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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 3 July, 2020

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Sand up, speak up

“Credible international coalition is a long way off. India must raise its voice against Chinese aggression, wherever it takes place,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “The list of countries and entities affected by China’s muscular unilateralism under President Xi Jinping is getting longer. From Australia to Europe and the long arc of Beijing’s Asian neighbours, from Japan to India through the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, nations are reacting against Chinese Communist Party’s aggressiveness of a kind not seen since the 1960s. Add Hong Kong and Taiwan to the list, and there is an incredible set of China-centred conflicts. Tensions between China and the United States are not being driven by President Donald Trump alone. The Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Joe Biden, who hopes to oust Trump from the White House in the November elections, is accusing the US president of being too soft on China,” read the full editorial here.


California example

“Lawsuit against company for caste discrimination recognises malaise in diaspora. In India, too, equality is work in progress,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “For the Indian diaspora in the West, the decision of California regulators to sue Cisco Systems over a case of alleged caste discrimination against an Indian-American employee marks an inflection point. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing has gone ahead and filed a lawsuit even though US employment law does not recognise caste discrimination. Two Indian-American employees of the tech multinational company have also been named as defendants, and accused of harassing a principal engineer, “outing” his “lower caste” identity and then proceeding to retaliate when he objected. When the employee reported the harassment to the company, Cisco did not act, on the grounds that caste discrimination was not illegal,” read the full editorial here.

The great Indian strategic debate

“Chinese aggression has resolved it in favour of India-US ties,” read the editorial of The Hindustan Times. It further reads, “For over two decades, ever since the process of rapprochement began between India and the United States (US) after the 1998 nuclear tests, there have been two clear views within the Indian polity and strategic community. One suggested closer ties between India and the US. Advocates of this view pointed to US power; the advantages that India could extract for its economic development; the convergence in democratic values; and the fact that the US can act as an insurance policy in the face of a rising China. The other school of thought pointed to the US track record of undermining Indian interests and its close ties with the Pakistan military; and argued that proximity will undermine India’s “strategic autonomy”, and deepen New Delhi’s disputes with Beijing,” read the full editorial here.


Life, unlocked

“Do not compromise on precautions,” read the editorial The Tribune. It further reads, “Long opposed to wearing a face mask in public, President Trump has said ‘he is all for masks’, this on a day the US hit a record high of 52,000 coronavirus cases. The surge has been blamed on the early and rather carefree reopening, ignoring the warnings of public health experts. A serious rethink is on in several parts of the country. Back home, Unlock 2.0 has resulted in the lifting of more restrictions and allowing more public activity. India’s Covid-19 count is mounting by the day, not coming down. The government’s primary consideration apparently is ensuring a push to economic pursuits, anything that can ease the pain of the millions pushed to the brink. It cannot be faulted for adopting the strategy. There is no other option,” read the full editorial here.


Misleading brand name

“Ensure there is no confusion over Patanjali drug,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, “The government has finally clarified that the Patanjali Trust could market its new medicine, Coronil, only as an immunity booster, and not as a Covid drug. The Ministry of Ayush has said it had examined the matter and found that Coronil had been registered as an immunity booster while the two other formulations in the so-called Covid package were also registered as ayurvedic drugs. It has also been stated that on the package and label of these drugs, no claim about a cure for Covid-19 should be mentioned. The ministry, however, said Patanjali had initiated clinical trials for potential Covid-19 therapy as per the government guidelines and the trust could continue with those trials as per procedure,” read the full editorial here.

Testing times: Board exams cancelled

“This eagerness to link marks with merit is one of the problems of the present system,” read the editorial of The Telegraph. It further reads, “The Central Board of Secondary Education has cancelled the board examinations for Class X and XII in the light of the pandemic. The Supreme Court has given its nod to the decision. Students will now be marked under a special — convoluted? — scheme: those who sat for more than three subjects in the now aborted board exams will be scored on the best three performances; those who finished three subjects will be judged on the basis of the two best performances; students who have taken only two papers will be marked on their performance in those as well as internal assessments. It is true that such an unprecedented system of assessment has been necessitated by the pandemic — the CISCE will announce its own evaluation formula and the UGC will release the revised guidelines on exams and admissions. But educators have rightly expressed concern about the resultant anomalies. Internal assessments are held under far less stringent conditions than board exams, and their marking structures are also considerably lenient. Should the current crisis then be treated as an opportunity to rethink a model of assessment that no longer reflects merit?,” read the full editorial here.


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