Telangana CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s announcement of free water supply in Hyderabad ahead of local polls is another example of cynical politicians making freebies a staple in elections. Politicians must deliver civic infrastructure in cities and seek votes on execution, not sops. The spectre of urban blight is too real.
Kerala right to put Police Act on hold. But political instinct to curb social media free speech is disturbing
The Kerala government responded rightly to criticism and decided to put on hold the controversial Police Act ordinance. But the political instinct across the ideological spectrum to curb social media free speech is disturbing and can have a chilling effect. Democratic freedoms are especially tested in times of polarised politics.
AZ-Oxford vaccine at 70% efficacy bigger than Pfizer-Moderna’s 95%. Because cost, logistics vital
The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine with 70% efficacy is a bigger headline than Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA-based shots claiming 95%, because costs and logistics are vital when rollout to billions of people is involved. Finally, a buffet of vaccines is coming. We just need patience and mask-discipline for a few more months.