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May 10, 2021
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4 min.

The darkest tale of a victory declared prematurely comes from Greek mythology. At the end of the Trojan War, the attacking Greeks abandoned a 10-year-long siege of the city-state of Troy and sailed away, leaving behind a giant wooden horse. The relieved defenders, falsely believing they had won, carted the horse inside the city. As the Trojans slept, Greek warriors slipped out of their hideout within the horse and opened the city’s gates to its destruction. It could well be a metaphor for where India was at the beginning of this year. As the first wave receded in February, we believed Covid had left for good and resumed our daily life, shedding masks and the social distancing protocols doctors and scientists had mandated, oblivious to the prospect of a second wave…

4 min.
the cost of lockdowns

In his address to the nation on April 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged states to think of lockdowns as a means of last resort. Within a week, though, faced with a runaway spiral in Covid cases, Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat and Karnataka were forced to do just that, while Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Haryana had to impose night and weekend curfews. Already reeling from the aftereffects of the nationwide lockdown last year, Maharashtra was forced to announce an extension of its calibrated lockdown till May 15. It’s the largest state in terms of GSDP (gross state domestic product) and contributes 14.2 per cent of the national GVA (gross value added). In FY21, the state’s economy contracted 8 per cent in real terms and 5.6 per cent in nominal terms. Soumya Kanti…

1 min.
the vaccine race

The buzz that Maharashtra might offer free vaccines to everyone in the state had set off a race among the partners of the ruling MVA (Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi) alliance to claim credit for the initiative. First, minorities affairs minister Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) announced that the Uddhav Thackeray government will provide free vaccines to all. Within hours, Uddhav’s son Aaditya Thackeray tweeted about it. Then, revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said the Congress was pushing for free immunisation in the state. On April 28, as the state cabinet decided to vaccinate all in the 18-44 age group free of cost, Thorat had his task cut out—for it will be his responsibility to budget for the Rs 7,500 crore drive.…

1 min.
getting tech-savvy

Last July, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath encouraged the state’s MLAs and his cabinet ministers to use laptops and tablets for their work. This February, he arranged for their training by the National Informatics Centre ahead of a ‘paperless’ presentation of the budget in the assembly. The legislators were also offered reimbursement for purchasing iPads. The trend seems to have caught on. Adityanath, who is recuperating from Covid, now uses a tablet to send instructions to his ministers every morning.…

1 min.
policing the police

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been rallying against central paramilitary forces throughout the assembly election in West Bengal. Of late, Mamata also seems deeply suspicious of the state police. Didi alleged in Behrampore on April 25 that the police were working under the instructions of the Election Commission. A day earlier, she claimed in Bolpur that the police were hounding and illegally detaining her party workers, and exhorted them to launch protests outside police stations.…

7 min.
a shot at recovery

A REVIVAL PLAN Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has surprised many by bringing in changes in the state’s liquor policy Marking a major departure from its conservative liquor policy, the Rajasthan government, on April 1, issued a notification allowing bars in the state to operate microbreweries. The state’s excise department is its second-largest source of tax revenues and, after 15 years of stagnation, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has finally ushered in changes. The move has surprised many since Gehlot, a teetotaller and professed Gandhian, is not known to be sympathetically inclined towards stakeholders in the liquor business. The apparent change of heart and the new liquor policy are, in fact, driven by the desperate need to shore up state revenues—for possible government interventions during the ongoing pandemic. The loss of revenue has, of…