COVER STORY

18-06-2021

Heartless in Gaza (June 18, 2021)

Briefing

Opposition to Israeli belligerence

Israeli attack on Gaza sparks global outrage

John Cherian Cover Story
Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip evokes unprecedented worldwide condemnation but right-wing regimes stand by it, while several Democratic leaders urge the Biden administration to protect the rights of Palestinians.
COVER STORY

Israel’s impunity, U.S.’ complicity

K.P. Fabian Cover Story
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resorts to military operations in Gaza with U.S. support to hold on to power and mow down Hamas as it is the only force that stands in the way of Israel’s long-term land grab operation.
West Asia

Savaging the Gaza Strip

John Cherian Cover Story
Israel targets the defenceless population of Gaza on the direct orders of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is desperately trying to cling on to power. After a long time, however, the Palestinians are putting up a united front against the occupation and the apartheid policies of the Zionist regime.
ESSAY

Modi as Tuqhlaq

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
What “benefits” does the Central Vista Project bring to India’s people? What is to be gained by massive statues built on land or sea?
SOCIAL ISSUES

Caste-based humiliation in Tamil Nadu village

Dalit elders are forced to prostrate before an extra-constitutional body consisting of caste Hindus for conducting a temple festival without their permission in a Tamil Nadu village.
Justice for Sterlite victims

Tamil Nadu government's remedial measures come as solace for Sterlite police violence victims

Ilangovan Rajasekaran Human rights
The Tamil Nadu government upgrades the appointments of those affected by police violence in Thoothukudi during the anti-Sterlite protests three years ago, and promises to implement other remedial measures recommended by a commission of inquiry.
COVID-19 Update: Maharashtra

Maharashtra for opening up slowly

LYLA BAVADAM Covid-19
Even as the Maharashtra government prepares to announce the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, it is well aware of the dilemma ahead.
COVID-19 Update: Gujarat

Pyres of a tragedy in Gujarat as the COVID-19 crisis worsens

Anupama Katakam Covid-19
The State’s fatality rate has not fallen and there is concern over unaccounted COVID deaths.
Kerala's efforts in tackling COVID-19

COVID-19: No room for laxity in Kerala as deaths rise even as cases fall

R. Krishnakumar Covid-19
The falling number of active cases and test positivity ratio offer a glimmer of hope, but the rising number of daily deaths is a source of worry.
COVID-19 Update: Goa

Failure of leadership in Goa is leading to the second wave of the pandemic not being handled well

Anupama Katakam Covid-19
There are no signs that the number of infections in Goa is decreasing, and the State’s infrastructure, including its health facilities, cannot cope with the pressure of the sudden increase in population that occurred after the 2020 lockdown was lifted.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Karnataka

COVID-19: Surge in rural Karnataka

In Karnataka, the daily death count remains high and rural areas experience a surge even as the overall case numbers decline.
COVID-19 Update: Telangana

COVID-19: What the numbers on the Telangana government’s website hide

Ravi Sharma Covid-19
As hospitals continue to be overwhelmed and doctors say that it is still too early to claim that Telangana is past the second wave of COVID, the numbers on the State government’s website do not reflect the true suffering of people on the ground.
COVID-19 Update: Tamil Nadu

COVID-19: An all-out battle in Tamil Nadu

Blatant violation of COVID-19 related norms in the urban centres and the pandemic’s rapid spread to the rural areas force the new government to pull out all the stops.
COVID-19 Update: Andhra Pradesh

COVID-19: Andhra Pradesh fight against pandemic marked by community involvement

Ravi Sharma Covid-19
Although the infection curve shows signs of flattening, the government ramps up measures to involve the people at every level in combating the pandemic.
COVID-19 Update: Jammu & Kashmir

Amid a surge of COVID cases in Jammu, the Union territory is facing a shortage of oxygen and vaccines

Ashutosh Sharma Covid-19
The daily death toll due to COVID-19 is rising in the Jammu area, but the administration of the Union Territory seems to be preoccupied more with controlling the narrative of the situation than dealing with the problems the pandemic has thrown up.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

High death count in West Bengal

As West Bengal continued to struggle with the COVID crisis and the death count showed no sign of coming down, the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas brought along its added share of misery and destruction.
COVID-19 Update: Odisha

Cyclone in COVID times

Prafulla Das Covid-19
Odisha continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with its focus on villages, where infections were found to be spreading.
COVID-19

Fudging the death count in Varanasi

Under-reporting of COVID deaths marks the pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh.
COVID-19 Update

Local body elections and the Kumbh Mela has taken COVID-19 infections into the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh

As western Uttar Pradesh counts its dead, Shamli tells a story of how ill-timed local elections turned into a COVID-19 superspreader event. The administration has only offered paltry assurances and pious advisories to the sick and vulnerable, while invisibilising the full impact of the pandemic.
Reports

How the poor live in the time of pandemic and lockdown

A report by trade union organisations highlights the problems the poor people face in Bengaluru because of the pandemic and the lockdown.
Interview: Dr Satyajit Rath

‘India needs to spread its bets on vaccines’: Dr Satyajit Rath

V. Sridhar Covid-19
Interview with Dr Satyajit Rath, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
Kerala's efforts in tackling COVID-19

COVID-19: No room for laxity in Kerala as deaths rise even as cases fall

R. Krishnakumar Covid-19
The falling number of active cases and test positivity ratio offer a glimmer of hope, but the rising number of daily deaths is a source of worry.
COVID-19 Update: Telangana

COVID-19: What the numbers on the Telangana government’s website hide

Ravi Sharma Covid-19
As hospitals continue to be overwhelmed and doctors say that it is still too early to claim that Telangana is past the second wave of COVID, the numbers on the State government’s website do not reflect the true suffering of people on the ground.
COVID-19 Update: Tamil Nadu

COVID-19: An all-out battle in Tamil Nadu

Blatant violation of COVID-19 related norms in the urban centres and the pandemic’s rapid spread to the rural areas force the new government to pull out all the stops.
COVID-19 Update: Andhra Pradesh

COVID-19: Andhra Pradesh fight against pandemic marked by community involvement

Ravi Sharma Covid-19
Although the infection curve shows signs of flattening, the government ramps up measures to involve the people at every level in combating the pandemic.
COVID-19 Update: Jammu & Kashmir

Amid a surge of COVID cases in Jammu, the Union territory is facing a shortage of oxygen and vaccines

Ashutosh Sharma Covid-19
The daily death toll due to COVID-19 is rising in the Jammu area, but the administration of the Union Territory seems to be preoccupied more with controlling the narrative of the situation than dealing with the problems the pandemic has thrown up.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

High death count in West Bengal

As West Bengal continued to struggle with the COVID crisis and the death count showed no sign of coming down, the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas brought along its added share of misery and destruction.
COVID-19 Update: Odisha

Cyclone in COVID times

Prafulla Das Covid-19
Odisha continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with its focus on villages, where infections were found to be spreading.
COVID-19 Update

Local body elections and the Kumbh Mela has taken COVID-19 infections into the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh

As western Uttar Pradesh counts its dead, Shamli tells a story of how ill-timed local elections turned into a COVID-19 superspreader event. The administration has only offered paltry assurances and pious advisories to the sick and vulnerable, while invisibilising the full impact of the pandemic.
COVID-19

Fudging the death count in Varanasi

Under-reporting of COVID deaths marks the pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh.
COVID-19

Hindu right-wing organisations in the U.S avail themselves of low-interest loans offered by the Small Business Administration

Divya Trivedi Covid-19
Even as questions are being asked in India about the money the Prime Minister and various Chief Ministers collected in the name of COVID relief, in the U.S. there are fears about the possibility of the government’s pandemic relief funds being used to further the agenda of Hindu right-wing organisations in that country.
COVID-19

Persons with disabilities face double whammy of inaccessibility and official apathy in the pandemic

Ashutosh Sharma Covid-19
Even as two reports on the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities point out cracks in the system, disability rights advocates complain about the inaccessibility of services and information during the lockdown and demand several concessions from the Central government, including free door-step vaccination.
COVID-19

BJP leaders promoting fake cures for COVID-19, peddling pseudoscience

Ziya Us Salam Covid-19
Elected BJP representatives find novel ways to promote fake cures for the coronavirus infection.
Reports

How the poor live in the time of pandemic and lockdown

A report by trade union organisations highlights the problems the poor people face in Bengaluru because of the pandemic and the lockdown.
COVID-19

Black fungus: The deathly infection

The incidence of black fungus, the fatal opportunistic infection, underscores the need for significant public health investment in disease control and puts India’s national health security challenges on high alert.
Modi, Yogi under RSS microscope

RSS top brass unhappy with Modi, Yogi handling of second wave

Rattled by the recent losses in elections to three State Assemblies and Uttar Pradesh’s local bodies, the RSS top brass takes stock of the situation to stem the groundswell of resentment against Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath among the Sangh Parivar’s rank and file.

Facts about mucormycosis

Covid-19
What is mucormycosisMucormycosis is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds or fungus called mucormycetes. There are five major ...
Justice for Sterlite victims

Tamil Nadu government's remedial measures come as solace for Sterlite police violence victims

Ilangovan Rajasekaran Human rights
The Tamil Nadu government upgrades the appointments of those affected by police violence in Thoothukudi during the anti-Sterlite protests three years ago, and promises to implement other remedial measures recommended by a commission of inquiry.
COVID-19 Update: Maharashtra

Maharashtra for opening up slowly

LYLA BAVADAM Covid-19
Even as the Maharashtra government prepares to announce the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, it is well aware of the dilemma ahead.
COVID-19 Update: Gujarat

Pyres of a tragedy in Gujarat as the COVID-19 crisis worsens

Anupama Katakam Covid-19
The State’s fatality rate has not fallen and there is concern over unaccounted COVID deaths.
COVID-19 Update: Goa

Failure of leadership in Goa is leading to the second wave of the pandemic not being handled well

Anupama Katakam Covid-19
There are no signs that the number of infections in Goa is decreasing, and the State’s infrastructure, including its health facilities, cannot cope with the pressure of the sudden increase in population that occurred after the 2020 lockdown was lifted.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Karnataka

COVID-19: Surge in rural Karnataka

In Karnataka, the daily death count remains high and rural areas experience a surge even as the overall case numbers decline.
Kerala's efforts in tackling COVID-19

COVID-19: No room for laxity in Kerala as deaths rise even as cases fall

R. Krishnakumar Covid-19
The falling number of active cases and test positivity ratio offer a glimmer of hope, but the rising number of daily deaths is a source of worry.
COVID-19 Update: Telangana

COVID-19: What the numbers on the Telangana government’s website hide

Ravi Sharma Covid-19
As hospitals continue to be overwhelmed and doctors say that it is still too early to claim that Telangana is past the second wave of COVID, the numbers on the State government’s website do not reflect the true suffering of people on the ground.
COVID-19 Update: Tamil Nadu

COVID-19: An all-out battle in Tamil Nadu

Blatant violation of COVID-19 related norms in the urban centres and the pandemic’s rapid spread to the rural areas force the new government to pull out all the stops.
COVID-19 Update: Andhra Pradesh

COVID-19: Andhra Pradesh fight against pandemic marked by community involvement

Ravi Sharma Covid-19
Although the infection curve shows signs of flattening, the government ramps up measures to involve the people at every level in combating the pandemic.
COVID-19 Update: Jammu & Kashmir

Amid a surge of COVID cases in Jammu, the Union territory is facing a shortage of oxygen and vaccines

Ashutosh Sharma Covid-19
The daily death toll due to COVID-19 is rising in the Jammu area, but the administration of the Union Territory seems to be preoccupied more with controlling the narrative of the situation than dealing with the problems the pandemic has thrown up.
COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

High death count in West Bengal

As West Bengal continued to struggle with the COVID crisis and the death count showed no sign of coming down, the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas brought along its added share of misery and destruction.
COVID-19 Update: Odisha

Cyclone in COVID times

Prafulla Das Covid-19
Odisha continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with its focus on villages, where infections were found to be spreading.
TRIBUTE

Sunderlal Bahuguna: Himalaya’s foot soldier

Ashish Kothari Obituary
Sunderlal Bahuguna’s (1927-2021) primary identity is of a crusader to save the Himalayan environment and people, but he also inspired generations of environmental activists outside the Chipko villages of Tehri Garhwal.
COVID-19 Update

Local body elections and the Kumbh Mela has taken COVID-19 infections into the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh

As western Uttar Pradesh counts its dead, Shamli tells a story of how ill-timed local elections turned into a COVID-19 superspreader event. The administration has only offered paltry assurances and pious advisories to the sick and vulnerable, while invisibilising the full impact of the pandemic.
COVID-19

Fudging the death count in Varanasi

Under-reporting of COVID deaths marks the pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh.
COVID-19

Hindu right-wing organisations in the U.S avail themselves of low-interest loans offered by the Small Business Administration

Divya Trivedi Covid-19
Even as questions are being asked in India about the money the Prime Minister and various Chief Ministers collected in the name of COVID relief, in the U.S. there are fears about the possibility of the government’s pandemic relief funds being used to further the agenda of Hindu right-wing organisations in that country.

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