What yesterday looked like a continuation of the full lockdown for at least another couple of weeks is now possibly beginning to look like a more scaled version of the lockdown.
While Italy may be a marker, since we haven't as yet had the same experience, it is possible that we may escape the worst of the European experiences because we went into lockdown much earlier and also, we had cut connections with the world even before that.
Last night, the prime minister was forced to send the nation into shutdown after it became clear that as people, we were incapable of any voluntary discipline.
"Be prepared" is the motto of scouts. Unfortunately, most governments, from China to the US, have ignored this and their people are suffering the tremendous onslaught of the Coronavirus.
If the results in the US presidential primaries tomorrow morning confirm what opinion polls are saying, the Democratic race may well be over, with former Vice President Joe Biden heading to being anointed the party's candidate to try and topple President Donald Trump.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made everyone miss lunch with a Budget speech that lasted more than two and half hours. In that time she gave us a fix for everything from agricultural to gene banks, so much so that she ran out of steam and couldn't finish last two pages.
Today's shooting at Jamia Millia Islamia by a man who had posted "Shaheen Bagh, game over," shows high tensions have begun to run in Delhi.
It's petty politics and not fighting pollution. That is why Delhi NCR and much of north India is struggling to breathe. And all the players are equally to blame as they try, cleverly (or so they think), and pass the buck. Add to the cauldron a Delhi election around the corner and you can be sure it isn't concern for your health that is driving the politics of fighting...
The Modi-Shah plan is to do a Mamata on Mamata and topple the Trinamool using strategy similar to that for the CPM -- with two major differences. One, strong Hindutva, and two, the power and the money of a party in power at the centre.
Nitish Kumar, despite getting the BJP to give him an equal number of seats to contest in Bihar (17), looks like he is hanging on to Modi's coattails.
The key battle of course will be fought in Central and Eastern UP, where the BJP+ in 2014 swept 50 of the 54 seats but faces the challenge of the BSP-SP alliance and, separately, the Congress in an area where the opposition parties are stronger.
Like anywhere in India, how people vote in Karnataka is complicated by other factors, caste being the most dominant, especially in non-urban areas.
Just when there was increasing apprehension about the impartiality of many of our institutions, two of them have given orders that should for a while temper the fears. Yesterday, the Supreme Court in theRafale case made a pair of very strong points in its judgement, upholding the freedom of the press to publish "secret" government documents and agreeing that these doc...
The headline on the Telegana and Andhra Pradesh elections from a national perspective is the Federal Front, which is the dream of the current Chief Minister and strongman of Telengana, K Chandrasekhar Rao( KCR), who sees this non-BJP, non-Congress coalition as the third force in Indian politics, with him moving from effectively being the Nizam of Hyderabad to a star o...
It is not that there hasn't been visible change in the villages of India. Almost all villages have 18 hours or more of electricity, some access to water, latrines, many villagers have gas and a few even have pucca houses. But the fact is, real poverty hasn't disappeared.