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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Atlantic Niño’s role in India’s erratic monsoon

Ten months on, what lessons have we learnt from the farmers’ movement?

The BJP’s Patel conundrum in Gujarat

India must make ‘green’ hydrogen a priority

Up in smoke

September 29, 2021 4:26:36 am

New research contradicts earlier findings on smoking and Covid-19. Smokers, everywhere, lose a silver lining.

India must make ‘green’ hydrogen a priority

September 29, 2021 4:22:59 am

Investments in research and development can help India tap its ‘green’ hydrogen potential and align its energy sector with climate goals

Picturing labour

September 29, 2021 4:16:39 am

Regularly available, credible data on formal and informal work force is needed to inform policy, plug the gaps.

Ten months on, what lessons have we learnt from the farmers’ movement?

September 29, 2021 4:00:27 am

It has stalled erosion of democracy in India, strengthened a new coalition of different interest groups, including farmers, workers, Dalits and civil society, and challenged the hegemony of agri-business

A click away

September 29, 2021 3:55:07 am

Digital health mission is much-needed. Challenges of language of communication, privacy, doctor shortage must be addressed.

The BJP’s Patel conundrum in Gujarat

September 29, 2021 3:50:54 am

Recent reshuffle does not address socio-economic issues plaguing the state and has faulty electoral arithmetic, thus leaving open a window of opportunity for Opposition

Four geopolitical developments and a window of opportunity for India

September 29, 2021 3:45:37 am

Developments on security front herald a period of uncertainty and danger, but with China’s crackdown on its private sector, India’s economic prospects look brighter.

The Atlantic Niño’s role in India’s erratic monsoon

September 29, 2021 3:30:06 am

IITM Pune researchers have shown that the IMD prediction system is deficient in predicting the Atlantic Niño and, therefore, its effect on the Indian monsoon. Monsoon 2021 is a clear example of this missed link.

September 28, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Clashes in Tehran

September 28, 2021 5:28:57 am

Several armed demonstrations against the regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini erupted in Tehran, leaving at least seven people dead and more than 40 injured, and forcing a strict security clampdown in the Iranian capital.

Angela Merkel did it as the far-right rose, in her country and elsewhere. She also compromised

September 28, 2021 10:02:52 am

The 1997 video has brought home to many how prescient the Chancellor had been about climate change, arguably the greatest existential threat humankind faces, and how, in office, she could have done much more.

The Quad is an important political signal. But it will be tested

September 28, 2021 9:58:44 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: It is consolidating at a moment when its grade on the three ‘Cs’ — Climate, Covid and Critical Technologies — is, from the point of view of the rest of the world, already a ‘C’.

By appearing to question judiciary’s remit, Biplab Deb does grave disservice to the office he holds

September 28, 2021 10:03:07 am

Tripura CM’s bravado is a symptom of executive overreach. He must stay within his constitutional lane.

Plan to discontinue the vitamin A supplement programme is hasty

September 28, 2021 9:59:07 am

Sheila Vir writes: It is based on one study that has several limitations and would impact immunity in young children.

Revamped cabinets in UP, Punjab showcase a last-minute scramble ahead of polls, reek of tokenism

September 28, 2021 10:02:21 am

Voters may still continue to back these governments in the absence of better choices, but that would be more a statement on the limited political menu on offer, and less a success of tokenism.

What would today’s government have done with Gandhi and Bhagat Singh?

September 28, 2021 9:59:53 am

D Raja writes: Both upheld the culture of dissent and independent thinking which is currently under threat.

Where does all our hatred come from?

September 28, 2021 9:59:43 am

Harsh Mander writes: The violence in Assam, like that inflicted by lynch mobs, shows normalisation of hatred against communities. It cannot be ascribed to social anomalies.

The growing strategic importance of outer space

September 28, 2021 9:59:17 am

C Raja Mohan writes: With China’s emergence as a major space power, there is a new urgency for democratic powers to come together to secure their national interests as well as promote sustainable order in the skies above.

September 27, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Dhaka Protests

September 27, 2021 5:16:04 am

The Indian government has brushed aside reports from Dhaka that 18 Bangladesh citizens had been killed within Bangladesh borders in an attack by Indian security personnel earlier this week.


Why we shouldn’t abandon asset monetisation plan

September 28, 2021 7:19:47 am

Michael Pinto writes: Critics overstate pitfalls, and hold it up to unreasonable standards


How Kamla Bhasin made South Asian feminism a force

September 28, 2021 7:19:59 am

Urvashi Butalia writes: She built institutions and solidarities with her unusual feminist weapons — laughter, songs, slogans and art


MSP is not the way to increase farmers’ income

September 28, 2021 7:20:13 am

Ashok Gulati, Ranjana Roy write: Augmenting farmers’ income will require investment in animal husbandry, fisheries and fruit and vegetable cultivation. Private sector needs to be incentivised to create value chains


Why we need a caste census

September 28, 2021 7:20:24 am

Tejashwi Yadav writes: If inclusive development is the constitutional priority of our country, then we must demand the socio-economic caste enumeration and make it publicly available so that our development policies and programmes can be accordingly shaped.

It can be symbolic of a new India that it will not let anyone starve in South Asia

September 27, 2021 9:20:44 am

What stops India from offering, say, 2 mt of wheat to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid and one mt of rice to Sri Lanka against payment in local currency similar to that under PL-480?


How online education can give disabled children greater learning opportunities

September 28, 2021 7:19:36 am

Feza T Azmi writes: Among other things, it becomes possible to access learning from the safety and comfort of their homes, saving them from unnecessary inhibitions in attending physical schools.

PM Modi’s US visit sets the stage for transcending differences between the two nations on bilateral, regional, global issues

September 27, 2021 9:21:28 am

India’s own emergence as a major economic power makes it a critical player in shaping the outcomes on these issues. Delhi’s closer partnership with Washington will in turn boost India’s global strategic salience.