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Increasing awareness, the need of the hour

Increasing awareness, the need of the hour

It appears we live in a post-apocalyptic world. Except for Telangana, the entire country is in some stage of complete or partial lockdown. With between 3.5 and 4 lakh new cases of Covid-19 being recorded every day, and with families waiting for 18-20 hours at crematoriums to find a slot for funeral ...

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We can’t equate Tamil Nadu with West Bengal, Kerala

We can’t equate Tamil Nadu with West Bengal, Kerala

Since the DMK predictably won the Tamil Nadu elections, although with far less of a sweep than the party and its supporters and the Delhi-centric media had expected, there has been some jubilation across India—three states, we say, have resisted the manipulations of the BJP and voted in the oppositi...

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Covid crisis: The blame game is not helping

Covid crisis: The blame game is not helping

It was always clear India would have a second wave. Our lockdown came too late and too suddenly, causing more chaos and more exposure as people elbowed each other and fought their way to essential and non-essential goods in eleventh-hour panic.It took months for the quarantine to have effect, but th...

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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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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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