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If the riots that shook the national capital in February last year were not tragic enough, the Delhi Police have seemingly rubbed salt into the wounds of the victims with the courts in Delhi describing the police investigations into the riots as “shoddy”, “absolutely evasive”, “lackadaisical”, “callous”, “farcical”, “painful to see” and termed the evidence presented as “vague allegations”.

In light of these observations, Article 14 goes through over 40 court orders in the Delhi riots to find a trail of false statements, fabricated charges and points to 11 aberrations in the police’s probe.

EPW’s editorial notes that the massive ‘mahapanchayat’ by farmers in Muzaffarnagar, coming in the shadow of the forthcoming UP and Uttarakhand polls, is increasingly being perceived as strengthening the movement and extracting a political price from the ruling party in these states, given the Centre’s seeming intransigence on the farm bills.

When the Ayushman Bharat scheme was launched three years ago, in September 2018, it was touted as the scheme that would stop six crore Indians from falling into poverty due to out-of-pocket medical expenses, and provide health coverage to 50 crore citizens. India Development Review weighs the efficacy of the scheme and dwells into why it has not gone as planned.

The dire healthcare situation caused by the pandemic has exacerbated the condition of citizens in Kashmir, who are already stressed by life in a protracted conflict situation. Kashmir Observer reports that with one of the lowest doctor-patient ratios in India, and curfews and lockdowns resulting in 45 per cent of Kashmir’s population experiencing some form of mental distress, only 6.4% of them have been able to access psychiatric care.

And, on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in an incisive discussion, Mojo Story talks to former Pakistan ambassador to the US and author Husain Haqqani and delves deeper into the world after the stunning resurgence of the Taliban. It examines if the developments portend the strengthening of Al Qaeda and a repeat of the tragedy like the one in September, twenty years ago.

For these stories and more from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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11 Ways The Delhi Police Have Muddied The Delhi-Riots Investigation

Even as Delhi courts come down heavily on the “shoddy” and “farcical” investigations by the Delhi Police into last year’s riots, Article 14 scans 40 pages of the Courts’ order and points to 11 flaws in the way the police has handled the probe.

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Farmers’ Solidarity in the Wake of UP Elections

EPW editorial says that the massive turnout at the ‘mahapanchayat’ of farmers in Muzaffarnagar in UP indicates that the momentum of the farm agitations has not waned and with the elections in UP and Uttarakhand due in months, this show of strength assumes significance.

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What the numbers say about the performance of Ayushman Bharat

Three years after the launch of Ayushman Bharat, the scheme has not only failed to provide quality health services to eligible patients but has been less than par in even providing ‘cashless and paperless’ access to patients at the point of care, says India Development Review.

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At Death’s Door: Ailing Health Care in Kashmir

The ongoing pandemic and the conflict situation has exposed the flaws in Kashmir’s healthcare system, with deficiencies in both healthcare availability and delivery, which has adversely affected the mental health of the general population—especially the youth. Kashmir Observer reports.

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New Afghanistan Government, Pakistan, ISI, Terrorism & what it means for India

Will the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan strengthen and embolden other terror groups like Al Qaeda to re-emerge from the shadow, and will this mean the threat of another tragedy like 9/11? Mojo Story discusses.

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