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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 15 July, 2020

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Being and nothingness

“Arguments about the utility of the weekend lockdown fail to register that it is epistemically meaningless,” reads the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “The peevish beast known to the adept as the government is shambolic in everyday operations, but ever-alert to opportunities to deprive people of their pleasures. It censors cinema, taxes fuel sinfully to prevent people from gadding about, and punitively taxes substances which excite the pleasure centres. Now, under cover of the coronavirus crisis, it is robbing people of the simplest pleasure — the weekend,” read the full editorial here.

Perfect 100

“System based on inflated marks and high cut-offs is designed to exclude. It needs to be re-evaluated,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “The topper in this year’s Class 12 examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education has scored 100 per cent. Her achievement is even more notable given that not all the subjects she opted for are the traditionally high scoring ones — History, English, Geography, Insurance, Economics and Sanskrit. She is amongst the 1,57,934 students who have secured more than 90 per cent. In fact, the number of those who scored in excess of 90 per cent has increased by more than 65 per cent this year. And the number of students who have scored more than 95 per cent has doubled. The personal accomplishments of these students should, no doubt, be celebrated — especially since several of them have, reportedly, overcome difficult odds. But also spare a thought for those who have not got such high marks. Does a system based on “perfect” marks offer fair opportunities to students from diverse learning environments? Does scoring well in board exams necessarily mean learning well?,” read the full editorial here.

A big plan

“Google’s proposed $10 billion investment underlines global appeal of India’s digital story, unfolding shift in tech world,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “On Monday, the US tech giant Google announced plans to invest $10 billion in India over the coming five to seven years through the “Google for India Digitisation Fund”. Operationalised through a combination of partnerships, equity, infrastructure and ecosystem investments, the focus will reportedly be on bringing more high-quality low-cost smartphones to enable greater Internet access in the country, building new products and services in consumer technology, education, health and agriculture, and empowering small and medium businesses to transform digitally. The move signals a stepping up of engagement between Indian and US tech firms and underlines the continued attractiveness of the country’s digital economy, even in the midst of a severe global economic slowdown,” read the full editorial here.

Pilot crash-lands

“Rajasthan govt on the edge,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, ” Blackmail and brinkmanship are bad strategy in politics. Even in a corporate environment, few employers accept the whims and fancies of an employee who threatens to derail one’s own enterprise or help a competitor. Former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot, a Wharton Business School graduate, should have known better. Like a compulsive gambler, he staked his dynastic credentials, proximity to the Gandhi family, his goodwill and fair name playing bluff with his party leadership, eventually losing his positions as Deputy CM and Pradesh Congress Committee president,” read the full editorial here.

 

Digital dividend

“Support of tech giants like Google can benefit India,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, “Days after PM Narendra Modi rolled out the red carpet for global investors and clarified that Atmanirbhar Bharat was not about being closed to the world, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has announced plans to invest Rs 75,000 crore in India over the next five to seven years to help expedite the adoption of digital technologies. During their virtual interaction on Monday, both were on the same page regarding the transformative power of technology. It’s noteworthy that the Google for India Digitisation Fund comes at a time when the country is facing the onslaught of Covid-19 and struggling to put its economy back on track. The tech giant’s move is an affirmation of India’s potential to play a key role in the post-pandemic world order,” read the full editorial here.

 

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