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The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan. India’s convergence with the US helps. It creates leverage in negotiations with China. It leads to intelligence-sharing and support, as has happened in Ladakh. But Washington must realise that New Delhi cannot continue to make artificial distinctions between its east and west. (AP File) PREMIUM

The problem in the West

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:07 PM IST
For a true partnership, the United States must understand India’s concerns to the West. It is in the west that India confronts a military-controlled Pakistani establishment, which believes in using terror and religious extremism
Poor students from pandemic-struck homes receiving free education and meals at an NGO in Navi Mumbai. Even as NGOs must be transparent and accountable, the State must see civil society as an ally and not as an adversary. (Representational image/HT PHOTO)
Poor students from pandemic-struck homes receiving free education and meals at an NGO in Navi Mumbai. Even as NGOs must be transparent and accountable, the State must see civil society as an ally and not as an adversary. (Representational image/HT PHOTO)

The role of civil society organisations

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 05:43 PM IST
The government must treat civil society as an ally; non-governmental organisations must be transparent
Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel greets Gujarat governor Acharya Devvrat during the state ministerial cabinet swearing-in ceremony in Gandhinagar on Thursday. (PTI)
Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel greets Gujarat governor Acharya Devvrat during the state ministerial cabinet swearing-in ceremony in Gandhinagar on Thursday. (PTI)

The BJP’s Gujarat experiment

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 05:20 PM IST
The party, under Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, has often been ruthless before elections to ward off anti-incumbency. This has usually taken the form of replacing a range of candidates and picking new faces
Agriculture needs an honest political conversation (Arabinda Mahapatra)
Agriculture needs an honest political conversation (Arabinda Mahapatra)

India’s farmers need a ‘new deal’

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 08:10 PM IST
If farming does not generate adequate incomes, India’s farmers cannot be blamed for not making investments in augmenting production and sustainability techniques
India’s telecom revolution sparked a change in the social, economic and political structures (Shutterstock)
India’s telecom revolution sparked a change in the social, economic and political structures (Shutterstock)

A lifeline for the telecom sector

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 08:06 PM IST
The government has done well to step in. Now, sustain the spirit of reforms. A thriving sector cannot be built on the backs of failed companies
US secretary of state Antony Blinken. (File photo)
US secretary of state Antony Blinken. (File photo)

End the delusion on Pakistan

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 06:01 PM IST
For 20 years, Islamabad sold a story of indispensability to Washington. The outcome was a humiliating US exit from Afghanistan. It is time for the American establishment to end its delusion on Pakistan
Union minister for environment and climate change Bhupender Yadav and United States special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry at the launch of CAFMD at Indira Paryawaran Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday, September 13. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Union minister for environment and climate change Bhupender Yadav and United States special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry at the launch of CAFMD at Indira Paryawaran Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday, September 13. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)

On climate, the Delhi-DC dynamic

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 05:02 PM IST
While Washington’s promise to facilitate the availability of finance and clean tech to India can help accelerate the energy transition, and restore the trust between the developing and the developed world, there is still lack of clarity on the quantum and timelines for such a roll-out
An NSO report show farm incomes have risen by 57% between 2012-13 and 2018-19, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%. (AP File)
An NSO report show farm incomes have risen by 57% between 2012-13 and 2018-19, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%. (AP File)

The structural shift in Indian agriculture is worrying

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 06:02 PM IST
The increase in wages as a component of the income basket shows that farmers are not moving into a higher-paying, stable, productive economy but are becoming more reliant on informal labour to sustain their incomes
A health worker sanitises voters as they wait in queues to cast votes at a polling station. The BJP’s explicit attempts to communalise the UP polls by mobilising Hindus, and the Opposition’s implicit hope to do so by winning over Muslims, is dangerous. (PTI)
A health worker sanitises voters as they wait in queues to cast votes at a polling station. The BJP’s explicit attempts to communalise the UP polls by mobilising Hindus, and the Opposition’s implicit hope to do so by winning over Muslims, is dangerous. (PTI)

Don’t communalise UP polls

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 04:12 PM IST
The BJP’s explicit attempts to communalise the UP polls by mobilising Hindus, and the Opposition’s implicit hope to do so by winning over Muslims, is dangerous
The roots of Vijay Rupani’s resignation as chief minister (CM) in 2021, and that of Anandiben Patel in 2015, do not just lie in immediate political factors, though, to be sure, Covid-19 mismanagement and Patidar discontent contributed to Mr Rupani’s exit. They lie in the fact that after Narendra Modi, the BJP has not found a leader who has the political stature to sustain the party’s electoral dominance in Gujarat. And in that lies the story of both the BJP’s strength and its weakness. (PTI)
The roots of Vijay Rupani’s resignation as chief minister (CM) in 2021, and that of Anandiben Patel in 2015, do not just lie in immediate political factors, though, to be sure, Covid-19 mismanagement and Patidar discontent contributed to Mr Rupani’s exit. They lie in the fact that after Narendra Modi, the BJP has not found a leader who has the political stature to sustain the party’s electoral dominance in Gujarat. And in that lies the story of both the BJP’s strength and its weakness. (PTI)

Gujarat: The BJP’s poll card

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 07:43 PM IST
When a strong leader, with a mass base and a high degree of political control, leaves office, there is a vacuum
One World Trade Center reflected in the glass of The Millennium Hilton, New York. The erstwhile site of the World Trade Center twin towers is now a memorial to the 2,606 civilians, firefighters, and law enforcement officers who died in an al Qaeda on September 11, 2001. For India, 9/11 established what it had always known. Terror recognises no boundaries, and Pakistan is the real problem. (AFP)
One World Trade Center reflected in the glass of The Millennium Hilton, New York. The erstwhile site of the World Trade Center twin towers is now a memorial to the 2,606 civilians, firefighters, and law enforcement officers who died in an al Qaeda on September 11, 2001. For India, 9/11 established what it had always known. Terror recognises no boundaries, and Pakistan is the real problem. (AFP)

How 2001 shaped 2021

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 04:27 PM IST
9/11 was an opportunity to create a global consensus on terror. The world failed. The disgraceful manner in which the US handled its exit from Afghanistan and the return of the Taliban is an outcome of this flawed post-9/11 architecture
Representational image. (PTI File)
Representational image. (PTI File)

When NDA opens to women

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 06:39 PM IST
With the Supreme Court’s persistent nudging, armed forces move towards inclusion and one more barrier to gender equality falls
Representational image. (HT Archive)
Representational image. (HT Archive)

For LGBTQIA+, a step towards true equality

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Identifying outdated (and incorrect) information within textbooks at all levels is a first step in creating a safe learning environment for the LGBTQIA+ community, and one of many steps towards building a truly equal society
Representational image. (Bloomberg)
Representational image. (Bloomberg)

India confronts increased rain-deficiency, climate migration

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 05:22 PM IST
Several climate crisis-related studies have said that droughts will increase in northwest and peninsular India. This will affect agricultural output and also the lives of those involved in the sector
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan Tuesday. The Taliban on Tuesday announced a caretaker Cabinet stacked with veterans of their harsh rule in the late 1990s and subsequent 20-year battle against the U.S.-led coalition and its Afghan government allies. (AP)
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan Tuesday. The Taliban on Tuesday announced a caretaker Cabinet stacked with veterans of their harsh rule in the late 1990s and subsequent 20-year battle against the U.S.-led coalition and its Afghan government allies. (AP)

The new Afghan government

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 05:07 PM IST
The Taliban has formalised its military takeover of Afghanistan, and the de facto control it has exercised over the Afghan State since August 15, with the announcement of a new interim government
Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)

The future is at stake

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2021 05:49 PM IST
Covid-19 has devastated education; it also affected teachers; while many tried to help students, most were out of touch with them. It may take years to compensate for the loss
Health workers at Nipah virus isolation centre in Kozhikode Medical College, Tuesday. (PTI)
Health workers at Nipah virus isolation centre in Kozhikode Medical College, Tuesday. (PTI)

Nipah is a potential threat; step up surveillance

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2021 05:42 PM IST
If the virus spreads in Kerala with inferior surveillance, it could escalate into an epidemic. Nipah, in the time of Covid, should serve as a reminder to build up health infrastructure across the nation
Representational image.
Representational image.

The revolutionary potential of account aggregators

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2021 06:40 PM IST
The benefits are clear — easy access to credit to borrowers currently out of the credit mainstream (including many millennials); higher efficiency (think faster loans); and fewer defaults, for lenders
Farmer leaders at the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar, Sunday. (PT)
Farmer leaders at the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar, Sunday. (PT)

The symbolism of Muzaffarnagar

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2021 06:39 PM IST
The panchayat signals social mobilisation, an attempt to weave together an alliance of farmers and organised sector workers and unions, opposed to moves such as the monetisation of public assets and privatisation. Will it translate into political strength?
The CJI acknowledged that it was only with “great difficulty” that the Supreme Court (SC) had achieved a “mere” 11% representation of women on the bench, and said that the issue of representation of women must be “highlighted and deliberated” upon. Justice Ramana’s comments have highlighted a serious, structural lacunae in India’s legal system — the under-representation of women on the bench. (PTI)
The CJI acknowledged that it was only with “great difficulty” that the Supreme Court (SC) had achieved a “mere” 11% representation of women on the bench, and said that the issue of representation of women must be “highlighted and deliberated” upon. Justice Ramana’s comments have highlighted a serious, structural lacunae in India’s legal system — the under-representation of women on the bench. (PTI)

The debate on representation

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2021 07:59 PM IST
CJI Ramana recently said that he would prefer at least 50% representation of women in the judiciary at all levels. Higher numbers and greater visibility of women in courts can reduce inherent systemic blindness to questions of gender. It can open the door for alternative, inclusive legal perspectives and interpretations.
Besides affecting 1.99 million people in 15 districts (September 3), this year’s flooding is emerging as a flashpoint between the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the backdrop of enhanced tensions within the ruling alliance in Bihar. The maximum affected was on August 30 (17 districts and 3.1 million people). (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Besides affecting 1.99 million people in 15 districts (September 3), this year’s flooding is emerging as a flashpoint between the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the backdrop of enhanced tensions within the ruling alliance in Bihar. The maximum affected was on August 30 (17 districts and 3.1 million people). (Santosh Kumar/HT)

The aftermath of floods in Bihar

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2021 07:58 PM IST
While the state and Centre discuss flood-related damages and measures to contain it, both also need to consider another aspect. Floods are becoming a recurring danger to the sustainability of the state’s efforts for open defecation-free status.
If the SC, which imposed the moratorium on dam-building after the 2013 flash floods, accepts the government’s decision, it may pave the way for several other hydel projects in the state. (FIle photo)
If the SC, which imposed the moratorium on dam-building after the 2013 flash floods, accepts the government’s decision, it may pave the way for several other hydel projects in the state. (FIle photo)

Review projects in Himalayan states

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2021 06:05 PM IST
Instead of approving hydro and road projects, step back and assess impact. In an era of the climate crisis and extreme weather events, the Himalayas cannot endure the kind of rampant construction that needs large-scale hill cutting, change in the land-use pattern, fragmentation of natural systems and overexploitation of resources
Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. (AFP File)
Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. (AFP File)

SAS Geelani: A dark legacy

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2021 06:33 PM IST
His shift to the politics of separatism, advocacy of a pro-Pakistan position, open espousal of hartals which shut down the valley for months, hostility to the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits, and either active complicity or passive approval of violence was all wrong — and extracted a heavy cost
A man on his bicycle rides past a convoy of Taliban fighters patrolling along a street in Kabul on September 2. (AFP)
A man on his bicycle rides past a convoy of Taliban fighters patrolling along a street in Kabul on September 2. (AFP)

A new consensus on Afghanistan

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2021 05:52 PM IST
Use the lever of recognition and threat of finances to shape the Taliban’s behaviour. There must be a renewed multilateral effort, with a unified international voice, which sends a signal to the Taliban (and its backers in Pakistan)
Mariyappan Thangavelu won the silver in men’s high jump T63 in Tokyo on August 31. (Reuters)
Mariyappan Thangavelu won the silver in men’s high jump T63 in Tokyo on August 31. (Reuters)

Paralympics 2020: Where India shines

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2021 06:45 PM IST
With two gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the halfway mark, India has shot past its best-ever tally at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

GDP numbers tell a story

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2021 06:04 PM IST
The 20.1% GDP growth for the first quarter of the fiscal year is lower than what was expected, not just by the RBI, which pegged it at 21.3%, but also private forecasters. To be sure, the number may have been higher if the second wave of Covid-19 had not disrupted the sequential recovery
People wearing masks as a precaution against Covid-19 wait to board buses as others walk in Kochi, Kerala. (AP File)
People wearing masks as a precaution against Covid-19 wait to board buses as others walk in Kochi, Kerala. (AP File)

Lessons for India from Kerala’s Covid experience

By HT Editorial
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2021 06:35 PM IST
Localised lockdowns, stringent restrictions, and an effective containment policy are needed to sharply reduce the number of cases. If Kerala is unable to do so, it is because the state doesn’t have adequate restrictions; it is ineffective at monitoring even; and people are not self-isolating when they test positive
Farmers block Zirakpur-Shimla highway at Chandimander toll plaza while protesting against the new farm laws, in Panchkula, Haryana on August 28. (HT photo)
Farmers block Zirakpur-Shimla highway at Chandimander toll plaza while protesting against the new farm laws, in Panchkula, Haryana on August 28. (HT photo)

The political battle over reforms

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2021 03:59 PM IST
The farm groups are attempting to weave a wider narrative to collaborate with the Opposition, trade unions, and others. All of this makes it even more important for the government to stay the course on reforms, but with sensitivity, not high-handedness.
Commuters walk on the flooded railway track near Tilak Nagar station in Mumbai in July. Mumbai is one of the most vulnerable cities to the climate crisis-induced hazards such as sea-level rise, storm surge and urban flooding. These extreme weather events are only going to increase in the future. (HT Archive)
Commuters walk on the flooded railway track near Tilak Nagar station in Mumbai in July. Mumbai is one of the most vulnerable cities to the climate crisis-induced hazards such as sea-level rise, storm surge and urban flooding. These extreme weather events are only going to increase in the future. (HT Archive)

With a climate action plan, Mumbai shows the way

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2021 06:52 PM IST
The plan will focus on six areas — waste management, sustainable mobility, clean energy, urban floods and water management, urban green cover and biodiversity, and air quality
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