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The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The dream of a modern India is dying(Twitter/reuterspictures/dansiddiqui)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The dream of a modern India is dying

UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 01:21 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "Such is the despondency over our politicians that many people are now actively considering emigrating to other countries"
If India and Pakistan are now wanting to cross the Rubicon of third-party mediation, should they not find an arbitrator with greater heft? (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
If India and Pakistan are now wanting to cross the Rubicon of third-party mediation, should they not find an arbitrator with greater heft? (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Of India-Pakistan ties and third-party mediation

By Manish Tewari
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 11:17 PM IST
While there have efforts in the past, the choice to accept third-party mediation vis-à-vis Pakistan is a first post-1972
The MSME Act of 2006 mandates that payments be completed in 45 days (ANI)
The MSME Act of 2006 mandates that payments be completed in 45 days (ANI)

The MSME sector needs help. First, smoothen financial flows

By Kinjal Sampat
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 10:56 PM IST
The sector’s finance-related problems are due to three main factors — the absence of viable credit providers, absence of credit products and schemes such as micro-insurance that help enterprises tide over episodic downturns, and delayed payments leading to a persistent crunch in working capital
The current crisis is the result of burdens on hospitals, and the State’s failure to address their basic needs. This mirrors the Ebola crisis in West Africa, which lacked the basic staff, material, space and systems of care. (File photo)
The current crisis is the result of burdens on hospitals, and the State’s failure to address their basic needs. This mirrors the Ebola crisis in West Africa, which lacked the basic staff, material, space and systems of care. (File photo)

Lessons for India from the Ebola epidemic

By Nikhil Pandhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 07:16 PM IST
A good system that responds to viral threats is not an emergency system but an everyday system that responds to emergencies
DMK women's wing secretary Kanimozhi during an election campaign rally in support of party candidate ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, in Tenkasi district on April 2. (File photo)
DMK women's wing secretary Kanimozhi during an election campaign rally in support of party candidate ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, in Tenkasi district on April 2. (File photo)

Decoding women’s representation in the 2021 state elections

By Avishek Jha and Gilles Verniers
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 05:41 PM IST
Reports, anecdotal accounts, and now the results suggest that women played a crucial role in shaping the electoral outcomes in the four states and one Union Territory that went to the polls this year
A Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton during a media preview for the reopening of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum dinosaur and fossil hall after renovation in Washington, US, June 4, 2019. (File photo)
A Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton during a media preview for the reopening of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum dinosaur and fossil hall after renovation in Washington, US, June 4, 2019. (File photo)

Scientifically Speaking | The King of Dinosaurs

By Anirban Mahapatra
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 05:42 PM IST
As the king of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex was an apex predator — the largest strictly meat-eating land animal that is known to have ever existed. T. rex roamed across North America for over two million years until a huge asteroid hit the earth 66 million years ago
A patient with breathing problems wears an oxygen mask as she waits inside an ambulance in a queue to enter a COVID-19 hospital, amidst the coronavirus disease pandemic, Ahmedabad, India, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave (REUTERS)
A patient with breathing problems wears an oxygen mask as she waits inside an ambulance in a queue to enter a COVID-19 hospital, amidst the coronavirus disease pandemic, Ahmedabad, India, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave (REUTERS)

Covid-19: When the courts step in

By Abhik Chimni
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 06:05 PM IST
A combination of executive failure and breakdown of the federal compact has led to judicial governance
The primary role of the military is to safeguard national integrity, counter territorial challenges and prepare for war to deter any adventurism. The past year has been particularly taxing for the Indian military — China’s incursions across the Line of Actual Control, and the subsequent Galwan setback, occurred due to the pandemic-induced disruption of the Army’s annual deployment in Ladakh. (AP)
The primary role of the military is to safeguard national integrity, counter territorial challenges and prepare for war to deter any adventurism. The past year has been particularly taxing for the Indian military — China’s incursions across the Line of Actual Control, and the subsequent Galwan setback, occurred due to the pandemic-induced disruption of the Army’s annual deployment in Ladakh. (AP)

In India’s Covid war, the role of the fauj

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 10:53 AM IST
The Covid-19 tsunami is expected to continue in India till at least the end of May, and remain an issue of concern for the rest of the year. Hence maximising the institutional capacity of the military in the war against Covid-19, without diluting its primary operational orientation, in the backdrop of a resource crunch, is the task ahead for the Indian political and defence leadership.
View of a vial of India's COVAXIN vaccine against COVID-19 at the public hospital in Villa Elisa, Paraguay, on April 14, 2021. (Photo by NORBERTO DUARTE / AFP) (AFP)
View of a vial of India's COVAXIN vaccine against COVID-19 at the public hospital in Villa Elisa, Paraguay, on April 14, 2021. (Photo by NORBERTO DUARTE / AFP) (AFP)

Voluntary licensing of Covaxin will boost vaccine production

By Prabhash Ranjan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 05:52 PM IST
India is known globally for the vigour of its pharmaceutical sector built over several decades. It would be extremely tragic if the government fails to channelise this prowess to save precious Indian lives.
When there is so much tragedy all around, these examples of selflessness should encourage all of us to do our bit (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
When there is so much tragedy all around, these examples of selflessness should encourage all of us to do our bit (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: As the State fails, society rises

By Shashi Shekhar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:09 PM IST
Let us honour these people who have gone beyond the call of duty to lend a helping hand to the needy in these trying times
The majority of Indians have very low income levels, making it difficult for them to afford the vaccine. Even if the governments have to pay higher prices, the total cost will be a small part of their annual expenditures (AFP)
The majority of Indians have very low income levels, making it difficult for them to afford the vaccine. Even if the governments have to pay higher prices, the total cost will be a small part of their annual expenditures (AFP)

Vaccines: Prepare for the worst case

By Sabyasachi Kar
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:06 PM IST
Vaccination must be free for citizens, while vaccine manufacturers must be subsidised. India can’t afford to make more mistakes and must do all it can to protect citizens through a smart vaccine policy
The loss in West Bengal is going to pinch the BJP, as this was an emotional project for the party. A victory would have given the party an ideological boost and narrative advantage till 2024 (AP)
The loss in West Bengal is going to pinch the BJP, as this was an emotional project for the party. A victory would have given the party an ideological boost and narrative advantage till 2024 (AP)

The five lessons from five assembly polls

By Rahul Verma
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2021 10:21 PM IST
Every party can rejoice in its share of victories, but what will shape the future of Indian politics is the political response to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, whose photograph is on right, addresses an election campaign wearing a mask in Kochi, India, Saturday, March 27, 2021. The southern state goes to polls on April 6 to elect members to its state legislature. (AP Photo/R S Iyer) (AP)
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, whose photograph is on right, addresses an election campaign wearing a mask in Kochi, India, Saturday, March 27, 2021. The southern state goes to polls on April 6 to elect members to its state legislature. (AP Photo/R S Iyer) (AP)

From the south, expect stronger opposition to the central government

By Ramu Manivannan
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:36 AM IST
At the national level, the success of the DMK in Tamil Nadu and the LDF in Kerala (and of the Trinamool in West Bengal) provides a ray of hope for the Opposition — at a time when the Congress is still reeling under a crisis of leadership. The results may also mark the beginning of the shift in the axis of Indian politics, with enhanced coordination of opposition parties across the country.
New Delhi, May 02 (ANI): West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wins Nandigram constituency by 1200 votes, defeating BJP's Suvendu Adhikari. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
New Delhi, May 02 (ANI): West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wins Nandigram constituency by 1200 votes, defeating BJP's Suvendu Adhikari. (ANI Photo) (ANI)

The Bengal model to counter the BJP

By Neelanjan Sircar
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 11:49 PM IST
As our polity returns from election mode to the ugly realities of an India suffering a humanitarian tragedy of epic proportions, our national politics is being remade. While the BJP still has to be seen as the favourite to win the national election in 2024, make no mistake, this victory shows that the BJP can be beaten even when it unleashes its full might.
Premji established Samta with the goal of a more egalitarian society. He focused on the most socially and economically marginalised Musahar community of Bihar
Premji established Samta with the goal of a more egalitarian society. He focused on the most socially and economically marginalised Musahar community of Bihar

A quest to balance State, society, market

By Rohini Nilekani
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 08:50 PM IST
In the memory of such social sector professionals and volunteers, we have to rededicate ourselves to the work of supporting and sustaining a resilient samaaj. What better time than this current moment?
Many pregnant women in India cannot go for check-ups as there is no transport to take them to health centres, especially in remote areas (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Many pregnant women in India cannot go for check-ups as there is no transport to take them to health centres, especially in remote areas (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

In Covid times, caring for pregnant women

PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 08:47 PM IST
Given this dire situation, state governments have to give the care of pregnant women greater attention.s
The experience we’re going through and the fear we’re living with will have changed us (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The experience we’re going through and the fear we’re living with will have changed us (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

The second wave will change us, forever

PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 08:37 PM IST
We will emerge at the other end. We will overcome. Sadly, not everyone. Some we love deeply will fall. That’s a sad reality we cannot deny. But when we join hands again, hug and kiss, laugh and argue, we will be different people.
Kanpur:-A Covid-19 patient on oxygen support waits to be admitted to a hospital, during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India, in Kanpur, Friday, April 30, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_30_2021_000044A) (PTI)
Kanpur:-A Covid-19 patient on oxygen support waits to be admitted to a hospital, during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India, in Kanpur, Friday, April 30, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_30_2021_000044A) (PTI)

Covid: It will get worse before it gets better

By Ashish K Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2021 08:35 PM IST
There has been shocking, collective policy failure. Focus on controlling the spread of infections, taking care of the ill, vaccination, and genome sequencing now
During his illustrious career, Soli served as the Solicitor General for India and Attorney General for India.(HT archive)
During his illustrious career, Soli served as the Solicitor General for India and Attorney General for India.(HT archive)

Soli was a champion of free speech and wore many hats

By Murlidhar C Bhandare
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 01:27 AM IST
Soli was a champion of free speech and I remember his powerful and convincing argument in the Public Interest Litigation filed by my granddaughter Shreya in the Supreme Court, challenging the validity of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, which punished a person for posting on the internet.
On March 19, Kaur qualified for Tokyo with her 65.06 metres throw at the 24th Federation Cup championship, breaching the Olympic qualifying mark of 63.5 metres as well as Krishna Poonia’s previous record of 64.76 metres. (HTPHOTO)
On March 19, Kaur qualified for Tokyo with her 65.06 metres throw at the 24th Federation Cup championship, breaching the Olympic qualifying mark of 63.5 metres as well as Krishna Poonia’s previous record of 64.76 metres. (HTPHOTO)

At stake, a once-in-a-lifetime sporting opportunity

PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 06:52 PM IST
For most athletes, the Olympics is only a once, maybe twice, in a lifetime opportunity. For so many, like Pooja Khanna and Kamalpreet Kaur, life, and the ongoing pandemic, may not offer a comeback.
Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

Where personal tragedy meets systemic State failure

PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 04:00 PM IST
Like an oncologist who gets cancer or a dermatologist who battles skin disease, this week, I became the story I have reported for the past fifteen months
Even if the final two phases produce a verdict at variance with the first six phases, the voters of West Bengal will have the satisfaction of knowing that the votes registered in the EVMs were authentic (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Even if the final two phases produce a verdict at variance with the first six phases, the voters of West Bengal will have the satisfaction of knowing that the votes registered in the EVMs were authentic (Samir Jana/HT Photo)

National impact of the Bengal elections

By Swapan Dasgupta
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2021 07:31 PM IST
The results will show whether Bengal will stick to a decrepit status quo or embrace a brave new world
It is only through a comprehensive and evolving data system design, that accurate numbers can be shared with the people and the media, for internal calculations and for all preparatory purposes (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
It is only through a comprehensive and evolving data system design, that accurate numbers can be shared with the people and the media, for internal calculations and for all preparatory purposes (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Only a proper data system can help India tackle Covid-19 better

By Tulika Avni Sinha
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2021 07:31 PM IST
Unless a data system is designed, built and maintained to capture the reality and make realistic projections for the coming weeks and months, preparations will always be reactionary and, therefore, fall short of the requirements for the current situation
India’s contributions to international relations thinking are substantial and ongoing. Its current world role can be better understood through these more detailed historical investigations. (Wikimedia Commons)
India’s contributions to international relations thinking are substantial and ongoing. Its current world role can be better understood through these more detailed historical investigations. (Wikimedia Commons)

The histories of Indian international relations

By Martin Bayly
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2021 07:31 PM IST
India’s history of international relations thinking is, therefore, the story of multiple intellectual lineages, both deeper and more complex than existing accounts often allow
USA, Sep 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and other officials during the Howdy Modi event at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
USA, Sep 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and other officials during the Howdy Modi event at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Vaccine Maitri is a pragmatic response to the pandemic

By Harsh V Pant
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 05:59 PM IST
From supplying hydroxychloroquine to more than 100 nations to providing 64 million doses of vaccines to more than 80 nations, India’s imprint on global health has been substantive. And as the Gulf nations got hit hard as a result of several nations banning food exports and declining oil demand, India ensured uninterrupted supply of food and essential items.
As people desperately seek drugs that may not be needed, we have an ethical and moral responsibility to ensure that all health care providers use evidence to inform treatment (AP)
As people desperately seek drugs that may not be needed, we have an ethical and moral responsibility to ensure that all health care providers use evidence to inform treatment (AP)

Evidence: The bedrock of Covid management

By Gagandeep Kang
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 07:43 PM IST
Don’t promote poorly evaluated treatment as cures. The right care at the right time for the right patient is essential
Covid is not too dissimilar to the Spanish flu. Both spread through human contact, and nose and mouth were the infecting organs. There are lessons to be learnt from both the experiences (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Covid is not too dissimilar to the Spanish flu. Both spread through human contact, and nose and mouth were the infecting organs. There are lessons to be learnt from both the experiences (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Decentralise and empower states and civil society

By Ram Madhav
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 07:43 PM IST
For the country to tide over this emergency, greater empowered involvement of different stakeholders is imperative
This rising mortality rate is not because the disease has become more fatal all of a sudden, but because the massive caseload has completely overwhelmed India’s health care system (Bloomberg)
This rising mortality rate is not because the disease has become more fatal all of a sudden, but because the massive caseload has completely overwhelmed India’s health care system (Bloomberg)

In the second wave, is India’s CFR rising?

UPDATED ON APR 27, 2021 07:42 PM IST
People are dying not just because of the fatality of the disease, but also due to the lack of treatment, hospital beds, medicines, oxygen, even ambulances
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The slow death of hope(Twitter/GiftoftheGivers)
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The slow death of hope(Twitter/GiftoftheGivers)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The slow death of hope

UPDATED ON APR 27, 2021 05:26 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "During the first wave we had confidence in our government and hope for the future. Both are now in short supply"
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