articles by Hassan M Kamal

India

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"

India

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

India

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

India

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

Politics

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.

long-reads

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

India

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

India

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).

Politics

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

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

World

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

India

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

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

India

Triple talaq bill: Instead of taking refuge in constitutional and Sharia laws, AIMPLB should help end persecution of women

The Muslim community in India and the AIMPLB needs to stop hiding behind the Shariat Laws to justify ill-treatment of women and their persecution

India

Poor capital management, inefficient budgeting root causes of sorry state of Indian Armed Forces

Inefficient budgeting and underutilisation of defence funds emerge as major hurdles for the Indian services — army, navy and the air force — according to an action taken report submitted to the Parliament

India

Payment for healthcare services is making the world poorer, says World Bank-WHO report on universal health coverage

At least half the world’s population is unable to access them and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare services they cannot afford

World

India, Saudi Arabia emerge as largest importers of arms; US, China lead in defence expenditures

India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China and Algeria emerged as the top importers during the five year period of 2012-2016, shows a Firstpost analysis of the latest SIPRI report on global arms sales

India

India has grown healthy since 1990, but mother-child malnutrition and rise in lifestyle diseases are worrying

While India is growing healthier, not every state and Union territory can be said to be growing healthy at the same pace, points out the India: Health of the Nation’s States

Politics

BJP leads in fielding candidates with criminal past in Himachal polls; reluctance to support lifetime ban is expected

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court toughened its stand on the issue, ordering the government to expedite trials of pending 1,581 cases against MPs and MLAs and to create special courts for the same.

Politics

Bihar Mahagathbandhan at risk: Nitish Kumar may lose a friend not office if Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal pulls out

If Rashtriya Janata Dal's Lalu Prasad Yadav do decides to pull out of the Nitish Kumar-led Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar, Janata Dal (United) leader and Bihar chief minister won't have much difficult remaining in power, since the break-up leaves JD(U) and BJP as the only parties with the required number of seats to form government