While planning for the third wave, and may be a fourth, we need properly-formulated guidelines that trigger local restrictions without the long political infighting and fear of economic downturn.
Today, as the fear of a second wave engulfs us, it seems we have learnt nothing from how the world wasted February 2020, allowed COVID-19 to spread. Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned yesterday that if we did not act fast, this time rural India could be severely hit and if that were to happen our medical system would collapse.
This is a budget that promises to boost the economy through infrastructure spend and promises continuity in tax policies. If these hopes are translated by the political will of the Government, then we could see a faster recovery next year. And it's a good idea to keep adjusting spends with receipts so that the fiscal deficit remains within the years target.
Joe Biden may be president elect, but he and then Democrats failed to generate the "blue wave" that would have swept nine battleground states. Instead, he has squeaked by in four and marginally won another three.
A fortnight ago almost every pollster had written off Donald Trump. Today, on Election Day, everyone is not that sanguine. Even "sleepy Joe" has been forced out of the comfort of his Delaware home into a last week of high-pitched campaigning in key states. If Joe Biden loses, the pollsters will be totally discredited; but Joe will be blamed for hoping that an electron...
Unless we fix the small stuff, we will never get the big stuff done.
So has Trump "Biden off" more than he can chew? Probably. But if states are won by small numbers, the Republicans are prepared to challenge every single narrow margin in the courts. And that is the real concern; Biden needs to be over 300 electoral votes at least to feel confident that courts will not overturn his victory by invalidating votes.
The only people who are worried in fact, are the Democrats; once bitten, they don't want to be "Biden" by Trump twice.
Normally, the choice of a vice presidential candidate doesn't really add much to the winning team, and most losing ones are forgotten. But it could have negative consequences like in the case of Sarah Palin in 2008. So could choosing a black candidate in an already polarised America. It could be the stick that breaks Biden's back. We will know next week.
India is flying. Again. Some would say finally. Others are not so chuffed, worrying as they are about people dashing from Green to Red zones and vice versa. Yes there is a risk but is the risk greater than the advantages of getting back to business? This has always been the key issue - let people out or contain the virus?
What my grandmother was unable to achieve, what my wife hasn't succeeded in doing in 40 years, seven weeks of lockdown have. From being a hard-drinking, red meat-eating, exercise-eschewing and late-sleeping grumponamus, I have almost completed the circle of virtuosity and am waiting for the angels to descend from heaven and place above my head a shining halo.
Isn't it Moses time for Chief Ministers of the eastern states? How long will they silently watch their people in far off states protesting the lack of food, water, money, shelter, and crying to go home, before they say, "let my people go"?