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To stand out, in the worst way

Shashi Tharoor Egregious (adj), flagrantly bad, outrageously offensive Usage: In threatening India with retaliation if we didn’t sell him our stocks of hydroxychloroquine, President Trump behaved egregiously, in a manner unworthy of a Head of State. The word egregious actually began as a term of praise, meaning exceptional, distinguished, eminent, or excellent, since it descended from the Latin word egregius …

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Remember, the migrants are human too

Mark Tully A friend of mine was in a group which was driven on official business from Delhi to Lucknow. As I have not seen a single report of a long drive and I am locked down in a containment area, I asked him to take notes on what he saw. He was not allowed to stop and interview anyone. …

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Goa has high viral diversity

Nandkumar M Kamat Viruses are not novelties in the tropics. The entire western Ghats and Arabian sea ecosystems are teeming with wild viruses many of which are still locked up in their natural quarantines like the bats. The present scare on SARS like new coronavirus – COVID-19 needs to be contrasted with several deaths classified wrongly in the reports of …

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A crisis greater than COVID-19

Barkha Dutt India has extended the national lockdown – but admittedly, with a range of relaxations across zones. But the government should have been more liberal in its opening up. Other than the key districts in the severely hit red zones, which are still struggling with a high percentage of coronavirus cases (Covid-19), the rest of the country needed to …

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COVID-19: A personal encounter

Nandkumar M Kamat I have been teaching virology for the past 27 years. So from December 2019, I had been monitoring the new outbreak in China. In December, when this new SARS like coronavirus emerged, I told the students that it was different from other coronaviruses. Earlier in the same class we had discussed Ebola outbreak in Africa. On January …

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When the other virus attacks

Karan Thapar They say a crisis can bring out the best in us. Alas, it can also do the opposite. I can think of a couple of areas where, sadly, that’s proven true. If things get better – and I hope they will – we’ll soon forget how horrid we can be. But, today, that’s precisely what I want to …

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The compassion factor

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI Savitri Devi, born Maximiani Portas in 1905 of Greek-English parents, wrote a very thought provoking and profound book called ‘Impeachment of Man’ in 1945 on different religions and their “compassion factor”. She spent 30 years in India undertaking a systematic study of the world’s great religions. She spoke seven languages and supported herself by teaching and translation …

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Virus and the village

From poverty to poor health care, from mass reverse migration to fake news, rural areas are facing multiple crises at once as the infection spreads across the country Snigdha Poonam Most people aren’t leaving their homes in Abu Sayeed Ahmed’s Khairabari village in Assam’s Barpeta district. “They are following the official guidelines – washing their hands, sanitising their homes, sewing …

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Visually impaired fear days after lockdown

For a section of citizens, social distancing and physical distancing has come as a curse. These people depend a lot on others when they are out of the streets Joydeep Thakur Rahul Gambhir, a 31-year-old banker from Mumbai, is worried about the day when the COVID-19 lockdown will be lifted and he will have to join office again. His office …

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We the people of Komkan

TENSING RODRIGUES Perhaps it is time now to recapitulate all that we have learned about the answer to the question: Who are we? We still do not have a definite answer; perhaps we shall never have. Not at least till we have genotyped the large variations in the people of Komkan. But through our long search for our roots, we …

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