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Political dividends of Amphan for Didi

India, May 24 -- In the late evening of Wednesday, May 20, shortly after the full fury of Cyclone Amphan was experienced in the coastal districts of West Bengal, not least Kolkata, Mamata Banerjee app... Read More


Democratic way of imposing lockdown

India, May 17 -- The past few days have witnessed influential - though not representative - voices arguing passionately for the lifting of the lockdown that began on March 25. From leading members of ... Read More


India not China, life is first priority here

India, May 3 -- In early-1972, me and another school-friend decided - on a total impulse - to travel to the newly-liberated Bangladesh from Kolkata. For both, it was our first 'foreign' visit and we d... Read More


Able leadership, silent Opposition

India, April 26 -- It is by now well acknowledged that an exceptional situation caused by the advent of Covid-19 has led to the suspension of normal politics in many democratic countries. Many of the ... Read More


Communal strains in Covid war a concern

India, April 19 -- A monumental and unprecedented exercise such as the national lockdown that began on March 25, and is still continuing, is bound to have unexpected and unforeseen consequences. This ... Read More


India rose to corona challenge rather well

India, April 12 -- In this time of enforced leisure and enhanced anxiety, it is impossible to not engage in bouts of counterfactual history. What if, it is repeatedly asked, China hadn't been so pig-h... Read More


Lockdown saboteurs lack common sense

India, April 5 -- Nearly every English-language newspaper this Saturday morning has at least one sombre piece warning readers to not go overboard with their reactions. That is always good advice, whet... Read More


India has not lost its head in corona crisis

India, March 29 -- I don't know if the lockdown will achieve its objectives. I pray it does. But regardless of the outcome, how we have conducted ourselves makes me proud to be an Indian. It also make... Read More


Govt must go out of way to fight corona

India, March 22 -- Last Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 to be precise, I was preoccupied with a mass contact programme organised by the West Bengal unit of the BJP centred on the Citizenship (Ame... Read More


Corona a warning for new world order

India, March 15 -- The coronavirus scare has hit India but patchily. The Central Government and many State Governments have acted with a sense of urgency, taking drastic precautionary measures that so... Read More