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Medics outside an isolation ward of coronavirus at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, on 2 March 2020 | PTI

India doesn’t want taali-thali charity from billionaires, it wants Socialist state to act

Everyone becomes a Socialist in a pandemic. It’s time India realises billionaires aren’t the cure for coronavirus — the State is. 
Daily life in India's villages | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Farm to health to education, Modi govt’s Budget has no clear vision for India’s social sector

The Budget reverted to Modi government’s old avatar – a focus on infrastructure and a mission-mode model of meeting targets, this time for water.
The North Block of the Central Secretariat buildings| Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

State regulation in India – the art of rolling over rather than rolling back

Regulatory bodies were created to de-politicise decision making. But in India, something different has happened.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Prime Minster Narendra Modi at tea time during the At Home reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Maximum schemes, minimum welfare: How the Modi govt fell into the same trap as UPA

‘Gareebon ka Neta’ Modi is going to go to the polls with exactly the same record that he accused the Congress-led UPA of: a polity of promises, and not performance.
Aadhaar data collection camp

‘The entire anti-poverty NGO industry has been Y2Ked by Aadhaar’

Who is really affected by Aadhaar and who has a problem with it? Here's the full transcript of the live conversation with ThePrint's Editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta on the subject

On Camera

Representational image of lockdown in Spain | Bloomberg

How Spain tragically bungled its response to coronavirus

Spain ignored the health crisis unfolding in Italy & dithered before imposing draconian lockdown measures that could have saved thousands of lives.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.