With the number of Covid-19 infections surging India recorded 368,147 new cases and 3,417 deaths on May 3, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare several states have imposed strict restrictions on public movement and variously calibrated lockdowns. Judging from public statements by heads of industry bodies, India Inc. appears to be on board with these steps for instance, on May 2, Uday Kotak, MD and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank and president CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), called for “the strongest national steps including curtailing economic activity to reduce suffering”. Sanjiv Mehta, chairman of FMCG giant Hindustan Unilever, has called for micro-containment centres to check the spread of the virus. On May 2, the Supreme Court also urged the Central and state governments to “consider imposing a lockdown to curb [the second wave of the virus]” while ensuring that marginalised communities do not suffer. However, in a televised address on April 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that lockdowns should be a last resort while stressing the need for restrictions in Covid hotspots.
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WOOING THE BRAHMIN VOTER
WHY POLITICAL PARTIES ARE CLAMOURING FOR THE COMMUNITY’S SUPPORT IN UTTAR PRADESH
UPLOADING THE ASANA
With Covid having forced yoga practitioners to rely on social media and online tutorials, this year’s National Yoga Day will first be celebrated on Zoom and Instagram
The Minority Report
THE SIZE OF DEVOTION
KCR’s extravagant bid to outdo the Tirumala shrine, in a grand display of competitive religiosity, will cost the state Rs 1,800 crore
THE KHELA IS STILL ON
A NEW RAY OF HOPE?
JAMMU & KASHMIR
A TRIANGULAR POWER TUSSLE
Differences between top leaders of the AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) have been sharpening ever since the party’s assembly election debacle in April.
The Perils Of Long Covid
Doctors warn of the dangers of a lingering post-Covid syndrome that puts patients at risk long after the virus has left their body
Bureaucracy: A Matter Of Propreity
Adhering to norms and protocols is the only way civil servants can protect themselves from political pressures