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Timing your retirement right is never easy. In politics, there is neither a retirement age nor an institutionalised mechanism to facilitate a smooth transition to a new order (RAVI KUMAR/HT) PREMIUM

In Indian politics, the challenge of transition

UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:26 PM IST
In the absence of inner-party democracy, arriving at a fine balance between gen-next aspirations and an ageing political leadership seems difficult. In politics, the premium placed on experience and stature makes it even more problematic to bring about any overnight change. But there is a way out
Quad should address certain vital questions: How can Quad effectively lead the region in reducing emissions as part of their commitments under the Paris agreement? Will it be successful in enhancing climate action without the participation of other existing international platforms? (Bloomberg)
Quad should address certain vital questions: How can Quad effectively lead the region in reducing emissions as part of their commitments under the Paris agreement? Will it be successful in enhancing climate action without the participation of other existing international platforms? (Bloomberg)

On the climate crisis, a four-point agenda for Quad meeting

By Aparna Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:27 PM IST
Quad can capitalise on the essence of democracy to further the vision and action related to the climate agenda. It is high time that a comprehensive, inclusive and fair approach of regional cooperation is adopted in dealing with one of the most significant global dangers of this century.
India is a major stakeholder in the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) of the International Energy Agency. (Shutterstock)
India is a major stakeholder in the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) of the International Energy Agency. (Shutterstock)

For a shift to sustainable urban transport, political will is key

By Vineet Abhishek
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 06:57 PM IST
PM Modi announcement that Gujarat’s Statue of Unity will be an EV-only zone sends the right message to all planners and policymakers in India’s cities to shift to sustainable transportation
Union minister for commerce and industry Piyush Goyal greets UAE minister of state for foreign trade Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi in New Delhi on Wednesday. The UAE is the ninth largest investor with over  billion invested in sectors such as services, sea transport, power, infrastructure and real estate. (Tweeted by Piyush Goyal)
Union minister for commerce and industry Piyush Goyal greets UAE minister of state for foreign trade Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi in New Delhi on Wednesday. The UAE is the ninth largest investor with over billion invested in sectors such as services, sea transport, power, infrastructure and real estate. (Tweeted by Piyush Goyal)

India-UAE trade can be a cornerstone of the global economy

By Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 05:40 PM IST
The two countries share many priorities. We both want to enhance the business environment in our countries, attract foreign direct investment, and use trade as a means to secure stability and prosperity not just for our citizens and residents but for our respective regions
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

What India can do to avoid US sanctions over Russia

By Sameer Lalwani
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 06:47 PM IST
The CAATSA legislation compels the US to impose secondary sanctions on any entity that does business with the Russian defence industrial complex. The S-400 delivery to India would constitute such a trigger
An attendant takes stock of supplies inside a mobile toilet on a bus at a public park in Pune. The project, launched in 2016 by entrepreneurs, has 11 mobile washrooms, which are on average used by more 200 women daily. (File photo)
An attendant takes stock of supplies inside a mobile toilet on a bus at a public park in Pune. The project, launched in 2016 by entrepreneurs, has 11 mobile washrooms, which are on average used by more 200 women daily. (File photo)

For the empowerment of social entrepreneurs, a five-point agenda

By Ajay Khanna
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 05:29 PM IST
The second Covid-19 wave has brought to fore the remarkable role of social entrepreneurs as last-mile responders. They mobilised resources, distributed necessities, provided counselling, ensured home care services, facilitated testing, and supported the vaccination drive
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for USA from New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI/PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for USA from New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI/PIB)

Why Modi’s visit to the US matters

By Harsh V Pant
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 03:16 PM IST
New Delhi has a key role in ensuring that the broader coalition of like-minded partners in the Indo-Pacific is sustained
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

As Quad focuses on tech, the debate on standard setting

By Arjun Gargeyas
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 02:30 PM IST
The control of critical technologies and their supply chains remain essential for all States to project their geopolitical influence. However, having a grip on the governance mechanism of these critical technologies in the form of technical standards can be a gamechanger in the geostrategic field
India cannot fully copy either the Anglo-American model of capital mark-ets, nor can we copy the East Asian-Continental European model of banks having very close ties to industry and unions because our society is much more heterogeneous. (HT archive)
India cannot fully copy either the Anglo-American model of capital mark-ets, nor can we copy the East Asian-Continental European model of banks having very close ties to industry and unions because our society is much more heterogeneous. (HT archive)

India’s financial system gets a reset

By Harsh Gupta Madhusudan
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 06:43 PM IST
With a bad bank, lower rates, and account aggregators, the country is ready for a cleaner credit cycle
India can move away from price-based support to its farmers to income-based support, which will not be trade-distorting under the Agreement on Agriculture, provided income support is decoupled or not linked to production. However, given the enormous political salience attached to the MSP-based procurement regime, underlined by the ongoing farmer agitations, it is simply not possible for India to dump or even dilute the current system. (HT archive)
India can move away from price-based support to its farmers to income-based support, which will not be trade-distorting under the Agreement on Agriculture, provided income support is decoupled or not linked to production. However, given the enormous political salience attached to the MSP-based procurement regime, underlined by the ongoing farmer agitations, it is simply not possible for India to dump or even dilute the current system. (HT archive)

The WTO threat to Indian agriculture’s MSP regime

By Prabhash Ranjan
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 05:51 PM IST
Procurements done for food security purposes should be exempted from inclusion in Aggregate Measurement of Support, provided such food grains are procured transparently. India, as part of G-33, should bargain hard for this at the WTO’s 12th ministerial conference later this year
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

The future of work depends on aligning technical skills with soft skills

By Sandeep Sinha
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 04:18 PM IST
The signs of change were already there. Covid-19 has only hastened the pace. With a more enabling environment, individuals are feeling empowered to take that plunge and bet on their skills. Similarly, organisations are realising the importance of seeking holistic competency in their employees
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Scientifically Speaking | Can the world’s most popular banana be saved?

By Anirban Mahapatra
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 03:24 PM IST
In the US and Europe, it can be hard to find any banana other than the Cavendish. Even in India, it represents as much as 60% of bananas traded these days. Cavendish bananas face imminent threat from Panama disease caused by another strain of fungus known as Tropical Race 4
He would do well to wait his turn, and reconcile to being a facilitator rather than a competitor in the larger goal of the party retaining power (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
He would do well to wait his turn, and reconcile to being a facilitator rather than a competitor in the larger goal of the party retaining power (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)

With Channi’s elevation, the Congress has an opportunity in 2022. But it won’t be easy

By Vinod Sharma
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 08:28 PM IST
If the Congress fights the polls as one team, Channi’s Dalit appeal can be enchased across Punjab. But he won’t succeed unless the Gandhi family has his back
Afghan women hold placards during a demonstration demanding better rights for women in front of the former ministry of women affairs in Kabul on September 19. (AFP)
Afghan women hold placards during a demonstration demanding better rights for women in front of the former ministry of women affairs in Kabul on September 19. (AFP)

Afghanistan: Don’t sacrifice women’s rights at the altar of geopolitics

By Lakshmi Puri
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 07:56 PM IST
Because women’s rights have been systematically violated and women have been excluded from governance, peace and nation-building, conflict has become endemic
First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit in New Delhi on March 12, 2021. (File photo)
First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit in New Delhi on March 12, 2021. (File photo)

Beyond Quad, the quest for multi-alignment

By Syed Akbaruddin
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 06:00 PM IST
The upcoming Quad summit aside, PM Modi should use the UN speech on September 25 to reach out to smaller States and address their sensitivities
With this art of communication and continuous use of the latest technology, Modi has managed to instill confidence in the minds of voters. This is why, despite demonetisation, the pandemic, and inflation, people still have faith in him. (PTI)
With this art of communication and continuous use of the latest technology, Modi has managed to instill confidence in the minds of voters. This is why, despite demonetisation, the pandemic, and inflation, people still have faith in him. (PTI)

The centrality of Narendra Modi

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:06 PM IST
His ability to dream, translate dreams into reality through courage and persistence, and engage with the masses is key to his success
Air India is still a jewel, though jaded. It has an enviable national and global route network, invaluable bilateral rights with foreign countries, prime slots and aviation infrastructure (AFP)
Air India is still a jewel, though jaded. It has an enviable national and global route network, invaluable bilateral rights with foreign countries, prime slots and aviation infrastructure (AFP)

If Tatas win the AI bid, it will be poetic justice

By Captain Gopinath
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:05 PM IST
The acquisition of Air India is fraught with huge risks. But the Tatas may succeed if they can merge all three airlines into a single entity, with a new vision and a dynamic leadership team to steer it.
In a society where girls and women have the same rights as men, gender roles that subjugate women remain unchanged. The “collective conscience” of society restricts women from absolute freedom. The right to choose a partner and think independently is still forbidden. (AFP/Getty Images)
In a society where girls and women have the same rights as men, gender roles that subjugate women remain unchanged. The “collective conscience” of society restricts women from absolute freedom. The right to choose a partner and think independently is still forbidden. (AFP/Getty Images)

Rape in India: Women are vulnerable, unsafe, and deprived of agency

By Vineeta Dwivedi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:04 PM IST
The demand for equality by women creates insecurity in a patriarchal, conservative, male-dominated society and can result in the expression of violence against the same women who do not conform. Women come to be defined in relation to men.
For the BJP, a win will re-establish its presence as the hegemon after a set of state-level setbacks, mute criticism over its record, and make the BJP the clear front-runner for a third term in 2024. For the Opposition, a win will erode BJP’s political strength in north India, reinforce attempts at Opposition alliance, and give confidence that the BJP can indeed be defeated (PTI)
For the BJP, a win will re-establish its presence as the hegemon after a set of state-level setbacks, mute criticism over its record, and make the BJP the clear front-runner for a third term in 2024. For the Opposition, a win will erode BJP’s political strength in north India, reinforce attempts at Opposition alliance, and give confidence that the BJP can indeed be defeated (PTI)

In Uttar Pradesh, does the BJP have an edge?

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:14 PM IST
The stakes are high for all, but the BJP’s will to win and its fusion of leadership, social alliances, and narrative of development and law and order makes it the front-runner at the moment
According to the National Alliance on Prison Reforms, which deals with prisoner rights, the main problem is bail (Shutterstock)
According to the National Alliance on Prison Reforms, which deals with prisoner rights, the main problem is bail (Shutterstock)

The grim reality of women prisoners in India

UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 01:08 PM IST
There are several ways to help women prisoners — a liberal application of bail; easier access to legal help; special fast-track courts and rehabilitation facilities
In a speech last Sunday, boasting of how much he has done, Adityanath still found a way of weaving in an attack on Muslims (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
In a speech last Sunday, boasting of how much he has done, Adityanath still found a way of weaving in an attack on Muslims (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

We must condemn communal rhetoric

By Karan Thapar
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST
Ours is a secular country and Muslims are equal citizens. So, what does the Bharatiya Janata Party president’s and PM’s silence on Adityanath’s comments on the Muslim community amount to?
After the boundary award, Pakistan could not establish any corridor through India to link its eastern and western territories, and also became increasingly dependent on the canal waters from East Punjab (Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
After the boundary award, Pakistan could not establish any corridor through India to link its eastern and western territories, and also became increasingly dependent on the canal waters from East Punjab (Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

How civil engineers shaped India’s geography

By Uttam Kumar Sinha
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST
The farsightedness of civil engineers — when determining the boundary; their understanding of the seriousness of asset distribution; and their fear of India being at a disadvantage by the boundary award — is not highlighted enough
As summits go, India is in an anomalous position wherein PM Modi attended a virtual summit of China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on September 17 — a week before the US-led Quad summit in Washington (PTI)
As summits go, India is in an anomalous position wherein PM Modi attended a virtual summit of China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on September 17 — a week before the US-led Quad summit in Washington (PTI)

September: The month for geopolitical summitry

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 10:21 PM IST
While security-related tensions simmer and can be regulated by astute political choice, the more serious global challenges are the yet-to-be-contained Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis
Zohra, Afghan women’s orchestra, performs during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, in 2017. (HT Archive)
Zohra, Afghan women’s orchestra, performs during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, in 2017. (HT Archive)

A tale of Afghan women, music, and freedom

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:52 PM IST
Music was an act of resistance for the girls in Afghanistan’s first all-women orchestra. Some managed to leave the country, but others lie low, their future uncertain, as they await clarity from the Taliban
Tourists visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. There is a pressing need to upgrade capacity at top tourist locations, while simultaneously developing alternate tourist destinations to take the load off. (Representational image/PTI)
Tourists visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. There is a pressing need to upgrade capacity at top tourist locations, while simultaneously developing alternate tourist destinations to take the load off. (Representational image/PTI)

A domestic tourism opportunity has presented itself. India must seize it

By Rajesh Magow
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:49 PM IST
While the pandemic is far from over and the memory of the devastating second wave is still fresh, the country doesn’t have a moment to lose to claw back lost ground while placing big bold bets into the future of travel and tourism in India
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

The age of competitive communalism

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:13 PM IST
Think of the agony and struggle of an Indian Muslim today, sandwiched between the Hindu Right and Islamist extremism
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (AP)
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (AP)

AUKUS roils the Indo-Pacific

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:01 PM IST
The strategic implications of AUKUS for the geopolitics of the extended Indo-Pacific region in general, and the maritime domain in particular, are significant and multi-layered
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP)

Aimed at Joe Biden, a new act in North Korea’s nuclear drama

By Shashank Mattoo
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:08 PM IST
At the end of August, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that it had detected suspicious activity from North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear plant. Yongbyon had been temporarily shuttered in 2018 in the heyday of Kim’s bonhomie with the then President Donald Trump
The announcement of AUKUS is evidence the Afghan exit will not stop the US investing strategic capital in the Indo-Pacific (AFP)
The announcement of AUKUS is evidence the Afghan exit will not stop the US investing strategic capital in the Indo-Pacific (AFP)

The Greatest Game: The Indo-Pacific

By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 07:14 PM IST
While India has to fashion its own Guard Northwest Policy, the United States exit from Kabul is a net strategic negative for China
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