🔴 P C Mohanan writes: The findings indicate the need for reinforcing behavioural change in sanitation habits
🔴 Feroze Varun Gandhi writes: By dramatically expanding basic public services, the government can create the jobs that India’s youth desperately need
🔴 Nilesh Shah, Pankaj Tibrewal write: A judicious mix of protection and incentives has helped expand India’s manufacturing base. That model must be expanded to more sectors
🔴 C K Mishra writes: If we can implement a curfew, would it not be easier to control gatherings rather than impose blanket restrictions that will inconvenience all and rob daily wagers of their daily bread?
🔴 Vivek Menezes writes: In the 1980s, the writer was the champion of Indian writing in some of the most hallowed literary publications of the Anglophone west
🔴 C. Raja Mohan writes: Islamabad’s new national security policy acknowledges the need to walk a different path as its multiple crises become more intense. Delhi should watch, be prepared to react positively
🔴 Rajiv Bhatia writes: The region will present strategic and economic opportunities that India must not miss
Dushyant Dave writes: Centre's farm laws will create monopolies in agriculture production and trade, and hurt farmers.
Bibek Debroy writes: Before liberalisation, there were around 80 Union government-level orders and around 150 state government-level orders decreeing various items as “essential”.
Just as we have made progress in minimising loss of life and property from potentially disastrous events like cyclones and earthquakes, we need to develop a credible pandemic management plan.
It would be naive to assume that post lockdown, hordes of lawyers will, or should be, allowed to descend upon the SC, and business will resume as usual.
No country has done universal testing for a proper random sample either. The ICMR has told us more than 75 per cent of Indian patients will be asymptomatic. Who do we test? Those who show symptoms, those who have been in contact with confirmed patients and those who suffer from severe respiratory diseases. Most countries do something similar.
To return to the present, the focus of the government has to be two-fold. It must act vigorously to contain the virus, explore the possible alternatives to a complete lockdown, and prepare a road map for removal of restrictions.
P Chidambaram writes: Will humanity ultimately triumph over the epidemic? The tallest living Tamil poet, Mr Vairamuthu, thinks so, and has penned a beautiful poem on coronavirus
Tavleen Singh writes: We thanked our frontline corona warriors in advance on the day of the Janata Curfew by ringing bells and banging our ‘thalis’ but can we now ensure that they have the protective equipment they desperately need?
The prime minister has not sought to involve or invite the Opposition, led by the Congress, which has a rich body of expertise and leadership to assist in times like these.
The first step in dealing with any new viral outbreak is to be able to accurately test, detect and track the spread of the virus, and isolate the infected persons to stop further spread.
In the lockdown, only those in regular employment — less than 10 per cent of the labour force — will continue to receive their incomes.
The decision on the lockdown must have been an exceptionally difficult one for PM Modi. It may have been prompted by the open violations of the janata curfew by a lot of misguided citizens.
It goes without saying that we love our families. And we do. But our love is as fractured as the love of any other nation’s; it is as exhausted love.
As long as the government credibly commits to reversing the action as soon as the crisis is over, rating agencies and fiscal conservatives alike will likely treat this kindly, as it is a response to a crisis caused not by poor economic policies, but by an act of nature.
Both India and the UK are exploring how best to develop the technology and investment needed to spur the transition from fossil to renewable fuels and make this a beneficial trajectory for everyone.
One reason why infrastructure investment in India ran into problems was the anaemic growth in sectors that would have been the main source of demand for infrastructure.
The book sums up prescriptively the brainwash affecting the civil-military relationship too: “More needs to be done to turn back the forces of religious obscurantism and ritualism that have crept into Pakistani society and even the military."
India, for the first time since 1947, is facing a direct confrontation between hardliners and liberals, between political ideologies, and sadly, between the majority and minority communities among its great people.