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Monday, May 10 2021


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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see a staggering 1 million deaths from COVID-19 by Aug 1. If that outcome were to happen, Modi's Government would be responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe… The consequences of that decision are clear before us, and India must now restructure its response while the crisis rages. The success of that effort will depend on the government owning up to its mistakes, providing responsible leadership and transparency, and implementing a public health response that has science at its heart.

That’s from a scathing Lancet editorial putting the blame for the second wave catastrophe squarely on the government’s shoulders—noting “Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Government has seemed more intent on removing criticism on Twitter than trying to control the pandemic.” Both the tone and content of the editorial in the world’s leading medical publication is nothing short of remarkable.

Big Story

The monster men of South Delhi

The TLDR: The Delhi police cracked a significant oxygen racketeering ring headed by some of the richest residents of the city—who found a way to profiteer from everyone else’s pain. This is a quintessential story about privilege in India.

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