Taking climate risk seriously

Hauke Engel and Mekala Krishnan COVID-19 has shown how a long-recognised but underappreciated global risk can suddenly materialise and wreak social and economic devastation in a matter of weeks. The implication is clear: While the world is focused on battling the pandemic, firms and governments...

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FOR CONTROL OF NARRATIVE

Dhanada K Mishra In a very well known social science experiment, a sample of randomly selected people is asked whether they understand how a bicycle worked. As would be expected, an overwhelming majority would say they do! Yet on asking to draw a rough sketch...

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Building forward with digital agriculture

Michael Kremer and Gilbert F. Houngbo The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping societies around the world, in part by accelerating the digital revolution that was already underway at the year’s beginning. Corporations have instituted mass teleworking. International gatherings now take place online, students learn remotely, and...

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DEMOCRACY, DICTATORSHIP

Bharat Jhunjhunwala The Western countries are haranguing China for espousing dictatorship rather than democracy. Might it be, though, that China’s path may be true and that of the West false? The espousal of democracy by the West appears to be predicated on exploitation of others....

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Why Indian education can’t go online

Rajashree Mohapatra As an immediate measure to stem the spread of COVID-19, most educational institutions have been shut since the end of March. It is still difficult to predict when schools, colleges and universities will reopen. There are a few options other than to shift...

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Hitting where it hurts

Major Priyadarshi Chowdhury China known historically as the middle kingdom is an ancient land like India. A cradle of civilization that gave the world the wisdom of Confucius and Lao Tzu, China historically was a peace-loving, inward-looking country ruled by dynasties with thriving trade relations...

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TOLL OF A TUMOUR

Ashutosh Das Sharma He was a man in his forties. When he noticed that the ulcer in his mouth won’t heal, even after several weeks of existence, he knew it wasn’t ‘just another ulcer’. Visit to oncology clinics, numerous tests, biopsy, expensive scans, and equal...

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DEFICIT IN OPTIMISM

T Jacob John and Jagdish Rattanani Compiling data and communicating it in a transparent manner to the public are an important part of the government’s response to a pandemic, apart from refining the tactics as the disease evolves and spreads. This however is an area...

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Bollywood – and idea of guarded kingdom

Santosh K Patra Earlier this month, popular actor without any B-Town blood Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his apartment. He was 34; an excellent student, an astrophysics enthusiast, a philosopher at core, a dance freak, social service-minded and philanthropist. He was just out...

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STORM IN THE WAITING

Saeed Naqvi Globalisation may not have been part of the discourse 45 years ago when Indira Gandhi shelved Civil Liberties after declaring the Emergency, but it is not possible to sketch that bleak episode on a wide enough canvas without touching such disparate points on...

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