For the first time in several months

She’s a frail old lady, barely five feet in height, just 30kg in weight. She looks every bit of her eighty years. And now she’s looking at me, absolutely quiet and afraid of what I may tell her. She’s been having bouts of severe abdominal pain and has been unable to eat her meals properly. […]

The Global COVID Mass Vaccination Juggernaut is Gathering Steam And Showing Results

The number of people vaccinated worldwide against COVID is now approaching 100 million and rising by 4.5 million a day. Israel has vaccinated 33% of its total population and 75% of its elderly population. Norway has completed vaccination of all residents living in nursing homes – the most vulnerable population. The UK has also prioritized […]

Law and Order

A nation that allows anarchic forces to run riot will soon disintegrate.

Today, we celebrated Republic Day. The day our constitution came into force after years of discussion and negotiation. I do not think the members of the Constituent Assembly would have anticipated the sorry, incapable way in which our leaders would succumb to mob pressures and ignore the enforcement of sections of law so carefully laid down by them in the years to follow. In a macabre way, it has taken the invasion of the Red Fort by so-called farmers who have attempted to run over policemen with tractors and beaten them to pulp, to bring the incompetence of a democratic state in enforcing the rule of law into sharp focus.

This is certainly not the first time such things have happened. Delhi has been facing such anarchic situations routinely in the past years. Be it the anti-CAA protests that were allowed to degenerate into ghastly riots, or the occupation of public roads by protestors at Shaheen Baug, or the sealing of Singhu border of Delhi for the past two months, the Indian state seems unwilling and incompetent to enforce the rule of law.

It has sound political reasons to do so: keeping quiet and letting rioters run loose exposes the protests for what they actually are. Actually doing something to maintain law and order can have unpleasant political consequences due to the perverted manner in which any such action is projected onto mass media by the powerful leftist cabal. Consequently, the last thing any government would want to do is be seen as attacking protesting farmers.

But there will be a price to pay for inaction on every such incident where mobs are allowed to riot freely, and that price will be paid by the integrity of the Indian nation. The government is thereby emboldening people who, by blocking public conveniences, can bring it to the negotiating table with outrageous demands that cannot and often should not be met. It encourages anarchists to resort to violence for bringing the government to heel. It shows the common man that law is applicable only for those who choose to follow it, thereby creating perverse incentive for law-breaking and descent into further anarchy.

The governments of the day have tried to take the easy way out by hiding behind court orders. Well, this time the Court has sent out a stinging reminder of the political consequences of doing so and refused to play along. As a result, India, on the day its constitution came into force, looks weaker than ever in being capable of maintaining the security and safety of its own citizens from rioting mobs. It seems that the death of hundreds of citizens in the anti-CAA riots was not enough to send home the message: the way to tackle mobs is to show them the full force of the power of the state, at the first instance any attempt is made to break the law and incite violence.

Enforcing law and order is not something to shy away from for any nation that wants to send out confidence in its people, and in outsiders who would like to invest in the country. Lack of political will or paralysis due to fear of consequences, or being politically correct for that matter, can no longer be accepted as a reason to let the most important symbols of nationhood be desecrated in full public view.

I hope against hope that this advice would be heeded by the people in power. Some things cannot be compromised upon. Law and order is one of the key edifices on which a nation is built. If it goes, the nation goes.

Chinese COVID vaccines: Failing to deliver?

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Indian Vaccines: Overseas-Bound

In this post, I have attempted to create a one-stop reference point for supply of COVID vaccines to various countries by Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech. This post will be periodically updated. Indian companies are the major suppliers of vaccines globally due to availability of high quality manufacturers at low prices. Over the next few […]

‘Adverse reactions’ after vaccine shot (not unexpected)

When contacted, Dr Acharya said he was fine and recovering.  Assuring that the vaccine is safe, Acharya told The Indian Express, “There is no need to be scared (of vaccination). I will get discharged tomorrow (on Tuesday).” Acute febrile reaction is quite common with vaccination. In the case of a Mumbai doctor who developed transient […]

Lemons

This post is about lemons. And not just any lemons, great quality juicy ones the size of a billiard ball. A dozen of which are enough to fill a 200ml bottle. My farm hand, whom we affectionately call Mama, got some for me from his village.

But Mama doesn’t sell these lemons. Nor does anyone else in their village. So what do they do with them? They throw them away. That’s right. It isn’t worth their while to try and sell even these excellent quality lemons.

This is why: they sell at just one rupee each. Mama has eight trees that would produce a couple of hundred lemons. These would sell at just two hundred rupees, not even enough to cover transportation cost for these marginal farmers. They throw away the cabbage they can’t eat too, for the same reason: not worth their while to sell.

But the same lemons sell for as much as Rs.150/kg in summer, as temperatures start soaring.

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/ahmedabad/as-mercury-soars-lemon-rates-reach-rs-120-150/kg/amp_articleshow/68870499.cms

So farmers can potentially make ten times more than what they do on lemons, provided:

a) they have the means to make small quantities reach a target audience in cities

b) they can store their lemons for a few months in cold storage and sell them when rates start shooting upwards.

The potential game changers therefore can be online direct selling, and cold storage facility development. Electricity is no longer a serious concern in most villages and deep freezers don’t really consume much power. If efforts are made to develop cold storage facility at village level, things can turn around for farmers.

With the new farm laws kicking into effect, the development of cold storage facilities and contract farming can make it viable for smaller farmers to collectively sell their produce to corporate buyers and make decent returns. Hopefully, in the next few years, Mama will no longer have to throw away his lemons.

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Status of minority rights of Hindus and tribal religions in states of Bharat with non-Hindu majority – a two part series.

Poisoning Impressionable Minds – a three-part series on the lies and distortions of history in our school textbooks.

My discussion with Vikram Sharma on the Lingayat Minority demand, on Hindupost.in
My discussion with Hariprasad Nelliteertha on the Hindu Charter of Demands initiative