Editorials

The madding crowds

The slew of measures taken by the government to contain the ever-spiralling count of daily Covid cases reek of an outrageous selectiveness over managing the madding crowds. While certain activities on which careers, livelihoods and…

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Maharashtra lockdown

Maharashtra, the state worst hit by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, has imposed a 15-day lockdown in a bid to contain the alarming surge in infections. Severe restrictions on public movement have been…


Vaccine optimism

Almost three months after launching its Covid vaccination programme, India has managed to fully inoculate barely 1 per cent of its population. Even as the second wave of the pandemic is ravaging the country, only…


Wheat buy tardy

The Baisakhi celebrations of wheat farmers of Punjab have been dampened this season. The delay in the harvest of the rabi crop that is still moisture-laden in the Malwa belt due to the recent rain…


Managing Covid surge

The unrelenting resurgence of Covid-19 in the worst-affected states, including Punjab, is proving to be a multi-pronged challenge for both the authorities and the public. The coronavirus has struck again with renewed force, crumbling the…


Bengal bloodshed

The death of five persons, including four in firing by Central security personnel, during the fourth phase of polling in West Bengal on Saturday underlines the fact that the high-stakes battle between the ruling Trinamool…


Migrants’ exodus

Forgotten and uncared for, lakhs of migrant labourers walked, cycled, took buses and trains to somehow make it home when the lockdown was announced a year ago. The sight of human pain and misery —…


Matter of religion

Junking a public interest litigation (PIL) against religious conversions, the Supreme Court has sternly upheld the right of an adult to freely choose, practise and propagate his/her religion as guaranteed by the Constitution. While this…


Maintain financial restoration

World Bank president David Malpass has named India among the three nations — the others being the US and China — which are setting the pace for faster global growth on the back of strong…


Unprecedented job disaster

Unfortunately, Punjab has been in the throes of an employment crisis for some years now, but, gravely, the severe blow dealt by the pandemic-induced lockdown seems to have aggravated the situation. The educated youth engaged…