COVER STORY

21-05-2021

Secular backlash (May 21, 2021)

Briefing

ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: ASSAM

Victory for divisive politics in Assam

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

BJP flexing muscle without a base

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover 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 ministership begins.
Assembly elections: Tamil Nadu

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

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover 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 whitewash in a waveless election that reinforces the hegemony of Dravidian parties in the State.
Assembly Elections: West Bengal

Bengal returns Mamata to power

The Trinamool Congress beats anti-incumbency to win its third consecutive Assembly election as the people of West Bengal vote to keep out the Bharatiya Janata Party.
TRIBUTE

Rajan Mishra (1951-2021): Musical mind of Banaras

Vivek Sachdeva Obituary
Pandit Rajan Mishra (1951-2021) carried the rich tradition of the Banaras Gharana of Hindustani classical music to great heights.
Tribute

Manoj Das (1934-2021): Master storyteller

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, the traditions of Panchatantra, the Jataka tales and Katha Sarita Sagar for contemporary needs.
ESSAY

Passport and liberty

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
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 Constitution and of human rights as defined by international covenants.
COVID second wave

COVID second wave: Telangana slow to act

Ravi Sharma 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 government also stands accused of low level of testing and under-reporting of cases.
COVID-19 Update

COVID second wave: Surge warning in Kerala

R. Krishnakumar 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 the State has been preparing to deal with any crisis.

COVID second wave: Odisha thinks ahead

Prafulla Das Public 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 pandemic.
COVID second wave

COVID second wave: Andhra Pradesh caught unawares

Ravi Sharma Public 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, even as it struggles with a vaccine paucity.
COVID-19 Update: Karnataka

Karnataka: Pandemic situation out of control

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

Assam: Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases

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 strong earthquake on April 28 puts more pressure on it.
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

Anupama Katakam 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 handled more effectively if a community-based approach was adopted with state assistance in handling treatment and vaccination rollout.
COVID-19 Update: Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh: Punishing the victims and volunteers

Divya Trivedi 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 dealing with the COVID crisis.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

Politics sans protocols in Bengal

Unscrupulous politicians and a callous public exacerbate the COVID crisis in West Bengal.
COVID-19 Update: Maharashtra

Maharashtra fights COVID-19

Lyla Bavadam Covid-19
As Maharashtra renews efforts to fight COVID-19, hidden truths start emerging.
COVID-19 Update

Court steps in to ease congestion in jails

Lyla Bavadam Public Health
COVID-19 has struck Maharashtra’s prisons again. As of April 25, there were 230 active cases among inmates and 110 staffers who had tested positive ...
Interview: Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public Health
Interview with Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist.
COVID-19 Second Wave

Second wave overwhelms Delhi’s health care facilities and crematoriums

Anando Bhakto 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 State government and the Centre are indulging in a blame game.
Assembly Elections: Kerala

Red-letter day in Kerala

R. Krishnakumar Cover 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 governance, development activities and visionary policies. Despite its tall claims, the BJP lost even the single seat it had in the Assembly and the Congress-led United Democratic Front finds itself weak and clueless.
COVER STORY

Secular surge stuns Sangh Parivar

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 plans of establishing Hindutva political hegemony across all regions and reinforces India’s political diversity and federal character.
COVID-19 Update

COVID second wave: Surge warning in Kerala

R. Krishnakumar 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 the State has been preparing to deal with any crisis.

COVID second wave: Odisha thinks ahead

Prafulla Das Public 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 pandemic.
COVID second wave

COVID second wave: Andhra Pradesh caught unawares

Ravi Sharma Public 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, even as it struggles with a vaccine paucity.
COVID-19 Update: Karnataka

Karnataka: Pandemic situation out of control

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

Assam: Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases

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 strong earthquake on April 28 puts more pressure on it.
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

Anupama Katakam 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 handled more effectively if a community-based approach was adopted with state assistance in handling treatment and vaccination rollout.
COVID-19 Update: Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh: Punishing the victims and volunteers

Divya Trivedi 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 dealing with the COVID crisis.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

Politics sans protocols in Bengal

Unscrupulous politicians and a callous public exacerbate the COVID crisis in West Bengal.
COVID-19 Update

Court steps in to ease congestion in jails

Lyla Bavadam Public Health
COVID-19 has struck Maharashtra’s prisons again. As of April 25, there were 230 active cases among inmates and 110 staffers who had tested positive ...
Interview: Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public Health
Interview with Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist.
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

R. Ramachandran Public 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 the task force—whose only job seems to be to endorse the decisions of its political masters—and the government to prepare for or take steps to mitigate the inevitable second wave of the pandemic. Should such a task force not be taken to task for its laxity and negligence?
Media

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

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 from the renowned journalist P. Sainath in its report.
COVID-19 Update: Karnataka

Karnataka: Pandemic situation out of control

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

Assam: Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases

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 strong earthquake on April 28 puts more pressure on it.
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

Anupama Katakam 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 handled more effectively if a community-based approach was adopted with state assistance in handling treatment and vaccination rollout.
COVID-19 Update: Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh: Punishing the victims and volunteers

Divya Trivedi 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 dealing with the COVID crisis.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

Politics sans protocols in Bengal

Unscrupulous politicians and a callous public exacerbate the COVID crisis in West Bengal.
COVID-19 Update

Court steps in to ease congestion in jails

Lyla Bavadam Public Health
COVID-19 has struck Maharashtra’s prisons again. As of April 25, there were 230 active cases among inmates and 110 staffers who had tested positive ...
Interview: Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public Health
Interview with Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist.
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

R. Ramachandran Public 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 the task force—whose only job seems to be to endorse the decisions of its political masters—and the government to prepare for or take steps to mitigate the inevitable second wave of the pandemic. Should such a task force not be taken to task for its laxity and negligence?
COVID-19 Update: Karnataka

Karnataka: Pandemic situation out of control

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

Assam: Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases

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 strong earthquake on April 28 puts more pressure on it.
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

Anupama Katakam 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 handled more effectively if a community-based approach was adopted with state assistance in handling treatment and vaccination rollout.
COVID-19 Update: Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh: Punishing the victims and volunteers

Divya Trivedi 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 dealing with the COVID crisis.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

Politics sans protocols in Bengal

Unscrupulous politicians and a callous public exacerbate the COVID crisis in West Bengal.
COVID-19 Update: Maharashtra

Maharashtra fights COVID-19

Lyla Bavadam Covid-19
As Maharashtra renews efforts to fight COVID-19, hidden truths start emerging.
COVID-19 Update

Court steps in to ease congestion in jails

Lyla Bavadam Public Health
COVID-19 has struck Maharashtra’s prisons again. As of April 25, there were 230 active cases among inmates and 110 staffers who had tested positive ...
Interview: Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public Health
Interview with Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist.
COVID-19 Second Wave

Second wave overwhelms Delhi’s health care facilities and crematoriums

Anando Bhakto 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 State government and the Centre are indulging in a blame game.
COVID-19 Second Wave

Pandemic second wave deepens into unprecedented crisis

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

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

V. Sridhar Covid-19
The Modi government’s decision to deregulate vaccine procurement and deliveries, just as the vaccine rollout runs into a supply constraint, threatens to leave millions of people uncovered. In the process, it compromises the nation’s defence against the virus.
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

R. Ramachandran Public 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 the task force—whose only job seems to be to endorse the decisions of its political masters—and the government to prepare for or take steps to mitigate the inevitable second wave of the pandemic. Should such a task force not be taken to task for its laxity and negligence?
TRIBUTE

Rajan Mishra (1951-2021): Musical mind of Banaras

Vivek Sachdeva Obituary
Pandit Rajan Mishra (1951-2021) carried the rich tradition of the Banaras Gharana of Hindustani classical music to great heights.
Tribute

Manoj Das (1934-2021): Master storyteller

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, the traditions of Panchatantra, the Jataka tales and Katha Sarita Sagar for contemporary needs.
ESSAY

Passport and liberty

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
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 Constitution and of human rights as defined by international covenants.
COVID second wave

COVID second wave: Telangana slow to act

Ravi Sharma 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 government also stands accused of low level of testing and under-reporting of cases.
COVID-19 Update

COVID second wave: Surge warning in Kerala

R. Krishnakumar 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 the State has been preparing to deal with any crisis.

COVID second wave: Odisha thinks ahead

Prafulla Das Public 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 pandemic.
COVID second wave

COVID second wave: Andhra Pradesh caught unawares

Ravi Sharma Public 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, even as it struggles with a vaccine paucity.
COVID-19 Update: Karnataka

Karnataka: Pandemic situation out of control

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

Assam: Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases

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 strong earthquake on April 28 puts more pressure on it.
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

Anupama Katakam 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 handled more effectively if a community-based approach was adopted with state assistance in handling treatment and vaccination rollout.
COVID-19 Update: Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh: Punishing the victims and volunteers

Divya Trivedi 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 dealing with the COVID crisis.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

Politics sans protocols in Bengal

Unscrupulous politicians and a callous public exacerbate the COVID crisis in West Bengal.
COVID-19 Update: Maharashtra

Maharashtra fights COVID-19

Lyla Bavadam Covid-19
As Maharashtra renews efforts to fight COVID-19, hidden truths start emerging.
COVID-19 Update

Court steps in to ease congestion in jails

Lyla Bavadam Public Health
COVID-19 has struck Maharashtra’s prisons again. As of April 25, there were 230 active cases among inmates and 110 staffers who had tested positive ...
Interview: Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public Health
Interview with Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist and epidemiologist.
COVID-19 Second Wave

Second wave overwhelms Delhi’s health care facilities and crematoriums

Anando Bhakto 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 State government and the Centre are indulging in a blame game.