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Covid-19: The economy is recovering but will have to deal with inequality

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 01:56 PM IST
While lockdowns per se might not be a threat anymore — unless there is a third wave — the economy might still have to deal with significant post Covid-19 complications. Ignoring these issues can prove to be costly in the long-term
It all began on July 7, when a profile of L Murugan, the BJP’s outgoing state chief, referred to him as hailing from Kongu Nadu, Tamil Nadu. (PTI)
It all began on July 7, when a profile of L Murugan, the BJP’s outgoing state chief, referred to him as hailing from Kongu Nadu, Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

In Tamil Nadu, murmurs of state bifurcation provoke a backlash

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2021 09:49 AM IST
These concerns were triggered when the party released profiles of newly appointed union ministers last week, where it had referred to the party’s outgoing Tamil Nadu chief L Murugan as hailing from Kongu Nadu
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Representational Image. (HT file photo)

Can we use HMIS numbers to estimate unrecorded Covid-19 deaths?

By Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2021 12:56 AM IST
A health ministry statement issued on July 14, has termed comparison of data from Civil Registration System and HMIS with official Covid-19 mortality figures as “conjectures and speculation without any substantial basis”. How accurate are such comparisons? Read to find out more...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.

PM Modi has souped up his cabinet, time for bureaucratic revamp for new India

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2021 09:40 AM IST
Globally India is at a sweet spot being one of the key players to events in Afghanistan, QUAD and the Indo-Pacific, but the bureaucratic architecture of the country needs a revamp as tribal loyalties sometimes override national interest due to critical delays in policy or decision implementation.
The country does not have a national policy restricting the number of children a couple can have. Therefore, the Supreme Court has not had the occasion to examine such a policy. (Representational image/Bloomberg) Exclusive
The country does not have a national policy restricting the number of children a couple can have. Therefore, the Supreme Court has not had the occasion to examine such a policy. (Representational image/Bloomberg)

Two-child policy: Experiments, legal jurisprudence on population check in India

UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2021 01:05 PM IST
From politics to law, the UP law commission’s proposal is likely to be judged on various parameters. However, the draft bill has triggered a debate on the necessity and feasibility of a population control law in India
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Representational image. (AFP)

BJP’s three-fold economic challenge in the run-up to 2024

By Roshan Kishore, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Here are three things that will shape the economic narrative when the BJP seeks a third consecutive mandate in 2024
Members of The Bombay Catholic Sabha hold a memorial mass outside St. Peter's Church in Bandra on Tuesday for rights activist and Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, who died on Monday. (HT PHOTO) Exclusive
Members of The Bombay Catholic Sabha hold a memorial mass outside St. Peter's Church in Bandra on Tuesday for rights activist and Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, who died on Monday. (HT PHOTO)

Stan Swamy’s death exposes the state of the elderly in India’s prisons

UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2021 12:42 PM IST
Just as Swamy foretold his death during his medical bail hearing in May to the Bombay high court, suffering as he was from a progressive neurological disorder like Parkinson’s, there is a growing elderly population in prisons that struggles to get basic health care needs
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Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A tale of three court orders and the debate around mandatory vaccination

UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2021 12:07 PM IST
The Meghalaya, Gauhati and Madras high courts have recently dealt with the issue of vaccine hesitancy while examining the state government’s sanctions to promote vaccination
This is a power-begets-power story in rural India. A decentralised governance system has brought marginalised groups into power hierarchies, yet it is also becoming an enabler of political entrenchment(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times) Exclusive
This is a power-begets-power story in rural India. A decentralised governance system has brought marginalised groups into power hierarchies, yet it is also becoming an enabler of political entrenchment(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

The grim world of UP’s district politics

By Rahul Verma
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2021 09:12 PM IST
As a ruling party, the BJP’s win in UP local polls isn’t surprising, and reflects the distortions in local politics.
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Representational image. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Capturing Delhi’s unusual weather patterns this summer

By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2021 03:30 PM IST
That Delhi is experiencing a heatwave when it should have been raining is yet another example of unusual turn in Delhi’s weather. This newspaper has also, earlier, reported that Delhi climate created a new record every month since August 2020
File photo of a Taliban IED attack in Kabul.
File photo of a Taliban IED attack in Kabul.

Rise of Taliban in Afghanistan is ominous for South and Central Asia

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 12:18 PM IST
Taliban aim to seize political power by force and convert Republic of Afghanistan into an Emirate with Pakistan playing Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde behind the scenes.
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Representational image. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

This monsoon, Manipur, not Delhi, has the biggest shortfall of rain

By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2021 01:16 PM IST
This year’s monsoon began with a bang. Rainfall on June 1 was 83.7% more than the LPA and 18th highest in absolute terms since 1901. But it lost momentum in the first week; cumulative rainfall was 23.75% more than LPA on June 8
A security personnel stands guard ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, Wednesday. (PTI) Exclusive
A security personnel stands guard ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, Wednesday. (PTI)

Delhi’s history of engagement and estrangement with Kashmir’s parties

PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2021 10:19 AM IST
The all-party meeting on Thursday comes in the backdrop of dramatic and sweeping changes that have altered the history and geography of the state. In one fell swoop on August 5, 2019, the government revoked Article 370, did away with Article 35-A, and split J&K into two Union Territories
The Russian S-400 system is one of the most advanced anti-aircraft systems in the world with proven track record in West Asia. China is now interested in S-500 system being developed in Russia.(Reuters File Photo)
The Russian S-400 system is one of the most advanced anti-aircraft systems in the world with proven track record in West Asia. China is now interested in S-500 system being developed in Russia.(Reuters File Photo)

Chinese S-400 systems across LAC, forces India to rethink air defence

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2021 08:47 AM IST
The PLA has upgraded Hotan air base in Xinjiang and Nyingchi air base in Tibet. Both bases are just across the LAC in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh respectively with the PLA deploying S-400 squadrons to protect them from Indian aerial threat.
BSP chief Mayawati. (HT file) Exclusive
BSP chief Mayawati. (HT file)

BSP’s long tryst with defections continues. Is the crisis different this time?

By Sunita Aron
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2021 04:43 PM IST
Of the seven top leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) who were given major responsibilities in the 2017 assembly elections, four have been shown the door
A section of economists has argued that there are limits to what easy money, which is what monetary policy offers through cheaper interest rates and higher liquidity, can achieve in an economy facing a demand-side problem. (REUTERS) Exclusive
A section of economists has argued that there are limits to what easy money, which is what monetary policy offers through cheaper interest rates and higher liquidity, can achieve in an economy facing a demand-side problem. (REUTERS)

Why June quarter capex numbers will be important

UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2021 01:52 PM IST
The jury is still out on the long-term damage to the economy because of the reimposition of lockdown restrictions and the health spending-inflicted shock of the pandemic. It is the long-term impact which matters as far as investment activity by private capital is concerned
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Representational image. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

How forecasters got their monsoon predictions wrong, again

By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2021 12:17 PM IST
Forecasters, both government and private, know that any update on the monsoon can lift or dampen public sentiments, shape economic policy, and have acknowledged gaps in forecasting
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Representational image. (AFP)

After recession, the Indian economy faces a stagflation threat

UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 03:26 PM IST
The economy is still struggling to “revive and sustain growth on a durable basis”, something which the latest Reserve Bank of India Monetary Policy Committee Resolution, on June 4, listed as a key challenge
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Representational image. (HT Archive)

Higher education faces structural inequality across gender, caste, region

By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 04:55 PM IST
This has an impact on the nature of enrolment, with the distribution of students among different types of colleges in a state correlated with the distribution of types of colleges in the state
Frontline workers sit in an observation room after getting vaccinated for the Covid-19 disease, amid the second wave in Bengaluru on May 23. (File photo) Exclusive
Frontline workers sit in an observation room after getting vaccinated for the Covid-19 disease, amid the second wave in Bengaluru on May 23. (File photo)

To prepare for the third wave of Covid-19, here is what India needs to do

By Abhishek Jha, Vineet Sachdev
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 08:53 PM IST
Vaccinations apart, here are four things that must be done to reduce the impact of a possible third wave of Covid-19 infections
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Representational image. (Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

Are ‘remunerative’ MSPs boosting rural demand?

UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 05:41 PM IST
Even though the government is offering remunerative MSPs year after year, this might not have generated strong tailwinds for overall demand. Of course, the situation would be worse if MSPs did not exist
Shoppers at Sarojini Nagar market, in New Delhi on Monday, June 7.Markets reopened in Delhi under the Unlock plan. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo) Exclusive
Shoppers at Sarojini Nagar market, in New Delhi on Monday, June 7.Markets reopened in Delhi under the Unlock plan. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)

Economic recovery begins, but of what kind?

UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 05:43 AM IST
Given the experience of the economic recovery after the first wave of Covid-19 infections, it is also important to look into the nature rather than just its trajectory
A health official prepares a vaccine kit as she takes part in a mock drill for Covid-19 vaccine delivery at a primary health centre in Chennai in January this year. (File photo) Exclusive
A health official prepares a vaccine kit as she takes part in a mock drill for Covid-19 vaccine delivery at a primary health centre in Chennai in January this year. (File photo)

The rural healthcare challenge

By Soham D Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 07:38 AM IST
Managing Covid requires a revamp of rural curative care infrastructure, and reorientation of health personnel competencies and public expectations
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Representational Image. (File photo)

Can exports boost India’s GDP in 2021-22?

UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 07:38 AM IST
India’s GDP is expected to grow at 9.5% in 2021-22 instead of 10.5%. Even as it made a downward revision in its growth projections, MPC noted a possible source of tailwinds to growth and said that “… the strengthening global recovery should support the export sector”
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Representational image. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

There is a gender gap in India’s vaccination coverage

By Abhishek Jha & Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 07:33 AM IST
It is important to get an in-built statistical bias out of the way before looking at probable causes. Men outnumber women in India. So, is the number of vaccinated men outnumbering women just a function of India’s skewed sex-ratio?
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Representational image. (HT Archive)

Managing intra-party dissent—the contrasting tale of the BJP and the Congress

UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times speaks to leaders in both parties and dissident camps to understand how the tools may be different in both camps, but the fallout could often end up being the same
Students of class 12 exit after appearing for CBSE's Board Exam, September 22, 2020 (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Students of class 12 exit after appearing for CBSE's Board Exam, September 22, 2020 (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

An era of new-age school assessments

By Ameeta M Wattal and Chandrachur Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 07:35 AM IST
The need to put an alternative mechanism of assessment in place, robust enough to yield results both in normal times as well as in times of exigencies, is essential
Available evidence suggests that finding a paid job is much harder for women than men. And once they enter the labour market, women still face limited work options. (Representational image)
Available evidence suggests that finding a paid job is much harder for women than men. And once they enter the labour market, women still face limited work options. (Representational image)

The invisible women in India’s labour market

By Ruchika Chaudhary
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2021 05:49 PM IST
As per one recent study, the time spent on household and care responsibilities has increased by almost 30% in India due to the closure of schools and care services. Consequently, women have dropped out of the labour market
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Representational image. (PTI)

As the pandemic hit, how much did India spend on health?

By Roshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 04:27 PM IST
As India faced its second wave of infections, the most severe in the world so far in terms of daily cases, the supply constraints only worsened. Everything from testing kits to hospital beds, oxygen to ventilators, medicines to ambulances have seemed to be in short supply
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