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COVER STORY

10-04-2020

COVID-19

Coronavirus outbreak in India

Briefing

Interview: Dr P. Kuganantham

‘We cannot be obsessed with hiding numbers’

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
Interview with Dr P. Kuganantham, former Director, Communicable Diseases Hospital, Chennai.
The China experience

The Chinese way

Bofeng Hu Cover Story
China has pooled all its resources to fight the coronavirus and is not only helping other countries with medical supplies and expert teams but also sharing its frontline medical experiences with the world in a transparent way.
COVID-19 in the U.S.

Corona in Trumpland

Vijay Prashad Cover Story
Donald Trump’s buffoonery in the face of the pandemic is not an individual failing but a symptom of a country where the state has been emptied out and lacks the capacity to act decisively in a time of crisis.
Coronavirus infection

Surge in Iran

John Cherian Cover Story
Iran, its health care system crippled by U.S. sanctions, appeals for a global effort to curtail the spike in coronavirus infection as the death toll and confirmed cases in the country keep mounting.
Communalism

After the riots: Hindutva apartheid

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
After the violence, it is economic and social boycott that faces Muslims who are trying to pick up the fallen pieces of their lives.
Communalism

U.P.: Dog-whistle politics

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has resorted to naming and shaming activists in the State in order to further its plan to delegitimise dissent.
Syria

Retaking Idlib

John Cherian World Affairs
The Syrian army makes a concerted effort to liberate every inch of Idlib province from Turkish army-backed jehadi forces.
Banking

Rescue act, again

V. Sridhar Economy
By forcing SBI to take over Yes Bank, the government and the Reserve Bank of India appear to have abdicated their responsibility to ensure the systemic safety of the Indian banking system.
Saudi Arabia

Crude wars

John Cherian World Affairs
The downturn in the global economy precipitated by the coronavirus is made worse as Saudi Arabia and Russia fall out over crude oil production levels and engage in a price war resulting in a free fall of fuel prices.
Essay

How the powerful turn bad

A.G. NOORANI Politics
Stories of bad emperors of past ages show how the acquisition of power may not so much corrupt as allow our own worst qualities to slide out and harm us.
Syed Ahmed Esar

Rumi’s translator

With the publication of his Urdu translation of Rumi’s Masnavi, 97-year-old poet and translator Syed Ahmed Esar feels that he has accomplished everything he set out to do.
Materials Science

High demand for Li-ion batteries can affect cobalt supply

R. Ramachandran Science & Technology
While the greater use of electric vehicles might benefit the environment, further growth hinges on continued availability of critical battery ...
Biochemistry

Microbes deep beneath the ocean floor

R. Ramachandran Science & Technology
In a study published in a recent issue of “Nature”, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) describe how micro-organisms ...
Agriculture

Bt cotton no match for Indian pests

R. Ramachandran Science & Technology
A first long-term analysis of the impact of Bt cotton in India has found that production gains were due to changes in insecticide and fertilizer use ...
Datacard

Shining sector

India is the world’s second-largest steel producer. While the country’s consumption is on the rise, exports are erratic.
Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh: Losing trust

Anando Bhakto Politics
The Bharatiya Janata Party is about to recapture power in Madhya Pradesh as an elected government falls, once again, to political machinations.

Relevance of Akbar

The author chooses events in history to give a lesson about the present times that will find favour with people who believe in peaceful coexistence.

Chaos at the top

Jyotiraditya Scindia’s parting of ways with the Congress is symptomatic of much that is wrong with the grand old party at the national level. That ...
Interview: Yanis Varoufakis

For a global movement with a radical agenda

Jipson John Jitheesh P.M. World Affairs
Interview with Marxist economist and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
Medicine

New bile acids discovered

R. Ramachandran Science & Technology
Thanks to a new discovery made by scientists at Michigan State University (MSU), led by Robert Quinn, and published in the latest issue of “Nature”, ...
COVID-19 Vector

Bat connection

P.K. Rajagopalan Cover Story
Basic research into the epidemiology of coronavirus needs to be taken up on a war footing.
Impact on the economy

Economic burden

BY V. Sridhar Cover Story
As the global economy heads towards an unprecedented collapse in demand, India under Narendra Modi sticks to fiscal fundamentalism when even diehard right-wing governments are trying to boost fiscal spending.
Coronavirus challenge

Virus challenge

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
The deceptively small number of COVID-19 cases (and deaths) in India should not drive the nation into complacency: it needs to be prepared for a massive spread of the pandemic disease.
Health Infrastructure

Deficient system

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
India’s ill-prepared public health system faces its toughest test yet as the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase, putting pressure on the government’s limited resources.
Maharashtra

State of vigil in Maharashtra

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
In Maharashtra, going by rumours, people began to suspect that the Uddhav Thackeray government was hushing up the real extent of the contagion. As on ...
Kerala

Kerala model

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
Kerala’s social investments in rural health care, universal education, decentralisation of powers and resources and women empowerment are standing it in good stead as it leads the fight against the coronavirus.
Odisha

Proactive Odisha

Prafulla Das Cover Story
The Odisha government declares coranavirus infection a disaster and prepares its administration to manage and limit the transmission of the disease effectively.
Italian lessons

Lessons from Italy

Dr Saiprasath J. Cover Story
For a variety of reasons, Italy failed to contain the initial surge of the pandemic. Its advanced health care network is its only solace; the focus is now on management rather than prevention.

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