COVER STORY

21-05-2021

Secular backlash (May 21, 2021)

Briefing

Media

The government tries to erect a facade of media freedom in response to India's low ranking in Press Freedom Index

A committee set up by the government to improve India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index covers the blemishes and disregards the dissent note from the renowned journalist P. Sainath in its report.
Interview: Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India

Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India: ‘I don’t see India walking the talk’

Interview with Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India, on his newly published Hostility: A Diplomat’s Diary on Pakistan-India Relations.
ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: PUDUCHERRY

BJP flexing muscle without a base

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
The BJP comes to power in Puducherry riding on the back of the N.R. Congress, but there is trouble brewing in the alliance as the tussle for chief ministership begins.
Assembly Elections: Kerala

Red-letter day in Kerala

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
In a historic verdict, Kerala returns the Left Democratic Front to power for the positive impact its government made on people’s lives, efficient governance, development activities and visionary policies. Despite its tall claims, the BJP lost even the single seat it had in the Assembly and the Congress-led United Democratic Front finds itself weak and clueless.
Assembly elections: Tamil Nadu

Sunrise in Dravidian land: DMK storms back to power in Tamil Nadu

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
The DMK storms back to power in Tamil Nadu after a gap of 10 years by registering a comfortable victory, while the AIADMK succeeds in preventing a whitewash in a waveless election that reinforces the hegemony of Dravidian parties in the State.
COVID-19 Update

Opaqueness in India’s National Task Force for COVID-19 shows the government did not prepare for the second wave of the pandemic

R. Ramachandran Public Health
The fact that India does not know the names of the 21 members of its National Task Force for COVID-19 is emblematic of the colossal failure of both the task force—whose only job seems to be to endorse the decisions of its political masters—and the government to prepare for or take steps to mitigate the inevitable second wave of the pandemic. Should such a task force not be taken to task for its laxity and negligence?
Economic Perspectives

Sharp economic divergence in global impact of pandemic

C.P. Chandrasekhar C.P. Chandrasekhar
The annual Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank note the sharp divergence in the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic globally and also point to the lack of ambition needed to bridge the performance gap which has crippled low- and middle-income countries and devastated vulnerable populations.
Assembly Elections: West Bengal

Bengal returns Mamata to power

The Trinamool Congress beats anti-incumbency to win its third consecutive Assembly election as the people of West Bengal vote to keep out the Bharatiya Janata Party.
ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: PUDUCHERRY

BJP flexing muscle without a base

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
The BJP comes to power in Puducherry riding on the back of the N.R. Congress, but there is trouble brewing in the alliance as the tussle for chief ministership begins.
COVID-19 Second Wave

Pandemic second wave deepens into unprecedented crisis

The government has few constructive leads to offer as the second wave of the pandemic develops into a crisis of an unprecedented scale.
COVID-19 Second Wave

The fiasco that is India’s COVID-19 vaccine policy

V. Sridhar Covid-19
The Modi government’s decision to deregulate vaccine procurement and deliveries, just as the vaccine rollout runs into a supply constraint, threatens to leave millions of people uncovered. In the process, it compromises the nation’s defence against the virus.
COVID-19 Second Wave

Second wave overwhelms Delhi’s health care facilities and crematoriums

Anando Bhakto Covid-19
Even as health care facilities are overwhelmed by the massive surge in infections and crematoriums are fast running out of space and firewood, the State government and the Centre are indulging in a blame game.
COVER STORY

Secular surge stuns Sangh Parivar

The massive victory of the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu and the LDF in Kerala, overturns the BJP’s grand plans of establishing Hindutva political hegemony across all regions and reinforces India’s political diversity and federal character.