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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.

Vaccines should be free and for all

April 29, 2021 8:52:50 am

The Centre’s vaccination policy is a maze of confusion that could doom India’s future prospects.

Digitalising education will also democratise it

April 29, 2021 8:54:11 am

The pandemic has created a mammoth crisis in education. Going digital is a solution that can also solve long-term problems of quality.

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How EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy can help establish stability and security in the region

April 28, 2021 7:58:49 pm

It needs to be seen in the larger context of EU’s global power aspirations and the region’s changing dynamics due to China’s revisionist challenge to the rules-based international order

April 28, 1981, Forty Years Ago: War threat

April 28, 2021 4:45:23 am

She told the MPs consultative committee on Atomic Energy and Space Research that the government’s worry was that “such arms supply is creating a situation where everybody is drifting towards war”.

Much needed and long overdue: a woman Chief Justice

April 28, 2021 9:14:24 am

Women need greater representation across the judiciary, including the Supreme Court. But the appointment of the first woman CJI must not overlook seniority and merit.

Not just the coronavirus, the government’s ineptitude has brought this tsunami on us

April 28, 2021 9:14:01 am

Oxygen, vaccination, more beds and firmer enforcement of COVID-19 protocols can help us weather this crisis.

The ruthless politics of the Centre’s vaccine strategy

April 28, 2021 9:13:09 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Our vaccine policy reflects an ad hoc social Darwinism, where the strong do what they can and the weak suffer because they must

India is no country for women. Could the pandemic help change that?

April 28, 2021 9:13:26 am

Gender-based discrimination begins before birth and is instilled in the home. But the current health crisis, with men sharing domestic chores and women carrying corpses, may be an inflection point for Indian gender norms

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#OscarsSoSerious

April 28, 2021 8:43:55 am

Academy Awards did well on diversity and inclusion. If only they had remembered to be fun

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Punishing process

April 28, 2021 8:43:14 am

As custodian of individual liberties, SC must prevent due process from becoming punishment. It must fast track cases

Could the coronavirus be the prescription our exam fever needs?

April 28, 2021 9:14:46 am

The pandemic has forced us to rethink how we live our lives. We must also allow it to dismantle our exam-centric education system that only creates hyper-competitiveness and perpetuates inequalities.

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Fighting & fiddling

April 28, 2021 8:42:23 am

To do right thing, Centre must take stock of what it did wrong. No outcome on May 2 can be alibi vis a vis national imperative

The Maoist challenge

April 27, 2021 9:15:09 pm

The battle has an ideological dimension, but there is no need to overstate it or counter it with right-wing political groups.

Covid-19 lockdown, migrant workers

Informality: The cause of labour distress

April 27, 2021 6:47:19 pm

The urban labour market is largely informal, lacks a social security net, which increases labour vulnerability and distress during lockdowns .

In Covid crisis, India’s rich must open their coffers; all citizens must step up

April 27, 2021 8:49:10 am

India’s haves must open their coffers in direct action to help the have-nots. The new vaccination policy offers an opportunity for every individual to assist those less privileged by paying for their dosages, thus relieving pressure on the state resources needed for millions more.

How fasting during Ramzan reinforces the humility and gratitude integral to Islam

April 27, 2021 10:02:05 am

Men and women, rich and poor, master and servant all experience hunger pangs, a parity of experience that can shatter arrogance

Failing the test

April 27, 2021 8:50:08 am

It took a tsunami of outrage to wake someone up in Washington. India’s vaccine diplomacy hurt domestic needs.

An open letter to Julio Ribeiro from Devendra Fadnavis

April 27, 2021 10:03:33 am

We did not expect that our genuine effort to help in a crisis will be politicised. Fake and forged videos and stories were circulated by supporters of the MVA government and political parties such as the AAP.

Game must go on

April 27, 2021 8:50:43 am

It’s misguided moral outrage to call for an end to the IPL amid the pandemic.

Song’s end

April 27, 2021 8:51:10 am

Pt Rajan Mishra created, sang and taught music that illuminated the future, was a bridge to the past.

Bringing peace to Afghanistan and Myanmar won’t be easy

April 27, 2021 10:02:35 am

While efforts are on to ensure that conflicts in both countries end, the prospects for positive change don’t look too bright

Helping states combat Covid-19 is Centre’s fundamental duty

April 27, 2021 10:01:41 am

It also makes economic sense as by centralising procurement and being the sole buyer, the central government gets the market power to obtain highly competitive rates and ensure robust quality in vaccines

Kumbh Mela

The dip and the divide that made the fight against the coronavirus purposeless

April 26, 2021 10:22:04 pm

The divisive Bengal election campaign and the Kumbh Mela saw people in large numbers ignore Covid-19 protocols. They revealed much about the nation’s misplaced priorities.

Landmark Kerala HC judgement clarifies Muslim women’s right to initiate divorce

April 26, 2021 9:06:54 pm

It states that the right to pronounce Khula, wife-initiated divorce, is absolute and no specific reasons are required to invoke it

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April 26, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Kashmir Bandh

April 26, 2021 4:30:39 am

The call for the bandh had been given to protest against the alleged harassment of some leading businessmen during this week’s raids by Enforcement wing of the Income-Tax Department in Srinagar.

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