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In his assessment of the two Prime Ministers Mukherjee worked with, the late president noted that Manmohan Singh had “determination…a strong sense of propriety…steely will power” and documented his long relationship with the former PM.

Congress lost focus, wrote Pranab in memoir

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Del
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:20 AM IST
In a wide ranging autobiography, the late Mukherjee — who passed away in 2020 — has documented his years as President, weaving in the personal and the political.
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Tourists flocked to Shimla’s Ridge on Wednesday, hoping to find snow but they had to contend with a rainy and windy morning.(Deepak Sansta/HT)
Tourists flocked to Shimla’s Ridge on Wednesday, hoping to find snow but they had to contend with a rainy and windy morning.(Deepak Sansta/HT)

Rain accompanied with high velocity wind brings down mercury in Shimla, Manali

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:46 PM IST
Tourist destinations near Himachal’s state capital such as Narkanda, Kufri got snow on Tuesday
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Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.(PTI)
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.(PTI)

UPA couldn’t bring in farm reforms due to pressure: Agri minister Tomar

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 02:24 AM IST
“Many chief ministers had tried to implement the same farm laws that the Narendra Modi government had brought but could not implement them due to these external pressures,” Tomar said, according to the agency.
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On the issue of farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, in Punjab, these ‘forces’ tried to use the shoulders of farmers for their motive.(PTI file photo)
On the issue of farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, in Punjab, these ‘forces’ tried to use the shoulders of farmers for their motive.(PTI file photo)

Forces pressurised Manmohan Singh, Sharad Pawar not to implement farm sector reforms, says Union minister Tomar

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 02:59 PM IST
Tomar stated that many Chief Ministers had tried to implement the same farm laws that the Narendra Modi government has formulated for agriculture sector reforms.
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Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu.(PTI)
Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu.(PTI)

Govt expedited reforms by Narasimha, says vice-president Naidu

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 06:12 AM IST
Rao and then-finance minister Manmohan Singh in the early 1990s initiated the reforms that dismantled the so-called License Raj of approvals and red tape that stifled businesses for much of the first four decades of independence, and opened India up to foreign investment.
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A mass populist upsurge needs an identifiable enemy. The Anna movement had it in the imagery of Union ministers accused of corruption. The farmers protests are far more diffused(Hindustan Times)
A mass populist upsurge needs an identifiable enemy. The Anna movement had it in the imagery of Union ministers accused of corruption. The farmers protests are far more diffused(Hindustan Times)

The Anna and kisan movements, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:34 PM IST
The Anna movement had the support of the media and middle-class and a clear enemy. The farm protests lack all three elements
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UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at his residence in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Archive)
UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at his residence in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Archive)

In memoir, Pranab blames Manmohan, Sonia for Cong’s defeat, says Modi govt’s first term autocratic

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 12:28 AM IST
The Presidential Years is the fourth volume of Mukherjee’s memoirs and will be released in January 2021.
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The Delhi high court was hearing a plea by the Indian Air Force against the CIC’s order to reveal information about PM’s special flights.(HT Photo)
The Delhi high court was hearing a plea by the Indian Air Force against the CIC’s order to reveal information about PM’s special flights.(HT Photo)

Court stays order to disclose PM’s flight details but disagrees with IAF on 1 point

By Richa Banka | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 01:45 PM IST
The Delhi high court was hearing a plea by the IAF against the CIC’s July 8 direction to provide certified copies of available and relevant Special Flight Returns-II to RTI applicant Commodore (retd) Lokesh K Batra.
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Tourists enjoying winter sports at Solang valley on Wednesday. Traffic between Solang and Atal Tunnel is closed due to fresh snowfall.(HT Photo)
Tourists enjoying winter sports at Solang valley on Wednesday. Traffic between Solang and Atal Tunnel is closed due to fresh snowfall.(HT Photo)

Heavy snow forecast in Himachal Pradesh, rain in Punjab and Haryana on December 11, 12

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:46 AM IST
Atal Tunnel closed for traffic as higher reaches get snow, rain for the second day on Thursday
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Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district was coldest in the state at minus 1.3°C.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district was coldest in the state at minus 1.3°C.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

Met predicts heavy snowfall in Himachal on December 12

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times/Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 12:38 AM IST
State meteorological department director Manmohan Singh said snowfall and rainfall was also likely to take place in the higher and middle hills of the state on December 9
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No single government or political personality is to blame for this impasse; this problem has been in the making since Independence.(Bloomberg)
No single government or political personality is to blame for this impasse; this problem has been in the making since Independence.(Bloomberg)

Make inclusive changes in the agrarian sector

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:13 AM IST
The impasse will end sooner or later, but will the problems that beset agriculture be solved?
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Banks, which expect to recover their money by disposing off properties attached by ED, are also suffering, the people added on condition of anonymity.(Getty Images/iStockphoto (Representative Image))
Banks, which expect to recover their money by disposing off properties attached by ED, are also suffering, the people added on condition of anonymity.(Getty Images/iStockphoto (Representative Image))

Attachments up to Rs 40k-crore remain pending as key tribunal stays headless

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 06:55 AM IST
Worse still, it has only one member, out of a sanctioned strength of four members and a chairman. This member, GC Mishra, formerly a top bureaucrat in the law ministry is its acting chairman.
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Tourists riding on snow covered roads in Kufri on Thursday.(Deepak Sansta / HT)
Tourists riding on snow covered roads in Kufri on Thursday.(Deepak Sansta / HT)

Fresh snowfall in Kufri, Narkanda, NH 5 blocked

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times/Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 08:23 AM IST
The weather will get clear from November 27
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In this file photo dated July 14, 2012, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi talks with Ahmed Patel as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on during the announcement of the name of Hamid Ansari as UPA's candidate for Vice President during a meeting in New Delhi.(PTI)
In this file photo dated July 14, 2012, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi talks with Ahmed Patel as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on during the announcement of the name of Hamid Ansari as UPA's candidate for Vice President during a meeting in New Delhi.(PTI)

Ahmed Patel’s demise irreparable loss to party: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 03:37 PM IST
Patel, who was critical since the last few days, was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on November 15 after he developed complications.
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Ahmed Patel.(HT Archive)
Ahmed Patel.(HT Archive)

Ahmed Patel: Congress’ indispensable man, an emissary and an archetypal party person

By Vinod Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:44 PM IST
A three-term Lok Sabha and five-time Rajya Sabha member, Patel never held a ministerial office. He was an archetypal party person, an apparatchik whose membership of the Congress’s core group fetched him a slot on the high table
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Congress party president Sonia Gandhi said that Ahmed Patel was a colleague whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress party.(PTI File Photo)
Congress party president Sonia Gandhi said that Ahmed Patel was a colleague whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress party.(PTI File Photo)

Great friend, irreplaceable comrade: Congress leaders remember Ahmed Patel

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:49 PM IST
“In the shocking demise of Shri. Ahmed Patel ji, the Congress Party has lost one of its strongest pillars & the nation has lost a deeply dedicated leader. With a heavy heart we pay our profound condolences to his family & his followers at this time of grief,” the Congress party tweeted.
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The committees should help the party come up with consistent messaging on important issues.(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)
The committees should help the party come up with consistent messaging on important issues.(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)

Congress’ new internal panels include old guard

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 02:33 AM IST
The appointments come against the backdrop of rumblings within the Congress over the outcome of the assembly elections in Bihar, and by-polls to 58 seats across 11 states.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)

Sonia Gandhi forms panels on economy, foreign affairs, national security; former PM to head all 3

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 05:43 PM IST
Apart from Manmohan Singh, the committee on economic affairs will have former union ministers P Chidambaram, Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, who will also be its convenor, besides former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh
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The book has been able to draw India’s attention due to the remarks made by Obama on the country’s political leaders.(REUTERS)
The book has been able to draw India’s attention due to the remarks made by Obama on the country’s political leaders.(REUTERS)

‘A Promised Land’: First volume of Barack Obama’s memoir to hit stands on November 17

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 09:46 PM IST
The book, titled ‘A Promised Land’, mentions former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi.
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Raut also said that the comments of leaders who said Obama’s remarks were accurate were ‘distasteful’.(ANI Twitter)
Raut also said that the comments of leaders who said Obama’s remarks were accurate were ‘distasteful’.(ANI Twitter)

‘How much does he know about this nation?’: Sanjay Raut in response to Obama’s memoir

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 06:13 PM IST
“A foreign politician can’t give such opinions on Indian political leaders; subsequent domestic political discourse on it is distasteful. We won’t say ‘Trump is mad’. How much does Obama know about this nation?” Raut said.
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Former US President Barack Obama with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before the start of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit working dinner at the Coex Center in Seoul.(AFP File Photo)
Former US President Barack Obama with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before the start of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit working dinner at the Coex Center in Seoul.(AFP File Photo)

What Barack Obama said about Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh in his memoir

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New York
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:17 AM IST
The NYT review said in the memoir “we are told of the handsomeness of men like Charlie Crist and Rahm Emanuel, but not the beauty of women, except for one or two instances, as in the case of Sonia Gandhi.”
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with former US president Barack Obama.(PTI File)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with former US president Barack Obama.(PTI File)

‘Eager to impress...’: Barack Obama’s book on Rahul Gandhi

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:03 AM IST
The observations, whether in direct quotes or paraphrased, are from the review that ostensibly quotes from the book, “A Promised Land”, which is set for public release next week.
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Unlike 1991, there was no compelling pressure which would explain the haste with which the Centre brought in these laws amid the pandemic(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
Unlike 1991, there was no compelling pressure which would explain the haste with which the Centre brought in these laws amid the pandemic(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)

This is definitely not the 1991 moment for agriculture, writes Capt Amarinder Singh

By Captain Amarinder Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 07:04 PM IST
Farm laws will destroy the agri-economy and ruin farmers. The Centre must pull back
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A quake of 2.7 magnitude was reported in Chamba district on Friday, too.(Representational photo)
A quake of 2.7 magnitude was reported in Chamba district on Friday, too.(Representational photo)

Two light intensity quakes occur in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur, Chamba

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 03:37 PM IST
A quake of 3.2 on the Richter scale occurred at Bilaspur, while one of 2.7 intensity rattled Chamba for the second day
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My life has been about reconciling contradictions: NK Singh

By Prashant Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 08:38 AM IST
In an interview with HT, Singh examines his early socialisation in Bihar, the economic doctrines that governed India in the 1960s and 1970s and its subsequent evolution, the current political moment, and the structural challenges faced by India.
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Congress leader Sachin Pilot is greeted by his supporters on his way to his constituency Tonk of Rajasthan.(PTI)
Congress leader Sachin Pilot is greeted by his supporters on his way to his constituency Tonk of Rajasthan.(PTI)

Sachin Pilot, Ghulam Nabi Azad among Congress’ star campaigners for Bihar

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 05:12 AM IST
The list of star campaigners also includes Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
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Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress in April 2019.(Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)
Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress in April 2019.(Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)

Bihar assembly election 2020: Full list of Congress’ star campaigners for phase 1

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 08:04 PM IST
Elections to the 243-seat Bihar assembly will be conducted in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7, while the results will be out on November 10.
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In this Dec. 31, 2003, file photo Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Lok Jan Shakti Party President Ram Vilas Paswan at Paswan's residence in New Delhi. Paswan passed away on Thursday evening, Oct. 8, 2020.(PTI)
In this Dec. 31, 2003, file photo Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Lok Jan Shakti Party President Ram Vilas Paswan at Paswan's residence in New Delhi. Paswan passed away on Thursday evening, Oct. 8, 2020.(PTI)

‘Poor, Dalit have lost a strong voice’: Congress leaders condole death of Ram Vilas Paswan

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2020 10:37 PM IST
“The news of untimely demise of Ram Vilas Paswan ji is tragic. The poor and Dalit have lost a strong political voice today. My condolences to his family,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
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BJP’s national spokesperson Rajyavardhan Rathore said Amnesty International had set up four companies, and showed money received in their account as FDI.(AP)
BJP’s national spokesperson Rajyavardhan Rathore said Amnesty International had set up four companies, and showed money received in their account as FDI.(AP)

On Amnesty row, BJP leader quotes ex-PM Manmohan Singh to defend govt

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Amnesty International, in a statement, said that the freezing of its bank accounts by the Indian government, which it is learnt was done earlier this month, has brought its work to a juddering halt.
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The central election committee (CEC), an important panel that selects party candidates for an election after being shortlisted at various levels, is currently headed by Sonia Gandhi.(Representational Photo/HT)
The central election committee (CEC), an important panel that selects party candidates for an election after being shortlisted at various levels, is currently headed by Sonia Gandhi.(Representational Photo/HT)

After CWC, key Congress poll panel set for rejig

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Chances of the CEC being reconstituted before the Bihar elections are bright, given that the panel will select the party candidates for the assembly polls
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