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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.

Recent explosion of Covid-19 cases in Delhi has impacted practically every second home

May 9, 2021 8:53:31 am

The signs of impending doom were all around, so how could our planners have failed to respond with greater urgency?

D L Seth influenced a generation of academics, activists with his ideas on democracy

May 8, 2021 9:40:01 am

His primary legacy was as mentor to scores of activists who played a key role in many struggles for justice – from grassroots efforts to counter communalism to struggles against “destructive development”

Ramping up medical oxygen production, distribution can save lives

May 8, 2021 9:39:23 am

Use of the existing government supply lines, for example, the 5,05,879 fair price shops (part of Public Distribution System), can be one solution. These are distributed through the length and breadth of the country. The use of LPG cylinder distributors can also be explored.

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May 8, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Indira Exonerated

May 8, 2021 3:50:32 am

The Opposition did not participate in the four-and-a-half hour debate, having walked out after an uproarious 100-minute discussion in protest against the Speaker’s decision to admit the motion moved by Baliram Bhagat of the Congress.

Sound of the new wave

May 8, 2021 8:03:55 am

Vanraj Bhatia took the road less travelled, gave parallel cinema movement a rare and versatile music

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Stalin’s turn

May 8, 2021 8:03:38 am

As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, he is new face of Dravidian politics, could play a role in federal pushback by states

Patently fair

May 8, 2021 8:03:13 am

Biden’s proposal for liberal IPR regime on Covid vaccines is welcome. EU must shed its intransigence

BJP’s Assam triumph has one caveat: Akhil Gogoi

May 8, 2021 9:40:34 am

Sanjib Baruah writes: Despite the electoral failure of the anti-CAA platform, Gogoi’s victory might prove to be politically consequential in coming months.

Anupam Kher is wrong. The buck stops with the government

May 8, 2021 9:42:21 am

Sanjay Jha writes: Centre, PM must be held accountable for the current Covid wave.

Our silence against forces of hate has enabled this Covid crisis

May 8, 2021 9:41:26 am

Harsh Mander writes: Current moment in pandemic points to systematic undermining of countervailing institutions, and to people’s complicity in cheering an uncaring and incompetent state.

covid vaccination

Vaccines should be accessible but not mandatory

May 7, 2021 9:17:13 pm

With so many fears and uncertainties looming, coercive measures to administer vaccines will only create further panic

Why the Supreme Court order on school fee relief misses the big picture

Why the Supreme Court order on school fee relief misses the big picture

May 7, 2021 7:49:42 pm

Its narrow interpretation of power of states in enforcing Disaster Management Act limits the latter’s ability to address the economic hardship faced by citizens during the pandemic.

How diaspora pushed US to help India’s Covid efforts

May 7, 2021 9:06:27 am

What is of immediate impact is the robust engagement of corporate, mostly big-tech, America. Google, Microsoft, Apple and others are coming forward to commit their resources.

How Mamata won woman vote

May 7, 2021 9:08:34 am

Mamata Banerjee’s status as a single woman professing total commitment to political activism, her cultivated image of a “street-fighter” yet caring leader of the people, her emotion-laden anti-elite political rhetoric have consistently garnered her electoral dividends.

Second wave is a national challenge that requires all Indians to come together

May 7, 2021 9:01:52 am

It is natural for each one of us to become emotionally upset when our friends and relatives suffer or pass away. But, then, let us not be gripped by fear and anger, be swamped by images that breed pessimism and frustration.

May 7, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Nuclear Power

May 7, 2021 4:06:10 am

On the US decision to arm Pakistan with arms, she said it was bound to increase tension in the region although it would not be fair to deny Pakistan its legitimate defence requirements.

Why the Taiwan Covid model works

May 7, 2021 8:58:17 am

Throughout this pandemic, Taiwan has demonstrated an emphasis on the right to health and associated protections and strong opposition to human rights abuses.

We need temporary reconciliation, a national action plan. PM must take lead

May 7, 2021 8:57:11 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: If our politics continues as usual over the next few months, the devastation to our lives will be immeasurable.

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Coalition politician

May 7, 2021 7:57:06 am

Ajit Singh advocated interests of his base, wielded influence, in era of intensifying competition for power and resources.

The other virus

May 7, 2021 7:55:58 am

With communal dog-whistle, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya makes virus’s job easier. This is last thing Bengaluru needs as it battles Covid

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Quota, unquota

May 7, 2021 7:54:57 am

SC strikes down Maratha reservation, challenges political leadership to re-frame backwardness question — and answer

What the dismal number of women elected this time tells us

What the dismal number of women elected this time tells us

May 6, 2021 8:01:57 pm

Despite these numbers, or rather because of them, the victory of each of these 70 women in the recent state assembly polls is remarkable, whether they make exceptional leaders or not

A collective resistance to Covid in India in the face of administrative failure

A collective resistance to Covid in India in the face of administrative failure

May 6, 2021 6:36:19 pm

Voluntary workers, civil servants, young professionals, working-class, typify India’s resilience against the virus

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May 6, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Lok Sabha Walk-outs

May 6, 2021 3:50:20 am

However, unlike in the morning, this time only four or five members, including George Fernandes and Maniram Bagri, walked out.

At the state’s mercy: ringing the Covid alarm in Delhi’s prisons

May 6, 2021 8:50:35 am

Overcrowded jails need the authorities’ urgent attention to check mass infections