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Counterproductive lockdown: More targeted measures, empathy from policy-makers are needed

More targeted measures, empathy from policy-makers are needed

July 17, 2020 10:16:31 am

I am not a doctor, public health specialist or epidemiologist to weigh in on the public policy response, but my judgement is that a four-month, total lockdown produces unintended consequences and diminishing returns.

Improvement in economy might slow down or even stagnate in the second quarter

July 17, 2020 10:15:03 am

India has had little option but to open up the economy. That has led to some improvement in economic activity towards the latter part of the April-June quarter — but this is unlikely to sustain. In the July-September quarter, we expect the pace of improvement to slow down or even stagnate and fall in some cases..

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Delhi has modified Covid strategies. For the future, a public health cadre must be created as a priority

July 17, 2020 9:32:37 am

Delhi has modified strategies, is stepping up to the Covid challenge. For the future, a public health cadre must be created as a priority.

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Tremors at the Palace Gates

July 16, 2020 7:27:20 pm

The neglected and suffering are no longer in a mood of submission to their kismat and karma. It is a matter of essential rights.

Counter-terror alignment of China, Pakistan poses a threat to India’s interests

July 16, 2020 9:20:48 am

A new Cold War is building up in every theatre of conflict, riding on real or exaggerated threats of terrorism and extremism. The duplicitous role of Pakistan is going to cause further instability and violence in the region. 

As Chinese ambition expands, Delhi must turn towards PM Modi’s principle of ‘together we grow’

July 16, 2020 9:25:13 am

Proactive diplomacy together with greater attention to soft developmental needs of the neighbours like connectivity, education, finance and healthcare is the need of the hour for India’s foreign policy mandarins.

UGC needs to revisit its guidelines on final-year examinations immediately

July 16, 2020 9:24:22 am

It is a tragedy of our times that during a historic global crisis, the Centre is taking unilateral decisions on student matters without any concern for their mental and emotional well-being. As they step into an uncertain future, Centre needs to stand with youth, not against them.

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A Jan Andolan for Education

July 15, 2020 6:34:42 pm

Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh have undertaken academic reforms to improve learning outcomes, set an example for other states

Phenomenon of high casualties among police personnel must be probed and addressed

July 15, 2020 8:13:05 am

We must recognise that police personnel are working against the odds while dealing with hardened criminals. We must all recognise their work and mourn with the families of those who lost their lives.

To remain globally competitive in a post-Covid world, India needs to focus on skill, scale and speed

July 15, 2020 9:03:35 am

India has the potential to emerge as the global hub for providing skilled manpower to other nations. We can prove to the world that the 21st century belongs to India through self-belief, dedication and discipline.

Congress needs a hands-on leader who enjoys the confidence of the party

July 15, 2020 8:45:06 am

Congressmen have left Congress earlier. But they were different leaders, and it is not the same party

Lessons from Covid, China: India needs a new paradigm for trade, industry, and development

July 15, 2020 8:21:36 am

It is needed not only to strengthen India vis-à-vis China, but to make the economy good for India’s poorer citizens too.

Unlocking economy in phases poses a major conundrum for government

July 15, 2020 8:15:00 am

Unlocking also means getting back to a state of normalcy at some time, which will be problematic. From economic package to RBI’s moratorium to borrowers, there will be consequences

Delhi should set itself a political challenge — to decisively turn Britain in favour of India

July 14, 2020 8:55:45 am

As Britain recognises that China can’t be the anchor of its post-Brexit foreign economic and strategic policies, Delhi has a huge opening to restructure its relationship with London

Democracies in both India and the US face a similar internal challenge

July 14, 2020 8:57:01 am

Both must recognise: Pledges of liberty, equality, fraternity and dignity possess much broader pull than hardening notions of nationalism

Guru ka Langar is an exemplary institution of the moral economy

July 14, 2020 8:57:22 am

Langar is one such practice based on the principle of inclusion and unity in the religious sphere that helps everyone and anyone in times of hunger.

Thoothukudi to Kanpur: The police are in the dock. Reforms must start with the political system

July 14, 2020 8:53:58 am

We must, without further delay, build an environment where police becomes an instrument of service to the people, where monsters like Dubey do not thrive and become a menace to society.

Banks need to set aside credit for new firms, raise disbursements

July 14, 2020 8:55:21 am

Even before COVID, the MSME sector was marred by rampant informality, stunted growth and bore a heavy share of the compliance burden.

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Worldly insights: For a while, travel will involve uncertainty and disruption

July 13, 2020 11:34:07 am

Post pandemic holiday etiquette will involve a series of small and large shocks for travellers.

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Verdicts seem more sympathetic to causes of Muslim women, than of Hindu women

July 13, 2020 7:19:20 am

In the privacy of home and the married life, neither Article 21 nor Article 14 have any place.” Fortunately, a few months ago, the apex court had agreed to revisit the constitutionality of the restitution of conjugal rights provision.

Vikas Dubey killing: Judicial panel begins probe from Bikru

We need a root and branch repair of police, guardian agencies to keep them lawful

July 13, 2020 7:16:28 am

At 158, India’s police to population ratio (police staff per 1,00,000 citizens) is one of the worst in the world. It lags well behind its neighbours.

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Committee which proposes to reform criminal law from non-patriarchal perspective excludes women, minorities

July 13, 2020 7:13:36 am

The strong critique by the legal fraternity of the Criminal Law Reform Committee set up at the National Law University by the MHA, on its composition, methodology and time-frame is a bell of caution against any attempt by this committee to dilute the procedural safeguards of individuals in the name of national security.

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Trump’s anti-student salvo has to do with what he considers enemy within — liberalism

July 13, 2020 7:09:47 am

What can you — student, parent, well-wisher — do? Google the addresses for ICE leadership. Bang out a letter on Microsoft Word and make a PDF to ensure it will not be tampered with.

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Digitisation makes welfare schemes possible. It can be discontinued when pandemic ends

July 13, 2020 9:29:54 am

We are in a marathon when it comes to this pandemic. People will need support for longer than anticipated. During a crisis, the emphasis needs to be on including those who really deserve the help rather than making sure the wrong people are kept out.

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Priyanka Gandhi’s eviction from accommodation is an opportunity to evict everyone else as well

July 12, 2020 2:31:12 pm

While we are on the subject it is also a good time for the Prime Minister to abandon his grandiose plans to rebuild Parliament and build a house for himself on the Central Vista.