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Don’t Foul Our Oxygen

We make news out of victims. But can they be orphaned a second time by a news ecosystem that feeds off their victimhood? Never. This time, we return to India’s Oxygen Bereaved.

Ruben Banerjee
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July 12, 2021

Cover Story

Lead Essay

Candle In The Wind

'I can’t tell you what it was like in chronological order. I haven’t forgotten…I just find it hard to remember.' Historian Narayani Basu recalls the horror of battling to breathe.

July 12, 2021 | Narayani Basu
  • Passing

    With A Gasp, They Left Us

    It was an airless storm that blew over India this summer. Human beings were felled, like ninepins, after...

    July 12, 2021 | Astha Savyasachi, Giridhar Jha
  • Breath Of Life

    Step On The Gas

    Covid and oxygen shortage are a fatal mix, the second wave proved it. How prepared are we for a third?

    July 12, 2021 | Jeevan Prakash Sharma
  • Breath Of Life

    Oxygen

    It is the second most common gas in our atmosphere, 21 per cent, and we live because it is there. And yet...

    July 12, 2021
  • Third Wave

    Delta Is The New Alpha

    There’s a new scourge in town. A cousin of the old one…Delta Plus. Is it nastier? Will it infect faster? Will...

    July 12, 2021 | Ajay Sukumaran

National

Bihar/Politics

Lantern Light For Chirag

Can Paswan Junior re-invent himself with help from the Yadav scion? Big brother Nitish will be watching closely.

July 12, 2021 | Giridhar Jha
  • J&K/Post-370

    Talking Heads

    The PM’s meeting with Kashmiri politicians is another shot fired at a battered Hurriyat

    July 12, 2021 | Naseer Ganai
  • Opposition/Alliance

    Fixing A Big Tent

    Three years ahead of the next general elections, the anti-BJP camp grapples with the who, how and...

    July 12, 2021 | Preetha Nair
  • RSS/Elections

    The Sangh In Poll Gear

    Usually a backroom player in elections, the BJP’s ideological fountainhead leads from the front...

    July 12, 2021 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • W. Bengal/Politics

    Atonement, Or The Trail Back...

    They quit the TMC to join the BJP. After the Bengal polls, they’re desperate to get back.

    July 12, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

International

  • Foreign/Diplomacy

    Tightest Circle Of Peace

    A softly treading India and Pakistan cling on to the LoC ceasefire

    July 12, 2021 | Seema Guha
  • Sans Frontiers

    Headlines from around the world last week

    July 12, 2021
  • Foreign Hand

    Benigno Aquino III had a name that exuded inherited majesty. But neither Cory Aquino’s shoes nor Duterte’s demagoguery will erase his constructive role in Philippines history.

    July 12, 2021

Poliglot

  • Snapshot

    Hold Your Horse

    Can the Gateway of India be shifted out of Mumbai’s seascape? Ridiculous idea, you’ll say. How...

    July 12, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu
  • Snapshot

    The Squirrel Did It

    'I happily pass on the title of scientific minister to my brother Senthil Balaji,' says an AIADMK...

    July 12, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Snapshot

    Faux IAS, Fake Vax

    Who could confine an ambitious, smooth-talking Debanjan Deb to a day job as apprentice clerk? He...

    July 12, 2021 | Outlook Bureau
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there

    July 12, 2021

The NEWS

The NEWS

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

July 12, 2021

Nesting Site Turns Kill Zone

Innocent victims of Covid? You don’t have to go beyond the 250 egret and cormorant chicks killed in Tangla, Assam—a mini ecocide...

July 12, 2021 | Dipankar Roy

Arts & Entertainment

Review/Art and Culture

Scotsman In Curry Cosmos

'Indian cuisine is one of my favourites. The seafood curry, especially the prawn curry, is something I enjoyed. It was just off the scale,' says Scottish actor James Cosmo

July 12, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy

Books

Book Review

Emergency And Its Eager Converts

Vidhu Vincent’s nuanced graphic memoir on the Emergency examines that nadir of political practice through its warm, puzzling embrace in Kerala and the rebels who dared to say nay

July 12, 2021 | Shajahan Madampat

Diary

Death Diary

Is death like sleep? From which we arise to an eternal life of the spirit? Is the body a mere prison? As familiar people vanished one by one, the simple questions turn complex.

July 12, 2021 | Hoihnu Hauzel

Letters

Letters

Published feedback from our readers: rants, raves, bouquets, brickbats

July 12, 2021