Articles by: Umang Kumar

 Pathogens, Pandemics, Protests – and The Dialectical Biologist

 Pathogens, Pandemics, Protests – and The Dialectical Biologist

Remembering the science and activism of Richard Levins in the time of corona The resurgence of infectious disease is but one manifestation of a more general crisis: the eco-social distress syndrome—the pervasive multilevel crisis of dysfunctional relations within our species and between it and the rest of nature…It is both a generic crisis of the human species and a specific[Read More…]

by June 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Police Brutality – Theirs and Ours

Police Brutality – Theirs and Ours

The brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has thrust the issue of police brutality on the consciousness of the whole world. There have been expressions of protests throughout the world, including in places like Syria and Greece. Police brutality has a long history in the United States. In southern, cotton-producing US, a lot of the early policing was linked[Read More…]

by June 12, 2020 India
The Killing Of George Floyd And The Long History Of Police Brutality In The US

The Killing Of George Floyd And The Long History Of Police Brutality In The US

  Innocent brothers and sisters it’s time to wake up, wake up, wake up Brothers and sisters it’s time to say something, do something, make ’em Mmm I wonder, how many Blacks lives, how many Black lives How many heartbeats turned into flatlines – “How Many” by Miguel Just when the news about the way African-Americans were being disproportionately affected by the[Read More…]

by June 3, 2020 World
Live and Let Die – The new mantra of learning to live with the virus 

Live and Let Die – The new mantra of learning to live with the virus 

About a month ago, when, as it seems now, the covid-19 world was still young and economy reopenings were still few, Mike Davis, the American labor organizer, wrote an ominous piece titled, Reopening the Economy Will Send Us to Hell. It almost seemed contrary to the common wisdom that the world needed to reopen as it was choking because of[Read More…]

by June 1, 2020 India
 The Deaths of Migrant Workers in India : Moral distancing in the time of social distancing

 The Deaths of Migrant Workers in India : Moral distancing in the time of social distancing

How should ordinary citizens understand the nature of responsibility in the case of the recurring deaths of migrant workers that they are witnessing? So many have died on the road, absolutely needlessly, in the process of trying to escape death by hunger which the Indian Covid-19 lockdown was making a reality. India has a very large number of (internal) migrant[Read More…]

by May 22, 2020 India
 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

The world watches in stupefaction as the numbers of those infected and dead in the US has continued to grow at an alarming rate.  The superpower is on its knees. A pandemic that has cost it millions of jobs and unheard of breadlines that stretch for miles. The first world wonder that spearheaded the world’s green revolution, whose farmers “feed[Read More…]

by May 5, 2020 World
May The First and the Force be with you

May The First and the Force be with you

When the lockdown extension was announced, to continue till May 3, a lot of the “twitterati” jumped on the opportunity to show off their Star Wars meme familiarity. In a reference to a long tradition of greeting the date, 4th of May, of “May the 4th (also called Star Wars Day)” each year with the pun on a popular line[Read More…]

by May 1, 2020 India