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COVER STORY

17-07-2020

COVID-19 July 17

Continuing coverage of COVID lockdown

Briefing

Cover story

Ordinances ‘anti-farmer’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Three ordinances passed recently by the Central government in connection with the marketing of agricultural produce have been opposed by all political parties except the BJP.
Cover story

Rising to the occasion

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
As many as 20 NGOs and a wide group of volunteers under the umbrella of Mercy Mission have undertaken a significant share of relief work in Bengaluru during the lockdown.
Pandemic & the economy

FTAs & the race to the bottom

C.P. Chandrasekhar Cover Story
The NDA government may well use the new environment provided by the pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis to accelerate negotiations with the E.U. and arrive at a free trade deal as some of India’s Asian trade competitors have done.
Communalism

Targeting mosques

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Attacks on mosques, which began during the violence in North East Delhi in late February, have continued even during the lockdown.
Pandemic & the economy

FTAs & the race to the bottom

C.P. Chandrasekhar Cover Story
The NDA government may well use the new environment provided by the pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis to accelerate negotiations with the E.U. and arrive at a free trade deal as some of India’s Asian trade competitors have done.
Wildlife

Translocation successes in Kanha

Rakesh Shukla Conservation
The Kanha Tiger Reserve’s proactive wildlife management practices have taken translocation operations to a new level.
Communalism

Targeting mosques

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Attacks on mosques, which began during the violence in North East Delhi in late February, have continued even during the lockdown.
Power

Power play

Tejal Kanitkar The Nation
The proposals in the Electricity (Amendment) Bill to “reform” the power sector, issued in the midst of a pandemic, threaten to result in higher energy costs, violate long-cherished principles of federalism, and leave India’s most vulnerable to the caprices of the market.
Coal

Auction of coal mines: Against all reason

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The Central government appears determined to auction off the country’s coal resources despite the widespread opposition to it and the fact that the human and environmental costs of opening up the coal mining sector to commercial exploitation far outweigh the benefits.
Interview: R.B. Bhagat

‘Migrants should not be seen as an input’

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with R.B. Bhagat, professor, International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai.
Public Sector

Time to revitalise the public sector

It is surprising that the government does not envisage a major role for public sector enterprises in its post-COVID-19 strategy for development, and plans to disinvest in them, although PSEs have clearly outperformed the private sector in micro efficiency.
Wildlife

Conservation breakthroughs in Kanha

Rakesh Shukla Conservation
The Kanha Tiger Reserve’s proactive wildlife management practices have taken translocation operations to a new level.
Cover story

Information void

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The COVID-19 situation seems headed for a climax, but the government is reticent about sharing information and statistics regarding the infection and the treatment protocol.
Politics

Offence as defence

The BJP fulminates against the opposition in a bid to hide the government’s inefficient handling of the face-off with China and the COVID crisis.
Cover story

The vaccine race

Thomas Abraham Cover Story
The unprecedented pace at which a vaccine is being developed to combat COVID-19 offers a ray of hope. How prepared is India in the race to obtain a vaccine?
India and China

Time for talks

John Cherian The Nation
Tensions raised by the bloody June 15 clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley remain, but both sides have apparently decided to choose dialogue rather than aggressive rhetoric as the way forward.

Chinks in the armour

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
As bravado, false pride and an apparent refusal to adopt a scientific approach mark the Union government’s strategy to fight COVID-19, the pandemic is steadily marching to its peak.
Sathankulam custodial death

T. N. custodial deaths prima facie murder: High Court

The Madras High Court, which supervises the investigation in the custodial death of the father-son duo in Sathankulam, finds prima facie evidence to slap murder charges against the police.
Odisha

People-driven plan

Prafulla Das Cover Story
The government continues to maintain a high level of surveillance with people’s involvement to stop community transmission of COVID-19 while making efforts to reboot the rural economy.
Tamil Nadu

Domino effect

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
With a large number of people leaving for their home towns from Chennai, which accounts for the largest percentage of COVID in Tamil Nadu, the infection seems to have spread far and wide.
Interview: R.B. Bhagat

‘Migrants should not be seen as an input’

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with R.B. Bhagat, professor, International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai.
Public Sector

Time to revitalise the public sector

It is surprising that the government does not envisage a major role for public sector enterprises in its post-COVID-19 strategy for development, and plans to disinvest in them, although PSEs have clearly outperformed the private sector in micro efficiency.
Cover story

Information void

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The COVID-19 situation seems headed for a climax, but the government is reticent about sharing information and statistics regarding the infection and the treatment protocol.
Politics

Offence as defence

The BJP fulminates against the opposition in a bid to hide the government’s inefficient handling of the face-off with China and the COVID crisis.
Cover story

The vaccine race

Thomas Abraham Cover Story
The unprecedented pace at which a vaccine is being developed to combat COVID-19 offers a ray of hope. How prepared is India in the race to obtain a vaccine?

Chinks in the armour

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
As bravado, false pride and an apparent refusal to adopt a scientific approach mark the Union government’s strategy to fight COVID-19, the pandemic is steadily marching to its peak.
Odisha

People-driven plan

Prafulla Das Cover Story
The government continues to maintain a high level of surveillance with people’s involvement to stop community transmission of COVID-19 while making efforts to reboot the rural economy.
Tamil Nadu

Domino effect

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
With a large number of people leaving for their home towns from Chennai, which accounts for the largest percentage of COVID in Tamil Nadu, the infection seems to have spread far and wide.
Uttar Pradesh

Travesty of truth

Uttar Pradesh scales new peaks in June in the number of COVID-19 cases, but leaders, including the Prime Minister, tom-tom the State’s “success story”.
Tamil Nadu

Police terror

The death of a father-son duo, following their detention over alleged violation of lockdown restrictions, in Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu smacks of police high-handedness.
Gujarat

Crisis & cover-up

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
Gujarat’s case fatality rate, the highest in the country, is proof of its inept handling of the COVID-19 crisis. But the BJP government is apparently not releasing accurate data and may be manipulating the death rate.
Rajasthan

Uneasy comfort

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Rajasthan has managed to keep its COVID fatalities low, but there are continuing concerns about a possible spike in rural areas, where returning migrants face a crisis of income and livelihoods.
Maharashtra

On the mend

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation begins aggressive testing after achieving some success in containing the spread of the virus in densely populated localities.
Delhi

Broken system

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Lack of any effort to trace or isolate contacts of COVID-19 patients sees the number of cases in Delhi to rise exponentially.
West Bengal

What the numbers hide

The number of active cases drop in the State, but doctors warn that there is danger ahead. The ruling Trinamool, meanwhile, faces outrage over cyclone relief distribution.
Karnataka

Out of the comfort zone

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Cover Story
The number of COVID cases in Bengaluru has been increasing at a rapid pace, giving rise to doubts about community transmission.
India and China

Time for talks

John Cherian The Nation
Tensions raised by the bloody June 15 clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley remain, but both sides have apparently decided to choose dialogue rather than aggressive rhetoric as the way forward.
Sathankulam custodial death

T. N. custodial deaths prima facie murder: High Court

The Madras High Court, which supervises the investigation in the custodial death of the father-son duo in Sathankulam, finds prima facie evidence to slap murder charges against the police.
Industry and the environment

Coal auctions in the time of COVID

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The Central government’s latest plan to auction off 41 coal blocks in the forest areas of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh poses a threat to these eco-sensitive areas, and especially in Maharashtra it threatens one of India’s premier tiger reserves and a crucial wildlife corridor.
Music Outreach

An equal music

Lyla Bavadam Arts & Culture
Children from Mumbai’s Mehli Mehta Music Foundation sing and play the anthem “Jai Ho” along with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in a memorable remote recording.

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