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Gandhi and Nehru reporting to Stalin is a script right up Kollywood screenwriter Karunanidhi’s alley. Their portfolios- khadi & village industries to R Gandhi and urban & water supply to KN Nehru – entail a big responsibility: Implementing their namesakes’ vision. But Stalin has a historical burden to shake off.

Modi govt must accept verdict in Bengal, talk to elected leaders on violence and pandemic

Home ministry’s fact-finding team for Bengal’s post-poll violence points to Centre-state trust deficit. Elections are over now. Centre should stop talking directly with bureaucracy and engage with elected representatives. After a polarising election campaign, Modi government must accept the verdict, set aside politics and prioritise pandemic management in the state.

WTO talks on Covid patent waivers shouldn’t drag. This isn’t a trade deal, lives are at risk

US, Russia supporting patent waivers for Covid vaccines and EU, New Zealand open to discussions is major progress. But WTO negotiations cannot drag. This isn’t another trade deal. Millions of lives are at risk. India should also share its Covaxin formula with other manufacturers, domestic and global, to expand supplies.

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