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Govt should investigate the B.1.617 strain, not worry about it being labeled ‘Indian variant’

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Questions about the B.1.617 coronavirus variant found in India are valid. WHO’s concern that it could be more contagious needs to be investigated. This can happen only through increased surveillance and sequencing of samples. It’s in India’s interest to do this instead of worrying about this being branded ‘Indian variant’.

Chhattisgarh stopping all construction is knee-jerk. It’ll hurt poor labourers, economy

Chhattisgarh stopping all construction work and cancelling tenders for new assembly building is a dangerous, knee-jerk reaction and political grandstanding aimed at countering the Central Vista project. It’s bad for the economy and poor labourers, other opposition states shouldn’t emulate this. After all, MNREGA is allowed to help the poorest.

Modi govt’s refusal to engage with opposition over Covid-19 management unfortunate

Modi government’s cussed refusal to engage with opposition parties over Covid-19 management is unfortunate. BJP leaders and ministers shouldn’t come across as petty, conceited rulers who can’t stand counterviews. PM Modi should convene an all-party meeting, listen to suggestions and forge a political consensus on India’s fight against the pandemic.

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