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PM Modi could coordinate a ‘coalition of the willing’ in which BJP-ruled states join hands with solar- and wind-intensive states such as Tamil Nadu, which have the most to gain from a renewable energy-friendly distribution policy, and commit to a reform package with teeth (AFP)
PM Modi could coordinate a ‘coalition of the willing’ in which BJP-ruled states join hands with solar- and wind-intensive states such as Tamil Nadu, which have the most to gain from a renewable energy-friendly distribution policy, and commit to a reform package with teeth (AFP)

India will need more than green hydrogen

By Jonathan Kay
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 07:22 PM IST
Unless political economy issues around discoms are addressed, India’s renewable energy plans will fail
If the need for boosters is not justified by robust data and analysis, the exercise could hamper the confidence in vaccines (Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
If the need for boosters is not justified by robust data and analysis, the exercise could hamper the confidence in vaccines (Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)

In Perspective: The booster dose conundrum for India

UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 05:40 PM IST
The evidence does support that people in higher age groups and those with suppressed immunity should be offered a booster dose. But for a country where less than a quarter of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, this will not be an easy choice
In today’s Parliament, the time allotted for questions — the zero hour— has been reduced to the bare minimum, easily dispensable when the government needs to push its own agenda (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
In today’s Parliament, the time allotted for questions — the zero hour— has been reduced to the bare minimum, easily dispensable when the government needs to push its own agenda (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

India’s Parliament must overcome its dysfunctional ways

By Binoy Viswam
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 05:32 PM IST
That the public must hold elected representatives accountable is unquestionable and the very essence of democracy. However, the vice-president and chairman of the Rajya Sabha to omit the accountability of an important stakeholder — the government — in the functioning of Parliament
After he assumed power in Delhi, the electorate saw Modi as a mass leader, and may not have expected much by way of reforms. But to achieve his goals, PM Modi streamlined administration, underpinning his philosophy of minimum government and maximum governance. He got rid of corruption and provided a clean governance model. (PTI)
After he assumed power in Delhi, the electorate saw Modi as a mass leader, and may not have expected much by way of reforms. But to achieve his goals, PM Modi streamlined administration, underpinning his philosophy of minimum government and maximum governance. He got rid of corruption and provided a clean governance model. (PTI)

Modi redefined, refined and reoriented reforms with a focus on the vulnerable

By Syed Zafar Islam
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 07:23 PM IST
Without the ultimate consumer of goods and services — the citizen — no reform can survive, industry can’t sustain itself, markets can’t expand, exports won’t surge, farmers won’t proposer, and India’s growth story can’t continue. And that is why the definition of reforms must be broad and take into account the most vulnerable.
Prisoners, 70% of whom are people held inside as undertrials while the system grinds on, are the victims. (Shutterstock)
Prisoners, 70% of whom are people held inside as undertrials while the system grinds on, are the victims. (Shutterstock)

The urgent need for reform in India’s prison system

By Vijay Raghavan and Maja Daruwala
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 07:24 PM IST
Treating the cadre that works within the prison system with the respect and consideration that every agency of the state receives is imperative. Innovative ideas for reform are not possible if the officers are parachuted in and out of a system that, in fact, needs years of training and on-the-ground experience.
Shubhankar Sharma: File photo(Getty)
Shubhankar Sharma: File photo(Getty)

Why Shubhankar Sharma is on the verge of a breakthrough

By Joy Chakravarty, Dubai
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 12:00 PM IST
The golfer is making eagles at a rate higher than PGA tour leader Bryson DeChambeau, making birdies by the dozen, and biding his time.
Fast-forward seven years, and today, we have Kevadia and the Statue of Unity on the world tourism map (HT Photo)
Fast-forward seven years, and today, we have Kevadia and the Statue of Unity on the world tourism map (HT Photo)

Harnessing the potential of India’s tourism model of inclusive growth

By G Kishan Reddy
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 07:51 PM IST
The targeted outreach programmes to promote inclusive and sustainable tourism as people begin to travel will ensure India’s potential is realised as we celebrate 75 years of Independence
If this combination of politics and religion was to improve the social structure, that would not be such a bad thing (PTI)
If this combination of politics and religion was to improve the social structure, that would not be such a bad thing (PTI)

From ascetic to flashy, a tale of political priests

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Why is it that often, after the mysterious deaths of such people, issues regarding fame, power, and lifestyles, either theirs or their associates’, arise?
The impending binary world order will succeed in splintering the strategic landscape and, for that reason, could be intrinsically unstable (Shutterstock)
The impending binary world order will succeed in splintering the strategic landscape and, for that reason, could be intrinsically unstable (Shutterstock)

The emergence of a binary world order

By Mohan Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 07:52 PM IST
The world is headed for two power centres — led by the US and China. But despite the latter’s rise, on all metrics, the US is far ahead at the moment
While granting workers the right to sit is a positive move, India has a long way to go (Representative Image) (AFP via Getty Images)
While granting workers the right to sit is a positive move, India has a long way to go (Representative Image) (AFP via Getty Images)

The right to sit must be the beginning

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 07:53 PM IST
The lack of access to seating works as a strong impediment to women’s participation in India’s workforce
The extent of how far the grouping will move in the military domain is unclear (ANI)
The extent of how far the grouping will move in the military domain is unclear (ANI)

The message from Modi’s visit

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 07:52 PM IST
The India-US strategic relationship remains robust, Quad is here to stay and there is clarity about the challenge
Pankaj Advani(HT_PRINT)
Pankaj Advani(HT_PRINT)

Ace cueist Pankaj Advani shakes off Covid blues to regain red-hot form

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 08:41 PM IST
  • The Bengaluru player had to polish his game all over again after the lockdown break, going on to add a world and an Asian snooker title to the many he has
Quad is much more about the long game. It brings together most of the biggest (ex-China) powers of Asia, covers the breadth of the Indo-Pacific, and seeks to show that whatever autocracies can do, multiparty governments can do better (ANI)
Quad is much more about the long game. It brings together most of the biggest (ex-China) powers of Asia, covers the breadth of the Indo-Pacific, and seeks to show that whatever autocracies can do, multiparty governments can do better (ANI)

Quad: The emergence of a genuine counterweight to China

By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 06:49 PM IST
With four democracies, tied together because of specific but common geopolitical interests, and an agenda for the future, Quad has left the runaway. India should be pleased
I know that religion has a well-established role in the Army, but only based on the equality of all religions. Singling out one faith would breach that custom and practice. In the case of the artillery — a regiment that recruits from all faiths — this would amount to partiality and discrimination. (Hindustan Times)
I know that religion has a well-established role in the Army, but only based on the equality of all religions. Singling out one faith would breach that custom and practice. In the case of the artillery — a regiment that recruits from all faiths — this would amount to partiality and discrimination. (Hindustan Times)

A disturbing trend in the armed forces

UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 06:49 PM IST
To be honest, we don’t have evidence of a deep-set malaise in the army. But, equally, a few things have gone wrong. I’d like to believe these are errors that can be easily and swiftly corrected. But only if they are
For India, this is a reminder of the folly of neglecting everyday air pollution and fixating on seasonal peaks in the national Capital. Tens of crore are being spent on ineffective boondoggles such as smog towers in Delhi, while other cities are receiving paltry budget allocations, reflecting the disconnect between intent and action. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
For India, this is a reminder of the folly of neglecting everyday air pollution and fixating on seasonal peaks in the national Capital. Tens of crore are being spent on ineffective boondoggles such as smog towers in Delhi, while other cities are receiving paltry budget allocations, reflecting the disconnect between intent and action. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Clearing the air through the revised WHO guidelines

By Bhargav Krishna and Santosh Harish
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 06:50 PM IST
The revised WHO guidelines are a clear nudge from the health sector towards the deep decarbonisation of India’s economy
Over the last few weeks, I have been reminded several times of some of the outstanding officers who have served the government, and of the faults in the system of government that have stood in the way of them making full use of their talents. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Over the last few weeks, I have been reminded several times of some of the outstanding officers who have served the government, and of the faults in the system of government that have stood in the way of them making full use of their talents. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

India’s babus are both perpetrators and victims of a flawed system

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 06:51 PM IST
Kaushik Basu’s observations and the experiences of former IAS officers, BD Pande and Keshav Desiraju, demonstrate the talent that there was in the bureaucracy under the Congress and the hindrances which hampered talented bureaucrats. Has this changed under the Bharatiya Janata Party? That could be the subject of another column.
 (HT Illustration: Manoj Sinha)
(HT Illustration: Manoj Sinha)

Riders on the storm: Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati of Ola

By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:51 PM IST
They went up against Uber and survived. They’ve held their own in the pandemic. Now, Ola has announced bumper plans to disrupt the electronic vehicles market. Is this a wager they can win?
(Left to right) Konkona Sen Sharma is a gay Dalit woman in the masterful Geeli Pucchi. Soni Razdan and Vinay Pathak in the unin-spiring Kaali Peeli Tales. Shefali Shah in Juice (2017), a film that still stands out for how keenly it understood the grammar of shorts.
(Left to right) Konkona Sen Sharma is a gay Dalit woman in the masterful Geeli Pucchi. Soni Razdan and Vinay Pathak in the unin-spiring Kaali Peeli Tales. Shefali Shah in Juice (2017), a film that still stands out for how keenly it understood the grammar of shorts.

There are no shortcuts to making great movies, says Anupama Chopra

UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:41 PM IST
Anthologies have caught on in the pandemic because they’re easier to execute. But making a short film is a unique talent, and the sad truth is that not even all good filmmakers have it.
Douglas Fairbanks, the original swashbuckler, in The Mark of Zorro (1920), a film with later echoes in Batman.
Douglas Fairbanks, the original swashbuckler, in The Mark of Zorro (1920), a film with later echoes in Batman.

Picture in picture: Look closely and you’ll see swashbucklers in our midst

By K Narayanan
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:38 PM IST
They were the heroes to our modern-day superheroes, precursors to the action star. They’re making a comeback in characters such as Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, because swashbucklers don’t die. They just retreat for a while, before returning in triumph.
Wadia Movietone, set up in 1933, was best known for its swashbuckling films starring Mary Ann Evans, also known as Fearless Nadia.
Wadia Movietone, set up in 1933, was best known for its swashbuckling films starring Mary Ann Evans, also known as Fearless Nadia.

Fearless Nadia, the early talkies: Watch out for vintage posters at this auction

By Riddhi Doshi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:43 PM IST
The Prinseps event will showcase artefacts from the estate of Riyad Wadia, grandson of Jamshed Wadia, co-founder of the pathbreaking Mumbai production house Wadia Movietone.
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Find the keys, spot the strings: The Wknd puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

By By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 12:51 PM IST
What’s the best way to go about seeking words within a grid? Do you look for the double letters, or the first one of each word? Try your luck with a lyrical maze.
 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

Stuck in a loop? See what’s causing your earworms

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:45 PM IST
Researcher Michael Scullin of Baylor University, Texas, was so annoyed at waking up time and again with a song stuck in his head, that he decided to delve into the science behind earworms. Here’s what he found.
Part of Alan Turing’s Enigma Machine, which was used to decode enemy messages during WWII at Bletchley Park in Britain. (Shutterstock)
Part of Alan Turing’s Enigma Machine, which was used to decode enemy messages during WWII at Bletchley Park in Britain. (Shutterstock)

The secrets are out: What declassified files have revealed

UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:47 PM IST
As India moves to declassify old military records and make them public, take a look at strange events from world history that remained secrets for years, even decades.
Athletes practicing high jumps without a jump stand and bar.(Avishek Roy)
Athletes practicing high jumps without a jump stand and bar.(Avishek Roy)

For aspiring athletes, Delhi's JLN stadium is a harsh reality check

By Avishek Roy
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 09:18 PM IST
  • No crossbars or stands for high jumpers, damaged run-up track for javelin throwers, damaged landing pad for pole vaulters and a crumbling gym are just some of the many issues at SAI's flagship Delhi facility.
Mumbai Indians batsman Ishan Kishan(PTI)
Mumbai Indians batsman Ishan Kishan(PTI)

Why Mumbai Indians’ losses could give India the jitters

PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 09:15 PM IST
  • Six players from India's World Cup bound squad play for the defending champions who have had a shaky start to the second half of the IPL.
Taylor Swift in Shake It Off, a known earworm-causer.
Taylor Swift in Shake It Off, a known earworm-causer.

Four ways to shake off an earworm

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:05 PM IST
Can’t get a song out of your head? Is it causing you to grit your teeth and wish you’d never heard it, except you can’t stop? Here are some things that could help.
Now that the US has breached the taboo regarding nuclear propulsion, the time has come for India and France to set a new milestone for strengthening their strategic partnership (REUTERS)
Now that the US has breached the taboo regarding nuclear propulsion, the time has come for India and France to set a new milestone for strengthening their strategic partnership (REUTERS)

AUKUS: How not to win friends

By Rakesh Sood
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:50 PM IST
An announcement meant to create ripples in the Indo-Pacific has created waves across the Atlantic. But this gives France and India an opportunity
Harris’s earlier criticism of the Modi government was seen as reflecting the dissatisfaction felt among progressives in the Democratic Party (PTI)
Harris’s earlier criticism of the Modi government was seen as reflecting the dissatisfaction felt among progressives in the Democratic Party (PTI)

The significance of the Modi-Harris meeting

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:56 PM IST
Thursday’s meeting was a bold and risky move by Modi to test that antipathy. It could have gone either way. But the gamble paid off
This newspaper, while recognising the historic discrimination faced by marginalised communities on the axis of caste, believes that a caste census will only reinforce the politics of identity (Sambit Saha/HT Archive)
This newspaper, while recognising the historic discrimination faced by marginalised communities on the axis of caste, believes that a caste census will only reinforce the politics of identity (Sambit Saha/HT Archive)

2021: Focus on census, not caste

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:50 PM IST
Given India’s multiple challenges at the moment, the Centre is right about moving ahead with the 2021 census, without caste enumeration
The policy achieves all of these parameters, without either being company-specific or value destructive for public finances — a brilliant move (Pradeep Gaur)
The policy achieves all of these parameters, without either being company-specific or value destructive for public finances — a brilliant move (Pradeep Gaur)

Vodafone Idea’s quest for atmanirbharta. What an idea sirji

By Prabal Basu Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:59 PM IST
The government has astutely provided a policy package that is based on the principles of an “earn-out structure” in deal-making, where the benefits to the target company are contingent on its satisfying post-deal milestones
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