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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.

The recent Chhattisgarh ambush has triggered a fresh round of finger-pointing

April 21, 2021 8:30:07 am

Not just the politics, the geography and demography of the Naxal-affected areas, make it an even more complex challenge of internal security.

Forty Years Ago, April 21, 1981: Reagan’s plan

April 21, 2021 3:00:17 am

The Reagan administration is preparing a strategy that would build up and modernise America’s strategic and tactical nuclear weaponry.


NHRC’s errors of omission

April 20, 2021 9:54:58 pm

The human rights body appears to be misinterpreting law to dismiss appeals on technical grounds

Supreme Court

Revise judges’ appointment process to build judicial capacity

April 20, 2021 9:41:07 pm

None of the public deliberations on the issues plaguing the judiciary acknowledges that the institution refuses to change the way it functions and takes comfort in institutionalised opacity

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The JMM example

April 20, 2021 9:15:30 am

By disclosing source of funds received through electoral bonds, the party has set a welcome precedent. Others must follow suit.

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Save as PDF

April 20, 2021 9:17:06 am

Charles Geschke helped create the document format that has become one of the backbones of the digital revolution

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Disease politics

April 20, 2021 9:14:22 am

My crowd versus your crowd, BJP versus Congress — parties should fight the virus, not each other

Reforms must extend to making available the best technologies to farmers

April 20, 2021 9:10:29 am

The potential of genetic engineering is immense, with gene editing opening up the possibility of cures to hereditary diseases.

False sense of safety has led to Covid surge. Citizens, govt must go back to heeding science

April 20, 2021 9:10:06 am

We must, therefore, protect ourselves from infection with masks, physical distancing and frequently washing our hands with soap or using hand sanitiser even after getting the full dose of the vaccine.

There is an urgent need for safeguards against unfair discontinuation of social benefits

April 20, 2021 9:10:51 am

Temporary denial of food rations is one thing, cancellation of ration cards is far more serious. How many cards have been cancelled for lack of Aadhaar linkage? No one really knows.

If inflation remains strong, RBI will have to choose — debt or inflation management

April 20, 2021 9:11:09 am

If the RBI is too slow to tighten policy and rein in the liquidity it has created, the country could end up facing the kind of inflation crisis that was witnessed in the post-2008 period.

Even after the withdrawal of US forces, Afghanistan will continue to shape regional strategic matrix

April 20, 2021 9:10:39 am

Discarding old hesitations and building new geopolitical coalitions will be critical for a successful Indian engagement with the Afghan microcosm.

Forty Years Ago, April 20, 1981: PM’s warning

April 20, 2021 3:00:39 am

The legislature and judiciary should always be conscious of their role as agents of social change.

How Covid field hospitals can take weight off India’s overwhelmed healthcare system

How Covid field hospitals can take weight off India’s overwhelmed healthcare system

April 19, 2021 11:05:59 pm

Many governments in the Middle East have successfully used such hospitals, ensuring that regular medical care is not disrupted during the pandemic.

The myth of Muslim appeasement in West Bengal

The myth of Muslim appeasement in West Bengal

April 20, 2021 9:18:58 am

Data reveals under-representation of Muslims in the professional sphere and public life.

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April 19,1980, Forty Years Ago: Indo-US Talks Fail

April 19, 2021 4:40:22 am

The US Assistant Secretary of State Designate James Malone told the Indian team that the US will not be able to continue the fuel supply relationship but insisted that even after India was denied its due under the bilateral treaty.

Why the US Treasury’s call for a global minimum tax is unfair to developing economies

April 19, 2021 9:02:29 am

The call for a minimum tax may be seen as US correcting for the slippages in its own tax laws and as a means to finance the $2 trillion spending programme.

The second wave questions that need urgent answers

April 19, 2021 9:02:21 am

Is the government postponing the use of the Rs 35,000-crore allocated for vaccine development in the current Budget? Has it been shy in using its good offices with the US to intercede on behalf of the country’s vaccine manufacturing companies?

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Direct benefits

April 19, 2021 9:18:43 am

Move to credit MSPs to farmers’ account is welcome. In long run minimum support should be replaced by per acre transfers

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Waiting to Exhale

April 19, 2021 7:54:03 am

The growing sense of alarm needs an assuring voice of leadership and a well-judged response rooted in science

Left’s engagement with minority and identity politics is a strategic shift in Bengal

April 19, 2021 8:59:43 am

Winning Bengal will hand a big reason to the BJP for overlooking multiple policy challenges: Social divisions, political unrest and economic hardships in the country.” says Rajarshi Dasgupta

University cannot surrender its role as a site of dissent and questioning

April 19, 2021 9:02:46 am

The depoliticised classroom is an oxymoron, more so as “critical thinking” increasingly becomes the accepted imprimatur of academic credentials.

Agriculture policy should target India’s actual farming population

April 19, 2021 12:17:25 pm

Most government welfare schemes are aimed at poverty alleviation and uplifting those at the bottom of the pyramid. But there’s no policy for those in the “middle” and in danger of slipping to the bottom.

COVID-19 disrupted food security for millions; will likely reverse progress on ending hunger by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Why community matters in tackling malnutrition

April 18, 2021 8:26:41 pm

Maharashtra’s experience has lessons for the country, especially during the pandemic.

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Celebration and safety need to go together

April 18, 2021 5:24:42 pm

During the month of Ramazan, we must take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID.