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Politics, faith in a poll landscape

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)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 10:00 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

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
ByHT Editorial

Adaptation goals agreed upon in Dubai are insufficient

A paradigm shift in the climate regime is needed for adaptation. There is a need to peg vulnerability from being viewed in terms of the country.

A man walks past a COP28 sign at the venue of the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on November 30, 2023. The UN climate conference opens in Dubai on November 30 with nations under pressure to increase the urgency of action on global warming and wean off fossil fuels, amid intense scrutiny of oil-rich hosts UAE. (AFP)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 09:59 PM IST

Two SC orders reset crucial principles on arbitration

Both SC judgments on arbitration law are landmark and authoritative with clarificatory declarations in the arbitration jurisprudence of India.

The Supreme Court (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 09:56 PM IST

As Taiwan prepares for polls, Xi Jinping issues a warning on reunification

The January 13 election will decide how Taiwan handles a belligerent Beijing’s threats – both economic and military — of merging it with the mainland

Taiwan President and Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate William Lai, from left, shakes hands with Taiwan's Nationalist Party presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih while Taiwan's Taiwan People's Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je stands by before the presidential debates at Taiwan Public Television Service in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. Taiwan will hold its presidential election on Jan. 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Pei Chen, Pool)(AP)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 08:44 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Sakshi Malik’s stand ends the silence on sports reform

Sportspersons take pride in being mentally strong, though many operate in a system that prioritises suffering in silence over speaking out. This must end now

New Delhi: Wrestler Sakshi Malik during a press conference after Sanjay Singh, an associate of BJP MP and former chief of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, became the new President of WFI, in New Delhi, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)(PTI12_21_2023_000337A)(PTI)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 07:16 PM IST

What it takes to protect a porous border

According to the Centre, West Bengal’s land purchase policy is slowing down its fencing work along the Indo-Bangla border. Here’s what they mean by that

BSF officials at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Nadia, West Bengal.
Published on Jan 02, 2024 07:05 PM IST

The Art and Science of Fitness | Fitness is a journey best started young

Children pick up habits by observing. That’s the case with physical activity too. As exams approach, nothing could beat stress better than some daily exercise

There is an immense amount of research now to show that physical activity in the form of exercise and sports plays an important role in boosting attention span, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, thinking and planning skills.(Pixabay)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 09:00 AM IST

The Mahua flower's cultural significance belies its potential

The unassuming flower is in the limelight after raids on MP Dhiraj Sahu’s residences. What makes this flower, vital to central India’s tribes, so valuable?

Mahua fresh flower
Published on Jan 02, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Siliguri corridor as a bridge to East Asia

Geopolitically speaking, India’s Neighbourhood First and Act East policies intersect here: It connects ASEAN, BIMSTEC and SAARC

Siliguri is the only part of India that is physically linked to four different countries(Wiki Commons)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 10:13 PM IST
ByHarsh Vardhan Shringla

In Kashi, a confluence of India’s cultural traditions

The connections that exist between Kashi and Tamil Nadu are countless

A stall put up on the occasion of phase 2 of Kashi Tamil Sangamam in Varanasi. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 10:13 PM IST

By targeting civilians, Israel lost the narrative

By its over-the-top response, the Israel Defence Forces has lost the war in terms of the narrative

An Israeli military helicopter flies near the Israeli-Gaza border, as seen from southern Israel, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. The army is battling Palestinian militants across Gaza in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP/PTI) (AP01_01_2024_000303A)(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 10:13 PM IST

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
ByHT Editorial

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
ByHT Editorial

What to expect in Maharashtra’s political landscape this year

A national election and state polls, as well as judgments over the NCP split and the legality of Eknath Shinde’s CM post. 2024 promises to be a juggernaut, too

Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar during a press conference ahead of the Winter session of Maharashtra Assembly, in Nagpur, Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 01, 2024 08:25 PM IST

The peaks and troughs of India's quest for clean air

Only 15 of 131 cities meet the national air quality safety standards, according to data presented in the Parliament. Here's an on-ground assessment

New Delhi , India - December 30 2023: Commuters out on a cold and Foggy morning amid rising air pollution levels at Ghazipur area in New Delh , India on Saturday, December 30 2023. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 04:11 PM IST

The Art Of A Good Unicorn | Can venture debt help grow business for startups?

The investment thesis of venture debt is different from venture equity, and founders need to comprehend it fully before jumping on the bandwagon

What does a startup founder get out of venture debt besides capital? (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 01, 2024 12:12 PM IST
ByShrija Agrawal

Book Box | Meet Mita Kapur, literary agent, food writer

The founder and CEO of Siyahi Literary Agency speaks about literary festivals, advice for writers and on cooking jungle maas

Mita Kapur, literary agent and food writer
Published on Jan 01, 2024 11:59 AM IST

A philosophical musing on our lives as Earth completes yet another revolution

If cosmology tells us that the universe could be infinite, or certainly as close to infinity as can be imagined, what is the significance of our New Year?

People watch the New Year's fireworks display over Toronto's inner harbor just after midnight, on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, in Toronto. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press via AP)(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 11:50 AM IST

Keeping up with UP | A country prepares to meet its destiny set 33 years ago

As Ayodhya gets ready to celebrate the inauguration of the Ram temple, all parties are keeping an eye on the general elections around the corner

TOPSHOT - Workers are pictured at the construction site of a temple to Hindu deity Ram, in Ayodhya on December 29, 2023. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 11:40 AM IST
BySunita Aron

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo interview: ‘If we want to end extreme poverty…'

In an interview, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo spoke about the welfare debate, working with the government on policy and the state of the global economy

interview Economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 01, 2024 11:08 AM IST

Is there an Indian way of telling the truth?

This morning, I want to compliment my late-night interlocutor for helping me appreciate a quality I had not properly thought of before.

HT image.
Published on Dec 31, 2023 08:00 AM IST

In T20 era, unfair to expect Tests of the old great quality

We need to be patient and pragmatic as followers of Test cricket, for it will never reach the standards of the earlier decades, writes Sanjay Manjrekar.

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a shot on the first day of the first Test cricket match between India and South Africa(PTI)
Published on Dec 30, 2023 10:47 PM IST
BySanjay Manjrekar

Football going NFL way: Trevor Sinclair explains why

India need to communicate better on the pitch, says former England international who has joined Stimac’s staff for next month’s Asian Cup.

Trevor Sinclair
Published on Dec 30, 2023 10:21 PM IST

What the coming age of AI natives portends

While AI does point to a positive future, there’s always the flip side. Will the digital divide increase further with many missing out on the power of AI?

An AI (Artificial Intelligence) sign is seen at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China July 6, 2023. REUTERS/Aly Song/(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 30, 2023 10:14 PM IST

Women must be heard in climate decision-making

The government must support the voice of women in the response to the climate crisis through increased participation in policy design

Women shout slogans during a protest for climate justice and a cease fire in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 9, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 30, 2023 10:13 PM IST

Navigating an uncertain, polycrisis-riven world

Seven dominant geopolitical and technological trends that shaped 2023, and are likely to be influential in 2024

TOPSHOT - In this handout photo taken on November 21, 2023 received through the US embassy in Manila on November 23 shows two Philippine Air Force FA-50s (L) flying alongside two US Air Force F-15C Eagles over the South China Sea during the joint maritime and air patrols. US and Philippine troops began joint maritime and air patrols off the Southeast Asian country on November 21, (AFP)
Published on Dec 30, 2023 10:00 PM IST
ByJanmejaya Sinha

When paid period leave is mandatory

We must look beyond legally mandated paid period leave and towards an all-of-society approach.

Civil society can galvanise communities and create voluntary codes around minimum wages, paid weekly leave, overtime allowance, and access to toilet and hygiene facilities for marginalised workers.(Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 29, 2023 10:16 PM IST

Resetting India’s security aims in the new year

A pressing priority is the reorganisation of theatre commands, stalled for nearly two decades due to internal resistance within the three armed forces

Indian Army soldiers stand guard near the Line of Control (LoC) after an infiltration attempt by four heavily-armed terrorists at Akhnoor, in Jammu district, Saturday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 29, 2023 10:15 PM IST

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
ByHT Editorial
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