Politics, faith in a poll landscape

Published on Jan 02, 2024 10:00 PM IST

The Ram Janmabhoomi issue was always political; it would be prudent for the Opposition to accept that

The Ram temple at Ayodhya will be inaugurated on January 22. (AFP)
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For Isro, space ceases to be the limit

That Isro has kept up the momentum is not merely a matter of pride, but a reflection of the growing ability of India’s space scientists.

Sriharikota: ISRO's PSLV-C58 carrying an X-ray polarimeter satellite and 10 other satellite lifts off from the spaceposrt of Sriharikota, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_01_2024_000019B) (PTI/VIA @isro)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 09:59 PM IST
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West Bengal warning for INDIA bloc

INDIA’s resolve to forge a common BJP front will be tested in the coming days.

The war of words between the Congress and TMC leaders in West Bengal exposes the contradictions that define the INDIA bloc
Published on Jan 01, 2024 09:07 PM IST
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After ULFA, a new beginning

The recent peace pact marks closure to a separatist movement in Assam, which claimed the lives of about 10,000 people

Members of banned group UNLF after signing the peace agreement. (Amit Shah/X)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 09:04 PM IST
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A new legacy in the making

2023 marked many firsts for female officers in the military– women were given command roles, became part of the crew of warships, and were deployed in Siachen

This year marked many firsts for female officers in the forces (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2023 10:11 PM IST
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Keeping a check on deepfakes menace

The threat from deepfakes will only evolve, and while technology must do its part to stop it, a whole-of-society approach may be needed.

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) has evolved, deepfakes — or synthetic media — have become easier to create and harder to detect(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 28, 2023 10:19 PM IST
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The promise of healing in J&K

The defence minister’s comments on winning hearts, and his meeting with victims of custodial violence underline the role of political figures in public outreach

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with the Army troops during his visit to the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande is also seen. (ANI)
Published on Dec 28, 2023 10:12 PM IST
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Leaving on a jet plane

The illegal migration operation needs to be investigated, not merely as a potential crime but also for its social and economic triggers

A passenger from Nicaragua bound Airbus A340 flight that was grounded in France on suspicion of human trafficking, evades the media as he leaves the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after his arrival, in Mumbai, (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 27, 2023 10:15 PM IST
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The nine lives of Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif now faces the difficult task of galvanising his party for what promises to be one of Pakistan’s most intriguing elections.

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center in brown coat, waves to his supporters as he leaves after a court hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023.(AP)
Published on Dec 27, 2023 10:15 PM IST
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What job data says about the economy

GDP is growing for sure, but the fact that jobs are still being created mostly in the low-value sectors of the economy is a reason for concern

New Delhi, India - Feb. 16, 2018: Candidates apply for jobs at 'Job Fair' organized by Directorate of Employment, Delhi Government at Tyagraj Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, on Friday, February 16, 2018. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 10:13 PM IST
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Old friends in a new world

With the world in flux, Delhi needs more friends than before. Jaishankar’s Moscow visit underlines that.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 16, 2022. Sputnik/Alexandуr Demyanchuk/Pool via REUTERS (via REUTERS)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 10:12 PM IST
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Gaza shadow looms over the Red Sea

A less expensive option for the US would be to convince Tel Aviv to end this brutal war. As it is not just West Asia that is bleeding.

A Houthi fighter stands on the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea(via REUTERS)
Published on Dec 25, 2023 09:00 PM IST
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Challenge after Article 370

Targeted violence in Jammu and Kashmir calls for a sensitive response from the government and security establishment

On Thursday’s ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch, four soldiers were killed and three others were injured (Rahi Kapoor)
Published on Dec 25, 2023 09:00 PM IST
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Present and future of India-US ties

PM Modi’s prescription is the right way forward. Preserve India-US ties; investigate allegations; persuade West to act on terror

The PM said that the bilateral relationship was “broader in engagement, deeper in understanding, warmer in friendship than ever before” and a “few incidents” shouldn’t be seen as defining the relationship. (Twitter)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 10:13 PM IST
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Virus alert: No cause to panic

JN.1's detection in India spooked the stock markets on Wednesday, but neither abroad nor in India have there been signs that it could be a cause for concern.

People wearing face masks as a precautionary measure after cases of COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1 were detected in the country.(PTI)
Published on Dec 21, 2023 10:12 PM IST
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The slippery slope of caste census

The demand for a caste census has exposed the contradiction between the needs of electoral politics and the ideological project of Hindu unity.

A senior RSS functionary said a caste-based census can only deepen the rift within the society. (File)
Published on Dec 21, 2023 10:00 PM IST
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Cricket’s premier league of crorepatis

For many aspiring players, the willingness of the IPL franchises to invest in talented, if untested, youngsters is a gift.

IPL Auction (BCCI-IPL)
Published on Dec 21, 2023 02:50 AM IST
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INDIA bloc gets down to work

The Opposition, however, will need countervailing ideas to that of the BJP to mount a serious electoral challenge

New Delhi, India - Dec. 19, 2023: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tamil Nadu CM and DMK chief MK Stalin, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and other opposition leaders during the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) meeting, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 21, 2023 02:49 AM IST
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An Opposition mukt House

If MPs are not allowed to speak up, what purpose does the House hold for democracy?

Opposition MPs, who were suspended from the Parliament for the remainder of the Winter Session, stage a protest. (ANI)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 10:00 PM IST
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Hong Kong trials put spotlight on Beijing

The Jimmy Lai trial will be watched, too closely for Beijing’s comfort.

Jimmy Lai: Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, center, leaves the Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal.(AP)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 10:00 PM IST
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Oman deal firms up West Asia outreach

New Delhi has a stake in ensuring that the conflict in Gaza doesn’t lead to more tensions in West Asia

PM Modi and Sultan of Oman Haitham Bin Tariq at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(PTI)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 09:00 PM IST
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Justice, not just punishment

The proposed crime laws will be tested for their ability to create a fair, just and efficient criminal justice system

Good laws may lead to bad outcomes and the law itself may be used as a means to trample upon civil liberties (Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 09:00 PM IST
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India’s women cricketers pad up for greater glory

The Indian women's cricket team's 347-run victory margin, the highest in the history of women’s Test cricket, is remarkable since the team rarely plays Tests

Navi Mumbai: Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur carries the trophy after winning the one-off Test cricket match against England, at DY Patil Stadium, in Navi Mumbai, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)(PTI12_16_2023_000105B)(PTI)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 05:23 PM IST
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Message in the Mathura survey

Supreme Court, Union government must clear the air on the 1991 Places of Worship Act

A view of the Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex and Shahi Eidgah Mosque, in Mathura. (ANI)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 05:13 PM IST
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Keeping the House in order

Frequent expulsions of Opposition MPs from Parliament don’t reflect well on the institution

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O'Brien stage a protest over his and 13 other Opposition MPs' suspension for the remainder of the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is also present. (ANI Photo)(ANI Picture Service)
Published on Dec 15, 2023 10:00 PM IST
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Embarrassing security breach

The incident in Parliament should be probed for what could have happened – and the Opposition is right to ask questions about it

Any overhaul of security within the Parliament premises should not wall out ordinary citizens from the institution(HT_PRINT)
Published on Dec 14, 2023 10:00 PM IST
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India’s Gaza stance reflects global gloom

Netanyahu’s current course of action now carries the risk of further isolation of Israel and creating dangerous instability in West Asia

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Published on Dec 14, 2023 10:00 PM IST
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In terror strikes, a lesson for Pakistan

The time has come for Pakistan’s leadership to take a call on whether the policy of tolerating some terrorists is sustainable

Jammu, Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi districts appear to be the target of Pakistan and terror groups backed by it as Islamabad wants to revive militancy in the region, officials said. (PTI)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 09:00 PM IST
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A big deal in Dubai

The consensus on realising a future without oil, gas and coal is a major achievement. The focus will now be on implementing it

COP28 president Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (C) applauds among other officials before a plenary session during the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on December 13, 2023.(AFP)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 09:00 PM IST
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A law to keep AI under check

The EU’s regulatory push and Biden administration’s executive order are good starting points on how best to regulate AI tech

Artificial Intelligence words are seen in this illustration taken March 31, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 12, 2023 10:00 PM IST
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