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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 link between great power and great suffering — from Mao’s China to Modi’s India

May 6, 2021 8:50:14 am

Mao was unmoved by the mass suffering caused by The Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution because, for him, it was superseded by national glory. Something similar is playing out in India

Curtain call

May 6, 2021 7:51:21 am

These are tough times. Beyond the blame games, there are lessons to be learnt from this half-finished IPL.

The real culprit in Covid vaccine shortage crisis? Lack of planning

May 6, 2021 8:51:14 am

There should be micro-planning at the local level and a website for every district to dispense complete information on beds, oxygen, medicines and ventilators with a click.

The harsh truth behind India’s grand Covid vaccination claim

May 6, 2021 8:50:48 am

The immunisation mission is marked by four features of failure: poor coverage, mismatch between targets and availability, geographical disparities in coverage, and bleak prospects for the future.

Lend a hand

May 6, 2021 7:51:08 am

RBI measures to ease flows to health sector, small businesses are welcome. Greater government support is needed.

The Napoleon barometer

May 6, 2021 7:50:55 am

Macron has made classic centrist move. By trying to woo right through symbolic gestures, he may end up fooling no one.

Us vs them: the battle for state culture in recent assembly polls

May 6, 2021 8:50:58 am

The competition was between an ‘outsider’ who is threatening that which is valuable in the state, and an ‘insider’ who is going to protect it. This is how it worked in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala.

Soli Sorabjee

Soli Sorabjee raised the bar – as a lawyer and as a human being

May 5, 2021 8:12:24 pm

Destiny kindly added years to his life, he wisely added life to his years.

Centre must use compulsory licencing to make vaccines available to every citizen

May 5, 2021 6:43:50 pm

In a national emergency, any company can make an application to the Controller General of Patents to secure a compulsory licence and use patented technology to manufacture vaccines or drugs, thus ensuring cheap, adequate supply

A losing hand

May 5, 2021 8:23:13 am

Adhir Chowdhury has spoken of Congress debacle in Bengal. Party high command needs to listen in.


May 5, 2021 8:23:02 am

Joe Biden’s address to US Congress marks a significant departure from Reaganite celebrations of private sector.

May 5, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Bihar violence

May 5, 2021 3:44:00 am

At least 45 persons have lost their lives and over 70 have been injured in the curfew-bound Biharsharif town in the last five days of communal riots, according to official sources.

What explains the high numbers of COVID cases in Delhi?

May 5, 2021 8:39:56 am

The surge in cases and deaths might be a result of patient migration from surrounding districts. A revamp of rural healthcare system is urgent.

Soli Sorabjee’s heart beat for people’s rights

May 5, 2021 8:40:29 am

One of the outstanding Bombay lawyers, Sorabjee fought for this cause his whole life.

EC diminished

May 5, 2021 8:22:28 am

Poll panel dents itself by asking for gag on media. It should withdraw its plea to recover some of its moral high ground.

Free shots for all: This must be India’s vaccination strategy

May 5, 2021 8:40:39 am

It is bad enough that we depend on just two suppliers. What is baffling is that the government has now allowed them to set their own prices.

In healthcare, Gujarat is in BIMARU league

May 5, 2021 8:40:53 am

With less than Rs 5 allocated for daily healthcare expenditure per person in its budget, Gujarat fares badly on numerous health indices.

Remembering my friend Zafar, who lost his COVID fight

May 5, 2021 8:41:02 am

It was a childhood friendship, full of song and adventure


Why are the numbers for the new MSME registration system so low?

May 4, 2021 9:07:51 pm

A now-scrapped requirement for GSTIN, lack of awareness and grim economic realities post pandemic could be factors. The gap must be bridged if MSMEs are to avail subsidies and other credit facilities

West Bengal polls

Post-poll violence in Bengal must stop

May 4, 2021 6:21:53 pm

This is a litmus test for principled politicians of all hues. Politics exists because democracy and free choice exist.

Captain Vijayan

May 4, 2021 9:29:04 am

In second term, he must build on promise of first, in times of pandemic and economic distress.

Smaller, smarter

May 4, 2021 8:43:44 am

A new study questions the assumption that bigger brains is a sign of intelligence.

May 4, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Trade at standstill

May 4, 2021 3:37:42 am

The trading community registered a country-wide protest against the Bill to amend the Essential Commodities Act, expressing fears that it would reduce wholesale and retail traders to “third grade” citizens.

An ordinary Indian’s day during the pandemic

May 4, 2021 9:10:33 am

Left to fend for themselves, people search for help and solace in each other.

Battle-scarred and prescient, Mamata Banerjee played to win

May 4, 2021 9:10:08 am

Mamata Banerjee recognised that in the land of the Mother Goddess, BJP’s fabled 56-inch male energy is irrational.