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COVID-19 Vaccine: A dose of politics (January 29, 2021)

Questions over rushed approvals to COVID-19 vaccines in India


AIADMK troubles

AIADMK in crisis ahead of 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections

With an ambitious BJP breathing down its neck, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, rudderless and divided after Jayalalithaa’s death, faces an uphill task to retain power in Tamil Nadu.
Covid vaccine

Approval for Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin lacks scientific basis

S. Srinivasan Cover Story
The decision to approve a major vaccine without consideration of its efficacy in itself is rather extraordinary to the point of being termed unscientific.

Book Review: K.A. Nizami's "Ehd-e-Wusta ki Dilli" traces six centuries of Delhi as a cultural capital

A fine translation of K.A. Nizami’s Urdu book, “Ehd-e-Wusta ki Dilli”, which chronicles the history and culture of Delhi across six centuries.
Covid vaccine and farmers' agitation

Diversion vs determination: Government plan to overshadow farmers' protest with COVID-19 vaccine dry run fails

The Modi regime’s latest attempt to overshadow the growing farmers’ agitation with a grandiose vaccine dry run hits a roadblock, with many experts raising questions about its rollout. And the protesters are in no mood to relent.

India’s vaccine saga continues with COVID-19 providing an opportunity to boost vaccine literacy

India’s efforts at vaccines since ancient times have served as the foundation for its modern vaccination strategies and as a framework of global vaccination concepts. The public health sensitisation achieved by COVID-19 can help galvanise a broader understanding of vaccination.

The Madras High Court seeks fresh profiling of Tamiraparani river sands and finds the extent of illegal sand quarrying alarming

A report submitted to the High Court points to the presence of precious minerals in the Tamiraparani riverbed and the illegal mining activity there, adding a new dimension to Tamil Nadu’s mining policy.

Politics drives India's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic even as questions over DCGI's approvals for vaccines persist

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
The approval process for the two vaccines released for Restricted Emergency Use once again makes it clear that politics, rather than science, is the guiding factor in India’s war against COVID-19.
US war crimes in Iraq

Trump's pardon of mercenaries guilty of massacre in Iraq leads to outrage worldwide

John Cherian World Affairs
Trump’s decision to pardon mercenaries guilty of massacring innocents in Baghdad evokes global outcry and consternation within the U.S.

BJP using all means to get chairmanships in the Jammu and Kashmir District Development Councils

Anando Bhakto Politics
Failing to secure the mandate they wanted in the DDC elections, the BJP and its allies have embarked on a campaign to bag as many council chairmanships for themselves as possible through a combination of tactics, including coercion, horse-trading and preventive detention of members of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration.
NFHS Round 5 data

Latest NFHS data reveal high levels of anaemia across nation

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public Health
Data from the latest round of the National Family Health Survey show disturbing trends in indicators such as nutritional levels.

Investor exuberance amidst real economy recession

C.P. Chandrasekhar
Even while the real economy remains in contractionary mode, not only have stock market returns exploded but India’s stock of foreign exchange reserves registered record-breaking increases in the April-September 2020 period mainly because expenditure, rather unusually, fell short of receipts in the current account.
Farmers' protest

Farmers dig their heels in at protest sites on Delhi's borders

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Despite several odds and the government refusing to budge, the protest against the farm laws is gaining momentum and the resolve among farmers is growing stronger.
Tribute: Sugathakumari, iconic Malayalam poet-activist

Sugathakumari spearheaded successful campaigns to save the Silent Valley and other Kerala forests and roused concerns about social ills

R. Krishnakumar Obituary
Sugathakumari (1934-2020), Malayalam poet, nature warrior and guardian of grieving hearts, played a leading role in campaigns to save nature and natural resources and undertook a parallel quest to provide sanctuary to destitute women and the mentally challenged.
Renaming of places

Shiv Sena's proposal to rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar gathers steam

Lyla Bavadam Politics
Changing names of places has always been a political game. Sometimes it is done with progressive intentions, as in the case of the Maharashtra ...
Renaming of places

Maharashtra government decides to rename localities with caste-based names

Lyla Bavadam Politics
In a far-reaching initiative, Maharashtra plans to rename places having caste-based names.
Maharashtra local body elections

Another test of unity lies in store for MVA in Maharashtra

Lyla Bavadam Politics
The MVA’s strategy to meet the Maharashtra electorate as a single entity has been successful and the upcoming local body elections are yet another opportunity to mount a unified challenge to the BJP.

Naveen Patnaik's BJD braces for battle against the BJP in Odisha

The Biju Janata Dal led by Naveen Patnaik falls back on its old plank of regionalism to hold on to its own political space in the face of an increasingly assertive BJP, which has replaced the Congress as the main opposition party.

Congress seeks to beat the BJP at its Hindutva game in Chhattisgarh

Divya Trivedi Communalism
In a bid to retain power and be one up on the BJP, the Congress in Chhattisgarh is utilising Hindu symbols to the core.

Lawyer’s office raided arbitrarily by Delhi Police

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
The police raid on the premises of an advocate who represents several of the North-East Delhi riot accused to search for “incriminating documents” was not only an arbitrary and illegal act but also a breach of client-attorney privacy.

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