THREE-PRONGED THREAT

For writers it has become difficult to pick which disaster to write about this week. There are so many. An embarrassment of riches, or actually whatever the opposite of it is. Let us start with health. On Friday, 22,000 Indians tested Covid positive and over...

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New ways of Railways

Its earnings seriously dented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Railways has announced a series of austerity measures. These range from a freeze on creation of new posts, rationalisation of manpower at workshops, shifting outsources work to CSR and moving ceremonial events to digital platforms to...

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Middle-class in crisis

In the aftermath of the outbreak of COVID-19 in India and the multiple lockdowns resulted in loss of jobs by millions of workers. The government injected multiple doses of stimulus to help the poor and the underprivileged tide over this crisis. Rs20 lakh crore was...

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The eco cycle

The Kerala government has brought in sharp shooters to kill a tiger in Pathanamthitta. The tiger has allegedly killed one person who tried to stop it from killing the cattle tied near the human settlement. By the time this article comes out, the young tiger...

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Address To Nation

The nation commenced Unlock 2.0 Tuesday. Word from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of the Phase Two is one of reassurance on many fronts. He has extended the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana free food programme benefiting some 80 crore people – mostly...

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Absence of Opposition

The role of the Opposition is extremely vital to create a healthy democratic system. The present situation in India, however, is building up to a point where the people in power are unwilling to accept the existence of a differing voice. Our parliamentary system has...

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SLOGANS GALORE, NO RESULTS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, in his Mann Ki Baat radio programme this Sunday, made a renewed appeal for purchasing and promoting local ‘Made In India’ items. Notably, this has been the PM’s theme ever since the start of his first term in 2014 when...

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Pseudo nationalism

Even critics of the Prime Minister and his party have been taken aback by his position on China’s intrusions. Of all the things that he has advertised himself, even the Modi haters had accepted that he was a nationalist, whether or not they agreed with...

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Urjit is back, Rajan likely

The COVID-19 pandemic has made friends of erstwhile foes! Urjit Patel, who left 18 months ago after a fractious tenure as RBI Governor, is back as chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). In 2018, he had resigned barely four days...

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Ban will hit poor

There is growing anger against China in the country. The anti-China rage gets reflected in countrywide calls to jettison Chinese goods, services and even technologies – to teach China a lesson. Videos of fully-functional TV sets and smart phones, among many other genres of flashy...

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