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A TRAGEDY OF ERRORS
MASS CREMATIONS, THE SCRAMBLE FOR HOSPITAL BEDS, THE DESPERATE HUNT FOR MEDICAL OXYGEN, THE PUBLIC OUTCRY, THE PERSONAL TRAGEDIES—HOW COVID’S SECOND WAVE HAS EXPOSED THE ABJECT FAILURE OF THE INDIAN STATE
NOW HIS OWN BOSS
The Left’s second consecutive win in Kerala underlines Pinarayi Vijayan’s deft handling of the many crises that hit the state as much as his control over the political narrative
THE WAKE-UP CALL
Disappointing results in the assembly polls raise questions about the BJP’s overdependence on Brand Modi
FROM DIDI TO DURGA
Mamata Banerjee’s victory holds out hope not just for Bengal but for opposition forces across the country looking to halt the relentless march of the saffron brigade
BAPTISM OF FIRE
His poll promises seem to have resonated with voters, but new chief minister M.K. Stalin will be watched closely for how well he delivers on those commitments
AN UPHILL CLIMB
The new incumbent has the unenviable task of managing the Covid upsurge and balancing the state’s finances
ALL AT SEA
Plumbing electoral depths, the Congress yet again faces a do-ordie choice. If it can put in an honest effort to reform itself, it can still be a uniting force for the Opposition
Can Our Courts Manage The COVID-19 Crisis?
Healthcare For All
Rajasthan’s newly minted, state-sponsored Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme has come at a time when it’s likely to be better appreciated by its beneficiaries. It universalizes healthcare in the state—free for the poor and dirt cheap for the rest.
EU PROPOSES RULES FOR HIGH-RISK ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE USES
European Union officials unveiled proposals for reining in high-risk uses of artificial intelligence such as live facial scanning that could threaten people’s safety or rights.
Hands Off My Football Team!
The European Super League followed a model shaped in the U.S. Opposition from fans scuttled the idea
Reincarnation And Realpolitik
China, India, and the U.S. are vying to influence the selection of the next Dalai Lama
STARVING FOR MORE CHIPS IN A TECH-HUNGRY WORLD
As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips that power a wide range of products that connect, transport and entertain us in a world increasingly dependent on technology.
An Exclusive Interview With Nandakumar Narasimhan
The Little Red Train
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
The usurper has come
A Room for Dad
Before Mom passed, I made a promise to her
THE DANGAL IN THE JUNGLE, PART 1
YOU KNOW YOU’RE SOMEBODY WHEN YOU’VE APPEARED ON AN INDIAN DANGAL POSTER — IN OTHER WORDS, IN A WRESTLING ADVERTISEMENT.
WOUNDS AND THE WOMB
JULIE PETERS explores how to heal a relationship with the sacred womb, a place of death, life, and possibilities.
Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain SARAH BOWEN explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.