracy intact

The fact that India is regarded as a global guru in elections proves that the system has worked well. Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton even called the Indian election a gold standard (HT PHOTO)
The fact that India is regarded as a global guru in elections proves that the system has worked well. Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton even called the Indian election a gold standard (HT PHOTO)

Netas must stop using history as a weapon

It undoubtedly provides politicians with an opportunity to engage in combative behaviour

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with a padayatri during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra as it enters Madhya Pradesh, November 23, 2022 (Sanjeev Gupta)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with a padayatri during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra as it enters Madhya Pradesh, November 23, 2022 (Sanjeev Gupta)
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 08:23 PM IST

We must imbibe the true spirit of our Constitution

There are several notable characteristics to the Constitution, a key being its assertion — We, the People — that places people at the core of its functioning

It was in 2015 that the Narendra Modi government declared November 26 as Constitution Day. (myGOV)
It was in 2015 that the Narendra Modi government declared November 26 as Constitution Day. (myGOV)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 07:42 PM IST

Facts and concerns about the collegium system

Is the collegium system of choosing judges perfect? Can it be considered intrinsic to the basic structure of our Constitution? Here’s what simple research has revealed.

A bigger concern is the quality of judges selected by the collegium. (PTI)
A bigger concern is the quality of judges selected by the collegium. (PTI)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 07:40 PM IST

Let them play. Break down gender myths on the field

Despite the rise of women sportspersons, it is still a male-dominated field. A majority of families still don’t consider sport as a career for a girl, but things are changing

Studies show that girls who participate in sport are more likely to experience academic success and have more faith in their own competencies and abilities. (HT Photo)
Studies show that girls who participate in sport are more likely to experience academic success and have more faith in their own competencies and abilities. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 07:39 PM IST

The pivotal role of sport in an aspirational India

Abhinav Bindra writes about the importance of sport and why India should rethink its model of governing various disciplines

We need to be smart and invest in the new disciplines that are coming under the Olympic fold. Sport in India presents a fantastic opportunity for us to develop a sound base and gun for greater success. You don’t want to suddenly wake up 10 years down the road and say, “Okay, let’s start here.” There is no better time to invest in Indian sport. The time is ripe. (Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
We need to be smart and invest in the new disciplines that are coming under the Olympic fold. Sport in India presents a fantastic opportunity for us to develop a sound base and gun for greater success. You don’t want to suddenly wake up 10 years down the road and say, “Okay, let’s start here.” There is no better time to invest in Indian sport. The time is ripe. (Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 07:37 PM IST

Just Like That | Notes on wise Indians and Indian witticism

Musings on the arrival of winter and travel across the countryside in India; on my dear friends Vinod and Chinna Dua who I lost during the second wave of the pandemic; and a recent, rewarding, lecture that I gave at RNTU

A truck with a quote that reads,
A truck with a quote that reads, "chalti hai gaadi, udti hain dhool, jalte hain dushman, khilte hain phool. (The car moves, the dust rises, the enemy burns, and flowers bloom.)" (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 08:56 PM IST

First Principles | Multitasking just got a new meaning

The world stands on the cusp of change driven by demographics, governed by a not-so-simplistic relationship between the rise of technology and jobs, requiring people to adapt to ‘newer jobs’.

Pearson’s models show that if people insist on sticking to what they learn as engineers alone, over 20% of jobs in the domain will shrink and the professional uncertainty will be as high as 68%. (Pixabay)
Pearson’s models show that if people insist on sticking to what they learn as engineers alone, over 20% of jobs in the domain will shrink and the professional uncertainty will be as high as 68%. (Pixabay)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 07:05 PM IST

India is well poised to emerge as a leader in dairy

Largely organised under the cooperative structure, the industry has seen significant growth over the years, with the government investing in its development through several schemes and initiatives that have put it on the global map.

In many ways, the growth and advancements in India’s dairy sector have been symbolic of the trajectory of the country’s influence and impact on the global map. (Mint)
In many ways, the growth and advancements in India’s dairy sector have been symbolic of the trajectory of the country’s influence and impact on the global map. (Mint)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 01:59 PM IST

Terms of Trade | The pitfalls of gerrymandering history

All regimes have shown hubris in using history as a tool to justify their political project, while couching it within the rhetoric of national interest. In the process, both the Left and the Right have displayed their blind spots.

Barphukan’s cult-like status in Assam is rooted in regional pride of a local warrior successfully fighting against an invading, perhaps much stronger, army of Mughals. (Wikimedia Commons)
Barphukan’s cult-like status in Assam is rooted in regional pride of a local warrior successfully fighting against an invading, perhaps much stronger, army of Mughals. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 09:03 PM IST

Shraddha Walkar case: Ask the right questions

Instead of zeroing in on what this tells us about the violence that women experience in relationships and why they find it so difficult to walk out instantly, the media and political debates have been swamped by the rhetoric of “love jihad”.

Shraddha Walkar’s murder has been reduced to a salacious soap opera. (ANI)
Shraddha Walkar’s murder has been reduced to a salacious soap opera. (ANI)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 08:24 PM IST

COP27 raised the pitch for urgent climate action

This year’s climate meet was branded as the COP for Implementation, and significant breakthroughs were achieved on climate action, including mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology transfer and capacity building.

A significant aspect was the inclusion of ‘transition to sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production in the efforts to address climate change’ in the cover decision of the Sharm El Sheikh Implementation Plan. This is in accordance with Mission LiFE. (Reuters)
A significant aspect was the inclusion of ‘transition to sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production in the efforts to address climate change’ in the cover decision of the Sharm El Sheikh Implementation Plan. This is in accordance with Mission LiFE. (Reuters)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 08:16 PM IST

Narcoanalysis has little scientific grounding

The mere mention of narcoanalysis has a calming effect on the public. And perhaps that is its ultimate purpose — to feed the public imagination on extracting the truth from the body, particularly in a high-profile case. If physical targeting is not possible, do it in a medicalised manner.

Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused to have murdered his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, being brought to the Mehrauli forest area, in New Delhi, November 15, 2022 (PTI)
Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused to have murdered his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, being brought to the Mehrauli forest area, in New Delhi, November 15, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 09:19 PM IST

Examining notions of backwardness, equity

The EWS quota has now been upheld legally and constitutionally. But it still needs to be examined on a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge of discrimination

Caste discrimination tends to be permanent and hereditary, while economic capacity is constantly changing (HT PHOTO)
Caste discrimination tends to be permanent and hereditary, while economic capacity is constantly changing (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 08:49 AM IST

India brings the world’s focus back on terrorism

As a nation impacted heavily by terrorism, India has done well to continue to bring the world back to focus on the issue that was receding from global headlines.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks during the third 'No Money for Terror' conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing, November 19, 2022 (PTI)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks during the third 'No Money for Terror' conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing, November 19, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 09:20 PM IST

Scientifically Speaking | Why do avocadoes and mangoes have large seeds?

It’s a simple question, really. But it’s a question that leads us down a rabbit hole of discovery.

What happens to a fruit with a large seed once large animals that ate it become extinct? (Unsplash)
What happens to a fruit with a large seed once large animals that ate it become extinct? (Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 12:02 PM IST

Three top priorities for India as G20 president

India’s G20 presidency, with its emphasis on the needs and claims of the global South, has to deliver a G20 development deal that addresses the concerns of weak and poor nations with no seat at the table

The global economy’s slump has to be arrested through concerted moves by the G20, which has demonstrated crisis-fighting skills in the past. (Shutterstock)
The global economy’s slump has to be arrested through concerted moves by the G20, which has demonstrated crisis-fighting skills in the past. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 08:56 AM IST

The hits and misses of data protection bill

The new draft digital data protection bill has several positives, ranging from its simple language, to a legal approach driven by principles. However, concerns about the lack of some data protection concepts remain

Concern has been expressed about some aspects of the law, including the fact that the government has exempted itself from the application of many of the substantive provisions of the law. Exemptions of this kind are, however, present in almost every data protection law in the world. (Shutterstock)
Concern has been expressed about some aspects of the law, including the fact that the government has exempted itself from the application of many of the substantive provisions of the law. Exemptions of this kind are, however, present in almost every data protection law in the world. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 08:53 AM IST

Musings on the politics of identity in a democracy

An open letter to my dear fellow Indian Muslims

Why do I address Muslims alone? Does that reflect my acquiescence to a separate identity? Of course, a separate identity does not mean there will be no overlaps with elements of other identities that encompass Indians. (HT Photo)
Why do I address Muslims alone? Does that reflect my acquiescence to a separate identity? Of course, a separate identity does not mean there will be no overlaps with elements of other identities that encompass Indians. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2022 09:44 PM IST

Look beyond COP for climate action

COP27 will be marked for the loss and damage fund and stalled steps on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But the time has arrived to focus on what nations are doing at home, not global meets

Vulnerable countries — particularly small island nations facing sea level rise — have long argued that when both mitigation (avoiding emissions) and adaptation (minimising impacts) fail, as they seem to have, they need support to face climate-induced losses and damages. (AFP)
Vulnerable countries — particularly small island nations facing sea level rise — have long argued that when both mitigation (avoiding emissions) and adaptation (minimising impacts) fail, as they seem to have, they need support to face climate-induced losses and damages. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:43 PM IST

How New Delhi should navigate DC next year

Ties will deepen. But Delhi will have to keep an eye on the Hill’s political attitudes and the administration’s engagement with China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden at the 17th G20 Summit, Bali. (Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden at the 17th G20 Summit, Bali. (Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Chronic delays in Pocso cases are eroding the future of India’s children

Delays in Pocso cases adversely impact the accused (since getting bail in such cases can be extremely difficult) and the child victims (who are re-traumatised by a lengthy trial)

A recent study analysing judicial data across 10 years (2012-21) and 400,000 cases in 28 states and Union Territories conducted by this author (and others) shows that the proportion of Pocso cases that takes more than three years to be disposed of is increasing year-on-year, and Delhi has the highest average case length among the states studied (three years and six months). It also found that in a typical Pocso trial, over six months are spent at the evidence stage alone. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A recent study analysing judicial data across 10 years (2012-21) and 400,000 cases in 28 states and Union Territories conducted by this author (and others) shows that the proportion of Pocso cases that takes more than three years to be disposed of is increasing year-on-year, and Delhi has the highest average case length among the states studied (three years and six months). It also found that in a typical Pocso trial, over six months are spent at the evidence stage alone. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:39 PM IST

Hutong Cat | The Chinese are fed up with Covid restrictions & they're showing it

In a country that’s paranoid of protests and protesters, the frequency of anger and frustration fuelling public outbursts, even clashes, over stringent Covid-19 control rules is worth noting.

In many cases, it’s not the rules but the lack of sensitivity with which those locked down and barricaded are treated that have ignited people’s fury. (Reuters)
In many cases, it’s not the rules but the lack of sensitivity with which those locked down and barricaded are treated that have ignited people’s fury. (Reuters)
Published on Nov 22, 2022 04:40 PM IST

In Gujarat elections, a battle of prestige

In this triangular fight that upends the state’s two-party polity, the BJP is banking on Brand Modi, Congress on grassroots workers and the AAP on a narrative of change. The outcome will hinge on how much of Congress’s votes shift to the AAP

Barring West Bengal, no major state has had such continuous rule by any non-Congress party. Narendra Modi was the architect of this ascent (ANI)
Barring West Bengal, no major state has had such continuous rule by any non-Congress party. Narendra Modi was the architect of this ascent (ANI)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:36 PM IST

Xi’s actions will impact international relations

In a world characterised by what the French philosopher Edgar Morin so presciently described as a polycrisis, China’s actions will touch every aspect of international relations. China is living up to the fact that we live in interesting times.

Xi Jinping will persist with his zero-Covid-19 strategy, the campaign against the tech companies, the commanding heights of the State in the Chinese economy and the war against inequality (AP)
Xi Jinping will persist with his zero-Covid-19 strategy, the campaign against the tech companies, the commanding heights of the State in the Chinese economy and the war against inequality (AP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:19 PM IST

Why the draft data bill may face legal hurdles

The wait for a near-decent data protection law that assures our privacy has already been long. Though this draft is only at the consultation stage, one has to hope that this doesn’t delay the inevitable, ie, an enactment that protects personal data.

Unconstitutional and excessive vesting of delegated or subordinate legislation (laws made by a body or entity that is other than, or subordinate to, Parliament) percolates multiple provisions of the draft. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Unconstitutional and excessive vesting of delegated or subordinate legislation (laws made by a body or entity that is other than, or subordinate to, Parliament) percolates multiple provisions of the draft. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:20 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: India tourism's relationship with Maldives

How the relation ship between Maldives and Indian tourism as changed over the years. Vir Sanghvi shares his opinion.

The Taste With Vir: India tourism's relationship with Maldives
The Taste With Vir: India tourism's relationship with Maldives
Published on Nov 21, 2022 09:20 AM IST

Much needs to be done to bolster our defences

October 20 marked the 60th anniversary of the brutal conflict of 1962, but much work remains to be done to free our territory from Chinese occupation

It is reassuring that the country’s current leadership is engaged fully and dealing with this sensitive issue appropriately. (Shutterstock)
It is reassuring that the country’s current leadership is engaged fully and dealing with this sensitive issue appropriately. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 20, 2022 08:26 PM IST

The government unveils an ambitious data framework

The Digital Data Protection Bill 2022 embraces the notion of the flow of data across borders, largely doing away with data localisation requirements in previous versions.

The Digital Data Protection Bill 2022 defines consent as freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous permission to process user data. (Shutterstock)
The Digital Data Protection Bill 2022 defines consent as freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous permission to process user data. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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