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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 29 June, 2020

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Kartarpur bridge

“Delhi must not snub Pakistan offer to reopen corridor — project is in India’s interests, it has more reasons not to walk away now,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “In the wake of a bruising spv vs spy row, and in the week when Delhi asked the Pakistan High Commission to reduce the strength of its diplomatic mission in India by half, announcing that it would do the same at its mission in Islamabad, it was hardly expected that Pakistan’s next move would be an apparent handshake. Its offer to reopen Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur from today for Indian pilgrims on the occasion of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death anniversary — it was shut down on March 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — appears to have caught Delhi by surprise. The ministry of external affairs has said two days is too short a notice, and has also described the offer as a “mirage of goodwill”. But concerns about a feint, or of being blindsided by the move, if indeed that is the case, are no reason to reject the proposal altogether,” read the full editorial here.


The five tools against Covid-19

“Delhi has a plan. Now ensure its implementation,” reads the editorial of The Hindustan Times. It further reads, “With over 80,000 cases and 2,500 deaths, Delhi is the second most affected state in terms of the spread of Covid-19. To its credit, Delhi has tested close to half-a-million samples. But this is little consolation at a time when the disease is affecting almost every neighbourhood, people have struggled to get tested or get admitted to hospital, and the death count has climbed up. But over the past 10 days, recognising the scale of the crisis, both the Centre — led by home minister Amit Shah — and the Delhi government have stepped up to deal with a surge in cases with a renewed plan. This is positive, and if implemented well, will begin showing results,” read the full editorial here.


Imran’s martyr

“Osama bin Laden gets Pak PM’s veneration,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, “Even to a world by now numbed by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s obsequious servitude towards the deep state, the statement that Osama bin Laden had been ‘martyred’ by US special forces came as a shock. The fact that he corrected himself after initially using the term ‘killed’ for the most notorious terrorist in the world shows how deliberate the expression was. While civilian surrogates sing for their supper for the military establishment that props them up, Imran Khan dropped the fig leaf of independence that sustained the perception, however tenuous, of the legitimacy of his government,” read the full editorial here.

Bitter pill: FIR against Patanjali ‘cure’

“Ethics, evidently, is not a consideration for some pharmaceutical firms, including those that are patronized by the seemingly pious,” read the editorial of The Telegraph. It further reads, “the ‘cure’, at times, can be as dangerous as the disease. Is that the reason why a first information report has been filed against Baba Ramdev and four others for making misleading claims that two herbal medicines of Patanjali Ayurved can, apparently, defeat Covid-19? The FIR seems to be consistent with other institutional interventions against this specious, sensational claim. The ministry of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy had taken umbrage with the perpetrator, and directed it not to advertise these dubious products as a remedy for a contagion that continues to elude the reach of modern medicine. There is evidence to suggest that Patanjali’s medical unit has been evasive of due process. For instance, the Uttarakhand government has asserted that the Haridwar-based firm had not been given the licence to manufacture the said products to tackle the coronavirus. The quality of clinical trials remains unconvincing; worse, it has been reported that when patients with mild symptoms developed fever during these ‘clinical’ trials — Patanjali had said that 69 per cent of the Covid-19 patients tested negative after three days of ‘treatment’ — they had to be given allopathic medicine,” read the full editorial here.








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