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Friday, May 27, 2022

express editorial


National Assessment Survey lays out post-Covid challenges. Teacher- and student-centred approaches are needed

May 27, 2022 8:24 am

Conducted in November 2021 among students of more than one lakh schools in 720 districts, the NAS shows a sharp dip in the performance of students in almost all subjects during the pandemic years.

Those watching the Boris Johnson Show must prepare for late-season twists in the tale

May 27, 2022 8:32 am

The revelations about the boozy parties at 10, Downing Street would have led to the instant fall of any leader of government — but not, apparently, Teflon Johnson.

An IAS officer gets athletes out of a stadium to walk his dog because he can. That must change

May 27, 2022 8:20 am

In a country riddled with inequality, where the VIP enjoys privileges and exemptions, from the toll booth to the airport, the babu continues to be out of touch with the temper of the times.

Punjab CM does well to weed out a colleague under cloud but he needs to do more spadework — off camera

May 26, 2022 9:48 am

Punjab's new chief minister must not merely congratulate himself on taking a bold step against one of his own, he must also ask how someone who is seen as tainted so soon after taking charge was given a crucial portfolio, any portfolio, in the first place.

Sugar low: Enabling supply response, not creating policy uncertainty, is the only durable solution to supply-side inflation

May 26, 2022 9:48 am

Unlike in wheat, where government estimates of the size of this year's crop seem highly optimistic, there's no debate over sugar output. And its prices have hardly risen; nor do they look like going up.

Release of an 'unburnable' edition of 'The Handmaid's Tale' is a message to those who are afraid of ideas

May 26, 2022 9:49 am

There is a particular irony in the burning of books, the censorship of thought and the fear of slogans. Ideas, as the anarchist V remarked (in V for Vendetta), are bulletproof. Yet, they are not invincible.

How to charge an absurd amount of money for a terribly mundane item: Slap a snobby logo on it

May 25, 2022 9:49 am

Chinese social media users have recently trolled the Italian luxury label Gucci, which created a non-waterproof umbrella in collaboration with Adidas.

PFI rally in Alappuzha sends out disturbing signals of a politics that threatens to deepen faultlines, shrink shared spaces

May 25, 2022 9:41 am

The PFI, formed in 2007, has a dismal record of fostering polarisation and promoting violence. The outfit first caught national attention in July 2010, when eight of its activists chopped off the hands of a college professor, T J Joseph, for allegedly insulting the Prophet.

Quad seems more cohesive and ready to act on initiatives agreed upon previously. But complex challenges remain

May 25, 2022 9:40 am

Undoubtedly, what has given the Quad a sharper edge in its objective of ensuring a “rules based order” and an “open and free” region — not so coded references to Beijing — is the launch of the US Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

Government must resist demands for banning exports. Real problem that requires addressing is yields

May 24, 2022 9:08 am

The correct approach to tackling inflation, whether in wheat, cotton or yarn, is by allowing duty-free imports without putting fetters on exports.