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The Pandemic Poor

Shuttered & Shattered

The economic toll that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on Indians, especially the middle class and the poor, is as bad as the deaths and the sickness. And there’s uncertainty around a post-pandemic recovery.

Jyotika Sood, Lola Nayar
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July 05, 2021

Cover Story

  • Pandemic Poor

    Why We Feel Poorer?

    Incomes slump, spending drops and inequalities ­widen in India and elsewhere across the globe

    July 05, 2021
  • Jump Cut

    Covid Rebranded Our Lifestyle

    Our lifestyles changed during this lifetime. Safety was important, as was comfort, rather than fashion...

    July 05, 2021 | Santosh Desai
  • Interview

    ‘Everybody Became Poorer...’

    'The pain of loss of income is deep among most income categories, including the middle classes. Only...

    July 05, 2021 | Lola Nayar
  • Pandemic Poor

    Bound To A Sinking Boat

    Covid dealt death and near-death, and its all-consuming maw took our livelihoods and ate away our...

    July 05, 2021


  • Bengal/Politics

    Playing To The Gallery In Bengal...

    Mamata fumes as BJP MPs seek separate statehood for ‘neglected’ north Bengal and social media groups back their demand

    July 05, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • J&K/Politics

    To Fix Jam, Call Gang

    After trying to prop up an alternative leadership, the Centre falls back on ‘Gupkar gang’ to push its post-370 plans for Kashmir

    July 05, 2021 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora, Naseer Ganai
  • Opinion

    Toilet View Of The Lockdown

    Disruptions caused by the pandemic have exacerbated the already intolerable situation of sanitation workers

    July 05, 2021 | Pragya Akhilesh



Shots Fired Against Vaccine Apartheid

Several governments from the Global South call for an international health order to end vaccine imperialism

July 05, 2021 | Preetha Nair

Withdrawal Symptoms

Afghanistan is at a crossroads as foreign troops prepare to leave

July 05, 2021 | Seema Guha


  • Snapshot

    A Tale In 37 Tongues

    'Rebati', the first short story in Odia language by Fakir Mohan Senapati, has been translated into 36...

    July 05, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu
  • Snapshot

    Status Quo In Himachal

    Despite accusations of mishandling the Covid pandemic, the BJP has decided to go to assembly polls next...

    July 05, 2021 | Ashwani Sharma
  • Snapshot

    The Covid Corp Captain

    Gagandeep Singh Bedi, an engineer-turned-IAS-officer, has made a mark by his deft and sensitive handling...

    July 05, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    July 05, 2021



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

July 05, 2021

For A Song In Tripura

The next target of Mamata Banerjee and her party is the Bengali-majority Tripura that goes to poll in 2023

July 05, 2021 | Dipankar Roy



A Magic Bullet At Any Cost

As in 1964, Japan has a point to prove. It explains the drive towards hosting the costliest Summer Olympics ever in the midst of a pandemic.

July 05, 2021 | Soumitra Bose

Arts & Entertainment

Review/ Art and Culture

‘Stardom And Hero Worship Set Indian Cinema Back’

'Working in international movies helped me realise that I shouldn’t get bogged down by the stardom dream,' says actor Ali Fazal

July 05, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy


Book Review

That Unholy Cleave

A former diplomat sweeps through Bengal’s history to narrate the story of its Partition, which she deems was avoidable.

July 05, 2021 | Dammu Ravi


Milkha Singh Diary

'Milkha Singh was a legend and will remain a legend forever...

July 05, 2021 | Gurbachan Singh Randhawa



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