In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 20 May 2020

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Spit & shine

“ICC needs to focus on the big picture about sports and the pandemic instead of fussing over minor questions,” argued The Indian Express Editorial.
The Editorial further reads, “Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the cricket establishment has fired its latest salvo. On Monday, the technical committee of the International Cricket Council ruled that players can’t use saliva on the ball anymore — an age-old method to shine the ball — but can continue to use their sweat instead. Clarity and coherence were needed on the bigger plan to restart sports in a secure environment. Other sports have been sweating over two-week lockdowns and the micromanaging needed to repeatedly test the players, officials, broadcasters, dressing-room attendants and other people frequenting the stadium. Trust the International Cricket Council to fuss over a minor point even before they announce a larger plan to restart the game,” Read full Edit here.


Unity for power: Israel’s unity government

“Israel’s rival factions have ended a deadlock by joining hands but challenges remain,” says The Hindu Editorial. The editorial further reads,” Israel’s new unity government, which has ended a protracted political deadlock, after three inconclusive elections in a year, is likely to oversee worsening tensions with the Palestinians as annexation of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank is high on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s agenda. Mr. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving leader who just began his fourth consecutive term, has already initiated discussions on this plan. The man behind the revival of the political fortunes of Mr. Netanyahu, who has been indicted for corruption, was his one-time nemesis, Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party.” Read full Edit here.

Late again: agricultural stimulus

“These reforms should have been introduced much earlier… not when the government is firefighting a pandemic,” reads The editorial of The Telegraph. The editorial further reads, “Union finance minister has announced as part of the stimulus package a number of schemes and reforms for the agricultural sector and allied activities. There are three broad sets of intervention. First, liquidity enhancement schemes have been announced for farmers. The availability of relatively cheap loans may trigger a loan dependency that can backfire as non-performing assets for banks. The second set pertains to schemes that will promote agricultural infrastructure and facilitate micro-food enterprises, fishing and herbal plant cultivation. The details are not available for these schemes. It is not clear which scheme is publicly funded and which one is loan based. These will take time to deliver results,” Read the full article here. Read full Edit here. 

Two states in disarray

“West Bengal, Bihar CMs need to rise above politics,” suggests the editorial of The Tribune. The editorial further reads “Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar, both formidable regional satraps known for confronting the BJP-led Central government in contrasting ways, have not only mishandled the Covid crisis in their respective states – West Bengal and Bihar – but also messed up the return of migrant workers. In Bengal, the coronavirus mortality rate is over 8 per cent, way above the national average of around 3 per cent; Bihar’s rate is relatively low (less than 1 per cent), but there is no room for complacency in view of the state’s fragile healthcare infrastructure. In terms of positive cases, both states are behind worst-affected ones such as Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, but that is largely attributed to low testing rates. Their numbers are likely to shoot up if the testing capacity is enhanced drastically.” Read full Edit here.

Ensure their Safety

“The situation demands that extra caution be taken in case of doctors and paramedics,” reads the editorial of Greater Kashmir. The editorial further reads “From the day this crisis brought our lives to standstill, some people were exposed to more dangers than the rest of us. Among these, doctors and paramedic staff dealing directly with covid patients are the most vulnerable lot. That was the reason why there were voices from the first day that special care should be taken to safeguard the lives of those who, in this critical time, are saving the lives of others. In the beginning when even PPEs were not available to doctors, they performed their professional duties with great passion. This is the fi rst line of defence in this war against covid.” Read full Edit here.

The gaslighting of government critics

“Saturday’s attack on a Vizag doctor, who red-flagged the shortage of N-95 masks and PPE kits for nurses and doctors, is a case in point,” reads the editorial of Asian Age. The editorial further reads,” The post-corona order has arrived. In this new milieu, filtered by privilege, exists a self-conscious, almost-tyrannical, focus on well-adjustedness, with one’s surroundings. Unhappiness is the supreme vice as officialdom increasingly weaponises “mental illness” and gaslights its own critics. Saturday’s attack on a Vizag doctor, who red-flagged the shortage of N-95 masks and PPE kits for nurses and doctors, so critical in preventing them from themselves turning into unwitting sources of the virus is a case in point,” read full Edit here.






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