Articles by: Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar

Vaccine development and immunity for COVID-19: Some thoughts and doubts

Vaccine development and immunity for COVID-19: Some thoughts and doubts

Co-Written by K. Rajasekharan Nayar and Arathi P. Rao The possibility of developing vaccines and drugs against COVID-19 is being closely watched by the world.  The journal ‘Nature’ reports that there are about 115 vaccine development initiatives in the world of which 78 are confirmed as active and 37 are unconfirmed and of the 78 confirmed active projects, 73 are[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
Disease control: A post-COVID scenario in Kerala

Disease control: A post-COVID scenario in Kerala

Co-Written by K Rajasekharan Nayar, Bindhya Vijayan & Muhammed Shaffi The  proactive strategies adopted by the Government of Kerala for controlling the COVID 19 pandemic have been appreciated world-wide. The strict enforcement of the age-old strategies and the almost near compliance by the people are exemplary. These may help in sailing through the pandemic to the next stage.  Unfortunately, the[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 India
The ‘Vayye-Vayya’ society: Morbidity and medicalization in Kerala

The ‘Vayye-Vayya’ society: Morbidity and medicalization in Kerala

A lot had already been written about the high morbidity conscious Kerala society and especially what was being called in the early eighties as the ‘Kerala Paradox’. This essentially is a conceptual complex which meant that  the morbidity rate was very high in Kerala compared to the low mortality and it also meant that the state could achieve better  health[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Friendly Note on the virus

A Friendly Note on the virus

Please do not think that this is a note which supports the virus in any way but it is examining the behaviour of the virus differently in different contexts and the changes or status quo that it brought on humans. Various hypotheses are already going around regarding the virus which actually made the writing of this note a bit cumbersome[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
The Science, Arts and Politics of COVID

The Science, Arts and Politics of COVID

Co-Written by K Rajasekharan Nayar, Muhammed Shaffi & Anant Kumar When human beings face uncertainties, they invent justifications to overcome the anxieties that accompany them. The COVID pandemic is especially characterized by such a phenomenon which affected not just ordinary people but even the scientists and  governments. The science of the infection played a major role in shaping our response[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
The ‘silent spring’ again: Where have all the people gone?

The ‘silent spring’ again: Where have all the people gone?

In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote the book named ‘Silent Spring’ which influenced lots of academics and environmentalists also leading to environmental movements in the US and elsewhere against human onslaughts on nature.  It appeared a romantic view on environment but highlighted the negative impacts of the pesticide use in agriculture and generated debates especially when the world was trying to[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
Jumping in to conclusions on COVID: People, State and the Scientists

Jumping in to conclusions on COVID: People, State and the Scientists

Unusual behavioural or emotional responses are normally expressed when abnormal situations like emergencies or tragedies happen in our society. Some try to justify such situations by attributing them to supernatural powers, our own past conduct, or even past life. But in the case of the present pandemic, we have sometimes gone to the extreme-  a new syndrome, a pandemic of[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
Body fluids, body contacts and behaviours in focus: A Post COVID scenario for evolving a Sustainable Health Behaviour Package

Body fluids, body contacts and behaviours in focus: A Post COVID scenario for evolving a Sustainable Health Behaviour Package

Co-Written by Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar, Shabanaroze Chowdhury and Arathi P Rao The body fluids and transmission of infections have been now well-known. The role of intimate contacts between males and females during sexual intercourse have been held responsible for transmitting HIV/AIDS. History reveals many diseases which have been acquired through genital contact. Syphilis, a bacterial disease, for instance, is transmitted[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India