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Genes may decide the coronavirus disease path | Opinion – analysis

The world has already experienced three coronavirus attacks in the 21st century, beginning with Sars in 2002, Mers in 2016 and now Covid-19. While the first two have been far less infectious but more lethal with fatality rates of 10% and 34% respectively, the Sars-CoV-2 has proved more infectious, but much less lethal with a case fatality rate (CFR) of ...

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Bihar symbolises a larger shift in politics | Opinion – columns

With the Bihar assembly elections kicking off on Wednesday, what is on display is an advanced stage of a transformation in the kind of politics that prevailed in the state. This transformation got underway 15 years ago, with the electoral unseating of the long-dominant Lalu Prasad family from office. Till then, Lalu Prasad or his wife Rabri Devi had been ...

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How personal wealth shapes political lives | Opinion – columns

British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson has said that he plans to resign from his post. The reason for this is not that he is on a politically slippery slope but that he cannot survive on the salary and allowances he gets as PM. He feels that he can earn much more through lectures and writing. Just for the record, Johnson ...

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Confront the mental health challenge | Opinion – columns

The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated several problems for women, one of them is mental health. The loss of income and mobility have compounded this. Social and physical distancing are not an option for many women in India. They are not in positions of power within the household, they have no access to finances and, therefore, they are at greater risk ...

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On Libya, the drama at the UNSC in 2011 | Opinion – analysis

For an ambassador to be covered by TIME is quite heady. But for a deputy permanent representative, even a headline “losers”, would do. This happened to me in the magazine’s edition of July 29, 2011. Former Mexican foreign minister Jose Castaneda wrote a column calling members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) who did not support resolution 1973 adopted ...

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To battle pollution, involve the private sector | Opinion – analysis

The approaching winter marks the annual return of staggeringly high levels of air pollution in north India and intensifies the unending search for a permanent solution to the problem. Nasa satellite images have begun spotting farm fires in Punjab, and growing plumes of smoke over adjoining cities. As the post-Covid-19 economic recovery gathers momentum and sectors such as transport, construction ...

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A model for rooted, inclusive journalism | Opinion – columns

At Hathras, a gaggle of media and OB vans descended on the house gutted by tragedy. Reporting from the scene, Khabar Lahariya (KL)’s editor Kavita Bundelkhandi and reporter Meera Devi clambered up onto the roof to take a look. What they saw were swarms of police and a media melee where excitable reporters, who had taken over the house, chatted, ...

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Charting the future of India-US ties | Opinion – columns

The India-United States (US) relationship has, despite the efforts of naysayers, developed on a positive trajectory over the past two decades. Today, the US is among India’s most important security partners (alongside Russia and France), and arguably the most comprehensive, with collaboration extending to intelligence, homeland security, defence technology, and maritime, space, and cyber cooperation. Although Europe and Japan remain ...

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Where India stands on peace in Afghanistan | Opinion – analysis

A significant minority in India’s policy circles questions what India has gained from its reconstruction activities in Afghanistan. India has earned (back) goodwill and traction with Afghans from all parts of the country. Before Taliban rule in Afghanistan, India had an exiguous presence in the minds of Afghans, who felt that India had turned away from them. They now know ...

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Where reforms and federalism clash | Opinion – analysis

Days after Parliament passed the controversial agriculture bills, several state governments have begun crafting strategies to avoid its implementation. This is a predictable consequence of a process of law-making that undermines India’s federal consensus. Agriculture is a state subject. The passage of national laws, on a state subject, marks a rupture in India’s federal trajectory. There is no argument that ...

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