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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.

Soli Sorabjee’s fierce and independent voice will resonate in public life

May 4, 2021 9:11:11 am

Whether he appeared for a private client as a junior lawyer or represented the Centre in the SC as the attorney general, he was never his clients’ mouthpiece.

DMK won TN polls, but only just. It must be smart about coalition partners

May 4, 2021 9:11:02 am

A coalition government along with Congress, VCK and the communist parties would be a watershed moment for the state’s politics.

Mamata’s first task

May 4, 2021 8:43:23 am

She should crack down on violence targeting rivals. Keeping peace secures her win, is key to fighting pandemic.

Could Modi-Johnson meet improve unsteady Indo-Brit ties?

May 4, 2021 10:19:32 pm

The two nations have a deep historical connection. But both have found it hard to move on from entrenched prejudices of the past.

Covid has raised urgent questions about Centre-state relationship

May 3, 2021 11:25:25 pm

The democratic capability of the Indian state will be tested with each new wave of the pandemic. Collaborative federalism that chooses to ignore asymmetries in power will only strengthen the democratic choices for better governance.

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India’s road to clean energy goes via natural gas

May 3, 2021 7:17:56 pm

Rather than focus only on the endgame of decarbonisation, India must first ‘green’ its fossil fuel energy basket by increasing the share of natural gas

How the Left took Kerala with a convincing narrative and master narrator

May 3, 2021 8:55:55 am

What weighed with people was not scams, corruption, Sabarimala or investigations by central agencies. Instead, they saw in Pinarayi Vijayan a crisis manager who measures up to any event, whether a flood or a pandemic.

How Congress’ jibes are damaging Covid vaccination mission

May 3, 2021 8:55:42 am

Ten years of UPA rule saw India’s vaccine security severely undermined. Now, in Opposition, the party’s attacks on vaccine manufacturers are baseless.

What has really tripped up India’s Covid efforts?

May 3, 2021 8:55:33 am

An outdated administrative system and a knowledge elite who have soaked up prestige but not delivered the facts are the biggest hurdle between us and a material society with a modern accountable state.

May 3, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Biharsharif

May 3, 2021 3:59:18 am

An official spokesperson said the government was making arrangements to prevent further escalation of trouble in the area. Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra held a high-level meeting with senior officials and reviewed the situation.

Congrats all, now please get to work

May 3, 2021 8:33:23 am

West Bengal has resoundingly rejected polarising alternative offered by BJP; strong regional leaders will shape pushback to Centre. But for now, task is to fight virus, save lives.

TMC win can give new life to anti-BJP politics, but Opposition needs greater clarity about intent

May 3, 2021 8:54:43 am

In the absence of clarity on why they oppose the BJP, the non-BJP parties will be doing a great disservice to the democratic character of our politics even if they choose to come together to form a non-BJP front

How BJP retained Assam

May 3, 2021 8:55:15 am

The BJP owes its victory to multiple strategies — manufacturing social perceptions, implementing competitive populist schemes and bringing almost all mainstream tribal ethnic outfits into its fold.

World must tell India’s government to stop religious gatherings during COVID

May 2, 2021 9:17:05 pm

Even as the authorities pay lip service to COVID-19 concerns and claim to “restrict” the scale of the events, the gatherings continue to fuel the crisis.

India’s road to clean energy goes via natural gas

May 2, 2021 8:06:16 pm

Rather than focus only on the endgame of decarbonisation, India must first ‘green’ its fossil fuel energy basket by increasing the share of natural gas

From crisis to catastrophe

May 2, 2021 8:43:59 am

Thanks to the incompetence of the Central government, the boast of “India is the pharmacy of the world” has vanished and, instead, we are pleading for supplies from other countries and other manufacturers who have limited quantities of vaccines to supply to India.

The wretchedest April of all

May 2, 2021 8:48:42 am

We are not heroes. We are desperate. We have been abandoned. We awake to messages of cries for help, and we sleep to news of bereavements.

If PM Modi wants redemption, he needs first to admit that mistakes were made

May 2, 2021 8:48:08 am

The Prime Minister must accept that it is useless trying to manage perceptions when he needs to manage horrendous realities.

In this hour of Covid crisis, let science talk

May 2, 2021 8:48:32 am

We are resilient and strong, and will overcome this wave with grit and focus. Covid-appropriate behaviour, restrictions, and vaccination in Covid-dense geographies is the way forward.

When life imitates art: US, China & a geo-political war

May 5, 2021 2:14:42 pm

The book is about how China and America go to war in 2034, beginning with a naval battle near Taiwan and with China acting in a tacit alliance with Iran and Russia.

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May 1, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Black Money Bonds

May 1, 2021 4:50:56 am

After the close of the sale of the special bearer bonds, the Finance Ministry officials could not say till late at night how much black money had been delivered to the banks in exchange for the bonds.

Soli Sorabjee: defender of free speech

May 1, 2021 9:02:58 am

Indira Jaising writes: We have lost him at a time when our civil and political rights are endangered. His contribution would have mattered to the country

As the pandemic’s second wave rages, migrants trudge home again

May 1, 2021 9:06:08 am

A whole year of uncertainty and deprivation, of constantly adapting to shocks and new realities, has left India’s informal workforce in an economically and emotionally brittle condition

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Listening & learning

May 1, 2021 8:08:10 am

A judge wants to understand LGBTQI+ matters and ‘evolve’. Other authority figures must follow his example


May 1, 2021 8:07:23 am

A silent pandemic of anxiety and mental ailments is here. Government and society must mount a response