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The Covid-19 fight: Always, a step behind

The Covid-19 fight: Always, a step behind

For all the charges levelled against the Indian government about its absolutist nature—case in point, demonetisation—and its tendency to make knee-jerk decisions without consultation, only to revoke them later—case in point, Goods and Services Tax—the regime has made decisions in response to the new...

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Elephant captivity should be illegalised

Elephant captivity should be illegalised

There has been much grief and fury over the death of the “beloved” 51-year-old elephant, Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan. If he had been truly beloved, though, there should have been grief and fury over his life. He did not belong with the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB). He belonged with his mother and...

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Bangladesh 1971 to Myanmar 2021 – untangling India's refugee dilemma

Bangladesh 1971 to Myanmar 2021 – untangling India's refugee dilemma

Officially PM Narendra Modi was in Bangladesh on March 26 to commemorate the 50th declaration of their independence. Yet the elephant in the room was the anniversary of a genocide that pushed India into its worst refugee crisis and later into a war. Coincidentally, 500 miles from where the PM was, a...

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Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

There can be little history anywhere in the world of an explosion of the same infection, in some cities to ten times what it had come down to, when a vaccination drive has been purportedly “expanded”. And the fact that it is happening here is a humongous failure on the part of the central and state ...

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Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

There can be little history anywhere in the world of an explosion of the same infection, in some cities to ten times what it had come down to, when a vaccination drive has been purportedly “expanded”. And the fact that it is happening here is a humongous failure on the part of the central and state ...

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Facial recognition: How closely is Big Brother watching?

Facial recognition: How closely is Big Brother watching?

As always, the intention is “noble”. When the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), inviting bids for the creation of a National Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) last year, it held that its main purposes were to find missing children, spot criminals by ...

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Zomato case: Trial by misogyny

Zomato case: Trial by misogyny

These are the facts of the case: a woman called Hitesha Chandranee, who happens to be an Instagram influencer, posted a video of herself in which she was bleeding from the nose and barely able to restrain tears. She accused a Zomato delivery man of having forced his way into her home when she asked ...

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Mental health crisis, the next pandemic

Mental health crisis, the next pandemic

As the vaccine outreach slowly brings more people to clinics, seeking some sort of protection against Covid-19, we must look back on a year that has been unprecedented in most of our lives and assess how it may have impacted our mental health.For one, psychiatric studies have found that people who c...

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International Women's Day: Political leaders salute women power

International Women's Day: Political leaders salute women power

PM Modi salutes 'Nari Shakti', says India takes pride in accomplishments of womenNew Delhi: On the occasion of International Women's Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India takes pride in the many accomplishments of the women of the nation and added it is his Government's honour to be getting t...

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The Indian media can learn from Iran

The Indian media can learn from Iran

It goes against the grain of the Indian electorate’s traditional beliefs to associate the Congress with bigotry—notwithstanding the pogroms that happened on its watch, and allegedly at its instance—or with playing watchdog, although the idea of the Aadhaar was mooted by Nandan Nilekani, several cart...

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