articles by Hassan M Kamal


National highways in south account for most road accidents, black spots; UP, Tamil Nadu top among states

Given the regional disparities in the national highway network in India and the concentration of traffic-related injuries to a few states or regions, a localised approach to road safety may be more suited


Vaccine tourism: Is it legal and ethical to fly out for COVID-19 shots? All you need to know

Ever since vaccines became available, rich Indians with Dubai residences have been flying to the country to get Pfizer shots, South Africans have been flying to Zimbabwe, Canadians and Latin Americans to the US and Europeans to Russia for COVID-19 shots


The Identity Quotient review: An unbiased guide to Assamese Muslims, their origin and history

In the face of an upcoming govt survey to identify the indigenous Muslims of Assam, Zafri Mudasser Nofil's The Identity Quotient is a must read for all to know about the Goriya, Moriya, Deshi and Julha Muslims considered indigenous, as well as the Muslims of Barak Valley, who have been excluded from the survey


COVID-19: New governments have no time to celebrate poll win, they must jump into pandemic war immediately

It is time for the new governments to live up to the hopes of the electorate and take effective steps to curb the second wave of coronavirus.


Kumbh Mela and election rallies: How two super spreader events have contributed to India’s massive second wave of COVID-19 cases

As India battles a second COVID-19 wave and states go for lockdown, election rallies and the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar appear to have compromised efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19


COVID-19 mortality rate lower in second wave, but correlation between vaccination and mortality rate unclear

As India readies for the next phase of vaccination, the question that remains unanswered is whether or not the vaccination drive has played a role in keeping the COVID-19 mortality rate low


COVID-19 second wave: Low case fatality rate emerges as only silver lining as daily cases exceed 1.15 lakh

India reported the highest case fatality rate of 3.60 percent in April 2020, a year later, on 7 April it stands at 1.30 percent now


Daily COVID-19 cases in India less than half of September peak; a look at figures since lockdown

The fall in daily cases has come amid allegations of "many state governments controlling COVID-19 testing to show reduced numbers of cases"


Sri Lanka borrowing from cash-king China a post-pandemic reality India must accept

All New Delhi can hope for is that next time the Chines comes to collect, Sri Lanka doesn't give up another portion of its sovereign territory, further strengthening the Chinese in India's backyard


CBSE directs schools to introduce Art-Education & Art-Integrated learning for classes 1 to 10, releases guidelines

CBSE has released a circular asking heads of all affiliated schools to implement art-integrated education for classes 1 to 10


Bubonic plagues, Spanish Flu and now coronavirus outbreak, humans have always found it easy to blame others for pandemics

Mankind has always found it easy to blame someone or something for an epidemic like coronavirus, sometimes the scapegoat is an animal, a king, a community, a country, a race, or followers of a religion


Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: Crusade against corruption by Raghubar Das cost me my BJP ticket, Saryu Roy tells Firstpost

Jamshedpur East Independent candidate Saryu Roy believes that arrogance of incumbent chief minister Raghubar Das among main poll issues.


Hangzhou, the retail way: At the TaoBao Maker Festival, tech and innovation are on full display

Of the many retail offerings at the TaoBao Maker Festival held at Hangzhou, shoes made of Legos, vegan pork and liquor-flavoured ice-cream are among the most exciting


Centre trivalised triple talaq by sidelining Opposition remarks on bill; govt's attempt at Muslim inclusion reeks of haste

The Muslims in India need inclusion, but to do it in a haphazard manner disregarding every Opposition point of view, as seen during the debate on triple talaq bill, not only trivialises the issue but also reeks of arrogance


Narendra Modi's advice to pick films 'with message of unity' is veiled call for self-censorship, won't heal fractured society

"Choosing content" in line with Modi's suggestion could possibly lead to actors and filmmakers avoiding content that highlights existing exclusivity (income inequality, casteism, gender bias, poverty, regional bias, language bias, racial bias etc) and the growing division in Indian society (religious as well as ideological).


Rajasthan polls: Given dismal representation of women across parties, it will take 300-plus years to bring gender parity

The number of women candidates contesting the Rajasthan Assembly election has been growing since 1952, but at the current rate it would take another 315 years to reach a stage where the number of women candidates contesting the polls is equal to that of men


India slips to sixth position in global RTI rating; failure to protect officials who provide information biggest challenge

After making its debut at number 2 in 2011 in the global index on Right to Information, the year the global RTI agency was launched, India has slipped four positions in the last seven years, to settle at number at 6


In tourism-dependent Maldives, China not just financier of infrastructure but most frequent flyer

While China has been pouring millions into the Maldives economy, India's contribution has been too little and too slow


Supreme Court's cancellation of 88 mining leases likely to impact Goa's shipping industry, slow down GDP

Firstpost takes a look at the mining industry in Goa, and what could be the possible impacts of the ban, especially on related industries like shipping.


India expected to become world's most populous country in six years; reducing birth rate key to keep check on growth

India can bring a turnaround in its population growth rate in another 37 years, provided it manages to bring down the birth rate, or total fertility rate (TFR), below 2.0 between 2035-2040, and then achieve a TFR of 1.8 by 2061