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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.

Sarma’s task

May 11, 2021 7:33:14 am

New Assam chief minister needs to carry everyone along, as state fights new scourge, while healing old divides.

A bat of bamboo

May 11, 2021 7:33:37 am

Results of a new study point to a possible tweak in the old game. The batsmen are smiling.

Tejaswi Surya’s urbane veneer can’t hide his vitriolic politics

May 11, 2021 8:39:49 am

He has become the battle-axe for Hindu Dharma that he promised to be.

What does US departure from Afghanistan mean for South Asia?

May 11, 2021 8:39:14 am

India and Pakistan must come to terms with the changing dynamics in greater Middle East.

Dear BJP members, why aren’t you asking the Centre difficult questions?

May 11, 2021 8:39:37 am

Are you more interested in safeguarding your leader’s image than saving lives?

How TMC is betraying Bengal

May 11, 2021 8:38:53 am

The people of West Bengal have given a clear mandate to the party to govern and not unleash terror across the state,

How the National Task Force on oxygen supply must guide Covid response

May 11, 2021 8:38:34 am

A long-term and effective pandemic response needs broader additional expertise than medical care. The NTF will have the responsibility to ensure that India does not end up with a medicalised response to a public health challenge.

Please don’t deny

May 11, 2021 7:34:35 am

Covid surge is going rural. Governments should ensure truth isn’t a Covid casualty, howsoever terrible it makes them look.

How historical caste privilege became modern-day 'merit'

How historical caste privilege became modern-day ‘merit’

May 10, 2021 9:46:29 pm

In a nation where access to education remains a fundamental issue and where an individual’s success largely depends on access to resources, shaped by socio-economic and caste advantages, ‘merit’ is just another form of discrimination.

The rise of the female voting bloc

The rise of the female voting bloc

May 10, 2021 8:02:15 pm

More women are voting than before, and this rise in political agency could mean that their rights and issues are no longer an afterthought for policymakers.

rajasthan woman jumps into pyre

Amid the tragedies of the pandemic, the songs and stories that provide succour

May 11, 2021 3:23:57 pm

We need cinema for the times that we are living in, cinema that captures our tragedy, our anger, our agony.

Return of the West

May 10, 2021 7:54:53 am

It is rebuilding its unity and strength. India has work to do if it is to seize the possibilities of the emerging global order.

May 10, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Integration Agency

May 10, 2021 3:00:57 am

This is the front page of The Indian Express published on May 10, 1980.

Her due opportunity

May 10, 2021 7:54:12 am

Woman voter is making herself heard. But political parties must do more to fix gender deficit in political representation.

We can defeat the virus. All of us must put shoulders to the wheel

May 10, 2021 8:57:50 am

The national leadership needs to set up a war room comprising top medical experts and corporate leaders to ramp up supplies of oxygen and necessary drugs and mobilise logistics to deliver these to last mile.

Why the BJP lost Bengal

May 10, 2021 8:57:06 am

Every time Modi addressed his rival as “Didi-o-didi”, it alienated voters, especially women.

Heed the Covid SOS from children

May 10, 2021 8:56:25 am

We need to offer spaces to our children, to vent, to throw tantrums, show pain, anger and angst. Our empathy, patience and compassion will help them to cope and contend with the prevailing uncertainty and dislocation.

Nothing is further from the truth than the claim that Centre dropped ball on Covid preparedness

May 10, 2021 8:56:55 am

If states had taken the Centre’s early warnings and feedback more seriously, the current surge would not have been as fierce.

The UP model, or how not to face a pandemic

May 10, 2021 8:06:09 pm

Nowhere else in the world has anti-terrorist legislation been invoked to threaten citizens voicing their needs during a pandemic, adding fear to their despair.

Unfair to the Election Commission

May 9, 2021 10:52:42 pm

Madras High Court’s remarks about EC being responsible for current Covid wave do damage to the institution, do not reflect facts on the ground

Not funny, Mr Kher!

May 9, 2021 11:47:00 am

Anupam Kher’s defence of the Centre’s Covid-19 management is a regurgitation of official proclamations.

Is PM Modi privately tormented by the disease and death that has spread across India on his watch?

May 9, 2021 11:17:20 pm

PM Modi has always boasted of his image as a strong and decisive leader. This is the time for him to prove that he is.

‘I can’t breathe’… my oxygen journey

May 9, 2021 8:53:47 am

“I can’t breathe”, the last words of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, are echoing in many hospitals in India today.

When my baby got sick with Covid-19

May 9, 2021 8:47:41 am

Fortunately, babies are a lot more resilient than what we give them credit for. And that’s what we really need to remember, especially when Covid-19 comes floating in.

Modi vs Didi and other battles

May 9, 2021 8:52:46 am

Ms Banerjee’s defining image was her wheelchair-bound campaign. The wheelchair triumphed over the cheap cat-call. No less absorbing was the battle for Kerala where the UDF lost to the LDF.