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COVER STORY

24-04-2020

COVID-19 April 24

Flawed strategy

Briefing

Prejudice against north-eastern region of India

Virus of racism

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
Racist prejudices against people from the north-eastern region in India come to the surface in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Unorganised sector

Left high and dry

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The nationwide lockdown dealt a death blow to the livelihoods of lakhs of already beleaguered workers in the unorganised sector. Even as an exodus of migrant workers overwhelmed bus terminals in Delhi, State governments did little to reach out to the worst affected.
Interview: David Quammen

David Quammen: Pandemics are inevitable and costly

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
An interview with David Quammen, author of “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic”.
Interview: Dr Naman Shah

‘Regional lockdowns would have been better’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Dr Naman Shah, infectious disease epidemiologist.
Legislative framework

Abdicating responsibilty

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The Centre seeks to acquire disproportionate powers by using a PIL petition in order to silence criticism of the way it has handled the crisis.
Relief package

Economic policy: Conservatism rules

C.P. Chandrasekhar Cover Story
The inadequate “relief” package and the emphasis on monetary policy to mitigate the effects of the virus-induced shock indicate that making the necessary fiscal effort in terms of hugely enhancing spending to provide relief is not the Centre’s priority.
Enforced isolation and mental health

Mental health concerns

“Social distancing” is the antithesis of all that is considered therapeutic in mental health. Enforced isolation deprives human beings of social contact, the need for which is hard-wired into human brains.

Chasing the virus

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
While COVID-19’s onslaught has laid low the mighty United States and much of the developed world, in India there are differing perceptions on the 21-day lockdown strategy, which includes a low rate of testing, and its effectiveness in containing the infection.
Plight of migrant workers

Marooned in the city

The lockdown has only exposed the existing problem of the devalued and invisibilised labour of 100 million internal migrant workers and an economy that cannot ensure their sustenance and safety in the regions they work.
Government failure

Test not, find not

James Wilson Cover Story
The government’s failure to detect, trace and isolate infected persons in the nearly two-month-long window of opportunity it had to protect people from the coronavirus shows its irresponsible handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Economic impact

Economy in deep freeze

V. Sridhar Cover Story
The Indian government has failed not only to address the health emergency posed by the virus but address the cataclysmic impact it would have on lives, livelihoods and productive capacity.
Inadequacy of public health system

Stung by scarcity

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
As the Indian health-care system is up against many odds in its struggle against COVID-19 with shortage of health care professionals, protective gear and ventilators, the relatively low rate of mortality may not be a cause for cheer.
Interview: Dr Naman Shah

‘Regional lockdowns would have been better’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Dr Naman Shah, infectious disease epidemiologist.
Impact on the marginalised

Double distress

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The Central government announced the lockdown abruptly and with apparently no thought for how India’s millions of vulnerable and socially excluded people would be able to cope with the consequences.
Unorganised sector

Left high and dry

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The nationwide lockdown dealt a death blow to the livelihoods of lakhs of already beleaguered workers in the unorganised sector. Even as an exodus of migrant workers overwhelmed bus terminals in Delhi, State governments did little to reach out to the worst affected.
Interview: David Quammen

David Quammen: Pandemics are inevitable and costly

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
An interview with David Quammen, author of “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic”.
Government's response to the pandemic

Symbolism vs substance

The Prime Minister’s histrionics do not make up for his government’s failure to respond effectively and in time to the COVID-19 crisis.
Global response

Differing approaches

John Cherian Cover Story
COVID-19 is stretching health care systems across the world, but the international community has not been able to get its act together so far to come up with an effective global response to the health crisis or its economic fallout.
Controversy

CJI Ranjan Gogoi's nomination to the Rajya Sabha: More than a sinecure

V. Venkatesan The Nation
The nomination of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha within four months of his superannuation from the Supreme Court smacks of an unabashed bonhomie between the executive and the judiciary.
Kashmir

Chastened rivals

The release of Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah after prolonged detention points to a rethink and modified strategy on the part of the government and the N.C. leaders.
Impact on the marginalised

Double distress

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The Central government announced the lockdown abruptly and with apparently no thought for how India’s millions of vulnerable and socially excluded people would be able to cope with the consequences.
Cuba's role

Cuba to the rescue

John Cherian Cover Story
Cuba, which dispatched expert medical teams to over 59 COVID-19 affected countries, has come in for praise from the world over for its timely act of international solidarity.

Chasing the virus

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
While COVID-19’s onslaught has laid low the mighty United States and much of the developed world, in India there are differing perceptions on the 21-day lockdown strategy, which includes a low rate of testing, and its effectiveness in containing the infection.
Plight of migrant workers

Marooned in the city

The lockdown has only exposed the existing problem of the devalued and invisibilised labour of 100 million internal migrant workers and an economy that cannot ensure their sustenance and safety in the regions they work.
Economic impact

Economy in deep freeze

V. Sridhar Cover Story
The Indian government has failed not only to address the health emergency posed by the virus but address the cataclysmic impact it would have on lives, livelihoods and productive capacity.
Government failure

Test not, find not

James Wilson Cover Story
The government’s failure to detect, trace and isolate infected persons in the nearly two-month-long window of opportunity it had to protect people from the coronavirus shows its irresponsible handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Inadequacy of public health system

Stung by scarcity

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
As the Indian health-care system is up against many odds in its struggle against COVID-19 with shortage of health care professionals, protective gear and ventilators, the relatively low rate of mortality may not be a cause for cheer.
Relief package

Economic policy: Conservatism rules

C.P. Chandrasekhar Cover Story
The inadequate “relief” package and the emphasis on monetary policy to mitigate the effects of the virus-induced shock indicate that making the necessary fiscal effort in terms of hugely enhancing spending to provide relief is not the Centre’s priority.
Enforced isolation and mental health

Mental health concerns

“Social distancing” is the antithesis of all that is considered therapeutic in mental health. Enforced isolation deprives human beings of social contact, the need for which is hard-wired into human brains.
Legislative framework

Abdicating responsibilty

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The Centre seeks to acquire disproportionate powers by using a PIL petition in order to silence criticism of the way it has handled the crisis.
Government's response to the pandemic

Symbolism vs substance

The Prime Minister’s histrionics do not make up for his government’s failure to respond effectively and in time to the COVID-19 crisis.
Global response

Differing approaches

John Cherian Cover Story
COVID-19 is stretching health care systems across the world, but the international community has not been able to get its act together so far to come up with an effective global response to the health crisis or its economic fallout.

Announcement

Cover Story
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