India Today September 6, 2021

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in this issue

5 min
from the editor-in-chief

The Taliban had a saying for the American presence in Afghanistan: ‘You have the watch, we have the time.’ Well, 20 years later, the Taliban’s time has come as the Americans execute a messy withdrawal from Afghanistan. Next month will be the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks when Al Qaeda terrorists turned hijacked airliners into deadly missiles and crashed them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, killing 2,996 people. The attacks brought a vengeful US military into Afghanistan, bent on hunting down the Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who had been sheltered by Afghanistan’s Taliban regime. The Taliban were expelled from Afghanistan, and a new pro-Western government installed by the Allies. With around 65,000…

5 min
hope for the young

On July 21, India approved its sixth vaccine for emergency use against Covid-19. The three-dose DNA vaccine ZyCoV-D, from Zydus Cadila, developed with the Department of Biotechnology, will be the first approved for the 12-18 age group in the country and the first DNA vaccine against Covid in the world. It is the country’s second homegrown jab. “This is the first step towards ensuring safe reopening of schools,” says Dr Randeep Guleria, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director and member of the government expert panel on Covid. While children themselves are usually diagnosed with an asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic version of the disease, they can transmit the disease to others in their homes. “Those below 10 years have accounted for a lower percentage of overall positive cases,” says Dr…

1 min
key facts about zycov-d

First DNA vaccine in the world and India’s second indigenous jab An interim efficacy of 66% against Covid infection No moderate to severe cases reported during trials, suggesting 100% efficacy The study of 28,000 people was conducted during the second wave, suggesting efficacy against newer strains A needle-free injection will prevent soreness, rashes or redness at the site of injection Prices and side-effects yet to be disclosed Company set to manufacture around 100 million to 120 million doses annually in initial stages. Doses should be available within 45 to 60 days of receiving approval…

3 min
the politics of e-tail

The new e-commerce norms proposed by the Centre in June have created quite a flutter in India Inc. Industry leaders are split down the middle in their reactions, to the point that commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal chose to publicly reprimand some who opposed the new rules. While Reliance Industries has reportedly endorsed the guidelines preventing e-tailers from doing business with associated enterprises on their platforms, the Tata Group and Amazon have expressed their reservations. The Tata Group is concerned that the norms will prevent its joint venture with Starbucks from retailing its products on its own online marketplace. Some of its other ventures, such as Croma, Voltas and Titan, will also face the same constraints. Meanwhile, Amazon has argued that the proposed rules will have a big impact on…

5 min
war in the lalu parivar?

‘Do nyay agar to aadha do, par ismein bhi yadi badha ho, toh de do kewal paanch graam, rakho apni dharti tamaam (If you want to do justice, then give half, but if you find that difficult, just give five villages, keep all your earth).’ As Tej Pratap Yadav posted lines from Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s epic Rashmirathi on Facebook on August 22, their import was not lost on anyone. The elder son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) patriarch Lalu Prasad Yadav wants a share in the party and power. This assumes significance as Lalu’s tenure as the national president of the party comes to an end in November. Though the RJD supremo may retain the post, given his falling health, he could well nominate younger son Tejashwi Yadav as the working…

5 min
looking forward, counting backwards

On Independence Day, Samajwadi Party (SP) national president Akhilesh Yadav, in an open letter, called upon the country’s citizens to work towards creating a ‘new tomorrow’. He had a more specific message for the people of his own state—build a ‘new Uttar Pradesh’ by voting the SP to power. ‘Baais mein bicycle (Vote for bicycle in 2022),’ wrote Akhilesh, reminding people of the development work in UP under his party’s rule. The two-page letter also laid down a public service code for SP workers, based on ‘Sampark (contact), Samvaad (dialogue), Sahyog (cooperation) and Sahayata (assistance)’. Akhilesh promised ‘Anushasan se shasan (disciplined governance)’ and ended the post with his vision of a ‘reinvented SP riding high on the support of both the young and the old’. With elections to the 403-member UP…