COVER STORY

19-11-2021

A Tall Story (November 19, 2021)

Briefing

COVID-19

After Durga Puja, COVID cases rise in West Bengal

The number of COVID cases has risen sharply in West Bengal after the Durga puja celebrations when people threw COVID-safety norms to the winds and the administration went easy on enforcement.
COVID-19

Mishandling COVID-19: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s ‘crime against humanity’

John Cherian Cover Story
Despite a parliamentary report indicting him for nine crimes relating to his handling of the COVID-19 situation in Brazil, including “crime against humanity”, President Jair Bolsonaro remains unapologetic and continues to downplay the ongoing threat posed by the pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccination drive

COVID-19 vaccination in India: Uneven drive

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The government’s obsession with mega events has resulted in a haphazard policy, leading to a record number of doses on certain days, such as Prime Minister Modi’s birthday, and a lack of uniform growth in inoculation across north India.
Interview: Satyajit Rath, Immunologist

Satyajit Rath: ‘The idea of herd immunity is not useful as a policy goal’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Satyajit Rath, immunologist and visiting faculty, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
LAND & CULTURE

Alexander Csoma de Koros: A Hungarian’s search for his people’s roots

Margit Köves Arts & Culture
The life and work of Alexander Csoma de Koros (1784-1842), who spent his life travelling and learning languages in his search for the roots of the Hungarian people and language, form the first strong cultural link between India and Hungary.
ESSAY

Farce of prosecution leaves innocent Muslims as victims

A.G. NOORANI Social Issues
Innocent people suffer because public prosecutors in India are not free of government control, and the victims are very often Muslims.
Air India sale

Air India: Sold for a song

Ravi Sharma The Nation
The government bends over backwards in the Air India sale, handing over an array of assets to the Tata group, but years of mismanagement and a host of internal issues imply an extended period of turbulence ahead for the acquirer.
Karnataka

The BJP's devious game plan in Karnataka

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Communalism
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s endorsement of the activities of Hindutva’s lumpen foot soldiers provides a clue to the direction the BJP is going to take over the next two years before the Assembly election in the State.
United States

Colin Powell: Establishment warrior

John Cherian World Affairs
Colin Powell (1937-2021) has, among his many achievements, the distinction of being the first African American to occupy some of the highest military and political postions in the U.S., but his role in his country’s brutal imperial misadventures is often glossed over.
Crime

The curious case of Parambir Singh

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
The former Mumbai Police Commissioner, who is alleged to be complicit in several extortion and corruption cases, has remained untraceable since May.
WORLD AFFAIRS

Shaky peace in Afghanistan

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Afghanistan struggles to regain a semblance of stability as the Taliban regime comes under terror attacks staged by the radical Islamist group Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K).
COVID-19

After Durga Puja, COVID cases rise in West Bengal

The number of COVID cases has risen sharply in West Bengal after the Durga puja celebrations when people threw COVID-safety norms to the winds and the administration went easy on enforcement.
Economic situation

India's working classes bear the brunt of the Narendra Modi government's economic policies

The cumulative effect of the Modi government’s flawed policies and the unfair tax burden have sent millions into unemployment, truncated the small and medium industry, and sapped vitality out of India’s working classes.
AIADMK leadership crisis

Withering leaves: AIADMK's leadership crisis

The AIADMK, which steps into its 50th year in 2021, is now a pale shadow of its former formidable self. The party founded by the charismatic MGR is creaking under the weight of rivalries at the helm even as confusion and disillusionment reign among its cadres.
COVID-19

Mishandling COVID-19: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s ‘crime against humanity’

John Cherian Cover Story
Despite a parliamentary report indicting him for nine crimes relating to his handling of the COVID-19 situation in Brazil, including “crime against humanity”, President Jair Bolsonaro remains unapologetic and continues to downplay the ongoing threat posed by the pandemic.
Communalism

BJP turns Lakhimpur Kheri into new Hindutva battleground to counter farmers' protests in Uttar Pradesh

Divya Trivedi The Nation
Pitting Hindus against Sikhs at Lakhimpur Kheri and stirring the communal cauldron may be the BJP’s way to counter the attempt to expand the farmers’ agitation to eastern Uttar Pradesh.
COVID-19 vaccination drive

COVID-19 vaccination in India: Uneven drive

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The government’s obsession with mega events has resulted in a haphazard policy, leading to a record number of doses on certain days, such as Prime Minister Modi’s birthday, and a lack of uniform growth in inoculation across north India.
Interview: Satyajit Rath, Immunologist

Satyajit Rath: ‘The idea of herd immunity is not useful as a policy goal’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Satyajit Rath, immunologist and visiting faculty, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
REPORTS

India slips in Global Hunger Index ranking

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Although the government has reacted angrily to the GHI report of 2021, which has ranked India lower than its South Asian neighbours, the report has in all probability erred on the side of underestimation of the levels of hunger and deprivation in India.
Vaccination

India's COVID vaccination drive infused with doses of propaganda

The reality on the ground shows that the government’s promise to vaccinate all Indians by the end of 2021 is mere rhetoric. But the propaganda machinery is working overtime to credit Prime Minister Narendra Modi with success.
Vaccination

India's COVID vaccination drive infused with doses of propaganda

The reality on the ground shows that the government’s promise to vaccinate all Indians by the end of 2021 is mere rhetoric. But the propaganda machinery is working overtime to credit Prime Minister Narendra Modi with success.
COVID-19 Vaccination drive

India's one billion COVID vaccine doses: A milestone, and miles to go

India must study the mistakes it made in the process of achieving the 100 crore doses milestone and review the performance of its vaccination drive, derive lessons and prepare for the period ahead rather than indulge in premature political celebration or commemoration.
REPORTS

India slips in Global Hunger Index ranking

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Although the government has reacted angrily to the GHI report of 2021, which has ranked India lower than its South Asian neighbours, the report has in all probability erred on the side of underestimation of the levels of hunger and deprivation in India.
Crime

Aryan Khan case: Stranger than reel life

Anupama Katakam The Nation
Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan gets bail, but the drug-related case has taken on a new dimension involving the investigators and raising doubts about a larger conspiracy.
Jammu & Kashmir

Central government policies and escalation of violence in Jammu and Kashmir leading to alienation of Kashmiri Pandits

Anando Bhakto The Nation
The Modi government continues to claim that its policies have solved the problems in the Union Territory and restored normalcy, but the situation on the ground, including the recent spate of civilian deaths, belies such claims and has ended up frustrating the Kashmiri Pandits.
Air India sale

Air India: Sold for a song

Ravi Sharma The Nation
The government bends over backwards in the Air India sale, handing over an array of assets to the Tata group, but years of mismanagement and a host of internal issues imply an extended period of turbulence ahead for the acquirer.
Karnataka

The BJP's devious game plan in Karnataka

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Communalism
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s endorsement of the activities of Hindutva’s lumpen foot soldiers provides a clue to the direction the BJP is going to take over the next two years before the Assembly election in the State.
United States

Colin Powell: Establishment warrior

John Cherian World Affairs
Colin Powell (1937-2021) has, among his many achievements, the distinction of being the first African American to occupy some of the highest military and political postions in the U.S., but his role in his country’s brutal imperial misadventures is often glossed over.
Crime

The curious case of Parambir Singh

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
The former Mumbai Police Commissioner, who is alleged to be complicit in several extortion and corruption cases, has remained untraceable since May.
WORLD AFFAIRS

Shaky peace in Afghanistan

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Afghanistan struggles to regain a semblance of stability as the Taliban regime comes under terror attacks staged by the radical Islamist group Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K).
COVID-19

After Durga Puja, COVID cases rise in West Bengal

The number of COVID cases has risen sharply in West Bengal after the Durga puja celebrations when people threw COVID-safety norms to the winds and the administration went easy on enforcement.
Economic situation

India's working classes bear the brunt of the Narendra Modi government's economic policies

The cumulative effect of the Modi government’s flawed policies and the unfair tax burden have sent millions into unemployment, truncated the small and medium industry, and sapped vitality out of India’s working classes.
AIADMK leadership crisis

Withering leaves: AIADMK's leadership crisis

The AIADMK, which steps into its 50th year in 2021, is now a pale shadow of its former formidable self. The party founded by the charismatic MGR is creaking under the weight of rivalries at the helm even as confusion and disillusionment reign among its cadres.
COVID-19

Mishandling COVID-19: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s ‘crime against humanity’

John Cherian Cover Story
Despite a parliamentary report indicting him for nine crimes relating to his handling of the COVID-19 situation in Brazil, including “crime against humanity”, President Jair Bolsonaro remains unapologetic and continues to downplay the ongoing threat posed by the pandemic.
Communalism

BJP turns Lakhimpur Kheri into new Hindutva battleground to counter farmers' protests in Uttar Pradesh

Divya Trivedi The Nation
Pitting Hindus against Sikhs at Lakhimpur Kheri and stirring the communal cauldron may be the BJP’s way to counter the attempt to expand the farmers’ agitation to eastern Uttar Pradesh.
COVID-19 vaccination drive

COVID-19 vaccination in India: Uneven drive

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The government’s obsession with mega events has resulted in a haphazard policy, leading to a record number of doses on certain days, such as Prime Minister Modi’s birthday, and a lack of uniform growth in inoculation across north India.
Interview: Satyajit Rath, Immunologist

Satyajit Rath: ‘The idea of herd immunity is not useful as a policy goal’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Satyajit Rath, immunologist and visiting faculty, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
REPORTS

India slips in Global Hunger Index ranking

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Although the government has reacted angrily to the GHI report of 2021, which has ranked India lower than its South Asian neighbours, the report has in all probability erred on the side of underestimation of the levels of hunger and deprivation in India.
Vaccination

India's COVID vaccination drive infused with doses of propaganda

The reality on the ground shows that the government’s promise to vaccinate all Indians by the end of 2021 is mere rhetoric. But the propaganda machinery is working overtime to credit Prime Minister Narendra Modi with success.
Crime

Aryan Khan case: Stranger than reel life

Anupama Katakam The Nation
Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan gets bail, but the drug-related case has taken on a new dimension involving the investigators and raising doubts about a larger conspiracy.
Jammu & Kashmir

Central government policies and escalation of violence in Jammu and Kashmir leading to alienation of Kashmiri Pandits

Anando Bhakto The Nation
The Modi government continues to claim that its policies have solved the problems in the Union Territory and restored normalcy, but the situation on the ground, including the recent spate of civilian deaths, belies such claims and has ended up frustrating the Kashmiri Pandits.