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Bungling Big Time (June 4, 2021)



Kerala struggles, stretched to the limit

Lead Story
With a sudden spike in infections straining the State’s public health infrastructure, the government is ramping up ICU/bed capacity and other resource
COVID-19 Update

COVID second wave: Health sector in the north-eastern States put to the test

Lead Story
As the north-eastern States struggle to cope with the alarming rise in cases in the second wave of COVID-19, critical gaps in public health infrastruc

Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is turning out to be a complicated affair

World Affairs
The complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan before September 11 is turning out to be a complicated affair amid fears of Taliban supremacy

New Tamil Nadu government in action from Day 1

Lead Story
Amid the rising number of deaths, the new government pulls out all the stops to meet medical needs such as beds, oxygen and medicines.

Sumitra Bhave: A quiet rebel

Sumitra Bhave’s (1943-2021) Marathi films were important signposts for expressing popular disquiet in a strikingly restrained language.
Jammu & Kashmir

Beyond the ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmir

The prolonged conflict and ceasefire violations along the Line of Control have left several families in the border villages scarred for life, and help
COVID-19 States Update: Karnataka

Grim situation in Karnataka with second wave of COVID-19 pandemic

Lead Story
Bengaluru and several districts reel under the rising caseload and casualties even as a young MP in a brash act attempts to communalise a so-called be

Shahi Idgah mosque and Gyanwapi mosque: next targets of RSS

The recent petitions seeking the conversion of the Shahi Idgah mosque at Mathura and the Gyanwapi mosque at Varanasi are in line with the revanchist a
COVID-19 States Update: Andhra Pradesh

Worst of times in Andhra Pradesh

Lead Story
In Andhra Pradesh, hospitals are running out of beds and medical oxygen supplies, health workers are under tremendous pressure, and vaccines are extre
COVID-19 States Update: Odisha

Surge shock in Odisha

Lead Story
The State administration, which was not prepared for an alarming second wave, is focussed on getting its act together.
COVID-19 States Update: Telangana

Telangana: Suppressing numbers

Lead Story
Telangana’s citizens have more than their fair share of woes: oxygen is unavailable, ICU/ventilator beds are hard to get, and crematoria and graveyard
COVID-19 States Update: West Bengal

COVID toll rising in West Bengal

Lead Story
Since May 4 more than 100 people have been dying of COVID daily in West Bengal as the government’s desperate attempts to improve infrastructure fail t
COVID-19 States Update: Delhi

The State government and the Centre continue to bicker with each other as the citizens of Delhi grapple with the pandemic

Lead Story
Although there appears to be a slight dip in the number of COVID-19 cases and in the positivity rate, neither the Centre nor the AAP government nor th

Central Vista project rides roughshod over heritage

The Modi government’s Rs.20,000-crore Central Vista redevelopment project, work on which proceeds apace despite the COVID-19 pandemic, has come in for
Tamil Nadu election analysis

Tamil Nadu remains an impregnable Dravidian territory in electoral politics

The 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly election results demonstrate yet again that the vast majority of the voters are firmly behind the two major Dravidian par
COVID-19 States Update: Maharashtra

Mumbai shows the way

Lead Story
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation makes efforts on a war footing to control COVID-19 spread with good results, but rural Maharashtra sees a rise
COVID-19 States update: Gujarat

The missing dead in Gujarat

Lead Story
The Vijay Rupani government keeps the casualty figures down, maintaining that it only counted those who died of COVID and not those who succumbed to c
Cover Story

Setback for BJP in UP local body elections

Lead Story
Notwithstanding the Central government’s push to promote “positivity” as the way out of the COVID crisis, the local body elections in the BJP’s bastio
COVID-19 Update: Second Wave

COVID-19 spreading into Chhattisgarh’s remote forest areas, and among Maoists

Lead Story
The infection seems to be spreading by leaps and bounds into the hinterland, including those areas under the control of armed left-wing extremists. Th
Interview: Dr Mathew Varghese

Dr Mathew Varghese: ‘Why didn’t China fail?’

Interview with Dr Mathew Varghese, public health expert and former director, St. Stephen’s Hospital, New Delhi.
Covid update

A dystopian nightmare in Uttar Pradesh as the second wave of the pandemic hits hard

Lead Story
Corpses floating in the Ganga, neglect of patients and low testing, and, above all, a crackdown on those who raise their voice—what is happening in Ut
COVID-19 Update Second Wave

The B.1.617 variant of COVID-19 that emerged in India is spreading to South Asia and beyond

Lead Story
As the COVID-19 variant that emerged in India last year spreads beyond its borders, the epicentre of the pandemic shifts from Latin America to South A
Interview: Irfan Engineer

Irfan Engineer on the scapegoating of minorities in a pandemic

Interview with Irfan Engineer, director, Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism.
COVID-19 Second Wave Update

The courts' interventions over the COVID situation point to rudderless governance

Lead Story
The Supreme Court taking suo motu cognisance of the COVID situation and the interventions of some High Courts regarding State governments’ response du
Interview: Satyajit Rath

‘Variant tracking an essential part of long-term strategy’: Satyajit Rath

Lead Story
Interview with Satyajit Rath, immunologist and visiting faculty, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
COVID-19 Second Wave update: Bihar

Bihar: Death and deceit

Lead Story
As Bihar’s tottering health care system struggles to cope, its political masters remain in isolation, leaving a hapless people to fend for themselves.
K.R. Gouri Amma

K.R. Gouri Amma: Death of a red star

K.R. Gouri Amma (1919-2021), the only surviving member of the first democratically elected communist government in Kerala in 1957, was committed to th
Cover Story

Government's all round failure to manage pandemic exposed

Lead Story
Latest COVID-19 infection numbers indicate that the second wave may have hit a plateau, but despite the crisis being nowhere near the end, the Modi re
Cover Story: COVID-19 Second Wave

India’s gigantic death toll due to COVID-19 is thrice the official numbers

Lead Story
Some seven million people worldwide have died in the pandemic, almost double the official reports. More than 6.5 lakh Indians, not the 2.25 lakh repor
Cover Story: COVID-19 Second Wave

Dr Anurag Agrawal: ‘Global surveillance is important’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Anurag Agrawal, Director, Institute of Genomic and Integrative Biology.
Economic Perspectives

Global commodity price spike, or commodity ‘supercycle’, is a ‘boom’ without promise

C.P. Chandrasekhar
It is speculated that the world economy is set to experience another commodity price spike, or commodity “supercycle”, a tendency in which most commod
COVID-19 Second wave: Goa

In battle of egos between Sawant and Rane, people lose

Lead Story
The shortage of vaccines and oxygen weakens the fight against COVID in Goa and the conflict between the Chief Minister and Health Minister does not he
COVID-19 Second Wave: Punjab

Punjab: Worrying spread in COVID second wave

Lead Story
Punjab sees COVID reach rural areas, which were largely unaffected by the first wave of the pandemic.