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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Not the age of reason

No party can escape blame. Some tried hard despite obstacles, some faltered, and some buried the facts and relied on bluff and bluster. The victims are the people.

Denial is bad policy

Too many are dying and families who are too poor to buy wood for cremating the dead simply push them into the Ganga. Last week, bodies started piling up along its banks

An agonising end in the river

There is the surreal reality of calmly sitting in front of my TV and watching the terrified reactions of people spooked by the drifting dead, human beings who were summarily discarded, like flotsam and jetsam.

India’s approach to vaccination is excluding the digitally-deprived

In the absence of the internet and without knowledge of how CoWin functions, the majority of India’s rural population is being left out of Covid inoculation effort

Judiciary must uphold rights of citizens without sacrificing sobriety

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court in the Election Commission of India case is an example of such judicial statesmanship.


April 23, 2021 2:56:16 pm

That’s the Covid death count yesterday. Behind each number is the story of a loved one — and a cautionary tale

A political humanist

April 23, 2021 8:20:56 am

Shankha Ghosh was a quintessential representative of the modernist school that succeeded Tagore in Bengali poetry

Time to breathe

April 23, 2021 8:20:03 am

Conviction in the George Floyd case is a victory for pushback and due process. There are lessons closer home

How China contained virus: There are lessons for India in its centralised planning, local action

April 23, 2021 8:45:45 am

The central leadership led by President Xi was quick in acknowledging this effort of the “first line of defence”. It made provisions for the benefit of the workers like subsidies, provision of health equipment, insurance, publicity, and other institutional support.

The attempt to equate a belligerent state with a desperate citizenry is unacceptable

April 23, 2021 8:42:56 am

This temptation to put two unequal players on the same plane must be resisted. The belligerent and the desperate cannot be compared.

Are we listening to the lessons taught in the first year of Covid-19?

April 23, 2021 8:40:31 am

The pandemic revealed the precarious state of India’s informal sector. Localised production, trade and markets offer a better alternative to existing paradigm of development.

Empower RWAs to fight covid-19

Empower RWAs in fight against COVID

April 22, 2021 6:43:27 pm

Social capital, community spirit could ease burden on medical care facilities, provide succour in these trying times

Foresight, not just experience, can steady us during disruptions like a pandemic

April 22, 2021 8:51:12 am

Deploying foresight helps us to make intentional choices with a larger awareness than if we were just projecting our experience into the future in a linear fashion

Those calling publicly for violence against Muslims and Christians are no friends of nation, govt

April 22, 2021 8:50:41 am

PM Modi must in clear language tell the Indian people and the world that his government will protect tolerance, decency and equal human rights.

There is limited evidence to suggest that electoral rallies resulted in spread of the pandemic

April 22, 2021 8:50:33 am

Till then, armchair experts should introspect and appreciate India’s ability to conduct elections, with high voter participation, and do so in a pandemic.

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Need to address

April 22, 2021 8:00:30 am

PM Modi’s assurance on lockdown is welcome but curve has to bend. Oxygen to vaccines, critical gaps in policy need to be plugged

Global community, especially developed countries, must commit to climate action

April 22, 2021 8:50:26 am

In the months ahead, beginning with the upcoming Leaders Summit hosted by the United States, governments must dramatically step up their ambitions.

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Ma vs Mao

April 22, 2021 8:01:08 am

A former Chinese premier wrote an essay titled ‘My Mother’. Behind the Great Firewall, even this is too subversive

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Collaborative exercise

April 22, 2021 8:01:21 am

The judiciary and executive should work together to address the shortage of judges and mounting backlog of cases

Vaccination of migrant workers must be prioritised

April 22, 2021 8:50:18 am

It is painful to see that migrants are still not being prioritised for vaccination drives even when specialised drives for various age groups have started.

Forty Years Ago, April 22, 1981: US-Pak Deal

April 22, 2021 2:13:06 am

The United States has offered and Pakistan has accepted a five-year programme of military sales credits, economic aid, durable relationship and support for the independence of Pakistan.

Japan-US summit

Why Japan-US summit holds promise for India

April 21, 2021 10:32:04 pm

The summit outcomes will help the transition of Quad from a security dialogue to multifaceted cooperation. India will do well to join this initiative either through triangular efforts with Japan and the US or as part of the Quad

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How to end Maoist violence

April 21, 2021 8:58:00 pm

Maoists would like the state to respond from a security rather than developmental perspective, as they know that only in poverty can they sustain a captive support base.

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Jab and push

April 21, 2021 8:37:00 am

Centre’s new vaccine roadmap will help in the much-needed ramp-up; it also raises some critical questions

Sumitra Bhave’s persistence, generosity was an inspiration for independent cinema

April 21, 2021 8:31:11 am

Sumitra Bhave collaborated with generations of filmmakers and actors, who were enriched after working with her.

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With due respect

April 21, 2021 8:39:12 am

Allahabad HC’s anguish is understandable. But deciding on a UP lockdown is the government’s job, not for the bench to order

Foul play

April 21, 2021 8:42:36 am

The European Super League will diminish the soul of football, destroy the romance of the game

Covid is an opportunity to make structural changes to our largest health insurance and pension schemes

April 21, 2021 8:31:28 am

Touted as “employee welfare” schemes since the 1950s, both have failed their clients since birthing and in COVID.

Delhi court granting bail to infant’s mother is a welcome change during the pandemic

April 21, 2021 8:30:18 am

This pandemic has taught us that by refusing to even give interim bail to women undertrials, including mothers and pregnant women or the elderly and the seriously ill, and victims of prison rape, the criminal legal system is attached to a spectacular form of cruelty.

Public policies must provide enabling environment, level-playing field

April 21, 2021 8:28:09 am

Public policy on e-commerce needs to place an equal premium on the views and interests of all the stakeholders in the ecosystem to strengthen our domestic businesses and create many more jobs and livelihood opportunities in the country to fulfil the dreams of Atmanirbhar Bharat.