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COVER STORY

31-07-2020

COVID-19 July 31

Continuing coverage of COVID lockdown

Briefing

COVID-19 Global scene

Global chaos as COVID-19 rages across continents

John Cherian Cover Story
The pandemic rages unabated across continents, from war-torn Yemen to the Balkans to Brazil and Peru to South Africa. Even as autocratic regimes see in it an opportunity to curtail freedoms, the economic burden imposed by lockdowns have led to popular protests in many countries.
Politics

Desperation and diversion: BJP's political strategies as COVID infections continue to soar

The BJP’s political strategy as COVID cases continue to rise is to divert attention from the pressing concerns of the people on the public health and economic fronts.
National Health Mission & the pandemic

Health warriors’ woes

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The COVID crisis has increased the work pressure on National Health Mission staff, but there is no effort to make their remuneration commensurate with their efforts.
Cover Story

The geographic spread of COVID-19 in India

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Despite the government’s unfounded optimism, the southward movement of the virus and the growing absolute numbers imply that India has quite a distance to cover before it can breathe easy in the ongoing fight against the pandemic.
India-China

The ban on 59 Chinese apps is just bluster

The ban on 59 Chinese apps is a knee-jerk reaction that can only have adverse consequences for the Indian digital ecosystem. It is unlikely to promote self-reliance nor does it lay the ground for indigenously developed Indian platforms.
Agriculture

Karnataka: Undoing land reforms

The Karnataka government’s decision, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, to introduce an amendment Bill to make it possible for non-agriculturists to buy agricultural land, triggers protests by opposition parties and farmers’ bodies.
Interview: Prof T.N. Prakash Kammardi

‘A majority of farmers oppose the changes to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act’

Interview with Professor T.N. Prakash Kammardi, former chairman, Karnataka Agricultural Prices Commission.
Agriculture

Punjab: Land struggle in the time of pandemic

Gaurav Bansal The Nation
The strong-arm methods adopted by rich farmers to force agricultural labour to work at lower wages following the pandemic-induced shortage of migrant workers exposes the fault lines in rural Punjab. The question of land becomes central again as the battle rages on caste and class lines.
Agriculture

Madhya Pradesh: Marketing privatisation

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh are critical of the two recent Central ordinances relating to agriculture and of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for not helping them in their hour of crisis.
India-China

Boycotting Chinese products: Bravado is no substitute for business

V. Sridhar The Nation
The Modi government’s move to ban all things Chinese is likely to aggravate conditions for the pandemic-hit Indian economy. The pursuit of national self-reliance requires a blueprint that maps out how to achieve it over the long term, with the state playing a key role in the process. China offers lessons, which India could profit from.
India-China

India&China: Talking peace

John Cherian The Nation
After weeks of tension India and China agree to expedite disengagement of the troops stationed along the Line of Actual Control and desist from taking any unilateral action to change the status quo.
National Health Mission & the pandemic

Health warriors’ woes

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The COVID crisis has increased the work pressure on National Health Mission staff, but there is no effort to make their remuneration commensurate with their efforts.
Cover Story

The geographic spread of COVID-19 in India

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Despite the government’s unfounded optimism, the southward movement of the virus and the growing absolute numbers imply that India has quite a distance to cover before it can breathe easy in the ongoing fight against the pandemic.
Drug Production

A scam in the making?

Two government institutions are collaborating with a private pharmaceutical company to come up with drugs for COVID treatment. The company’s connections are dubious; nor does it have a great track record in business achievement or scientific research.

Trials and tribulations

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
With the government not open about information on the nature of COVID-19 spread and the research community helpless without data from the sero-surveillance already done, the Indian people are left to face an uncertain future.

A soft blow against China

C.P. Chandrasekhar
Using economic weapons to temper China’s stand on the border question would not be easy for India. The presence of Chinese firms in a relatively inconsequential area such as mobile apps was an easy and convenient lever for it to use.
Sathankulam custodial deaths

Sathankulam: Terror in uniform

The custodial torture and deaths of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu rip apart the police’s image, while the judiciary makes unprecedented interventions in a bid to deliver justice.

A dubious record

The Nation
Tamil Nadu has a long history of police brutality and torture. Here is a list of a few of the most notorious cases:• Muthukulathur Keelathooval firing ...
COVID-19 Update

Surat: Silence of the looms

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
A combination of labour shortage, liquidity crunch and absence of demand seems to be spelling doom for Surat’s textile trade, until recently an economic powerhouse.
COVID-19 update

Haryana: Hotspot for neighbours

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Even as the State grapples with an exponential growth in the number of cases in recent weeks, the government is desperate to restart industrial activity.
Drug Production

A scam in the making?

Two government institutions are collaborating with a private pharmaceutical company to come up with drugs for COVID treatment. The company’s connections are dubious; nor does it have a great track record in business achievement or scientific research.

Trials and tribulations

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
With the government not open about information on the nature of COVID-19 spread and the research community helpless without data from the sero-surveillance already done, the Indian people are left to face an uncertain future.
COVID-19 Update

Surat: Silence of the looms

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
A combination of labour shortage, liquidity crunch and absence of demand seems to be spelling doom for Surat’s textile trade, until recently an economic powerhouse.
COVID-19 update

Haryana: Hotspot for neighbours

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Even as the State grapples with an exponential growth in the number of cases in recent weeks, the government is desperate to restart industrial activity.
COVID-19 Update

West Bengal: Falling behind

Unable to make much headway in enforcing social distancing, and with the number of COVID-19 cases poised to rise exponentially, the West Bengal government announces a rigid lockdown in all containment zones across the State.
Kerala

Kerala: Fear over the cities

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
As ‘triple lockdowns’ and community quarantine increase in Kerala, the question is on whether the State is finally seeing community transmission.
COVID-19 Update

Gujarat: Not a model to follow

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
With the total positivity rate and the case fatality rate almost double the national average, Gujarat appears to have completely lost the grip on managing the pandemic.
COVID-19 Update

Karnataka: slipping away

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
As the State government is struggling to identify the sources of the rapidly spreading infection, issues such as shortage of medical personnel and hospital beds for COVID treatment are causing concern.
COVID-19 Update

Bihar & Jharkhand: Dangerous denial

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
Bihar and Jharkhand are apparently moving to the community transmission stage, with their governments and people throwing caution to the winds following the lifting of strict lockdown restrictions.
COVID-19 Update

Uttar Pradesh: Infrastructure in a shambles

The rising COVID figures in Uttar Pradesh point to the debilitating effects of the State’s poor public health infrastructure on its efforts to deal with the pandemic.
COVID-19 Update

Punjab: Wider spread

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Since mid June, the positivity rate has doubled in the State with COVID-19 cases, which were initially concentrated in the cities of Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar, now being reported from rural areas too.
COVID-19 UPDATE

Silent exodus from Delhi

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Migrants continue to flee the Capital despite official assurances on the city’s preparedness to tackle the pandemic.
COVID-19 Update

Madhya Pradesh: Communal virus

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
The BJP in Madhya Pradesh resorts to divisive rhetoric and tries to market its welfare schemes with an eye on the Assembly byelections even as the State is witnessing a steady increase in the caseload.
COVID-19 Update

Odisha: The going gets tough

Prafulla Das Cover Story
As more and more COVID-19 positive cases get detected outside quarantine centres in Odisha, the Naveen Patnaik government takes stringent measures to prevent community spread.
COVID-19 UPDATE

Rajasthan: Relative ease

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Rajasthan fares much better in comparison with its neighbouring States in containing the spread of COVID and in keeping the mortality rate low.
COVID-19 Update

Tamil Nadu: Districts in focus

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
The government, which refuses to make its fight against the pandemic inclusive, claims that the COVID-19 curve is flattening in Chennai. But it has a new reason to worry: the rise in infections in the districts.
Agriculture

Punjab: Land struggle in the time of pandemic

Gaurav Bansal The Nation
The strong-arm methods adopted by rich farmers to force agricultural labour to work at lower wages following the pandemic-induced shortage of migrant workers exposes the fault lines in rural Punjab. The question of land becomes central again as the battle rages on caste and class lines.
Agriculture

Madhya Pradesh: Marketing privatisation

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh are critical of the two recent Central ordinances relating to agriculture and of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for not helping them in their hour of crisis.
India-China

Boycotting Chinese products: Bravado is no substitute for business

V. Sridhar The Nation
The Modi government’s move to ban all things Chinese is likely to aggravate conditions for the pandemic-hit Indian economy. The pursuit of national self-reliance requires a blueprint that maps out how to achieve it over the long term, with the state playing a key role in the process. China offers lessons, which India could profit from.
India-China

India&China: Talking peace

John Cherian The Nation
After weeks of tension India and China agree to expedite disengagement of the troops stationed along the Line of Actual Control and desist from taking any unilateral action to change the status quo.

A dubious record

The Nation
Tamil Nadu has a long history of police brutality and torture. Here is a list of a few of the most notorious cases:• Muthukulathur Keelathooval firing ...
Sathankulam custodial deaths

Sathankulam: Terror in uniform

The custodial torture and deaths of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu rip apart the police’s image, while the judiciary makes unprecedented interventions in a bid to deliver justice.
Amphan cyclone

Amphan: Relief as disaster

Trinamool leaders at the panchayat level face the fury of the victims of the supercyclone for alleged misappropriation of relief funds disbursed by the State government.
Science Conferences

Oh to be a scientist!

P.K. Rajagopalan Science & Technology
Scientific conferences have become public relations exercises instead of functioning as spaces where scientific ideas are exchanged and new ideas encouraged.
Enrica Lexie case

Enrica Lexie case: Justice denied

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
India accepts an international tribunal order in the case relating to the killing of two fishermen by Italian marines off the Kerala coast. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is not happy.

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