It isn’t possible for India to replicate what developed countries have done, writes ex-RBI Governor as he flags key issues: more testing, the ‘bipolar’ economic policy and the banking challenge.
Growing up in India with a Chinese mother hasn’t been easy. Covid makes it worse.
Acquittal of Omar Sheikh by court is more proof that Pakistan continues to play dangerous games with militancy, terrorism.
Even as India ramps up production of medical gear, it must add its voice to call for global cooperation on the matter.
It is asking us to open the box of our inner lives.
How Covid-19 is reordering the world of work.
Utilise FCI stock for those who have ration cards and those who don’t, provide food to urban poor.
This is the front page of The Indian Express published on April 6, 1980.
Behaviours will shift, uncertainties will deepen. India should build strategic reserves, use alternatives like natural gas and increase efficiency of its oil companies.
Without exception, every leader has been caught unprepared. China took days to realise and then publicly admit that Wuhan had coronavirus infection.
Unlike China and South Korea, India had the advantage of time and lessons from other countries to prepare. But, even as the pandemic was building up, it was caught up in the machinations in Madhya Pradesh.
For the country’s Railway system, described with the beaten-to-death cliché “Lifeline of India”, shutting itself down indefinitely and directing its vast machinery to keep only the essentials running required just a flipping back of a few pages.
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?
When we could no longer venture out, many of us began a journey inwards. We realised how little we really need and how beautifully simple joy was.
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.
It will need a clear set of transparent plans and fallbacks. States should hold the key.
Centre must urgently clear its dues to states, allow them to borrow more to tide over crisis.