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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 6 June, 2020

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Capital confusion

“Closure of borders in National Capital Region during pandemic has exposed fragility of compact between constituent states,” read the editorial of Indian Express. It further reads, “It has taken a petition in the Supreme Court to prod the states which comprise the National Capital Region (NCR) to develop a common programme, pass and portal through which they can speak in one voice. The goods are to be delivered within a week, to fill a void that has been aching for years. The NCR was defined in 1985, anticipating that the urban sprawl of Delhi would expand beyond its borders, with the stated intention of harmonising infrastructure and land use across state borders. But the essence of the idea was to allow the frictionless flow of human capital and services across state borders, so that people could live in affordable housing in one state and work in commercial zones in another state, and perhaps depend on the resources of a third state for other necessities, like cultural activities and healthcare,” read the full editorial here.


Can’t work from home

“Those who hesitate to step on to the playing field in COVID times deserve empathy and understanding,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “It’s not a surprise that three West Indian cricketers, Darren Bravo, Simon Hetmyer, and Keemo Paul have opted out of a series in England because they have concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. What is astonishing is that only three players withdrew. Even England captain Joe Root admitted that the situation must be “extremely scary” and the CEO of the West Indies cricket board has said that the board is sympathetic to the players. The West Indies captain, Jason Holder, had compared the decision to play the England series as “no different from a front line worker going into a hospital every day”. He also pointed to the quandary that sportspersons who, unlike most others in these times of social distancing, don’t have a WFH option, face. “The longer we stay off the field, the longer it takes for us to actually make some money,” he moaned,” read the full editorial here.


It’s dangerous to deny testing of asymptomatic Covid-19 patients

“The whole point of the severe lockdown that started on March 25 was to use the period to expand the country’s health infrastructure as needed,” reads the editorial of The Times of India. It further reads, ” Yet here we are more than two months on, with Covid-19 cases continuing to grow everyday while the specter of running out of hospital beds is looming large in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. The only way forward is to do more and more tests, and simultaneously ramp up bed capacity – including by converting more spaces like stadiums, schools and hotels into Covid care centers. What is the absolutely wrong way of dealing with Covid? To slow down the testing to keep the official case count low, to browbeat hospitals to the same end, and make citizens run from pillar to post whether it comes to getting an RT-PCR test or a getting a Covid care bed,” read the full editorial here.


Shine a light: On retraction of a research paper

“The scientific process must be protected from those seeking power and riches,’ reads the editorial of The Hindu. It further reads “two weeks ago, a study in The Lancet, perhaps the most influential medical journal in the world, found no benefit from the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a well-known antimalarial, to treat sick COVID-19 patients. Today, that study stands retracted. As it had relied on a huge dataset of about 96,000 patients sourced from 671 hospitals in six continents, the World Health Organization, citing a ‘do no harm’ principle, suspended drug trials pending a safety review. This led to some countries in Europe withdrawing the drug from their own trials. Another study involving some of the same authors and relying on the same data published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which sought to answer questions on the associations between cardiovascular disease, COVID-19 and drugs that target the enzymes that play a role in facilitating the virus in attacking a host, has also been retracted,” read the full editorial here.

Talking about a revolution: The CPI(M) woes

“Party glasses, made foggy by the vapours of ideology, prevented it from spotting the markers of change,” reads the editorial of The Telegraph. “The Revolution remains elusive for the comrades even though over 200 years have passed since the birth of Karl Marx. Worse, it appears that the long march of red revolutionaries has been halted, in India and in the world. In New India, only Kerala has been left standing holding the sickle and the hammer; the communist star is no longer visible in the political firmament of Bengal and Tripura, the two former fiefs of comrades. Communism, much like socialism and liberalism, is also in retreat at the hands of right-wing conservatism around the world. It is all a bit depressing for the comrades scanning the horizons, national and international, from their perch at A.K. Gopalan Bhavan,” read the full editorial here.




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