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21-05-2021

Secular backlash (May 21, 2021)

Briefing

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Tribute

Manoj Das: Master storyteller

Obituary
Writer and educator Manoj Das (1934-2021) will be remembered, most of all, as a narrator and storyteller par excellence who belonged to, and reclaimed
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Judicial nod for 'khula' practice

Landmark Kerala HC verdict restores a right for Muslim women

India
A recent Kerala High Court judgment upholding the legitimacy of 'khula' strikes a blow for Muslim women by granting them the right to annul marriage t
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COVID second wave

COVID second wave: Telangana slow to act

Covid-19
A sudden surge in infections, coupled with the Centre’s alleged bias in oxygen and vaccine supply, worsens the situation in the State, but the TRS gov
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ESSAY

Passport and liberty

India
The denial of the right to a passport and travel outside the country amounts to a denial of the fundamental rights of the citizen enshrined in the Con
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COVID second wave

COVID second wave: Andhra Pradesh caught unawares

Health
Overwhelmed by a sudden spate of infections, the government ramps up hospital facilities and augments tele-consultation in a bid to optimise bed usage
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COVID-19 Update

COVID second wave: Surge warning in Kerala

Covid-19
Mutant variants are likely to cause a surge in the number of cases in the State in the coming weeks, but in nearly a year of well-planned initiatives
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COVID second wave: Odisha thinks ahead

Health
As the number of fresh daily cases starts climbing in Odisha, the State government swings into action by announcing a slew of measures to combat the p
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COVID-19 Update: ASSAM

Assam: Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases

Covid-19
An exponential growth in the number of new infections in all the districts prompts the government to double up pandemic management measures even as a
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COVID-19 Update: Karnataka

Karnataka: Pandemic situation out of control

Covid-19
Karnataka faces a severe challenge with shortage of hospital beds and vaccines as the infection spreads and cases surge.
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COVID-19 Update: Gujarat

Gujarat’s one-time claim of being a model State stands exposed by its inability to cope with the second wave of the pandemic

Covid-19
As Gujarat struggles with the increasing number of cases, many activists and noted members of civil society have suggested that the crisis could be ha
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COVID-19 Update: Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh: Punishing the victims and volunteers

Covid-19
Even as people fall dead “like flies” in the State, the Yogi Adityanath administration is bent on punishing those who expose its shortcomings in deali
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COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

Politics sans protocols in Bengal

Covid-19
Unscrupulous politicians and a callous public exacerbate the COVID crisis in West Bengal.
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Interview: Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist

Ramanan Laxminarayan: ‘Vaccination the only way out of the pandemic’

Health
Interview with Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist.
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COVID-19 Update: Maharashtra

Maharashtra fights COVID-19

Covid-19
As Maharashtra renews efforts to fight COVID-19, hidden truths start emerging.
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COVID-19 Second Wave

Second wave overwhelms Delhi’s health care facilities and crematoriums

Covid-19
Even as health care facilities are overwhelmed by the massive surge in infections and crematoriums are fast running out of space and firewood, the Sta
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COVID-19 Second Wave

Pandemic second wave deepens into unprecedented crisis

Covid-19
The government has few constructive leads to offer as the second wave of the pandemic develops into a crisis of an unprecedented scale.
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COVID-19 Second Wave

The fiasco that is India’s COVID-19 vaccine policy

Covid-19
The Modi government’s decision to deregulate vaccine procurement and deliveries, just as the vaccine rollout runs into a supply constraint, threatens
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COVID-19 Update

Opaqueness in India’s National Task Force for COVID-19 shows the government did not prepare for the second wave of the pandemic

Health
The fact that India does not know the names of the 21 members of its National Task Force for COVID-19 is emblematic of the colossal failure of both th
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Economic Perspectives

Sharp economic divergence in global impact of pandemic

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The annual Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank note the sharp divergence in the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic globally and also p
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ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: ASSAM

Victory for divisive politics in Assam

Lead Story
The BJP succeeds in projecting the Congress-led alliance as protectors of Bangladeshi infiltrators and polarising voters on religious lines.
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ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: PUDUCHERRY

BJP flexing muscle without a base

Lead Story
The BJP comes to power in Puducherry riding on the back of the N.R. Congress, but there is trouble brewing in the alliance as the tussle for chief min
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Assembly elections: Tamil Nadu

Sunrise in Dravidian land: DMK storms back to power in Tamil Nadu

Lead Story
The DMK storms back to power in Tamil Nadu after a gap of 10 years by registering a comfortable victory, while the AIADMK succeeds in preventing a whi
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Assembly Elections: West Bengal

Bengal returns Mamata to power

Lead Story
The Trinamool Congress beats anti-incumbency to win its third consecutive Assembly election as the people of West Bengal vote to keep out the Bharatiy
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Assembly Elections: Kerala

Red-letter day in Kerala

Lead Story
In a historic verdict, Kerala returns the Left Democratic Front to power for the positive impact its government made on people’s lives, efficient gove
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COVER STORY

Secular surge stuns Sangh Parivar

Lead Story
The massive victory of the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu and the LDF in Kerala, overturns the BJP’s grand plan
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Media

The government tries to erect a facade of media freedom in response to India's low ranking in Press Freedom Index

India
A committee set up by the government to improve India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index covers the blemishes and disregards the dissent note
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Interview: Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India

Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India: ‘I don’t see India walking the talk’

Books
Interview with Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India, on his newly published Hostility: A Diplomat’s Diary on Pakistan-India Rela