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India Today April 6, 2020

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4 min.

The deadly coronavirus has activated the most primal instinct of the human race—survival. Entire nations are locking down, shutting off borders, cancelling flights and breaking contact with the rest of the world. Globalisation is now being replaced by isolationism as nations struggle to shield their populations from the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic and contain its spread within their borders. At the time of writing this, 423,724 people have been infected across the globe and 18,925 persons have died. With 470 active COVID-19 cases and nine casualties, India hasn’t faced the brunt of the virus yet. There are fears that these numbers could rapidly spike if and when we witness the dreaded Stage 3 of community transmission, where a large proportion of the population becomes infected, as is being seen in other…

18 min.
can kamal nath stage a comeback?

A day after he resigned as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath flew into Delhi and was ensconced in his residence at 1, Tughlaq Road, from where over the years he has fought and won many an electoral battle for the Congress as well as played a role in the downfall of a couple of opposition-led central governments. This March, in a bitter twist of irony, he found himself at the receiving end, blindsided by a colleague 24 years his junior. It cost him the hard-earned chief ministership of a state that the Congress won just 15 months ago. In his study, pictures of key members of the Nehru-Gandhi family whom he has worked with adorn the wall behind his desk. The one that finds centre stage is of…

5 min.
‘mama’ returns

ON DECEMBER 13, 2018, FOLLOWING THE narrow assembly election win of the Congress over the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, then party president Rahul Gandhi tweeted a picture of himself with the two chief ministerial contenders—Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Alongside ran a quote from Leo Tolstoy: ‘The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.’ Nath and Scindia paid no heed to the advice, their turf war culminating in the latter’s coup that pulled down the 15-month-old Congress government in MP. If anybody chose to remain patient, and was rewarded, it was Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The three-time BJP chief minister, who had been at the helm for 13 consecutive years, was back in the saddle on March 23. Withstanding a phase when he fell out of favour with the BJP…

16 min.
“if i wanted a sinecure for my judgments, why would i ask for just a rajya sabha seat?”

Q Why did you accept the Rajya Sabha nomination so soon after demitting the office of the Chief Justice of India? Shouldn’t there have been a cooling-off period? A. Why should I not have accepted it? When the president of the country makes an offer under Article 80, you don’t refuse it. When the nation wants your services, should you refuse that? As far as a cooling-off period is concerned, tell me, under what law or rule can the cooling-off period be visualised? If [it] is required, please make a law for [it]. Also, if a cooling-off period is applied, how do you [then] man the tribunals that have to be headed by retired Supreme Court judges? It is for the executive or the policymakers to prescribe a norm for cooling-off. Q.…

1 min.
together alone a survival kit

Call it quarantine, isolation, social distancing, a lockdown or a Lakshman rekha, it’s really the fact that an entire nation of more than a billion is experiencing this crisis together that makes it so uncanny. From the eerily empty streets to the disconcertingly clear skies to the looming intimacy of our own homes, the pandemic has trapped us all in a twilight zone of unknown terrors amidst comforting familiarity. Bracing for the worst of the illness, we are already reeling from the shock treatment we must hope is a cure. In these extraordinarily unsettling times, it’s important to focus on solutions to the many challenges we’re going to face, from the family home to the frontlines of healthcare. We’ll all be learning to cope as we go along, but here’s…

16 min.
a plan to beat the pandemic

1 FIGHTING COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION With the number of Novel Coronavirus cases climbing steadily and reports of local transmission emerging from across the country, India is on the brink of community transmission—or Stage 3—of COVID-19. On March 24, while announcing a three-week preventive lockdown of the entire country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi allocated Rs 15,000 crore to boost the health infrastructure. The funds will be used to create additional hospital beds, build on the stockpile of COVID-19 testing kits and train medical practitioners. The Centre is putting in place protocols, including the acquisition of medical equipment and protection gear needed in the special isolation wards and facilities. A training protocol for frontline health workers is also being prepared. “The central funds announced should first be used to equip hospitals—with protective gear, ventilators, oxygen…