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We still deem us as ‘subjects’ not ‘citizens’ and Indians in government as ‘masters’ -Kannan Gopinathan

-National Herald While Americans take themselves as citizens and demand responsibility and accountability from power, Indians are still slavish, says Kannan Gopinathan, who resigned from IAS What happened in Washington DC at the Capitol Hill Building was watched in horror and everybody said, “Look democracy can fail even in America.” To me it looked like the triumph of American democracy. Attempts to overturn the Presidential election failed. State after state stood up to...

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‘It was as if the entire country was walking’ -Jaideep Hardikar

-RuralIndiaOnline.org Months after walking home 800 kilometres in terrible conditions, Migrant Labourers in Maharashtra’s Gondia district recall their journey on foot from Telangana during the April-June period of the lockdown When their options ran out, Vijay Koreti and his friends decided to walk home. It was mid-April. India was under a strict lockdown brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. And they wondered how long they could remain stranded in their small shanties in...

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Covid-time demand helps whittle down FCI grain stocks -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express The gap between the current and year-ago stocks, too, has narrowed down from over 15 mt to 1.5 mt between June 1 and October 1. Covid-19 may have unleashed all-round economic devastation, but has also turned into an opportunity for whittling down the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) massive grain mountain. At 68.49 million tonnes (mt), the total wheat and rice stocks in the Central pool as on October 1...

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Don’t impose your will on states, Opposition tells govt in RS

-The Telegraph Remember West Bengal, Punjab, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan rejected you, says TMC MP Derek O’Brien The Opposition attacked the government in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, accusing it of crossing constitutional boundaries, interfering in the affairs of states, failing to control private hospitals during the coronavirus crisis, and being unable to protect Migrant Labourers and the poor. Participating in a debate on The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill,...

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Lack of jobs force Migrant Labourers to return to cities they left in March -Shinjini Ghosh

-The Hindu With few job opportunities in villages, Migrant Labourers who had left the city in March are returning in droves The Anand Vihar bus terminal — where thousands of migrant workers had assembled four months back in a desperate bid to return to their home towns after a nationwide lockdown was announced — is again abuzz with labourers, but this time they are desperate to return to the city. With the lockdown...

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