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Friday, September 17, 2021

Shailaja Chandra


The writer is a former secretary to the government of India and former chief secretary, Delhi

Governing Delhi requires will to uphold Constitution — not alter it
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Also required for the governance of the nation’s capital are a shared vision and maturity.

What India needs for population stabilisation
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

The state needs to do three things: incentivise later marriages and child births, make contraception easy for women and promote women’s labour force participation.

Four important things that ail the health sector did not find place in the budget
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

As normalcy starts to return, basic health protection for Indians must no longer be bought. It must be assured through participation.

Standards must not be lowered to certify Ayurveda postgraduates surgeons
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

This conundrum of different standards for surgical training must be solved because patient safety is far more important than the career progression of Ayurvedic postgraduates.

How short-term political vision and public policy have conspired to create migrant problem there is no more turning away from
Sat, May 09, 2020

In administering welfare schemes, migrants are not equated with state residents, be it the regulation of minimum wages, housing, and political participation.

Fill in the gap: Tests are essential to contain the pandemic
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

Clearly, a dedicated institution with experts who can give undivided attention to testing in conjunction with the National Centres for Disease Control (NCDC), needs to be set up.

Amendments to abortion law are welcome
Mon, Feb 10, 2020

For the amendments in abortion law to be effective, medical facilities need to be expanded and women have to be made aware of their rights.

Marking the boundaries
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

Delhi LG and bureaucracy can continue to influence a host of policy matters in Delhi.

One man’s meat…
Thu, May 17, 2018

Antibiotics in poultry harm non-meat eaters as well. India should follow the example of EU, US and China in regulating the industry.

Letting Delhi down
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Chaos and bedlam at the top is shaking the load-bearing pillars — political executive and bureaucracy

Heed the patient
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

National Medical Commission Bill must address the needs of the consumer rather than the interests of medical practitioners and quacks.

A half cure
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

New National Health Policy checks some boxes but sidesteps basic concerns. It leaves too much to the states on maintaining standards

Bitter Medicine
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

Consumer must be protected from misleadingly advertised ayurvedic diabetes drugs

Three states hold the key
Fri, Jul 15, 2016

India’s population stabilisation programmes require the dedicated attention of the CMs of Bihar, UP and Rajasthan.