Influence peddling through the media is legitimate in Chinese power play

Updated on Aug 09, 2023 12:21 PM IST

With the Muslim world maintaining “omerta” over Uighur Muslim repression and west only making stray noises over Tibet, Chinese narrative setting is a success.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

How abrogation of Article 370 has helped India diplomatically

The abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, has brought closure to the long-standing vulnerability of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating Home Minister Amit Shah on abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.
Published on Aug 05, 2023 01:55 PM IST

Peace dividend in Jammu and Kashmir is visible post-Article 370 abrogation

While many civilian bureaucrats and state politicians were skeptical about peace after the abrogation, data indicates that nay-sayers were wrong.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 01:08 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Explained: Digital Personal Data Protection Bill

The bill envisions the governance of digital personal data by providing a legislative framework that highlights the rights and duties of the ‘Digital Nagarik’.

The bill is the fourth iteration of the proposed data protection framework introduced by the Government of India in the last six years since the recognition of the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right.
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 09:11 PM IST

Why China has permanent adversarial attitude towards India

Chinese interlocutors told Indian counterparts that boundary issues should not be taken to paramount leader Xi Jinping and raised every time by the Indian PM.

President Xi Jinping is head of PLA as Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Published on Jul 30, 2023 09:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

How Centre moved to quell Manipur violence: Steps taken

Adequate relief materials availability ensured that at every camp, 30,000 MT rice was allotted through FCI during current Manipur violence that began on May 3.

The Manipur police along with security forces have launched a series of operations across the state (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 02:14 PM IST
By, New Delhi

AAP's Priyanka Kakkar booked for ‘Mujahideen’ remark on BJP's Shehzad Poonawala

Priyanka Kakkar was booked on a complaint filed by Shehzad Poonawala, who accused her of making communal remarks during a TV debate.

BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala and AAP chief spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar.
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 11:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Incentivise to widen direct tax base as <6% of population filed ITRs in FY23

People filing ITRs in prosperous Punjab are far less than UP. Similarly, India’s power centre Delhi has only 37 lakh people filing ITRs in FY23.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Published on Jul 27, 2023 09:15 PM IST

Forest conservation is the law. What does a new bill seek to amend?

The Forest Conservation Amendment Bill 2023 is expected to be tabled in the Parliament's Monsoon session. Key provisions of the bill have come under fire

One of the proposed clauses in the bill exempts prior clearance for strategic developmental projects of national importance on forest land situated within 100 km of international borders, which will include ecologically fragile regions of Himalayas that are home to a variety of endemic wildlife like the red panda(Parveen Kaswan)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 07:56 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Why is the visit of Muslim World League's Sheikh al-Issa to India important?

Sheikh Issa visit is very significant as he is close to Saudi Crown Prince MBS and represents the reformative phase of Islam in the Royal Kingdom.

Muslim World League Secretary General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al Issa met PM Modi.
Published on Jul 12, 2023 12:11 PM IST

Number theory: Is Congress today where Jan Sangh was in the ‘60s and ‘70s?

A look at how Cong is trying to achieve what the Jan Sangh did by forming a diverse opposition grouping against a dominant party.

Jan Sangh leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressed a rally at New Delhi’s India Gate lawns on August 12, 1971. (HT Archive)
Published on Jul 07, 2023 09:09 PM IST

Gandhi Peace Prize a befitting tribute to the legacy of Hanuman Prasad Poddar

Gita Press has published over 150 million copies of various texts.

Gita Press has been conferred with the Gandhi Peace Prize 2021 (File Photo)
Published on Jun 29, 2023 01:47 PM IST

What India’s muscular foreign policy means for the world

India's foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become assertive and its voice carries weight on the global stage.

PM Narendra Modi (Centre), External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (Left) and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval (Right).(ANI)
Published on Jun 10, 2023 11:45 AM IST

CAUSE AND EFFECT | Marine heatwaves pose a threat we need to prepare for. Now.

As global average air temperatures rise, so does the probability of marine heatwaves with oceans absorbing nearly 90% of the excess heat

The warm patch of water in the Pacific Ocean, known as The Blob, brought unusual heat to parts of the world. Water temperature inside the blob reached 2.5 degrees Celsius (pictured here) above normal in many places. (Wiki Commons)
Updated on Jun 04, 2023 06:45 PM IST
ByTannu Jain

Why Parliament inauguration was a lost historic opportunity for the Opposition

The PM did not mention the word opposition or boycott in his speech, which was focused on making India a developed nation in the next 25 years.

PM Modi speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the new parliament building in New Delhi.(AFP)
Updated on May 29, 2023 10:40 AM IST

The big question before 2024 polls: Can the Congress and AAP kiss and make up?

The Congress-Left compact is the template that the grand old party needs to follow to share national space with new players like the Aam Admi Party

A file photo of an artist from Amritsar creating a poster shortly before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections showing Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, and Narendra Modi (HT photo/Sameer Sehgal)
Updated on May 28, 2023 06:55 PM IST
By Vinod Sharma

What makes Vande Bharat- ‘an Indian beauty on tracks’- so great

Arunendra Kumar, Former Chairman, Indian Railways Board writes: No wonder the steam locomotive model at Rail Bhavan has been replaced by Vande Bharat Icon.

Vande Bharat Express train (File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 09:10 AM IST

Does divorce need a cooling off period?

The Supreme Court's new judgment about divorce makes life simpler for couples seeking to end their marriages. But what does a waiting period do exactly?

Is cooling period required in divorces? Let's take a step back and understand(Freepik)
Published on May 17, 2023 10:14 PM IST

Should India not rename places in China-occupied Aksai Chin?

China recently renamed 11 locations in Arunachal Pradesh, its third such unilateral move after April 2017 and December 2021.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Published on Apr 07, 2023 12:43 PM IST

Institutionalise gender equity in urban governance

Urban development and transport investments in India need to ensure that cities work for all

Create a policy framework that focuses on women, girls, gender minorities in cities (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 18, 2023 02:33 PM IST
BySonal Shah

How Trump will use indictment to rouse support for his 2024 campaign

Republicans' ferocious response to the indictment reflected the grip Trump still holds on the party as he seeks a return to the White House in 2024.

Former President Donald J. Trump.(AP)
Published on Mar 31, 2023 06:02 AM IST
Reuters |

Indian military doctrines should focus on China, not Pakistan

Even as the top military commanders meet in Bhopal for next three days, the Indian military must shed off its cold war and colonial mindset and evolve new doctrines as old friendships have given way to “no limits” alliances.

File photo of Gen Anil Chauhan taking over as India's second Chief of Defence Staff.
Published on Mar 29, 2023 08:46 AM IST

Adani strikes back. But can he win the perception war against Hindenburg?

Hindenburg Research’s allegations of stock-price manipulation and accounting fraud were contained in a 106-page report, which has now been denounced by the conglomerate as “nothing short of a calculated securities fraud under applicable law.”

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 11:28 AM IST
Bloomberg |

Is reversing reforms to grab power the way forward for India?

The move to shift from a defined benefit pension scheme or Old Pension System to defined contribution pension scheme or New Pension Scheme was in order to contain the rising and unsustainable pension bill with around 4 per cent of Union Budget already going towards pensionary benefits.

Reversing reforms by bringing back the old pension system (OPS) is the political lollipop that Congress has promised its voters in Himachal Pradesh. A file photo of Himachal Assembly building.
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 09:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

The science behind the load, span and design of a safe bridge

Different kinds of bridges require different factors to be taken into consideration. HT explains:

Rescue personnel conduct search operations after a bridge across the river Machchhu collapsed at Morbi in Gujarat. (AFP)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 09:46 PM IST

We are still far from attaining Mahatma Gandhi's vision of ‘Swaraj'

Mahatma Gandhi’s moral weapon was the initiation of "Change of Heart”, a very effective and potent weapon that he had used efficaciously to achieve several successes.

opinion Gandhi Jayanti 2022: This year marks Mahatma Gandhi’s 153rd birth anniversary.(Twitter/@VPSecretariat)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 07:33 PM IST

Temples of Modernity: Dream Big for ‘New India’

Pratik Mathur is an Indian Foreign Service officer, currently posted as Counsellor at Permanent Mission of India to UN in New York.

Harvard University, with a super spread campus with 15 colleges and departments spread across Boston, was a Biblical ‘city on the hill’ to itself.(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 10:48 AM IST

Choosing a climate action path wisely

For a climate-sensitive development plan, India must walk a line between the ‘development-first climate-later’ view and the ‘untrammelled opportunity’ view

India must strive to remake our economy to take advantage of an increas-ingly low-carbon focused global economy. And doing so could bring other development benefits, such as less congested cities and cleaner air (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 04, 2022 09:12 PM IST

Hutong Cat I China could tighten abortion rights to tackle population crisis

The point is abortion is common in China and private clinics even launch campaigns to attract clients. That could change

Abortion has been legal in China since 1953 and widely available through the national health care system. (iStock Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2022 01:57 PM IST

Five years of GST regime: How have the states fared?

With GST completing five years last week and the RUP period over (at least in the current form), it is worthwhile to assess how the states fared during this transition period.

For states, the introduction of GST shifted the tax base from production to consumption. (PTI)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 12:44 PM IST
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