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Sitharaman’s ‘quick response’ to Modi’s coronavirus lockdown is a start – but much more is needed


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday made it clear that her ministry had not been taken into confidence about the nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus that had been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi two days before. Never mind that Modi had himself called on Indians to carry out a self-imposed janata curfew a week before and expressly described it as a drill. Forget also that, by Sunday, it was clear that huge swathes of India would be going into complete lockdown.

Sitharaman described Modi’s Tuesday evening announcement of the national, three-week lockdown as if it ...


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