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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 8 July, 2020

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End of a dream

“Kuwait’s indigenisation drive points to impending return of migrants from Gulf — there will be challenges on both sides,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “Kuwait’s move to reduce the share of expatriates in its workforce has deepened the spectre of an exodus of Indians from the Gulf. A draft Bill in the National Assembly has proposed that the percentage of Indian citizens in Kuwait should not exceed 15 per cent of its population — nearly 8 lakh Indians may have to leave Kuwait. The possibility of a migrant exodus from West Asia is not new. Many countries in the Gulf region have been trying to replace expats in their workforce with locals. Saudi Arabia launched nitaqat — a Saudisation scheme which introduced quotas in the workforce — in 2011. Recently, Oman had proposed a phased reduction of expats in its workforce. Expat workers flocked to Gulf countries to build and run those economies following the oil boom in the 1960s and ’70s. They were welcomed mainly because the local population lacked the necessary skills, or the will, to meet the needs of the new economy,” read the full editorial here.

 

Carry on regardless

“The dreadful double negative “irregardless” is given sanction by Merriam-Webster, and old fault lines resurface,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “The illogical Americanism “irregardless” has been irritating teachers and purists for over a hundred years, and now they are fit to be tied because the Merriam-Webster dictionary suggests that it is a legitimate word. It is the boojum of double negatives, whose use is historically deprecated because they serve no useful function, since a much simpler word could take their place. Logically, irregardless only means regardful. But just to diddle you, it actually means exactly the same as “regardless”, and only intensifies its impact in a droll sort of way. In fact, it is a portmanteau word masquerading as a double negative. Lexicographers surmise that it is a blend of “irrespective” and “regardless”,” read the full editorial here.

Crisis of the future

“Collapse of mid-day meal scheme in pandemic could affect food security of most vulnerable. There is much to learn from Kerala,” read the editorial of Indian Express. It further reads, “On Monday, a report in this newspaper highlighted how, in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, the COVID-19 crisis has laid low one of the main weapons in the country’s fight against malnutrition — the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme. Children of one of the most marginalised Dalit communities in Bihar, the Musahars, have taken to rag-picking after the scheme, which guaranteed them one stable meal a day, came to a standstill in March. The state government claims to have taken immediate corrective action. After being prodded by the National Human Rights Commission and the Patna High Court, which flagged this newspaper’s report, it has issued a statewide order to ensure distribution of rations to school children for three months and transfer of money to their bank accounts, or that of their guardians, in lieu of the food scheme. But is that enough, given that child health experts have questioned the efficacy of dry rations as a substitute for cooked meals? The case of the Musahar children of Bhagalpur should lead to conversations about food security for children from underprivileged communities across the country during the pandemic. With schools closed and anganwadi workers engaged in COVID surveillance work, there is a real danger that the nutrition of such children could be compromised,” read the full editorial here.

 

Hassle-free R&D

“Let Covid research take its course,” read the editorial of The Tribune. it further reads, “With over 7 lakh cases and more than 20,000 deaths so far, India is deep in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic. Developing an effective cure as well as a vaccine is central to the country’s efforts to contain the virulent virus. India needs all hands on deck in the field of medical research to conduct clinical trials as per globally accepted norms without being weighed down by unreasonable deadlines and unrealistic expectations. At this critical juncture, Gagandeep Kang, a renowned clinical scientist and the first Indian woman to be inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, has quit as the executive director of the Faridabad-based Translational Health Science and Technology Institute — a year before her tenure was scheduled to end. Kang has stated that she wished to return to her family and to Christian Medical College, Vellore, from where she was on sabbatical. Irrespective of the speculation over the whys and wherefores of her decision, there is no gainsaying that she has resigned at a time when the government direly needed the services of leading virologists like her,” read the full editorial here.

Blood trail: The UP model of law and order

“The toxic strain of retribution is a resilient feature in the cultural ethos of much of the Indian heartland,” read the editorial of The Telegraph. It further reads, “The ‘Gujarat Model’ of development has its fair share of sceptics. The ‘UP Model’ of maintaining law and order is likely to be scoffed at as well. The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, is on record, stating that the rest of India should emulate his state when it comes to upholding the law. This is a frightening proposition, as the recent bloodbath in a village in Kanpur has shown. As many as eight policemen were killed — the casualty figure included a deputy superintendent — by criminals during an attempt by the men in uniform to arrest a history-sheeter. The aftermath has been as shocking as the crime. It is being speculated that Vikas Dubey, whose henchmen slaughtered the policemen, may have been tipped-off by someone within the police rank and file. The rot of corruption, evidently, runs deep in the police in Mr Adityanath’s state. Surely, the rest of India should be spared the contagion. The police have cut a sorry figure in other respect as well. There had been a clear failure in the gathering of intelligence,” read the full editorial here.

 

 

 

 

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