Dear Reader,

You will agree that the pandemic has not just affected public health but has brought challenges on multiple fronts. The disruption in education is just one of them - a challenge with long term repercussions. Our grantee, IndiaSpend brings you the story of a study which shows the way to overcome this learning loss.

Swarajya reports on one of the rare silver linings in the COVID-19 cloud in India, namely the provision of food grains to more than 80 crore people through the PDS. And, Feminism In India analyses how girl-students bear the brunt of the disruption in schooling in the shadow of the lockdown.

Brought to you is a compilation of these and a few more of the many stories on India’s Coronavirus response, from grantee newsrooms during the past week.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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How Schools Can Make Up For Learning Loss When They Reopen: Lessons From A UP Study

The Indian education system has historically underperformed in terms of student learning outcomes. Learning outcomes, especially for students in primary schooling, have been dealt a severe blow as schools shut down consequent to the lockdown. IndiaSpend reports on a study which shows how a focus on foundational skills such as basic arithmetic and reading skills can help students make up for the learning loss when schools reopen.

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The One Covid-19 Lockdown Success Story From India No One Is Talking About

Swarajya argues that one of the unsung achievements, amidst the pandemic, is the government’s “impeccable efficiency” in making food grains available through the PDS system. It did this by rationalising the beneficiary list, expanding the system to cover almost 80 crore people from the earlier 56, and ensuring that 84 per cent of the food grains reached the intended beneficiaries. And what helped make this happen? - the much-maligned Aadhaar ecosystem.

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Understanding How The COVID-19 Crisis Impacted Girls’ Education In India

The pandemic has not only been a health challenge but equally a social catastrophe as it has disrupted the already fragile immunities for girls and women, especially in schooling. Burdened with household chores and denied digital access, the girls in India are the unwitting victims of the shift to the online mode of teaching and learning that the lockdown has engendered, Feminism In India reports.

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पन्ना: आंबला-मुरब्बा के व्यापार से सेहत के साथ मिल रहे रोजगार के अवसर

Khabar Lahariya brings you the initiative by Bhagwati Yadav from Vishramganj in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh, who is empowering other women to earn a livelihood by making and selling products made from Indian gooseberry, Amla. Following the COVID-19 surge and the increase in demand for ‘health products’, the self-help group has seen their sales soar.

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COVID-19: Priests, Public Want Tirumala Temple Closed, TTD Refuses

Opening up of places of worship during COVID-19 has become increasingly politicised. The Lede reports on the case of the Lord Balaji temple in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, where the governing body of the temple chose to keep the temple open despite stiff opposition from the public, the priests, and political parties. This despite, 180 staff members of the temple administration testing positive for COVID-19 and surging cases in the temple town.

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More from the grantees
Amid COVID gloom, a silver lining for Kashmiri students
Kashmir Observer reports on how open-air classes amidst sylvan surroundings in Budgam, even as they follow social distancing norms, struck a chord in Kashmir.
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Transgenders are helping spread awareness on COVID-19 in Chennai through their community intervention initiative – skits and dance performances. Asiaville reports on this unique effort.
COVID-19 lockdown highlights India’s great digital divide
Despite the increase in mobile phone users in recent years, there is a sharp contrast between urban and rural India when it comes to digital connectivity, Down to Earth analyses.
खुद कोरोना पीड़ित होने पर व्यापारी को समझ आया दर्द और अपने आलीशान ऑफिस में खुलवा दिया कोविड अस्पताल
Having experienced the suffering and pain of the Coronavirus first hand, a real estate businessman in Surat, Gujarat, has converted his sprawling office space into a COVID-19 hospital providing free treatment to the poor. Janjwar reports.
കല്ലുമ്മക്കായയും ഉപ്പിലിട്ടതുമില്ലാത്ത കോഴിക്കോട്, ആ ഉന്തുവണ്ടിക്കാര്‍ എവിടെ?
Dool News brings you the travails of the street cart vendors on the now deserted beach in Kozhikode, Kerala - with no earnings since the dawn of the pandemic and the government turning a deaf ear to their woes.
Legal Frame Work Relating To Migrant Workers Needs To Be Reconfigured In India
Live Law highlights the need for reconfiguring of the legal framework in India relating to migrant workers.
How a healthcare system partial to privatisation fails the poor
The Caravan reports on how the prohibitive cost of treatment in private hospitals has reignited the debate on the urgent need to improve access to private healthcare for the economically weaker sections.
Mental health and COVID-19 in India
As India emerges from a stringent, months-long, nationwide lockdown, the pandemic is likely to have had a sizeable impact on mental health. India Development Review analyses how the fears around health risks from the virus and the economic fallout are impacting different groups of people.
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