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02-07-2021

COVID in the time of neoliberal capitalism (July 2, 2021)

Briefing

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ISRAEL

End of the Netanyahu era

World Affairs
Disparate parties come together to form the new anti-Likud coalition government denying Benjamin Netanyahu yet another stint in office. In the power-s
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Essay

Governor: A colonial relic

India
Successive governments at the Centre abused their power to plant their men in State capitals as Governors, wrecking the parliamentary system in the St
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Reservation

Maratha reservation: quota confusion

Social Issues
The twists and turns in the Maratha reservation issue and the impact it can have on electoral politics in Maharashtra.
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The Centre vs West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee vs New Delhi: Wrong arm of the Centre

Politics
Relations between the Centre and the West Bengal government reached a new low as the Centre, in an unprecedented act seen as a blatant attempt at subv
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Communalism

The virus of hate

Communalism
Amid the lockdown, there have been reports of attacks against Muslim men in parts of north India. In many instances, they were asked to chant ‘Jai Shr
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Free bus travel for women

Tamil Nadu launches free bus travel for women’s empowerment

Gender
Tamil Nadu’s scheme facilitating free bus travel for women is laudable as it will boost their work participation rate, but the government must evaluat
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EDUCATION

College draft syllabus: Messing with history

Education
The UGC’s new draft of college-level history syllabus is a continuation of the Sangh Parivar’s attempts at saffronisation of Indian history.
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COVID-19

Children as victims of the pandemic

Covid-19
The discriminatory impact of the pandemic is resulting in poverty, rising malnutrition rates and mental trauma among children. Many of them have lost
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Agriculture

MoU between the Union Ministry of Agriculture, Microsoft India and CropData Technology Pvt. Ltd for a pilot project to develop a farmer interface may lead to these private companies gaining access to farmers’ personal data

Agriculture
The Union government is preparing a national database comprising a wide range of data on farmers. But the project has raised serious questions becaus
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COVID-19

Unearthing the story of the sand burials on the banks of the Ganga

Covid-19
The ghats of Varanasi were overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of cremations and even sand burials in April-May during the devastating second wave
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Tribute: Mythily Sivaraman

Mythily Sivaraman: Quintessential Marxist

Obituary
Mythily Sivaraman (1939-2021), a veteran Marxist leader who played a pioneering role in raising public awareness on women’s rights and class issues an
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COVID-19

Dismantling regulatory mechanisms governing vaccines

Covid-19
Having blundered on the COVID-19 vaccine front, the Narendra Modi government now appears to be pandering to the demands of the vaccine multinationals.
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COVID-19

India's vaccination policy: A U-turn and a spin

Covid-19
Intense pressure from the opposition and the Supreme Court’s reprimand force the Prime Minister to announce free vaccination for all in the 18-44 age
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COVID-19

Farming in a crisis

Covid-19
If agriculture was the only sector to grow during the first wave of the pandemic, the picture is not so rosy now in Maharashtra as the COVID restricti
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Politics

The BJP’s leadership tussle centring around Uttar Pradesh intensified ahead of the 2022 Assembly election

Politics
The not-so-secret conflict between Narendra Modi and Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh intensifes ahead of the State Assembly election in 2022.
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Mehul Choksi case

The law and an outlaw: the hunt for Mehul Choksi

India
The Mehul Choksi extradition saga takes a new turn, involving a honey trap, violence and a dramatic escape, but legal hurdles and confusion over citiz
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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Perils of vacuous claims

Covid-19
The Central government’s claim of having controlled the second wave in the shortest possible time is hollow. Studies indicate the challenges to come:
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COVID-19 Update: Tamil Nadu

COVID-19: Chennai’s success story

Covid-19
The city Corporation’s new strategy of expanding emergency care infrastructure, conducting door-to-door surveys and follow-ups and encouraging public
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Economic Perspectives

Communique released after G7 Finance Ministers’ summit does not have much to offer beyond commitments already agreed upon

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The global minimum tax proposal that the G7 Finance Ministers’ summit agreed upon falls disappointingly short of what is needed and possible. And the
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TRIBUTE

Buddhadeb Dasgupta: Master of surreal art

Obituary
With Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s (1944-2021) death, Indian cinema has lost one of its most original, iconoclastic figures who helped put it back on the world
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Baghjan blowout

A gas well explosion that is now an ecological nightmare

Environment
An inquiry report lists the massive damage to ecology and wildlife caused by the five-month-long blowout and explosion at OIL’s gas well at Baghjan in