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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament

In India’s fight against coronavirus, one arm failed miserably — Parliament

MPs were warning about the severity of Covid-19. But Modi govt, whose AYUSH Ministry kept advocating homeopathy, didn’t wake up until Kanika Kapoor incident.
People suspected of Covid-19 being transported to various hospitals after Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Coronavirus was a test of secular nationalism. Then Tablighi Jamaat became the scapegoat

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin would concern any country. But PM Modi must immediately rein in his media and social media supporters communalising it.
People from Markaz building in Nizamuddin standing in a queue | Shrikant | ANI

Dear Muslims, Tablighi Jamaat committed a crime against humanity. Don’t defend them

I am not encouraging Islamophobia, it is a prejudice that needs fierce opposition but if this isn’t plain stupidity in the name of Allah, then what is?
A security personnel spraying disinfectant near India Gate, New Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Here’s how the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown can be India’s last

India is at a stage where it can control the coronavirus outbreak and better its healthcare. It just needs a digital push and vigilant contact tracing.
The Supreme Court of India

Overburdened Supreme Court can use Covid lockdown period to change Indian judiciary for good

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for Supreme Court to reassess how it plans to go about its functioning once this health crisis goes away.
Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In fight against coronavirus, India has age on its side. Numbers show

India is too diverse for any Western mathematical model to correctly predict the impact of coronavirus.
A family of workers walk towards the Delhi-Ghaziabad border | Photo : Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Noida’s migrant worker exodus is more about their notions of ‘home’ than coronavirus: Study

Our research in Noida for the past two years shows many poor migrant workers do not think of city of work as their home. They are treated as outsiders and live in cramped spaces.
300 foreigners from 16 countries attended Tablighi Jamaat, Delhi, now a site of Covid-19 infection. Photo : Suraj Singh Bisht |ThePrint

Tablighi Jamaat congregation and how religion has been the ‘super spreader’ of coronavirus

In episode 432 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about the role of religion in the spread of coronavirus.
Representational image | An employee stacks protective face masks on the personal protective equipment (PPE) production line | Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

India’s fight against Covid-19 needs wartime industrial production, not more red tape

A credible industrial response during the coronavirus lockdown will translate into better provisioning for India’s overall healthcare sector in future.
The nationwide lockdown announced by the Modi government has triggered mass migration in India | Bloomberg

Modi emerged from poverty but his govt is blind to the poor

The Modi govt seems to have worked harder on its own public-relations battle than on figuring out how lockdown would affect India’s poorest people.

On Camera

Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Covid-19 exodus isn’t like Partition but 2020 has one thing in common with 1947

Covid-19 & Partition share one key element which leaders today overlooked as cavalierly as the founders of India and Pakistan did in 1947: Fear.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Ready to operate beyond mandate to fight the pandemic: CDS Bipin Rawat

In interview to ThePrint, Rawat also says Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMTs) have been readied to mobilise at short notice to meet the requirements of civil administration.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.