Best of BS Opinion: Unlocking Delhi, Covid-19 crisis, GDP growth, and more


Indians are thronging malls, shrines and restaurants, and the traffic jams are back. Expect a surge in Covid-19 cases that will test India’s ramshackle public healthcare infrastructure like never before. It’s the longer term responses of political and corporate leaderships in that will also matter in the days ahead, as page writers point out today. Kanika Datta sums up the views.

In the first of a three-part series, Pranab Bardhan makes the case for Universal Basic Income and argues that finding resources to do so may be within the realm of fiscal feasibility. Read it here


India is not the only country to suffer a pandemic recession, but its recovery is likely to be much more problematic than many of the others.

Shreekant Sambrani explains why here

Anjuli Bhargava reviews the handling of employees in the aviation sector as the Covid-19 crisis played out and shows how each organisation revealed its true character. Read it here

The reopening of sections of the economy around the world is slowly revealing the extent of the looming global job crisis and labour unrest. India will not be immune from the consequences, Hasan Suroor predicts. Read his analysis here

The migrant labour crisis brought on by mass evictions from homes and factories during the nationwide has highlighted afresh the urgent need for providing affordable accommodation for casual labour, the top edit points out. Read it here

Delhi chief minister has demonstrated immaturity and illogic in his approach to unlocking the state, says the second edit. Read it here

QUOTE OF THE DAY

‘We paused to save lives, now we need to save livelihoods’

Sajjan Jindal, chairman, JSW group



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