The Hindu Editorial Analysis : 29th November 2022

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

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We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

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Time for change.

  • After three years of living under the world’s most stringent pandemic restrictions, thousands of people in China have taken to the streets in many cities, calling for an end to lockdowns and the “zero-covid” policy.
  • The ruling communist party of China would do well to listen.
  • The unprecedented protests, on a scale not seen since 1989, reflect public weariness towards a policy that appears out of date.
  • The lockdown, mass testing and quarantining of infected cases and close contacts formed a strategy that helped China emerge faster than any other country out of the first Covid-19 wave ,avoiding mass deaths seen in the rest of world .
  • The emergence of more transmissible but milder variants has,however,rendered that approach increasingly obsolete , particularly when vaccines are enabling countries to live with the virus.
  • To deal with new variants, China’s lockdown will go harsher.
  • In March, Shanghai was placed under a brutal two month long lockdown that saw food and medicine shortages.
  • It is no surprise that one of the biggest protests took place in China’s largest city.
  • What will concern the leadership is that the call to end lockdowns from the mostly young protesters will have resonance, as the economic and social costs of zero-covid grow.
  • The trigger for the protests was an apartment fire in Urumqi that claimed 10 lives.
  • The slow emergency response was widely seen as a result of lockdown measures.
  • The China leadership has defended zero Covid, warning that opening up will lead to mass deaths.
  • That is, however, only because a large portion of the elderly population remains unvaccinated.
  • Rather than continue to devote China’s considerable state capacity towards enforcing lockdowns,an urgent nationwide effort to vaccinate the vulnerable is long overdue.
  • The government fears that opening up with such a large vulnerable population would lead to a collapse of China’s health care system and damage its credibility ,with president Xi having personally baked the zero Covid approach and framed it as a contrast to the west.

Practice Questions:

  • Why are thousands of people taken to the streets after Covid-19 pandemic?
  • What are the things that helped China emerge faster than any other country ?

Important Vocabs:

  • Vulnerable- weak and easy to hurt physically or emotionally
  • Resonance- the quality of being resonant
  • Stringent- very strict
  • Unprecedented- never having happened or existed before
  • Transmissible- able to be passed on from one person or organism to another.

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