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Rural India is being devastated by Covid. Urgent action is needed -Bhupinder Singh Hooda

-The Indian Express Bhupinder Singh Hooda writes: The Centre must decentralise, states must arm themselves with data, build capacity, and put panchayats at the heart of their Covid response. The Covid-19 crisis is forcing us to evaluate our priorities. It is important that the government executes and implements the delivery of vaccines and healthcare services on a war footing. This needs active coordination not just between the Union and state governments but...

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Modi's Gamble, and How Many Lives It Will Cost -Prem Shankar Jha

-TheWire.in Modi did not want only to prevent a second wave; he wanted all the credit for stopping COVID-19 in its tracks to go to him and him alone. In her heart-rending description of her desperate search for oxygen to save her father’s life, the celebrated TV news anchor Barkha Dutt ascribed his death to three features of Governance that have defined Modi’s India: complacency, callousness and incompetence. She could have added...

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The second wave and the Indian State -Yamini Aiyar

-Hindustan Times The Centre and states are at war, but India urgently needs a coordinated response. It’s not too late. But soon it will be In an influential paper published over a decade ago, the economist Lant Pritchett described India as a “flailing State” — in which the head, that is the elite institutions at the national level (and, in some cases, state level) remained sound and functional but was no longer...

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Hurry! Applications for the 2nd round of NFI Fellowships for Independent Journalists reporting in English and Malayalam languages are now open till May 21st, 2021

India is facing a second and worse wave of Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, the country requires journalism to tell the stories of courage, of loss and grief, of the state of preparedness and about the efforts being made by communities, individuals, civil society and government. Journalists are needed to document with rigour the gaps and lacunae in Governance when it appears. At the same time, journalists need to be vigilant about...

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India learns a bitter lesson for disregarding crucial warnings and recommendations on Covid-19

In the month of April this year, there has been an unprecedented upsurge in daily new cases and daily new deaths in the country due to Covid-19. States, which reported large increases in daily new cases and daily new deaths, are Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, to name but a few.   Data accessed from https://www.covid19india.org/, which is a crowdsourced platform and an independent aggregator of daily Covid-19 figures and...

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