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As an associate editor with Hindustan Times, Prashant Jha covers national politics and Indian foreign policy. He is the author of Battles of The New Republic:A Contemporary History of Nepal. He is particularly interested in India’s neighbourhood, and politics in the Gangetic plains.
The story of independent India is in many ways the story of Indian politics, from the early years of consolidation of democracy under Congress hegemony, to the emergence of political alternatives, and the rise of a new and contested political imagination of India.
In West Bengal in 2021, it didn’t. And it didn’t because the script collided with another script, offered by the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) — of a woman chief minister who was rooted to the soil, of Bengali sub-nationalism resisting central encroachment
No had thought that the impact of Covid-19 — reflected in this new discourse and new methods of interaction — would result in swasthya, or health, becoming a public policy priority of the highest order, with increases in budgets and allocations and renewed commitment to health-related institutions.
No one had thought that the idea of video conferencing between the prime minister and state chief ministers or between the prime minister and world leaders would become such a regular occurrence that it wouldn’t be even seen as a departure from the older physical format of meetings
In an interview with HT, Singh examines his early socialisation in Bihar, the economic doctrines that governed India in the 1960s and 1970s and its subsequent evolution, the current political moment, and the structural challenges faced by India.
As we remember the Mahatma this year, it is time to return to the core ideas which made him what he was. To rediscover these, Hindustan Times returns to a set of sparkling essays published last year as a part of a series titled Gandhi: 150 Years On.
There had been anger on the Indian street against what was widely perceived as the special treatment meted out to Kashmir; resentment against mainstream Kashmiri leaders for playing to both galleries and speaking a language of radicalism in Srinagar and of moderation in Delhi; hurt at the lives of soldiers lost and innocents killed due to terrorism.
The United States took an unprecedented inward turn with the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, retreating from the very institutions, economic principles and military outreach that helped it become a superpower and sustain its power.
Covid has claimed about 12,000 lives in India, with cases and fatalities rising in recent weeks. HT EXPLORES HOW THE PANDEMIC has shaped national issues since march 2, seen as the beginning of the infection’s first wave in India, and changed personal lives and habits. The outbreak pushed to the fore the urgency of health care, plight of migrant workers, and economic hardships. It also put to test federalism and made political parties innovate.
India’s aim with the visit is essentially a way to manage the individual — which is why an excessive focus on outcomes is mistaken — even as Delhi hopes that larger forces, national interests and events will continue to bind the two countries together
Rajdeep Sardesai examines the election machine, resources, welfare, nationalism, Hindutva mobilisation, the use of the media and the mobile, and the persona of Narendra Modi himself to explain why the BJP did as well as it did in the 2019 election