COVER STORY

02-07-2021

COVID in the time of neoliberal capitalism (July 2, 2021)

Briefing

Mehul Choksi case

The law and an outlaw: the hunt for Mehul Choksi

Anupama Katakam The Nation
The Mehul Choksi extradition saga takes a new turn, involving a honey trap, violence and a dramatic escape, but legal hurdles and confusion over citizenship stymie the E.D.’s attempts to bring the fugitive to justice.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Perils of vacuous claims

The Central government’s claim of having controlled the second wave in the shortest possible time is hollow. Studies indicate the challenges to come: a possible third wave, infections among children, deaths from fungal infections, and the emergence of mutating and highly transmissible virus variants.
COVID-19

India's vaccination policy: A U-turn and a spin

Intense pressure from the opposition and the Supreme Court’s reprimand force the Prime Minister to announce free vaccination for all in the 18-44 age group, but the Sangh Parivar propaganda machine is busy lionising Modi for the revised policy.
Agriculture

MoU between the Union Ministry of Agriculture, Microsoft India and CropData Technology Pvt. Ltd for a pilot project to develop a farmer interface may lead to these private companies gaining access to farmers’ personal data

Divya Trivedi Agriculture
The Union government is preparing a national database comprising a wide range of data on farmers. But the project has raised serious questions because farmers and farmers’ organisations have not been consulted and private players, including multinational companies such as Microsoft, are likely to be given access to the data.
Politics

The BJP’s leadership tussle centring around Uttar Pradesh intensified ahead of the 2022 Assembly election

The not-so-secret conflict between Narendra Modi and Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh intensifes ahead of the State Assembly election in 2022.
COVID-19

Dismantling regulatory mechanisms governing vaccines

V. Sridhar Covid-19
Having blundered on the COVID-19 vaccine front, the Narendra Modi government now appears to be pandering to the demands of the vaccine multinationals.
Tribute: Mythily Sivaraman

Mythily Sivaraman: Quintessential Marxist

Mythily Sivaraman (1939-2021), a veteran Marxist leader who played a pioneering role in raising public awareness on women’s rights and class issues and fought for them without compromise, leaves behind a remarkable history of social activism that will serve as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.
Free bus travel for women

Tamil Nadu launches free bus travel for women’s empowerment

Tamil Nadu’s scheme facilitating free bus travel for women is laudable as it will boost their work participation rate, but the government must evaluate the actual demand and provide transport undertakings with adequate subsidy as compensation.
COVID-19

Children as victims of the pandemic

Divya Trivedi Covid-19
The discriminatory impact of the pandemic is resulting in poverty, rising malnutrition rates and mental trauma among children. Many of them have lost both or one parent in the second wave and there is no clear timeline yet for their vaccination.
Mehul Choksi case

The law and an outlaw: the hunt for Mehul Choksi

Anupama Katakam The Nation
The Mehul Choksi extradition saga takes a new turn, involving a honey trap, violence and a dramatic escape, but legal hurdles and confusion over citizenship stymie the E.D.’s attempts to bring the fugitive to justice.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Perils of vacuous claims

The Central government’s claim of having controlled the second wave in the shortest possible time is hollow. Studies indicate the challenges to come: a possible third wave, infections among children, deaths from fungal infections, and the emergence of mutating and highly transmissible virus variants.
COVID-19

India's vaccination policy: A U-turn and a spin

Intense pressure from the opposition and the Supreme Court’s reprimand force the Prime Minister to announce free vaccination for all in the 18-44 age group, but the Sangh Parivar propaganda machine is busy lionising Modi for the revised policy.
COVID-19 Update: Tamil Nadu

COVID-19: Chennai’s success story

The city Corporation’s new strategy of expanding emergency care infrastructure, conducting door-to-door surveys and follow-ups and encouraging public participation proves to be highly effective in containing the infection rate, but the authorities, being aware of a long battle ahead, are not complacent.
TRIBUTE

Buddhadeb Dasgupta: Master of surreal art

With Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s (1944-2021) death, Indian cinema has lost one of its most original, iconoclastic figures who helped put it back on the world stage after Satyajit Ray’s death.
Economic Perspectives

Communique released after G7 Finance Ministers’ summit does not have much to offer beyond commitments already agreed upon

C.P. Chandrasekhar C.P. Chandrasekhar
The global minimum tax proposal that the G7 Finance Ministers’ summit agreed upon falls disappointingly short of what is needed and possible. And the other commitments appear to be reiterations of what has been said before, with no evidence of moves towards effective and concrete action.
ISRAEL

End of the Netanyahu era

John Cherian World Affairs
Disparate parties come together to form the new anti-Likud coalition government denying Benjamin Netanyahu yet another stint in office. In the power-sharing deal, Naftali Bennet will be Prime Minister for two years and will be succeeded by Yair Lapid, leader of the secular centrist Yesh Atid party, for the rest of the term.
EDUCATION

College draft syllabus: Messing with history

Ziya Us Salam Education
The UGC’s new draft of college-level history syllabus is a continuation of the Sangh Parivar’s attempts at saffronisation of Indian history.
The Centre vs West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee vs New Delhi: Wrong arm of the Centre

Relations between the Centre and the West Bengal government reached a new low as the Centre, in an unprecedented act seen as a blatant attempt at subverting the federal structure of the country, recalled the State Chief Secretary.
Reservation

Maratha reservation: quota confusion

Lyla Bavadam Social Issues
The twists and turns in the Maratha reservation issue and the impact it can have on electoral politics in Maharashtra.
Africa

The Sahel region of Africa is experiencing a spiral of jehadi activity, political instability and violence

John Cherian World Affairs
The Sahel region in Africa faces an increase in jehadi activity, political uncertainty and violence, as demonstrated most recently by the second coup in less than a year in Mali and the imposition of martial law in Chad after the President is killed and his son takes over, sidestepping constitutional norms.
Essay

Governor: A colonial relic

A.G. Noorani The Nation
Successive governments at the Centre abused their power to plant their men in State capitals as Governors, wrecking the parliamentary system in the States. The results are there for all to see.
Communalism

The virus of hate

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
Amid the lockdown, there have been reports of attacks against Muslim men in parts of north India. In many instances, they were asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT POETRY

Poetically defiant

Ashutosh Sharma Arts & Culture
Regime after regime has clamped down on anti-establishment poetry, but the Narendra Modi government in the last seven years has sought to demonise artistic voices as “anti-national”.

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