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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

There is an irrational preference for expensive Covid treatments over effective ones

July 10, 2020 9:22:30 am

In the absence of adequate information, the price of a commodity serves as an indicator of quality for the consumer. Information asymmetry is most acute in healthcare, with the added disadvantage that the providers of care have far greater access to, and understanding of the information.

How India responds to China’s ‘expansionistic tendencies’ will have ramifications for the world

July 10, 2020 9:30:36 am

India must take a leadership role in developing a diplomatic and strategic counter to Chinese expansionism.

Wait for the migrant: Once opportunities are there, they will return

July 10, 2020 9:26:39 am

Once opportunities are there, migrants will return to the city. But until then, they must not be stopped from going back home. The market should be allowed to work for both industry and labour

The regimes of boundaries: They have multiplied, even as Covid nudges us towards broader discourse of access

July 10, 2020 9:15:53 am

Nations and regions have firmed up their boundaries, to prevent and regulate movement of people and goods across nationally and internationally recognised territories. This irony cannot have been more poignant anywhere than in India, a country forever in motion.

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How to resolve individual data privacy complaints

July 9, 2020 8:11:15 pm

The right to efficient redress is a critical piece of this puzzle, solving which requires a rethink of the institutional and implementation structures proposed under the Personal Data Protection Bill

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Archaic perceptions — not criteria of excellence — determine ratings of colleges

July 9, 2020 9:32:23 am

It is not to say that the so-called top colleges in India do not have the drive or the capabilities to excel independently. But for a real assessment, they would need to be freed from inherent structural rigidities and be brought at par with each other.

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A three-phase govt project uses COVID policy window for a much needed reform

July 9, 2020 9:18:32 am

India’s current gap between the digitisation of the private sector and government often reflects the 1972 Dandekar Committee recommendation that no entity install a computer without first “justifying” its use to employees and their trade unions.

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India’s trade agreement with China was one-sided to begin with

July 9, 2020 9:43:46 am

If you scrutinise the schedules, you will find non-manufacturing items in China’s miscellaneous list, but many manufactured items in India’s miscellaneous list (light engineering, plastic manufactures, cement, agricultural implements, paper). By any yardstick, the 1954 agreement was one-sided.

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Liberty and responsibility: SC rulings on internet restrictions in J&K uphold balanced constitutionalism

July 9, 2020 9:53:15 am

The supposed clarion-call of some learned academicians and members of legal fraternity of “abdication of duty by the Supreme Court” seems to have completely missed the hard facts in the Valley.

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Pandemic has been devastating for adolescents. Who is caring for children?

July 9, 2020 9:38:06 am

We must stop worrying about the learning gaps, but think about how our children will cope with anxiety, uncertainty and change. Can our children breathe, meditate, relax, experience tenderness, trust, and do they know if they have a self to find?

July 8, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Godavari water dispute settled

July 9, 2020 8:26:39 am

Beginning 1975, the five states, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa had signed seven agreements amongst themselves covering 80 per cent of Godavari’s waters.

Anxiety in China stems from the CPC’s insecurity

July 8, 2020 9:30:54 am

It is an anxiety that spreads as quickly as a virus and is probably harder to get rid of. An anxiety of Chinese characteristics that other countries around the world must be careful not to catch.

Sanctions by India alone will hardly sting China. There’s a need to think beyond trade barriers

July 8, 2020 9:27:02 am

The ongoing crisis opens a window for New Delhi to reset relations with China. New Delhi’s trade policy needs to be alive to the imperative of higher growth, which can be achieved only through more, not less, globalisation.

Reservation is being undermined by privatisation push and decline in political clout of backward castes

July 8, 2020 9:29:59 am

The judiciary has contributed to the erosion of the reservation system in different ways during the last two years.

The way in which it was executed, India’s lockdown itself became source of virus’s spread

July 8, 2020 9:42:14 am

By having people huddle together, infecting one another, and then having the same people travel hundreds of miles, the pandemic has been made much worse than it need have been.

In ‘Bulbbul’, moment of dread is not about female demon, but husband inflicting violence

July 8, 2020 9:28:11 am

The real horror, though, is that the sequence itself, shot in a painting-like style, becomes an uneasy reminder of how we end up immortalising acts of male violence, sometimes as courage, and in this case, as terror.

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No country for healthcare

July 7, 2020 8:35:47 pm

While some are optimistic that COVID-19 is an opportunity to set right the healthcare system, it is likely nothing much will change

Under aegis of lockdown, labour is being shown its place

July 7, 2020 9:17:50 am

In the meantime, we the more privileged can comfort ourselves with the soothing platitude — “more wealth must be created before being distributed”. So a five trillion GDP is our goal, not full employment

Large sections of poor are unlikely to benefit from extension of food grains scheme

July 7, 2020 9:11:51 am

Expansion and universalisation of the PDS, pensions, cash grants and employment guarantee schemes in both urban and rural areas are essential to tide through these difficult times.

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July 7, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Army in Assam

July 7, 2020 3:20:57 am

For the third day today, Assam remained cut off from the rest of the country, except the Gauhati, Imphal, Kolkata flight.

China sees Indo-Pacific idea in terms of balance of power, not for advancing common interests

July 7, 2020 9:09:13 am

China should re-consider its position and view the Indo-Pacific idea as an instrument for advancing common interests, and not make it a source of conflict or tension.

In a crisis, Opposition has a right to know and it is duty of government to provide answers

July 7, 2020 9:15:49 am

The government must give answers because it is obliged to give answers, not in respect of any military strategy, but in respect of the situation on the ground. The prime minister owes an explanation to the nation.

China’s hegemonic ambitions mean that Beijing’s focus is now on building Chinese century

July 7, 2020 9:13:17 am

In an unfortunate paradox, the phenomenal rise of China may have created the very conditions for the demise of the Asian century. That China has become far more powerful than all of its Asian neighbours has meant Beijing no longer sees the need to evoke Asian unity.

Basheer: The philosopher of goodness

July 6, 2020 9:56:49 pm

Vaikom Mohammed Basheer was more than a fiction writer — he was an original philosopher who believed the earth belonged to all life-forms 

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Route of the problem: We all hope for a return to life as usual. It’s getting there

July 6, 2020 6:46:34 pm

More and more, people are resigned to a new normal and willing to do what it takes to get back to our glorious existence of the pre-pandemic days.