Monday 01 June 2020

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Covid-19 Lockdown: asking some questions?(Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


There is so much opacity with the decision making process that the country believes it is the Prime minister that takes all decisions. There is a belief that other than Home Minister, others hardly have a say. They must have even stopped thinking! Imagine we decided to lockdown those with no shelter over their heads when the infection rate was nearly 600 cases and we decided to arrange trains when the infected cases cross a lakh.READ

Tinkering with 8 hours work schedule & labour laws in pandemic times (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


It is believed  that 12 hours work schedule and changes in labour laws shall attract companies leaving China. Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand  are seen being ahead of India India due to their regimes  not having though labour regulation. Our  hope of self reliance is sought to be baked on the backs of the working class, whose freedom and dignity is being batteredREAD

Liquor: It’s the economy stupid!(Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


The Kolhapur MP who raised the issue of revenue in the constituent assembly was not alive to see his point vindicated. Alcohol contribution to the state kitty cannot be under estimated. It is the economy that rules usREAD

History of Quarantine & significance of 40 days (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


Why the isolation period was changed from 30 days to 40 days is a mystery . It may be that the thirty days was not effective enough at a time when there was not much of advancement of science and medicineREAD

Pandemic, stigma & the law:Lessons from history (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


It is good to have law in place to deal with untoward incidents. Criminalizing actions may lead to and is also required to enforce sense of good conduct. But however noble the laws are, it is important that people are taken into confidence and their hearts won over. READ

When Pandemic intersects authoritarian impulses (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


When there is decline of democracy around the globe. There could be further decline as history shows that emergency violations of civil liberties are not easily rolled backREAD

More compassion required to seafarers, NRIs & migrants (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


Though it is a crisis time, the responsibility of security of non-citizens would not be taken by other countries without any bilateral arrangement. This does not fit into any area of International law. UAE and European countries cannot be expected to take care of Indian citizens who are rendered jobless. Looking after their wellbeing is India’s responsibility.READ

Lives v/s Livelihood or Lives v/s Lives? (Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


Mere lockdown cannot be the only road map to deal with the virus. Whether a good balance between health and economy (lives versus livelihood) has been struck would be known from the corona graph and how the economy behaves in the near future...READ

Will there be a consensus over continuance of the lockdown? (Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


For the central government it is a tough call. Economy is in doldrums. Unemployment at an all-time high. Industry cannot survive without migration of labour. Even when the restrictions are eased, will the thousands who left the city come back? Continuance of lock down may bring in more misery to the downtrodden. Economists tell us it is question of lives versus lives. READ

Stop food politics, it may lead to riots (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


The food chain has been completely hijacked. Looks like campaigning for 2022 Assembly elections has already begun. Some face difficulties as the state administration is hostile. READ

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Cleofato Almeida Coutinho is a senior lawyer and one of the constitutional expert in Goa. A member of Law Commission of Goa, he also teaches at Kare College of Law in Madgao.


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