COVER STORY

04-06-2021

Bungling Big Time (June 4, 2021)

Briefing

COVID-19

Kerala struggles, stretched to the limit

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
With a sudden spike in infections straining the State’s public health infrastructure, the government is ramping up ICU/bed capacity and other resources as it anticipates grim days ahead.
COVID-19 Update

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

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 infrastructure in the region stand exposed.
COVID-19

New Tamil Nadu government in action from Day 1

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover 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.
COVID-19 States Update: Karnataka

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover 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 bed allocation scam.
U.S.-China

U.S. gathers allies to form a coalition against China

John Cherian World Affairs
The Biden administration’s anti-China rhetoric is getting louder, while its military and economic sabre-rattling gets a boost from Australia, India and Japan, which does not augur well for the global order.
COVID-19

Kerala struggles, stretched to the limit

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
With a sudden spike in infections straining the State’s public health infrastructure, the government is ramping up ICU/bed capacity and other resources as it anticipates grim days ahead.
Afghanistan

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

John Cherian 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 and concerns among neighbouring countries.
COVID-19 Update

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

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 infrastructure in the region stand exposed.
Jammu & Kashmir

Beyond the ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmir

Ashutosh Sharma The Nation
The prolonged conflict and ceasefire violations along the Line of Control have left several families in the border villages scarred for life, and help from both the civilian administration and the Army has come in fits and starts.
COVID-19

New Tamil Nadu government in action from Day 1

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover 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.
TRIBUTE

Sumitra Bhave: A quiet rebel

Sumitra Bhave’s (1943-2021) Marathi films were important signposts for expressing popular disquiet in a strikingly restrained language.
COVID-19 States Update: Karnataka

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover 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 bed allocation scam.
ESSAY

Shahi Idgah mosque and Gyanwapi mosque: next targets of RSS

A.G. NOORANI Communalism
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 agenda of the Sangh Parivar.
COVID-19 States Update: Telangana

Telangana: Suppressing numbers

Ravi Sharma Cover 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 graveyards are overwhelmed. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 States Update: Andhra Pradesh

Worst of times in Andhra Pradesh

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
In Andhra Pradesh, hospitals are running out of beds and medical oxygen supplies, health workers are under tremendous pressure, and vaccines are extremely hard to come by.
COVID-19 States Update: Odisha

Surge shock in Odisha

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

COVID toll rising in West Bengal

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 to catch up with the spread of the infection.
Controversy

Central Vista project rides roughshod over heritage

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
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 widespread criticism owing to its lack of transparency and disregard for national heritage.
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

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 the Lieutenant Governor seems able to get a handle on the crisis, with the people of the State having to largely fend for themselves.
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 parties and that no third party or front, national or home-grown, can hope to emerge as a meaningful challenger.
COVID-19 States Update: Telangana

Telangana: Suppressing numbers

Ravi Sharma Cover 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 graveyards are overwhelmed. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 States Update: Andhra Pradesh

Worst of times in Andhra Pradesh

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
In Andhra Pradesh, hospitals are running out of beds and medical oxygen supplies, health workers are under tremendous pressure, and vaccines are extremely hard to come by.
COVID-19 States Update: Odisha

Surge shock in Odisha

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

COVID toll rising in West Bengal

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 to catch up with the spread of the infection.
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

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 the Lieutenant Governor seems able to get a handle on the crisis, with the people of the State having to largely fend for themselves.
COVID-19 States Update: Maharashtra

Mumbai shows the way

Lyla Bavadam Cover 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 in cases.
COVID-19 States update: Gujarat

The missing dead in Gujarat

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 co-morbidities.
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.
Cover Story

Setback for BJP in UP local body elections

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 bastion Uttar Pradesh show that the pandemic has made a dent in the party’s political stock. The Samajwadi Party races ahead of the ruling BJP.
COVID-19 Update: Second Wave

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

Divya Trivedi Cover 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. The Central and State governments have not as yet come up with any plan to roll out vaccines in the State’s remote rural and tribal hamlets.
COVID-19 Update Second Wave

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

John Cherian Cover 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 Asia and the wider region. And there is no sign of the infection abating even as the world faces an acute vaccine shortage.
Interview: Irfan Engineer

Irfan Engineer on the scapegoating of minorities in a pandemic

Anupama Katakam Covid-19
Interview with Irfan Engineer, director, Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism.
Covid update

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

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 Uttar Pradesh is a perfect example of how not to handle a pandemic.
Interview: Satyajit Rath

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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

Anisha George Cover 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.
COVID-19 Second Wave Update

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

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The Supreme Court taking suo motu cognisance of the COVID situation and the interventions of some High Courts regarding State governments’ response during the second wave of infection ‘provide direction’ to an otherwise rudderless governance.
COVID-19 States Update: Telangana

Telangana: Suppressing numbers

Ravi Sharma Cover 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 graveyards are overwhelmed. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 States Update: Andhra Pradesh

Worst of times in Andhra Pradesh

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
In Andhra Pradesh, hospitals are running out of beds and medical oxygen supplies, health workers are under tremendous pressure, and vaccines are extremely hard to come by.
COVID-19 States Update: Odisha

Surge shock in Odisha

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

COVID toll rising in West Bengal

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 to catch up with the spread of the infection.
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

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 the Lieutenant Governor seems able to get a handle on the crisis, with the people of the State having to largely fend for themselves.
COVID-19 States Update: Maharashtra

Mumbai shows the way

Lyla Bavadam Cover 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 in cases.
COVID-19 States update: Gujarat

The missing dead in Gujarat

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 co-morbidities.
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.
Cover Story

Setback for BJP in UP local body elections

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 bastion Uttar Pradesh show that the pandemic has made a dent in the party’s political stock. The Samajwadi Party races ahead of the ruling BJP.
COVID-19 Update: Second Wave

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

Divya Trivedi Cover 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. The Central and State governments have not as yet come up with any plan to roll out vaccines in the State’s remote rural and tribal hamlets.
Covid update

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

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 Uttar Pradesh is a perfect example of how not to handle a pandemic.
COVID-19 Update Second Wave

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

John Cherian Cover 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 Asia and the wider region. And there is no sign of the infection abating even as the world faces an acute vaccine shortage.
Interview: Irfan Engineer

Irfan Engineer on the scapegoating of minorities in a pandemic

Anupama Katakam Covid-19
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

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The Supreme Court taking suo motu cognisance of the COVID situation and the interventions of some High Courts regarding State governments’ response during the second wave of infection ‘provide direction’ to an otherwise rudderless governance.
Interview: Satyajit Rath

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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

Anisha George Cover 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.
Afghanistan

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

John Cherian 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 and concerns among neighbouring countries.
COVID-19 Update

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

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 infrastructure in the region stand exposed.
Jammu & Kashmir

Beyond the ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmir

Ashutosh Sharma The Nation
The prolonged conflict and ceasefire violations along the Line of Control have left several families in the border villages scarred for life, and help from both the civilian administration and the Army has come in fits and starts.
COVID-19

New Tamil Nadu government in action from Day 1

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover 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.
TRIBUTE

Sumitra Bhave: A quiet rebel

Sumitra Bhave’s (1943-2021) Marathi films were important signposts for expressing popular disquiet in a strikingly restrained language.
COVID-19 States Update: Karnataka

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover 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 bed allocation scam.
ESSAY

Shahi Idgah mosque and Gyanwapi mosque: next targets of RSS

A.G. NOORANI Communalism
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 agenda of the Sangh Parivar.
COVID-19 States Update: Telangana

Telangana: Suppressing numbers

Ravi Sharma Cover 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 graveyards are overwhelmed. But the government is in denial.
COVID-19 States Update: Andhra Pradesh

Worst of times in Andhra Pradesh

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
In Andhra Pradesh, hospitals are running out of beds and medical oxygen supplies, health workers are under tremendous pressure, and vaccines are extremely hard to come by.
COVID-19 States Update: Odisha

Surge shock in Odisha

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

COVID toll rising in West Bengal

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 to catch up with the spread of the infection.
Controversy

Central Vista project rides roughshod over heritage

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
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 widespread criticism owing to its lack of transparency and disregard for national heritage.
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

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 the Lieutenant Governor seems able to get a handle on the crisis, with the people of the State having to largely fend for themselves.
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 parties and that no third party or front, national or home-grown, can hope to emerge as a meaningful challenger.
COVID-19 States Update: Maharashtra

Mumbai shows the way

Lyla Bavadam Cover 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 in cases.
COVID-19 States update: Gujarat

The missing dead in Gujarat

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 co-morbidities.

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