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By standing up militarily to China on the Himalayan borders, India also made it possible for smaller nations at the receiving end of Chinese aggression to envision the possibility that subservience to China is not the only option(ANI)

The Delhi-Beijing battle in South Asia

By Harsh V Pant
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:13 AM IST
China’s influence has grown, but contrary to conventional narrative, it is not necessarily ‘winning’. India has retained its focus
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he State must act fast to enforce indoor lock downs and effective ‘social and physical distancing’ norms through media, social help groups, vigorous public announcements and by applying force, if that becomes necessary.(REUTERS)
he State must act fast to enforce indoor lock downs and effective ‘social and physical distancing’ norms through media, social help groups, vigorous public announcements and by applying force, if that becomes necessary.(REUTERS)

Mutant strains emphasise the need for strict controls

By Narinder K Mehra
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:43 AM IST
It is important to keep the viral load in check so that the natural benefits India’s population enjoys of broad-based immunity can be best made use of
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Karachi. For some, the repository offers glimpses of cities they will likely never visit. For others, it is a reminder that borders often separate people who were once one.(Lawaiza Zahid Hussain)
Karachi. For some, the repository offers glimpses of cities they will likely never visit. For others, it is a reminder that borders often separate people who were once one.(Lawaiza Zahid Hussain)

Check out a virtual pandemic-era travelogue focused on South Asia

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:41 AM IST
The Daak Vaak repository on Instagram is crowdsourced, with people sending in photographs of cities they love and miss.
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Ajay Khurana, Chairman, REHAU South Asia.
Ajay Khurana, Chairman, REHAU South Asia.

Ajay Khurana: Leading REHAU India’s flight to newer horizons

UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:33 PM IST
REHAU, a leading global player in the furniture and building industry, is all set to foray into new product segments, solutions as well as verticals under the leadership of Ajay Khurana, Chairman, REHAU South Asia.
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Trouw Nutrition has a state-of-the-art production facility in Jadcherla, Hyderabad
Trouw Nutrition has a state-of-the-art production facility in Jadcherla, Hyderabad

Trouw Nutrition, the global leader in animal nutrition is ready to serve South Asia

UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:05 PM IST
South Asia’s largest animal nutrition premix production units is now in Jadcherla.
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A staggering two out of five women in South Asia have experienced intimate partner violence and Covid-19 has worsened the situation.(ANI)
A staggering two out of five women in South Asia have experienced intimate partner violence and Covid-19 has worsened the situation.(ANI)

Two out of five women in South Asia have experienced partner violence: World Bank

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Asian News International
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:21 PM IST
A staggering two out of five women in South Asia have experienced intimate partner violence and Covid-19 has worsened the situation.
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Uber said its plan to reach 200 cities by end of 2020 was affected by the pandemic, but it remains on course to achieving the milestone.(Hindustan Times)
Uber said its plan to reach 200 cities by end of 2020 was affected by the pandemic, but it remains on course to achieving the milestone.(Hindustan Times)

Uber eyes a bigger slice of EV space

By Sharan Poovanna and Madhurima Nandy | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 02:20 AM IST
However, the companies are aiming to accelerate some of their larger plans to take the green route as they expect strong recovery in these segments once the restrictions are lifted.
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New Delhi is aware that managing the larger neighbourhood is inextricably linked to domestic stability, external power projection, and retaining its influence regionally at a time when China is actively intervening in smaller countries of South Asia with the explicit objective of undermining Indian interests(ANI)
New Delhi is aware that managing the larger neighbourhood is inextricably linked to domestic stability, external power projection, and retaining its influence regionally at a time when China is actively intervening in smaller countries of South Asia with the explicit objective of undermining Indian interests(ANI)

Chanakya: India’s new template for the neighbourhood

By Chanakya | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:21 AM IST
Managing South Asia — through hard instruments when unavoidable and close engagement whenever possible — is essential
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According to the Financial Times, China has transferred nearly $150 billion to governments and state-owned firms in Africa alone to secure commodity supplies and fund its global network of infrastructure projects, President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative.(Reuters image)
According to the Financial Times, China has transferred nearly $150 billion to governments and state-owned firms in Africa alone to secure commodity supplies and fund its global network of infrastructure projects, President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative.(Reuters image)

Kenya walked into the dragon’s trap. It holds a message for South Asia | Opinion

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:21 AM IST
Like in Kenya, one of China’s largest trade partners in Africa that owes $6.5 billion to China, 22 percent of its total external debt. China’s interest payments represent 87 per cent of the cash used to service debt expenditure in 2019.
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Owing to restrictions on free and confident movement of people, the tourism ecosystem, which employs 300 million people globally, has been disrupted(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Owing to restrictions on free and confident movement of people, the tourism ecosystem, which employs 300 million people globally, has been disrupted(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

How India can take the lead in reviving tourism in South Asia

By Riya Sinha and Bhumika Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 05:45 AM IST
The pandemic provides an opportunity for India to take the lead in promoting regional tourism, an important metric of soft power
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A file photo of the Chinese national flag being raised during a ceremony in Lhasa.(Reuters file)
A file photo of the Chinese national flag being raised during a ceremony in Lhasa.(Reuters file)

China building cloud computing centre in Tibet to serve South Asian countries

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 04:11 PM IST
The new centre in Lhasa is part of the Chinese information technology ministry’s plan to make Lhasa the communication and information hub for South Asia.
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Women in Kolkata performing the 'Dhunachi' dance on the arrival procession of the Goddess Durga idol at their community puja pandal ahead of Durga Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic.(PTI)
Women in Kolkata performing the 'Dhunachi' dance on the arrival procession of the Goddess Durga idol at their community puja pandal ahead of Durga Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic.(PTI)

Excerpt from Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia edited by Caleb Simmons, Moumita Sen and Hillary Rodrigues

By Hillary Rodrigues | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 01:57 PM IST
This extract from an essay by Hillary Rodrigues looks at the procedures and symbolism of the Bengali Durga Puja
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Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President – South Asia, Marriott International, has solid views on the hospitality business
Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President – South Asia, Marriott International, has solid views on the hospitality business

Brunch Focus: ‘Never waste a good crisis’

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 01:16 PM IST
Neeraj Govil, Senior VP – South Asia, Marriott Int’l, quotes Winston Churchill as he talks about new opportunities, reopening with care and added engagement with customers
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Biden has promised that relations with India will get “high priority” and has bashed India’s regional adversaries — China and Pakistan — to burnish his credentials as the better custodian of ties with New Delhi.(AP)
Biden has promised that relations with India will get “high priority” and has bashed India’s regional adversaries — China and Pakistan — to burnish his credentials as the better custodian of ties with New Delhi.(AP)

The issues that matter to Indian-Americans

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 07:30 PM IST
Its latest poll tells a most consequential story, but one that has received little attention: Indian-Americans don’t actually care much about US policy for South Asia.
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The meeting of the foreign ministers is an annual event held on the margins of the UN General Assembly.(PTI)
The meeting of the foreign ministers is an annual event held on the margins of the UN General Assembly.(PTI)

Cross-border terror among key challenges for Saarc: Jaishankar

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 04:59 PM IST
Jaishankar was addressing an informal virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the eight-member grouping, whose functioning has stalled because of differences between India and Pakistan
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In February, India made a strong demarche with the Turkish government on Erdoğan’s remarks on Jammu and Kashmir during his visit to Islamabad.(AP)
In February, India made a strong demarche with the Turkish government on Erdoğan’s remarks on Jammu and Kashmir during his visit to Islamabad.(AP)

Turkish President Erdogan’s J&K remark riles India

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 01:53 AM IST
This was not the first time that India and Turkey have engaged in a terse exchange on the Kashmir issue – Erdoğan has repeatedly raised the matter after the Indian government scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August last year, and India has pushed back on each occasion.
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The modus operandi of UFWD is to target opinion makers and try to co-opt them to support China’s cause.
The modus operandi of UFWD is to target opinion makers and try to co-opt them to support China’s cause.

China sends hardcore ambassadors to South Asia to push BRI and undermine India

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 10:30 AM IST
The United Front Works Department has more power in the Chinese system than the foreign ministry and the appointment of UFWD officials to ambassadorial positions in South Asia indicates the seriousness in which China is pushing its influence in the region.
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Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S Jaishankar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper speak after the 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue n Washington on December 18, 2019.(REUTERS/File)
Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S Jaishankar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper speak after the 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue n Washington on December 18, 2019.(REUTERS/File)

In reference to China, India and US discuss ‘destabilising actions’ in region

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 11:28 PM IST
At an intersessional meeting under the 2+2 dialogue format, the two sides discussed efforts to counteract ‘recent destabilising actions in South Asia’ and Indo-Pacific region, a possible reference to Chinese actions in South Asia and South China Sea.
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Pranab Mukherjee, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died on Monday, weeks after his brain surgery.(PTI File Photo)
Pranab Mukherjee, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died on Monday, weeks after his brain surgery.(PTI File Photo)

Bangladesh High Commission to hold special condolence meet to honour Pranab Mukherjee

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2020 05:47 AM IST
In a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina called the Congress veteran ‘a highly esteemed leader of South Asia’ who ‘commanded the respect and admiration of all.’
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Podcast: The Life and Times of Amit Varma

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 08:28 PM IST
Amit Varma talks about his continuously evolving career, his libertarian ideology, and his views on nationalism.
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For strong and podgy samosa lovers, the Punjabi version is the best(Shutterstock)
For strong and podgy samosa lovers, the Punjabi version is the best(Shutterstock)

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The thousand-year-old samosa

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 08:00 AM IST
It is a dish from before the start of the millennium that has travelled the world
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File photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping(AP File)
File photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping(AP File)

Indo-Pacific encouraged by India standing up to China: US NSC official

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:30 PM IST
“Few countries are more familiar with China’s malign influence than India,” US National Security Council official Lisa Curtis said.
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Nearly a third of the world’s 15.8 million infections have been registered since July 1, while the total death toll nears 640,000.(HT Photo)
Nearly a third of the world’s 15.8 million infections have been registered since July 1, while the total death toll nears 640,000.(HT Photo)

Record number of new Covid-19 cases as public loses faith in govts

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Paris
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 09:46 PM IST
There were more than 280,000 new cases recorded globally on both Thursday and Friday, the highest daily rises since the virus emerged in China late last year.
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A study by the Asian Development Bank says that floods account for at least half of all climate-related disasters in India(AFP)
A study by the Asian Development Bank says that floods account for at least half of all climate-related disasters in India(AFP)

Rework flood control strategies | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 07:25 PM IST
Instead of construction, return to natural solutions
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Taking wing: Members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in Delhi’s 12th Queer Pride March on November 24, 2019.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Taking wing: Members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in Delhi’s 12th Queer Pride March on November 24, 2019.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

Review: The World That Belongs To Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal

By Chintan Girish Modi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 06:31 PM IST
An ambitious undertaking, this anthology ensures that trans, non-binary, Dalit and Muslim voices, which are often marginalized in mainstream queer spaces, get to have their say
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India has sought to promote the counter balancing regional institutions such as Bimstec(PTI)
India has sought to promote the counter balancing regional institutions such as Bimstec(PTI)

The Chinese trishul in South Asia | Opinion

By Mahendra P Lama
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 10:10 PM IST
Through local, national, and regional instruments, Beijing has expanded its influence in the region
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That beating heart: At the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk on December 10, 2017.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
That beating heart: At the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk on December 10, 2017.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

Excerpt: The World That Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia Edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal

By Edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 04:39 PM IST
This exclusive first excerpt from a much-awaited anthology features the work of three very different poets
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Pangong Lake, Leh, Ladakh. India will have to reconsider its entire geopolitical posture. Engagement with China is essential and should continue. But there can be no appeasement. Policymakers need to go back to the drawing board and examine ways to build leverage against Beijing(AFP)
Pangong Lake, Leh, Ladakh. India will have to reconsider its entire geopolitical posture. Engagement with China is essential and should continue. But there can be no appeasement. Policymakers need to go back to the drawing board and examine ways to build leverage against Beijing(AFP)

Reset ties with China

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 08:27 PM IST
Beijing crossed a threshold. India must be strong
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A migrant labourer arranges to send money home, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Last year, AED 169 billion ($46 billion) in remittances flowed out of UAE — more than half of it into the countries of South Asia, of these India primarily. This remittance flow is the second highest in the world.(Getty Images)
A migrant labourer arranges to send money home, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Last year, AED 169 billion ($46 billion) in remittances flowed out of UAE — more than half of it into the countries of South Asia, of these India primarily. This remittance flow is the second highest in the world.(Getty Images)

UAE stands with India and Indian expatriates

By Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 06:49 PM IST
Indians have contributed to make UAE successful. We will remain a place of opportunity and tolerance for migrants
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Many commentators envisage that there will be a decline in globalisation and relative strengthening of regional supply chains(ANI)
Many commentators envisage that there will be a decline in globalisation and relative strengthening of regional supply chains(ANI)

South Asia must now build resilient supply chains | Analysis

By Riya Sinha and Niara Sareen
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 06:58 PM IST
Facilitate cross-border flow of goods and services by reducing tariffs; improving logistics, infra and digitisation
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