Articles by: Sanghmitra S Acharya

From Tali-Thali to the Vaccine: The pandemic through the year

From Tali-Thali to the Vaccine: The pandemic through the year

About a year ago we responded to the call for a ‘self-imposed Janta Curfew’ observed on 22 March 2020 as the first attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus which had shown its presence in the country on 30 Jan 2020. This response was closely followed by the ‘Tali and Thali’ and lighting of ‘diyas’. The spread, however, continued unabated.[Read More…]

by March 23, 2021 India
Is the time ripe for re-opening schools?

Is the time ripe for re-opening schools?

The world has been on a roller coaster ride since March last year when coronavirus induces pandemic lead to the ‘closure’ of countries after countries. Now with the vaccine having arrived, and India reporting declining trends both in infection as well as mortality due to the dreaded virus,  the confusion over the virus remains as before. Amidst the ecstasy of[Read More…]

by February 5, 2021 India
Rape of Hathras

Rape of Hathras

Amazing, till about three days ago the news was that a Dalit girl has been raped and killed- as a matter of fact. It occurs every now and then, and here is another such incidence. So do not fret. It happens. That is the audacity with which we are informed about the rape of a Dalit girl. And then, come[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 India
Dignity of Informal Labour and Traveling home in the times of COVID-19

Dignity of Informal Labour and Traveling home in the times of COVID-19

Flunked out of the shramik special, dignity of labour wails! It breathed its last when a toddler tugged at the corpse of his (or her) dead mother at the railway platform. It died when a 20 something was found dead not before four days, in the toilet of a shramik special. It has died a thousand deaths ever since the [Read More…]

by June 18, 2020 India
COVID-19 Induced Lockdown and Migrant Workers – The Communication gap

COVID-19 Induced Lockdown and Migrant Workers – The Communication gap

Co-Written by Sanghmitra S Acharya, Sunita Reddy & Nemthianngai  Guite The COVID-19 pandemic, which has engulfed the world, has betrayed the informal sector migrant labour stranded all over the country. The dreams which were nurtured by the pull factors exerted by the ‘citylights’, were further fueled in the wake of ‘Jandhan’, which heralded a new chapter in the lives of[Read More…]

by May 19, 2020 India
Growing health Crisis and ‘Missing’ Women in COVID-19:  Endangering Gender

Growing health Crisis and ‘Missing’ Women in COVID-19:  Endangering Gender

Co-Written by Sanghmitra S Acharya, Mala Mukherjee and Chandrani Dutta The present global health crisis caused by COVID-19, necessitates that the world learns from history. The Ebola crisis in three African countries in 2014; Zika in 2015–6; and recent outbreaks of SARS, swine flu, and bird flu. These outbreaks have had deep, long-lasting effects on gender equality. After Ebola, men’s[Read More…]

by May 16, 2020 India
Traversing the Pandemic in India- Is  ‘Physical Distancing’ covering the lost opportunity?

Traversing the Pandemic in India- Is  ‘Physical Distancing’ covering the lost opportunity?

There have been 15 flu pandemics in the last 500 years. Only those since 1890s have been restrained scientifically. The “Asian flu” of 1957 and the “Hong Kong flu” of 1968, were both encountered with modern tools of disease surveillance as compared to the 1918 Spanish Flu. There was no World Health Organization then, and efforts to track the outbreak[Read More…]

by April 25, 2020 India