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Briefing

Global Scenario

COVID-19 vaccine still elusive even as September reports over 300,000 cases daily

John Cherian Cover Story
Even as the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, and governments continue to combat the pandemic with varying degrees of success, it is projected that globally, over 300 million people will soon be infected by the virus.
Impact on Mental Health

Coronavirus and anxiety: Coping with stress and paranoia amidst a lack of institutional support

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Pandemic-induced stress is taking a heavy toll on the mental health of people living in fear of COVID-19 infection and those recovering from it. Adding to their anxiety is the loss of livelihoods. What they need is institutional support, which is woefully inadequate in India.
COVID Management Strategy

COVID-19 surge: Indian government misleading public with recovery rate figures instead of focussing on its new waves

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Denial is a major component of the Indian government’s COVID management strategy: it focusses on the number of recoveries rather than the surging infections which the public health system seems unable to pre-empt.
Cover Story

Battle against COVID-19: Gaining immunity the final solution?

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
The country’s public health system has failed the people miserably, as is evident from the extremely lax testing strategy in the early stages of the epidemic, and now the people have no choice but to wait for herd immunity to build to be delivered from the grip of the coronavirus.
Naga peace talks

Naga peace talks at a dead end?

Sushanta Talukdar The Nation
A single final accord between the government and all the Naga factions is nowhere in sight as the stakeholders disagree on interpretations of the content of the Framework Agreement signed earlier.
Controversy

Centre starving Christian organistions into submission

ZIYA US SALAM The Nation
The Central government, without giving any reason, has suspended the FCRA licences of six Christian organisations.
PM-KISAN scam

PM-Kisan scam: Defrauding farmers

In a startling expose, the Tamil Nadu Agriculture Department unearths a scam in which Rs.110 crore was siphoned from the PM-Kisan income support scheme by registering lakhs of ineligible beneficiaries.
Human Rights

Elgar Parishad arrests: Decimation drive

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
The recent arrest of three Dalit rights activists in connection with the Elgar Parishad is seen as an attempt to stifle dissent.
Spotlight

How the media reacted to Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Powerful sections of the electronic media have built up mass hysteria around actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and almost succeeded in turning the narrative of a government failing its people into one in which the government pursues a morally suspect elite.
Media

Lapdog narratives of the Kannada media

A report looks at the way hate speech flourishes in the Kannada media and tries to locate the factors that fuel it and the consequences that follow.
Spotlight

The sordid tale surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
There are so many disturbing factors in the case around Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide that it is necessary to discuss it without the hysteria that the electronic media have built up over it.
India&China

India&China: Back from the brink

John Cherian World Affairs
While the recent joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of India and China signals an easing of tensions between the two countries, the wounds left behind by the four-month-long military stand-off will take time to heal.
Kesavananda Bharati

Kesavananda Bharati: Unwitting saviour of democracy

Kesavananda Bharati (1940-2020) never got the relief that he prayed for before the Supreme Court, but helped win the most significant decision in Indian judicial history when the court evolved an innovative ‘basic structure doctrine’ and placed itself as the arbiter of Parliament’s power to amend the Constitution.
Swami Agnivesh

Swami Agnivesh: Activist in saffron

Swami Agnivesh (1939-2020), a voice of reason amid the shrillness of religious bigotry, worked tirelessly to eradicate social evils and uphold constitutional values.

How India’s historians have reflected on the country’s history, culture and heritage

R. Mahalakshmi Arts & Culture
One of the greatest issues for historians has been the geographical understanding of India, as well as its cultural and civilisational edifice. While a sense of unity, spatially, culturally or in religious terms, may have contributed to the idea of India as it exists today, modern Indian ethos rests on more than a unified historical consciousness.
Pattanam excavation

Excavations in Kerala’s Pattanam reaffirm its trade links with Rome

The Pattanam 2020 findings, along with the 2006-16 excavation and post-excavation studies of the same site, reconfirm the intense maritime commercial, technological and cultural exchanges between Eastern Mediterranean and ancient Tamilakam.
Essay

India’s double standards on human rights: Violations at home even as its diplomacy preaches liberty

A.G. Noorani The Nation
India has consistently followed double standards on human rights and people’s right to self-determination and refused to brook questions on its own conduct while taking the liberty to preach to others.
Pattanam excavation

Photos: Evidence of trade links between Kerala’s Pattanam and Rome

The Pattanam 2020 findings, along with the 2006-16 excavation and post-excavation studies of the same site, reconfirm the intense maritime commercial, technological and cultural exchanges between Eastern Mediterranean and ancient Tamilakam.
Pattanam excavation

First-ever human image at Pattanam

A Graeco-Roman head of a miniature statue from the same trench that produced the Sphinx was another significant artefact of the 2020 season. This ...
Pollution of Damanganga river

Gujarat: Lockdown used as an excuse by Vapi's industries to pollute Damanganga

Lyla Bavadam Environment
Industries in Vapi, Gujarat, which continue to release huge quantities of effluents into the Damanganga river, are seeking exemption from pollution control norms citing economic losses following the lockdown.
Human Rights

Elgar Parishad arrests: Decimation drive

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
The recent arrest of three Dalit rights activists in connection with the Elgar Parishad is seen as an attempt to stifle dissent.
Spotlight

How the media reacted to Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Powerful sections of the electronic media have built up mass hysteria around actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and almost succeeded in turning the narrative of a government failing its people into one in which the government pursues a morally suspect elite.
Media

Lapdog narratives of the Kannada media

A report looks at the way hate speech flourishes in the Kannada media and tries to locate the factors that fuel it and the consequences that follow.
Spotlight

The sordid tale surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
There are so many disturbing factors in the case around Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide that it is necessary to discuss it without the hysteria that the electronic media have built up over it.
Essay

India’s double standards on human rights: Violations at home even as its diplomacy preaches liberty

A.G. Noorani The Nation
India has consistently followed double standards on human rights and people’s right to self-determination and refused to brook questions on its own conduct while taking the liberty to preach to others.
COVID-19 Update

Kerala local body polls: Mass mobilisation violating COVID safety norms

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
In Kerala, the opposition parties’ mass mobilisations for the local body elections violating COVID safety norms and the easing of restrictions could, it is feared, lead to a sharp rise in infections.
COVID-19 Update

Karnataka to become the State with highest number of active COVID-19 cases after Maharashtra

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to spiral in Karnataka, making it the State with the highest number of active cases after Maharashtra.
COVID-19 Update

Madhya Pradesh witnessing alarming spike in coronavirus cases as political parties compete to win the byelections in the Gwalior-Chambal region

Anando Bhakto The Nation
In Madhya Pradesh, the issue of oxygen shortage took centre stage even as case numbers grew and the BJP and the Congress ramped up roadshows and membership drives in preparation for the byelections to 28 Assembly seats.
COVID-19 Update

Pandemic situation fails to stop West Bengal from celebrating Durga Puja

In the midst of the raging pandemic, the State resumes Metro services and is gearing up for Durga Puja, a four-day-long celebration of colour, sounds and crowds.
COVID-19 Update

Odisha’s COVID-19 strategy to involve private hospitals, hopes to reduce infection rate

Prafulla Das The Nation
By opening up more private hospitals for COVID care, easing pressure on hospitals in Bhubaneswar by getting those in the districts to take in more patients, and innovating with RT-PCR tests to prioritise patient care Odisha is hoping to bring down the rising infection rate.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 cases show no decline in Assam, political parties busy in electioneering

The number of cases in the State shows no signs of declining, and with political parties resuming electioneering activities and students getting ready to restart offline classes, the State’s health care infrastructure could soon be overwhelmed.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 in Rajasthan: Congress government finally takes serious COVID-19 management measures

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Amid the rising number of infections and deaths in the State, the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government issues a series of orders and notifications, which indicates that it has finally got down to the serious business of COVID-19 management and control.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 in Haryana: Study reveals 8 per cent sero-positivity across 22 districts surveyed

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
A sero-surveillance study conducted in 22 districts of Haryana in August revealed an 8 per cent sero-positivity in the sample surveyed, even as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Haryana crossed 1,00,000 in September.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh: CM Yogi Adityanath turns to Hindutva as COVID situation worsens in the State

COVID situation is worsening in Uttar Pradesh, but the Yogi Adityanath regime manages to turn attention away from the subject by playing the Hindutva card once again.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 in Delhi: Health workers protest against non-payment of wages, poor working conditions

Divya Trivedi The Nation
Health care personnel and workers from other sectors protest against non-payment of wages and poor working conditions, but the AAP and the BJP keep blaming each other instead of resolving crucial issues.
COVID-19 Update

Maharashtra government forced to give undue importance to politics during the pandemic

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The fight against COVID-19 fades into the background as the opposition tries to beat the government image in political games.
Interview: Declan Walsh

Declan Walsh: ‘I hesitate to call Pakistan a failed democracy’

Ziya Us Salam Arts & Culture
Interview with Declan Walsh, author of the recently published “The Nine Lives of Pakistan”.

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