COVER STORY

07-05-2021

Mounting Challenges (May 7, 2021)

Briefing

COVID-19 Update

Telangana feeling the strain of rising cases, vaccine shortage

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
Non-availability of doses is hampering the State’s vaccination drive even as the sudden increase in cases, attributed to a new strain of the virus, has led to a big jump in the number of patients needing hospitalisation and intensive care.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Families vulnerable in Andhra Pradesh

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
In Andhra Pradesh, entire families are getting the infection owing to asymptomatic cases and patients are slipping into distress within days, leaving little time for treatment. The vaccination drive has been plagued by shortage of vaccines.
COVID-19 Update: KARNATAKA

Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
Bengaluru has more than 65 per cent of all active cases recorded in Karnataka in a virulent second wave where the test positivity rate in the State is touching new highs.
COVID-19 Update: Kerala

Kerala’s two-pronged strategy to ‘crush the curve’

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
The Kerala government intensifies its containment and prevention strategies to bring down the test positivity rate during the second wave of infection, besides increasing the pace of vaccination despite delay in vaccine supply.
Iran & China

Iran signs 25-year, $400-billion strategic and economic partnership agreement with China

John Cherian World Affairs
Iran signs a historic economic and security cooperation agreement with China amid talks with the United States on the resumption of the nuclear deal.
WORLD AFFAIRS: Myanmar

Rebels vs rulers after military coup in Myanmar

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The spectre of civil war looms large in Myanmar as opposition parties persist in a nationwide civil unrest even as 10 of the country’s major rebel groups line up behind them against the military coup of February 1.
WORLD AFFAIRS: Myanmar

People of Myanmar resist army rule

Susan Ram World Affairs
Confronting ever more deadly military repression, and with little support from outside, the people of Myanmar are somehow finding ways to fight back.
Controversy

Mumbai bomb scare case has shifted to one about allegations of corruption against politicians and police officers

Anupama Katakam The Nation
What started out as a probe into a bomb scare incident near the Ambanis’ residence in Mumbai has spiralled into an investigation into allegations of corruption against Cabinet Ministers and senior police officers in Maharashtra amid continuing attempts by the BJP to topple the Shiv Sena–led MVA government in the State.
Tribute

V. Anaimuthu (1925-2021): Crusader for social justice

V. Arasu Obituary
V. Anaimuthu (1925-2021), who strove to combine Periyarism with Marxism, will be remembered for his marathon labour of editing E.V. Ramasamy Periyar’s works and for his untiring efforts to implement the Mandal Commission report.

Targeting Gyanvapi mosque: Sangh Parivar starts campaign to 'liberate' Kashi Vishwanath temple

A Varanasi court order seeking an ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque emboldens Sangh Parivar outfits to start campaigns for ‘liberating’ the Kashi Vishwanath temple, leading to fears of a communal tension similar to the one stoked by the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in Ayodhya.
COVID-19 Update

Telangana feeling the strain of rising cases, vaccine shortage

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
Non-availability of doses is hampering the State’s vaccination drive even as the sudden increase in cases, attributed to a new strain of the virus, has led to a big jump in the number of patients needing hospitalisation and intensive care.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Families vulnerable in Andhra Pradesh

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
In Andhra Pradesh, entire families are getting the infection owing to asymptomatic cases and patients are slipping into distress within days, leaving little time for treatment. The vaccination drive has been plagued by shortage of vaccines.
COVID-19 Update: KARNATAKA

Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
Bengaluru has more than 65 per cent of all active cases recorded in Karnataka in a virulent second wave where the test positivity rate in the State is touching new highs.
COVID-19 Update: Kerala

Kerala’s two-pronged strategy to ‘crush the curve’

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
The Kerala government intensifies its containment and prevention strategies to bring down the test positivity rate during the second wave of infection, besides increasing the pace of vaccination despite delay in vaccine supply.
Interview: Dr Shashank Joshi

Dr Shashank Joshi: ‘Vaccination will not impact surge’

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Shashank Joshi, member of the Maharashtra COVID Task Force and a consultant endocrinologist at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.
COVER STORY: Gujarat

Gujarat may soon overtake Maharashtra in COVID numbers

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
COVID numbers in Gujarat are rising dangerously, straining the State’s poor public health infrastructure. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS

Lessons from the ‘first wave’

An attempt to understand India’s paradox of high COVID infection rate but low case rate and low case fatality rate and their implications for controlling epidemics.
COVER STORY: Chhattisgarh

Sharp spike in COVID cases in Chhattisgarh

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Chhattisgarh’s public health structure is on the verge of breakdown as it faces a deadly second wave.
COVID-19 Update: UTTAR PRADESH

Yogi regime takes refuge in hype amid corona surge

A sudden surge in COVID cases in Uttar Pradesh exposes the State government’s unpreparedness in handling the crisis.
Interview: Sachin Sawant

Sachin Sawant: ‘Democracy under threat’

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Interview with Sachin Sawant, spokesperson for the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.
Interview: Dr Shashank Joshi

Dr Shashank Joshi: ‘Vaccination will not impact surge’

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Shashank Joshi, member of the Maharashtra COVID Task Force and a consultant endocrinologist at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.
COVER STORY: Gujarat

Gujarat may soon overtake Maharashtra in COVID numbers

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
COVID numbers in Gujarat are rising dangerously, straining the State’s poor public health infrastructure. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS

Lessons from the ‘first wave’

An attempt to understand India’s paradox of high COVID infection rate but low case rate and low case fatality rate and their implications for controlling epidemics.
COVER STORY: Chhattisgarh

Sharp spike in COVID cases in Chhattisgarh

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Chhattisgarh’s public health structure is on the verge of breakdown as it faces a deadly second wave.
COVID-19 Update: UTTAR PRADESH

Yogi regime takes refuge in hype amid corona surge

A sudden surge in COVID cases in Uttar Pradesh exposes the State government’s unpreparedness in handling the crisis.
Interview: Sachin Sawant

Sachin Sawant: ‘Democracy under threat’

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Interview with Sachin Sawant, spokesperson for the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.
Cover story: COVID-19 Update

In second COVID wave, Asia and Latin America suffer acute shortage of vaccines, health sectors overwhelmed

John Cherian Cover Story
As the pandemic rages across the world and nations of the global South continue to face several hurdles, billionaires add to their wealth and military spending increases.
Covid update

Maharashtra government opts for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Opting for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy, Maharashtra struggles with a truculent public and politicking by the Centre.
Vaccine

What are the criteria to compare vaccines?

T. Jacob John Cover Story
India had a golden opportunity to evaluate every serious ‘adverse events following immunisation’, but in the absence of trained public health officers, the job was not done well, leading to unanswered questions. Lack of transparency has led to lack of vaccine confidence.
Covid Update

COVID-19 vaccines: Trials & errors

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
As foreign-made vaccines are cleared for emergency use and post-approval parallel bridging clinical trials are waiting to be done, it becomes imperative for the adverse effects monitoring and surveillance system to be more effective than has been the case so far.
Cover story

COVID second wave: Clueless Centre cannot hold

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
As the second wave of COVID-19 rages across the nation overwhelming the public health system, the Central government remains clueless and ill-prepared.
Covid update

Tamil Nadu: Post-election curbs

R.K. Radhakrishnan The Nation
Infections rise in Tamil Nadu as a rudderless State government struggles to contain new COVID cases, while Puducherry fears a lockdown disrupting tourism.
Covid update

Tamil Nadu: Post-election curbs

R.K. Radhakrishnan The Nation
Infections rise in Tamil Nadu as a rudderless State government struggles to contain new COVID cases, while Puducherry fears a lockdown disrupting tourism.
Spotlight

World-class cancer hospital in Odisha to be set up with a substantial donation from Subroto and Susmita Bagchi

Prafulla Das The Nation
Entrepreneurs Subroto and Susmita Bagchi pledge to donate a total of Rs. 340 crore towards the establishment of a world-class cancer hospital and palliative care centre in Bhubaneswar.
Interview: Dr Shashank Joshi

Dr Shashank Joshi: ‘Vaccination will not impact surge’

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Shashank Joshi, member of the Maharashtra COVID Task Force and a consultant endocrinologist at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.
COVER STORY: Gujarat

Gujarat may soon overtake Maharashtra in COVID numbers

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
COVID numbers in Gujarat are rising dangerously, straining the State’s poor public health infrastructure. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS

Lessons from the ‘first wave’

An attempt to understand India’s paradox of high COVID infection rate but low case rate and low case fatality rate and their implications for controlling epidemics.
COVER STORY: Chhattisgarh

Sharp spike in COVID cases in Chhattisgarh

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Chhattisgarh’s public health structure is on the verge of breakdown as it faces a deadly second wave.
Cover story: COVID-19 Update

In second COVID wave, Asia and Latin America suffer acute shortage of vaccines, health sectors overwhelmed

John Cherian Cover Story
As the pandemic rages across the world and nations of the global South continue to face several hurdles, billionaires add to their wealth and military spending increases.
Covid update

Maharashtra government opts for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Opting for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy, Maharashtra struggles with a truculent public and politicking by the Centre.
Vaccine

What are the criteria to compare vaccines?

T. Jacob John Cover Story
India had a golden opportunity to evaluate every serious ‘adverse events following immunisation’, but in the absence of trained public health officers, the job was not done well, leading to unanswered questions. Lack of transparency has led to lack of vaccine confidence.
Covid Update

COVID-19 vaccines: Trials & errors

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
As foreign-made vaccines are cleared for emergency use and post-approval parallel bridging clinical trials are waiting to be done, it becomes imperative for the adverse effects monitoring and surveillance system to be more effective than has been the case so far.
Cover story

COVID second wave: Clueless Centre cannot hold

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
As the second wave of COVID-19 rages across the nation overwhelming the public health system, the Central government remains clueless and ill-prepared.
Controversy

Mumbai bomb scare case has shifted to one about allegations of corruption against politicians and police officers

Anupama Katakam The Nation
What started out as a probe into a bomb scare incident near the Ambanis’ residence in Mumbai has spiralled into an investigation into allegations of corruption against Cabinet Ministers and senior police officers in Maharashtra amid continuing attempts by the BJP to topple the Shiv Sena–led MVA government in the State.
Tribute

V. Anaimuthu (1925-2021): Crusader for social justice

V. Arasu Obituary
V. Anaimuthu (1925-2021), who strove to combine Periyarism with Marxism, will be remembered for his marathon labour of editing E.V. Ramasamy Periyar’s works and for his untiring efforts to implement the Mandal Commission report.

Targeting Gyanvapi mosque: Sangh Parivar starts campaign to 'liberate' Kashi Vishwanath temple

A Varanasi court order seeking an ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque emboldens Sangh Parivar outfits to start campaigns for ‘liberating’ the Kashi Vishwanath temple, leading to fears of a communal tension similar to the one stoked by the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in Ayodhya.
COVID-19 Update

Telangana feeling the strain of rising cases, vaccine shortage

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
Non-availability of doses is hampering the State’s vaccination drive even as the sudden increase in cases, attributed to a new strain of the virus, has led to a big jump in the number of patients needing hospitalisation and intensive care.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Families vulnerable in Andhra Pradesh

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
In Andhra Pradesh, entire families are getting the infection owing to asymptomatic cases and patients are slipping into distress within days, leaving little time for treatment. The vaccination drive has been plagued by shortage of vaccines.
COVID-19 Update: KARNATAKA

Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
Bengaluru has more than 65 per cent of all active cases recorded in Karnataka in a virulent second wave where the test positivity rate in the State is touching new highs.
COVID-19 Update: Kerala

Kerala’s two-pronged strategy to ‘crush the curve’

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
The Kerala government intensifies its containment and prevention strategies to bring down the test positivity rate during the second wave of infection, besides increasing the pace of vaccination despite delay in vaccine supply.
COVER STORY: Gujarat

Gujarat may soon overtake Maharashtra in COVID numbers

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
COVID numbers in Gujarat are rising dangerously, straining the State’s poor public health infrastructure. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS

Lessons from the ‘first wave’

An attempt to understand India’s paradox of high COVID infection rate but low case rate and low case fatality rate and their implications for controlling epidemics.
COVER STORY: Chhattisgarh

Sharp spike in COVID cases in Chhattisgarh

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Chhattisgarh’s public health structure is on the verge of breakdown as it faces a deadly second wave.
COVID-19 Update: UTTAR PRADESH

Yogi regime takes refuge in hype amid corona surge

A sudden surge in COVID cases in Uttar Pradesh exposes the State government’s unpreparedness in handling the crisis.
Interview: Sachin Sawant

Sachin Sawant: ‘Democracy under threat’

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Interview with Sachin Sawant, spokesperson for the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.
Cover story: COVID-19 Update

In second COVID wave, Asia and Latin America suffer acute shortage of vaccines, health sectors overwhelmed

John Cherian Cover Story
As the pandemic rages across the world and nations of the global South continue to face several hurdles, billionaires add to their wealth and military spending increases.
Interview: Romila Thapar

‘Hindutva is not the same as Hinduism’

Interview with the historian Romila Thapar.
Covid update

Maharashtra government opts for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Opting for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy, Maharashtra struggles with a truculent public and politicking by the Centre.
Vaccine

What are the criteria to compare vaccines?

T. Jacob John Cover Story
India had a golden opportunity to evaluate every serious ‘adverse events following immunisation’, but in the absence of trained public health officers, the job was not done well, leading to unanswered questions. Lack of transparency has led to lack of vaccine confidence.