Post Tagged with: "Coronavirus"

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
Photos of mass graves in Brazil show the stark toll of the coronavirus

Photos of mass graves in Brazil show the stark toll of the coronavirus

The Parque Taruma cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil. Brazil now has the second-highest number of reported coronavirus cases, surpassing Russia. Blue, turquoise, and white crosses mark the dead in mass graves in Manaus, Brazil, a visual reminder of the toll the novel coronavirus has had on the country. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The owners of a shoe repair shop in Florence (*). In this picture, taken just after the end of the coronavirus lockdown, they are preparing to reopen their shop. They look happy, even euphoric. Time will tell if that optimism was justified.

Three months later, Florence restarts. But not quite

The epidemic is almost over in Italy. After almost three painful months of lockdown and the loss of about 30.000 lives, the daily number of victims of the coronavirus is slowly dwindling to zero. In a couple of weeks at most, the epidemic will be completely gone. It is time to restart, but the damage has been terrible. The lockdown[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Crisis for the People, Opportunity for the Corporate-Government Nexus

Crisis for the People, Opportunity for the Corporate-Government Nexus

New Socialist Initiative (NSI) on India’s ‘war against Covid 19’ # Today, India has emerged as a new epicentre for the novel coronavirus in the Asia Pacific region.With 1,58,333 confirmed cases of Covid 19 and deaths of total of 4,531 people after contracting the virus, it has already crossed China’s COVID-19 numbers. # New Socialist Initiative (NSI) feels that the[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 India
A General Figurehead – of Lives and Livelihoods of people affected by COVID-19

A General Figurehead – of Lives and Livelihoods of people affected by COVID-19

Abstract There are so many articles, reports and research on covid-19 (corona) by different institutions, researchers and banks of various countries. There are economic research on it there are physiological researches on it and in coming time there will be more psycological researches also conduct on it. But as we know to prevent to cure or to procure for any[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 India
Covid-19, Return Migration and Poor Healthcare Facilities: Challenges before Bihar

Covid-19, Return Migration and Poor Healthcare Facilities: Challenges before Bihar

Co-Written by Tehzeeb Anis & Prof. Mohammad Akram After three consecutive lockdowns, the countrywide lockdown got extended again for another two weeks in the form of Lockdown 4.0. This episode of lockdown is witnessing extended relaxation related to travel, market and permission to work in specific sectors. Lockdown is used by the union government as the main instrument to combat[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 India
Investigating the Visual Spectre of Covid-19 in India 

Investigating the Visual Spectre of Covid-19 in India 

In days to come, social scientists will write varied accounts on the responses of the Indian state to the ongoing pandemic called Covid-19. Academicians will deploy the visible categories of class, caste, race, gender, religion, economy, centre, state, region, demography and many more to enquire and weave multiple narratives. Each study would offer us new perspectives to look into ourselves,[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 India
Political Economy of COVID-19

Political Economy of COVID-19

Manish Azad is a political activist. That is why he has been a victim to State repression. On February 29, he returned from prison after 8 months. Even before this, he has been writing for Dastak. Here is his article, presenting all the aspects related to the corona virus pandemic. This article is especially important in the context that while[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 World
Pandemic Paxicide

Pandemic Paxicide

Globally, three million children a year die of hunger or malnourishment according to theworldcounts.com. The site also notes the number is dropping steadily. In a May 2019 editorial ,Voice of America reports, “Today, some 821 million people suffer chronically from hunger. And although this is significantly fewer people than the numbers we saw a decade ago, hunger still kills more people than AIDS,[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 Uncategorized
They are Citizens, so please stop calling them Migrants

They are Citizens, so please stop calling them Migrants

I was born and bred in Dehra Dun. Then, in search of job and a future, for some years of my life I worked and lived in Delhi and Ahmedabad. In the twelve or so years at the time, no one in Delhi nor Ahmedabad ever called me a “migrant”. Today many young women and men, having studied engineering, medical,[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 India
Lend ears to China’s voice, please

Lend ears to China’s voice, please

The pandemic is helping to understand a few facts of the current state of geo-politics. One of these facts is China’s voice – voice with all its meanings. China has called for international cooperation against COVID-19, popularly named coronavirus, to tide over darkest hours. China has said: Cooperation and solidarity are the most powerful weapon to prevail over the epidemic.[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Cancer Care during COVID 19 Pandemic: Untold Challenges

Cancer Care during COVID 19 Pandemic: Untold Challenges

Co-Written by Akhter Hussain Bhat & Dr. Mohammad Akram The novel COVID-19 has caused widespread concern, fear, anxiety and stress among millions of people worldwide. The virus has affected more than 5 million people causing more than 3.3 lakh deaths while many are battling for recovery around the globe. Owing to the stern and infectious nature of the virus, the[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 India
The way forward for rural and agricultural development in India during and after COVID-19

The way forward for rural and agricultural development in India during and after COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 infused crisis has huge impact on all aspects of life and economy across India. It is particularly posing a serious challenge to the social and economic development of rural poor, migrants and farmers. The local businesses and communities are significantly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 India
Covid-19 : There are no heroes in this war

Covid-19 : There are no heroes in this war

Co- Written by Kamala Tamirisa, Ritu Thamman and Martha Gulati Health care professionals need more support. Based on a survey  of 553 health care professionals in mid-April, 2020. The death by suicide of Dr. Lorna Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in New York City, is just the beginning of yet another health care[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
India Surpasses Iran In COVID-19 Cases

India Surpasses Iran In COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Pandemic: Surpassing Islamic Republic Of Iran, India Now 10th – Out Of 188 Countries – Worst-Affected Globally! The number of n-Coronavirus cases in India has raced past the cases in Islamic Republic of Iran. It may be recalled that Iran was the worst hit country in the middle-east; outside China it was the 2nd hardest affected. In the beginning[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 India
India’s Deadly Cytokine Storm

India’s Deadly Cytokine Storm

Two months after imposition of the most stringent and large-scale lockdown in the world, with the pandemic still undefeated, it is the Indian Republic that is looking more and more like a struggling COVID-19 patient. It is running low on oxygen in its blood, several organs are already failing, costs of treatment shooting up and the country’s leadership looks utterly[Read More…]

May 24, 2020 India
Modiji, Do Not Let The Migrant Workers Die In Summer Heat

Modiji, Do Not Let The Migrant Workers Die In Summer Heat

 Letter to the Prime Minister To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister Dear Shri Modiji, I forward here a copy of my last letter dated 15-5-2020 and copies of the previous letters addressed to you on the excruciating problems faced by crores of the migrant workers across the length and the breadth of the country. I am not sure whether my letters have[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 India
Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Remember when you were a kid, locked within that monster called a grade school, at dismissal time? You must recall how the seas just opened and the throng descended on the schoolyard… like , well… ants at a picnic. Thus, the expression becomes almost timeless. So it is with so many of our Amerikan public whenever the opportunity reveals itself[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 World
A Left Perspective on Emerging Post-Pandemic Global Relations

A Left Perspective on Emerging Post-Pandemic Global Relations

 Introduction COVID-19 pandemic, its emergence, global spread and the crisis therefrom are inseparably linked up with the character of neoliberal accumulation today. As is widely recognised, its origins are rooted in profit-driven corporate capital’s unbridled plunder of nature and consequent invasion and intrusion in to wild life ecosystem leading to spill-over of viruses to humans and their subsequent mutations. That[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 World
Gruesome Face Of Indian Patriotism

Gruesome Face Of Indian Patriotism

As a student of political science we have been familiar with Samuel Johnson’s amazing words on patriotism, an essential ingredient of nationalism. He wrote: ‘Patriotism is last refuge of scoundrel.’ History has been witness to the truthfulness of this dictum multiple times globally. Back at home what does it mean could be witnessed personally and closely by observing what RSS-BJP[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 India
The Impact of Unplanned Lockdown on Migrant Workers

The Impact of Unplanned Lockdown on Migrant Workers

Co-Written by Abass Rather & Aqib Yousuf Covid-19 Pandemic has brought the world under a precarious situation as the millions of people have been rendered jobless. Over 122 million people in India lost their jobs in April, according to estimates from Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. Around 75% of them were small traders and wage-labourers. The sudden and unexpected outbreak[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
COVID-19 and the Need for the Immediate Nationalisation of the Indian Healthcare Sector 

COVID-19 and the Need for the Immediate Nationalisation of the Indian Healthcare Sector 

Co-Written by Asmita Verma, Surabhi Agarwal and Bobby Ramakant The Epidemics Act, 1897 gives the central and state governments authority to impose any regulations which may be necessary to contain the outbreak of a disease. Some state governments such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh have already used this power to bring private healthcare facilities in their state under government[Read More…]

May 22, 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…]

May 22, 2020 India
OUTSIDE A BAT CAVE in China's Guangxi province in 2004, Shi Zhengli releases a fruit bat after taking a blood sample. Credit: Shuyi Zhang

How China’s ‘Bat Woman’ Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus

Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there. Scientificamerican.com Editor’s Note (4/24/20): This article was originally published online on March 11. It has been updated for inclusion in the June 2020 issue of Scientific American and to address rumors that SARS-CoV-2 emerged from Shi Zhengli’s lab[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 World
Historic World Health Assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response

Historic World Health Assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response

The above  is the title of news release by WHO.  The two-day meeting of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) was held  in Geneva on May 18-19, discussed Covid-19 and how the world is coping with that. Even as the media in India is engaged 24×7 on Covid-19,  this historic session was given poor coverage, and many of those that[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
 PM Modi: In the Service of Empire, merchandising Fear and Death

 PM Modi: In the Service of Empire, merchandising Fear and Death

As a singular event, Covid-19 could be an opportunity for a total political and economic reconfiguration. Instead, Modi capitalizes on daily fatality statistics (short term chaos) and uses the fear of death as the basis of his strategies; best exemplified by his death discourses directed at the nation. Faced with an emerging humanitarian catastrophe (long term focus), the national response[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

The world’s progress in eliminating poverty is set to suffer a major setback due to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing more people to survive on less than $1.90 per day, the World Bank has said in a recent statement (Press release no.: 2020/193/EXC). “The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
Why are Pandemics Anti-Urban?

Why are Pandemics Anti-Urban?

The novel corona virus has infected more than 100,000 people in India. WHO has declared the virus to be pandemic. But pandemics have always been anti-urban. Coronavirus undermines the most basic notions of the urban life that is the idea of ‘public’. It undermines the idea of shared spaces- one shouldn’t be coming out in large numbers. One shouldn’t be[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
“Battle” Against COVID-19 In A Fragmented World, Has Ruined Billions Of Lives

“Battle” Against COVID-19 In A Fragmented World, Has Ruined Billions Of Lives

It is not only about physically surviving the pandemic. People miss people, and places, sometimes desperately. And they die, when separated. We are bombarded by briefings and numbers. We are scared into submission by horrifying medical stories, by shocking images, and then, simultaneously, by predictions of economic and social downfall. Day and night, day and night. But somehow, so often[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
The Mirage of Migration

The Mirage of Migration

Is something as basic as being with your loved ones and being able to maintain social distancing a privilege in this pandemic?   Walking for miles in the scorching heat of May, with minimal water and food to reach a place that would make one feel a little more comfortable than the rest of the world, a place we all[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Self-Reliance Is Not The Answer To Decades Of Systemic Injustices

Self-Reliance Is Not The Answer To Decades Of Systemic Injustices

Edouard Louis’ novel, Who Killed My Father, is a collection of short and riveting letters addressed to his 50-years-old father resting on his deathbed. The author, with splendid eloquence and brevity, put forth the plight of working-class of France, who has been rendered redundant in an era of unregulated capitalism. The sheer contempt for the political elite is clearly visible[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Where Is ‘Vande Bharat’ For Migrant Workers In Transit?

Where Is ‘Vande Bharat’ For Migrant Workers In Transit?

Co-Written by Vijaya Ramachandran and Sandeep Pandey Lockdown in the wake of coronavirus threat has seriously affected the livelihood options for the migrant workers and daily wage earners. While the government has announced that they will be given free ration, even if they are not linked with local Fair Price Shop part of the Public Distribution System, which is the[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Slavery cannot be the Solution for Economic Development

Slavery cannot be the Solution for Economic Development

SARs Cov-2, the virus that has caused the lockdown of 1.3 billion human beings in India has also caused an unprecedented humanitarian crisis across the country. The International Labour Organization estimated in April that around 400 million workers were at risk of slipping into poverty due to sudden and unplanned stringent nationwide lockdown. However, a lockdown of such magnitude has[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
Covid-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood Of US & US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game

Covid-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood Of US & US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game

Trump is blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic to hide his criminal negligence during the crisis. A detailed Timeline of the disaster reveals that China informed the WHO and the World of the Wuhan outbreak  on 31 December  2019 but Trump spent the following 4.5 months minimizing the seriousness of the pandemic and slagging both China and the WHO. With[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
A Tale of Two States in India During Coronavirus Pandemic

A Tale of Two States in India During Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has aggravated existing economic, and social crisis in India. The country is witnessing incomprehensible distress among the migrant workers, farmers, and poor masses both in urban and rural areas. In such a situation of utter crisis, Mr Narendra Modi; the Prime Minister of India is busy in manipulating Indian public by false propaganda to hide all his[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
Excellent vivid images of flags for you. With the texture of fabric at 100 percent view.

COVID-19: Iran and the U.S., An Irony of Curious Affinity

This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism — this time in two countries that think of themselves as polar opposites and enemies: Supreme Leader Ali Khameini’s Iran and Donald Trump’s America. On the U.S. side of things, New Orleans pastor Tony Spell, for instance, has[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
How COVID-19 Is Making The Youth Smarter

How COVID-19 Is Making The Youth Smarter

As the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 continues and the nation staggers in its recovery from the debilitating impact of the pandemic, many are left stranded away from home and battling hunger every day. Many migrant workers and students walked hundreds of kilometres to reach home but several others couldn’t and they are left without shelter and[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
India Deceived, Divided, Defeated and Decimated

India Deceived, Divided, Defeated and Decimated

Barack Obama speaking on 16th May spoke for the first time about the coronavirus pandemic and the responses of the ruling elite. He observed that, “More than anything this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama told graduates from several dozen historically black[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Modi Government has lost the Moral Authority to Rule the Country

Modi Government has lost the Moral Authority to Rule the Country

The working class,  which successfully accomplished revolutions in many countries in the modern age, which played its invaluable role in productive growth in India, too, since freedom movement, undergoing such tragic and inhuman suffering today in the days of Corona pandemic, is a matter of shame for independent India. However, it can’t erase the role of working class from history.[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
The Soviet Victory Over Nazism 75 Years Ago, And COVID-19

The Soviet Victory Over Nazism 75 Years Ago, And COVID-19

How could the Great Patriotic War in which the Soviet people (including many members of my own family) lost at least 25 million lives, have anything in common with the latest outbreak of the novel coronavirus? You think this is an absolutely insane question? However, before you dismiss it, think twice. There are similarities how they are being portrayed. There[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 Uncategorized
20-lakh crore ‘Magnum Opus’ Is ‘Jumla’ On the People of India !

20-lakh crore ‘Magnum Opus’ Is ‘Jumla’ On the People of India !

Pro-Corporate Thrust of Economic Package Flies in the Face of ‘Atma-Nirbharta! Govt must address Lockdown Crisis which has pushed millions into penury.Urgent measures of food, transport, income, and work support are needed 19th May, 2020: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemns the absolutely insensitive, anti-poor and anti working-class approach of the Govt of India, reflected once again in the[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Truth and Propaganda About Coronavirus

Truth and Propaganda About Coronavirus

Co-Written by Vijay Prashad, Weiyan Zhu, and Du Xiaojun This was dated March 31, 2020, by which time Anti-china tirade was already going on in a high pitch. Subsequently, it was further accentuated, with more and more lies, now shaping into anti-China measures, bordering on sanctions.  Globalization principles thrust by imperialists led by USA, are sought to be reversed or[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
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…]

May 19, 2020 India
Preparedness of Uttar Pradesh to Tackle Covid-19 Outbreak During Lockdown 4.0

Preparedness of Uttar Pradesh to Tackle Covid-19 Outbreak During Lockdown 4.0

Co-Written by Tehzeeb Anis & Prof. Mohammad Akram COVID-19 is highly contagious infection and has already affected more than 4.5 million people globally. India is also setting up new records in spike of Covid-19 cases almost daily. Within 24 hours, India has recorded biggest single day spike in number of cases with 5242 new patient as of 17th May 2020.[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Comparing Prime Minister’s March 24 and May 12 speeches

Comparing Prime Minister’s March 24 and May 12 speeches

Political speeches are often scripted. They not only reveal intentions and priorities, but also the politician’s art of communicating with the people. It is in this context that Prime Minister Modi’s two recent speeches, one on March 24 and the other on May 12, gain significance. To be sure, Prime Minister’s two speeches focused on different themes. The March 24[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Community-Based Mapping of Covid: Nothing Official About it

Community-Based Mapping of Covid: Nothing Official About it

No doubt the clarification that India will not map Covid-19 infections on the basis of religion has many heaving sighs of relief. But will the peace last? “Move for community-based mapping of coronavirus?” a recent news item in a prestigious daily asked, getting tongues wagging about “closed-door meetings at the highest level”, though no “official” decision had been taken in them. The Ministry of Health declared that any such news is “baseless, incorrect and[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
From Spanish Flu to Covid-19: A Repeat of Folly?

From Spanish Flu to Covid-19: A Repeat of Folly?

The last most remembered pandemic can be traced to the general crisis facilitated by the First World War. The “Spanish Flu”, as it was popularly known, was connected to a strain of the influenza viruses, which was in circulation among troops from 1916 onwards. By 1918, the virus strain triggered a full-blown pandemic, spreading in waves that lasted up till[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Inglorious Bastardry: Hacking for Vaccines

Inglorious Bastardry: Hacking for Vaccines

If you cannot discover or create something, best steal it.  It has been the operating principle for everything from wealth to technology.  With the efforts to discover a vaccine to the novel coronavirus being all but bound by solidarity, the race on plundering secrets has already begun in earnest.  No one party can claim particular innocence in this endeavour.  All[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
 America’s Pandemic Role Reversal

 America’s Pandemic Role Reversal

Remember the song “Over There”? “Over there, over there Send the word, send the word over there That the Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming, The drums rum-tumming everywhere…” Maybe not, since it was popular so long ago, but it was meant to inspire American troops saying goodbye to their country on their way to a Europe embroiled in[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
Reality in the Time of Covid-19

Reality in the Time of Covid-19

  First the good. There’s an outpouring of spontaneous actions, large and small, to feed the hungry, help the desperate, aid seniors, the economically afflicted. There is public art and and an endless steam of performances, gatherings and flash mobs on line. Mask Oakland distributes N95 Masks to the homeless. In Aurora Colorado, librarians assemble kits of essentials for seniors[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
What America Needs is a Little Flexicurity

What America Needs is a Little Flexicurity

                Odin, the Norse All-Father, is said to have hung from a tree for 9 days and sacrificed one of his eyes to acquire the knowledge of the world. These days, thankfully, all the Nordic people have to do to acquire knowledge is… well, live in the Nordics. The five countries which make up the Nordic region are: Denmark, Finland,[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 Counter Solutions
Private Sector Should Be Asked To Work Not For Profit For 3 Years

Private Sector Should Be Asked To Work Not For Profit For 3 Years

Co-Written by Arundhati Dhuru and Sandeep Pandey All the narratives of a progressing nation, Rajiv Gandhi’s ‘marching into the 21st century,’ Atal Behari Vajpayee’s ‘shining India,’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s ‘providing urban amenities in rural areas,’ Manmohan Singh’s achievement of 8-9% Gross Domestic Product growth rates and Narendra Modi’s ‘smart cities’ have crumbled in the wake of national level migrant workers’[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 Counter Solutions
Covid-19 : Dilemma before the policymakers

Covid-19 : Dilemma before the policymakers

After the pandemic, a rethink on the way our society is can be undertaken but currently the focus has to be on survival. Reproduced  below, in summary, the salient points Kumar makes which should be Must Reading for policymakers: In India, the human cost of a misadventure will be enormous. Migrant workers travelling in a truck in Patna, to get[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
 Harmony During the COVID Days

 Harmony During the COVID Days

Two recent reports deserve our attention: The first one is the case of a young labourer named Amrit, s/o Ramcharan and his friend Mohammad Yakub was travelling to Basti, UP from Surat, Gujarat. Suddenly Amrit became unconscious. Since the passengers in the truck protested, the boy was dropped on the road side in the middle of the night. Amrit’s friend,[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 Communal Harmony
I Have A Problem: The return of the ‘Raj’

I Have A Problem: The return of the ‘Raj’

I have a problem. “Sure, but who doesn’t?”, is a valid rejoinder. At one end, people have life-or-death, existential problems. Then there are problems like: Next meal when?; Job/income/social security; Children’s future; Dependent parents; Match income with commitments and price rise; Loan for medical/surgical problems; … …, How to manage EMI for house/car/education?, … … and, at the ‘top’ end,[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
Slow is Beautiful!

Slow is Beautiful!

Misfortunes never come singly, do they? The pandemic which has turned us into emotional cripples illustrates our culpable sin of negligence of duties and obligations to the environment. Like old age, it has diminished our power to live our life as we used to see fit. To speak of the growing sense of pessimism that has taken hold of us[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 Counter Solutions
Covid-19: Metaphors of War and the Justifications for Labour Rights Violations

Covid-19: Metaphors of War and the Justifications for Labour Rights Violations

Indicative of the multi-layered responses on ‘worker-employer-government’ problematic that characterises the Covid-19 lockdown days, the Central trade unions have declared a day of protest on 22 May 2020. CTUOs call has come in the wake particularly of the radical changes in the labour laws being initiated by various state governments. COVID-19, besides the health risks it entail, has also brought[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
A Dreadful Day with a Wonderful Lesson in the time of COVID-19

A Dreadful Day with a Wonderful Lesson in the time of COVID-19

Once you recognise something beautiful, you are bound to fall in love. Love is a beautiful feeling and only the living heart can feel such feelings. The speaker of living speech and the writer of living thoughts can attest those beautiful feelings because he is carrying a living heart and has eyes like the thoughtful poet instead of dead bulbs[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
The long march home

The long march home

The migrant is returning home. Some on foot, others using various means of transport, some of which never seen or heard before. Some are hungry, some surviving on biscuits. Their stories are disturbing, their sight disconcerting. The long march has weakened their bodies, but not their will. Whatever it takes, the migrant wishes to return home. But what is home?[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
A Way Out of The Mess

A Way Out of The Mess

After dithering on two previous  occasions, when Narenda Modi addressed the people of this country with pious speeches, when he spoke not of the steps government he heads needed to take to build  a suitable response against the looming coronavirus epidemic (he suggested a clamour of pots and thalis on the first occasion and lighting a diya or a torch[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
The Great Indian Middle Class – An Unadulterated Observation    

The Great Indian Middle Class – An Unadulterated Observation    

         In the movie Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen there is a dialogue which goes something like this: “I would never wanna belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.” The essence of the dialogue invokes deep philosophical understanding. However, I shall not go into the depths of this meaning in[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Evacuation Process in Jammu & Kashmir

Evacuation Process in Jammu & Kashmir

                                     In January this year, the first case of COVID-19 disease was confirmed in India, when a student from china travelled back to his home state, Kerala. In March, when the COVID-19 positive cases reach close to five hundred, the Govt. of India on 24 March announced the nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days, to control the[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Photo by John Vetterli

The Dawn

            It’s always darkest right before dawn. In this dark time, which is the most frightening experience for a lot of people, we must find our strength to go on. The Coronavirus pandemic is going to be over one day and we must try our hardest to make it. Many have been lost and many are fighting for their life.[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lesson 3: Life Skill Education

Lesson 3: Life Skill Education

Lockdown Series 5 As lock down moves to 50 days, there is a “new normal’ emerging. Human beings have the amazing and scary capacity to adapt and endure in myriad ways to crisis and tribulations maintaining the minimum “ business as usual” attitudes”. The days of lock down and Corona scare have brought out this fortitude and coping strategies of[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Coronavirus crisis and the future of mass movements

Coronavirus crisis and the future of mass movements

The spectre of pandemic led crisis and its relationship with social transformation is not new. The Plague of Justinian and the Black Death had huge impact on weakening of feudalism in Europe. It did not pave the path for democratic movements in Europe but made people conscious about the difference in sufferings. The masses suffered in different plagues while the feudal[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 Counter Solutions
Another Corona warrior: Media

Another Corona warrior: Media

On 22nd March, 2020, to show gratitude to doctors, paramedics, policemen and sanitation workers, lakhs of people came on their balcony to emote their sentiments and were seen beating in cacophony whatever utensil they found suitable. This clarion call (as some liked to call it) was given by PM Modi. All kudos to the intention of the PM, however, what[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
COVID-19 Crisis: Understanding the State of Economy during and after the Lockdown

COVID-19 Crisis: Understanding the State of Economy during and after the Lockdown

Nothing could have brought the global economy to a grinding halt like the COVID-19 pandemic in recent history. Barring essential goods, the production, sale, and consumption of all goods and services have been affected. This article offers a low-down on the stalled economy, and also makes projections for India’s post-pandemic economy. At the time of writing this article, the Government[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Helping Country With Blood and Food

Helping Country With Blood and Food

Due to the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus, India announced lockdown on March 24 to curtail the spread of the disease. Ever since, many alumni of the country’s public funded universities marched towards helping the hungry with food and daily use items. Imteyaz, an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),said, “A seven-month-pregnant woman had to undergo surgery.” Our team members[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Spending COVID Time In Norway And USA!

Spending COVID Time In Norway And USA!

Donald Trump is not a president. He can’t even play one on TV. He’s a corrupt and dangerous braggart with ill-concealed aspirations for a Crown and, with an election coming up, he’s been monopolizing prime time every day, spouting self-congratulation and misinformation. (No, don’t inject that Lysol!) His never-ending absurd performances play out as farce against the tragic background of the Covid-19[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 World
COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19 has come to us in 2020 where the world leaders, with a few exceptions, lack a 20-20 vision as well as the scientific temper that goes in with such a vision. To understand history, it is at times necessary to imagine what might have happened. Such counter-factual arguments often help us to understand better what did happen in the[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
Racism, caste and religious prejudices might increase in post-Corona India

Racism, caste and religious prejudices might increase in post-Corona India

  In the past, pandemics have spread far and wide and have killed many. The deadly coronavirus, similarly, has been causing havoc. It is, however, unique in a sense that it has engulfed almost every part of the world, killing hundreds of people with each passing day. The mighty states of the world appear helpless before this ephemeral virus. The[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell.  He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health.  Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval liberator are available for purchase;[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

USA Intelligence Community Statement on Origins of COVID-19 News Release, For Immediate Release ODNI News Release No. 11-20,  April 30, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)  today issued the following Intelligence Community (IC) statement: “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus,[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
World should have ‘listened carefully’ to WHO coronavirus advice back in January, says director-general

World should have ‘listened carefully’ to WHO coronavirus advice back in January, says director-general

As more than three million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded worldwide, more than 210,000 people have died, and both the World Health Organization (WHO) and world leaders face criticism for mishandling the coronavirus, officially Covid-19, pandemic, the WHO director-general claimed: Countries that ignored the WHO’s advice at the end of January have been less successful in tackling the Covid-19[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
COVID-19: Attacks On Doctors And Media : A Few Case Studies

COVID-19: Attacks On Doctors And Media : A Few Case Studies

The Ordinance on punishing “miscreants” who attack healthcare personnel was issued on April 22. Whether it would really put an end to attacks etc is to be seen in practice. A few case studies of attacks on doctors and their media coverage will be useful in this connection. Hence this news analysis. Adarsh Pratap Singh, President of AIIMS Healthcare Professional[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 India
COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

More than 206,000 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than Over 2.9 million people worldwide have tested positive. In the U.S., more than 54,000 people have died, while there have been over 950,000 confirmed cases. U.S. President Trump’s economic adviser said the U.S. jobless rates from the coronavirus crisis would be[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic: Indian Government Should Recall Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) From 55 Countries Who Were Gifted/Sold This Drug By India

COVID-19 Pandemic: Indian Government Should Recall Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) From 55 Countries Who Were Gifted/Sold This Drug By India

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   In recent weeks the Indian Government has – in a seeming show of altruism – been gifting the drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to a number of countries ostensibly to be used as a prophylactic measure by health care professionals managing n-coronavirus patients. Those countries have – through return post/email – duly acknowledged[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 India
The Corona Chicken Farm

The Corona Chicken Farm

“They have decided to extend the lockdown by another three weeks!” said Chicken Number One, who was always the first with the news. The information set off a wave of outrage among the five thousand plus birds at the Corona Chicken Farm, the cacophony almost blowing the tin shed above their heads. “Our food supplies are dwindling, we can’t go[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 Arts/Literature
Militarization and Deployment of the Panopticon amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Militarization and Deployment of the Panopticon amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Panopticon Gaze, that was once a metaphor to study the relation between system of fabricated social control of civilians in a disciplinary situation, is now a global reality amid the Coronavirus outbreak, and is being deployed by the government worldwide to supervise every movement of its citizens. The result of this deployed surveillance has led to a social acceptance[Read More…]

April 26, 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
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…]

April 25, 2020 India
Kerala’s Five ‘P’ model to fight COVID- 19 in India

Kerala’s Five ‘P’ model to fight COVID- 19 in India

World Health Organization’s Head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, suggested five P’s to fight the deadly Virus all over the world — Prevention, Preparedness, Public health, Political leadership, and People. One of the first Indian states to implement these suggestions as well as key takeaways from their past experience is Kerala.  The State has dealt with Nipah virus in 2018-19. It is[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Trump’s Coronavirus War Against the American People

Trump’s Coronavirus War Against the American People

At almost every step of the way, Trump has helped cause the coronavirus to spread and obstructed medical supplies from reaching places in need. It amounts to an undeclared war by the US president on his own country. Vacating his role as national leader, President Donald Trump had instructed the states to acquire their own ventilators and PPE. Then his[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

On Friday, according to AFP, the number of people who have lost their lives to the COVID-19, passed 190,000 and continues to rise. There is some cause for hope that the tide may be about to turn as testing capabilities grow worldwide and human trials for a vaccine get underway. The AFP reports that a total of 190,089 people passed[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
From Emergency to Emergence

From Emergency to Emergence

The COVID-19 emergency has exposed our societies’ failure to address the needs of billions of people. Simultaneously, we are witnessing a fundamental truth about human nature: There are those among us eager to exploit the suffering of others for personal gain. We can be reassured, however, by how few of them there are. Their actions contrast starkly with the far[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
Luc Montagnier and COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Luc Montagnier and COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Pandemics have historically been breeding grounds for fake news and conspiracy theories . And this one is by a scientist who lost credibility among his peers, and scientific agencies around Europe, says By  Dr. Felix Bast. The 2008 Nobel Laureate for physiology or medicine from France, Luc Antoine Montagnier, caught the media’s attention when he recently endorsed a COVID-19 conspiracy theory –[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
Rural Women Respond To Covid-19 With Great Enterprise

Rural Women Respond To Covid-19 With Great Enterprise

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred an entrepreneurial wave across the country. Rural women, particularly the farmers among them, have also jumped on board. They are, in fact, better placed to cope with the pandemic as their own uncertain lives pose every day challenges and keep testing their resilience. They carry the greater burden of nature’s cruelties and also have the[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
‘Republic of hunger’ in the Time of ‘Lockdown’

‘Republic of hunger’ in the Time of ‘Lockdown’

When some media outlets reported about starvation of the stranded workers during the lockdown due to the coronavirus, several other heartbreaking incidents came to light. 39 year old Ranveer Singh died midway as he walked from Delhi to Morena in MP. He was a delivery boy in a Delhi restaurant and left the capital because there was no social and[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Combating COVID-19: Bangladesh Perspective

Combating COVID-19: Bangladesh Perspective

Hotchpotch is my favourite food. But hotchpotch in service is not good, rather more than bad. In combating COVID -19, hotchpotch is seen everywhere in Bangladesh. Theft of relief materials by ruling Awami League men has become a regular phenomenon in the country. Shortage of testing kits for COVID -19 is another problem. American national Sally Dugman, who is noted[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 South Asia
Doctors Withdraw Symbolic Protest

Doctors Withdraw Symbolic Protest

Ordinance to treat offences against doctors as non bailable and cognizable issued   This is Part-1 of a two part report. Indian Medical Association (IMA) withdrew its protest,slated for today, April 22, after their meeting with the Home Minister and the Health Minister. Safety and dignity of our doctors at their work place is non-negotiable, Union Home Minister Amit Shah[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
 Corona Lockdown: Not scared of the virus, but we will die of  hunger..

 Corona Lockdown: Not scared of the virus, but we will die of  hunger..

(Bimari se darr nahi lagta saaab, Bhook se lagta hai..) Since the COVID-19 lockdown, Indian news media has focused on the patients, efforts of the medical fraternity, police and government departments. There is no doubt that these frontline fighters deserve a big salute for all they did and are doing to save lives. A careful scrutiny of news content on[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: India Fourth Worst Affected Country In Asia

COVID-19 Pandemic: India Fourth Worst Affected Country In Asia

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   Accessed on 22.04.2020 at 9.49 a.m. Worldwide 168 Countries Have Fewer Cases, Deaths Than India The grim message conveyed by the title of this article should make rulers in India sit up. Their initial complacency coupled with child-like attitude of being contended with the fact that Indians are better off[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
Coronavirus Pandemic: The church-debate

Coronavirus Pandemic: The church-debate

The coronavirus pandemic has created debates on many issues including church and similar institutions. A number of letters in Los Angeles Times is a show of that debate, which indicates the impact the pandemic is making on many parts of life. The “Letters to the Editor: Churches don’t have a 1st Amendment right to ruin public health” in Los Angeles[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

COVID-19 has shaken the world. It has already led to the loss or devastation of countless lives, while many people in vital professions are working day and night to attend to the sick and stop further spread. Personal and social losses, and the fight to stop these, demand our continued respect and support. At the same time, it is critical[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
India: A land in lament

India: A land in lament

A farrago of failures of the authorities is confounding India’s desperate struggle against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), as the nation is facing a prolonged lockdown. As public services collapsed with the abrupt imposition of the world’s biggest – and toughest – lockdown that quarantined the population of 1.3 billion from 25 March, there are fears that the unfolding humanitarian tragedy[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 India
COVID-19, Governance And Scientific Temper In India

COVID-19, Governance And Scientific Temper In India

The media, the Indian as well as the international, have  covered the continuing plight of the inter-state migrants resulting from the nation-wide lock-down announced with a calculated abruptness, not uncharacteristic of the Government of India (GOI) judging from the disastrous demonetization and the hurried and thoughtless implementation of GST. Yet, none in the media has given a proper explanation for[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 India
“The coronavirus is everywhere in America, so is the hunger”

“The coronavirus is everywhere in America, so is the hunger”

Anaheim, California: Cars were lined up about a half mile long in both directions of the 57 Freeway to get to Second Harvest Food Bank On March 30, the-stay-at home order became Maryland law at 8 p.m. that night. Since then a common scene that most news media are carrying – from Atlanta to Pittsburgh, from Pennsylvania to Baltimore, people[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe

Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe

Some years ago, the then vice-president of Monsanto Robert T Fraley asked, “Why do people doubt science”. He posed the question partly because he had difficulty in believing that some people had valid concerns about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. Critics were questioning the science behind GM technology and the impacts of GMOs because they could[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
A walk-in test centre for coronavirus in Ernakulam

Is there a Replicable Kerala Model of Corona Control?

It seems Kerala state in India has successfully controlled the spread of COVID 19 virus in its geographical limits. Global community is now wondering whether this success model can be replicated in other parts of the planet.  This article examines whether there is any such possibility through a socio-epidemiological lens. Kerala Model – Version 1 Historical moorings of Kerala model[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 India
Brutalising Labourers, Jailing Dissidents

Brutalising Labourers, Jailing Dissidents

A medical emergency is no pretext to impose a political emergency. How many policemen in civil clothes are required to deliver a mere summons to an editor of a web journal 700-k away in an age of email and WhatsApp? The recent action of the Uttar Pradesh police, where it sent a posse of 7-8 policemen, in civil clothes, in[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 Human Rights
Anti-China Propaganda In The Backdrop Of Covid-19 Pandemic

Anti-China Propaganda In The Backdrop Of Covid-19 Pandemic

A pandemic is a situation where a disease spreads to various countries and continents globally in a short time. Even before one understands the nature and progression of the disease, it kills a number of people. The present Covid-19 virus was declared as a pandemic by the World health organisation (WHO) on 11thMarch 2020. To understand what a pandemic means,[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
Corona and the Geopolitics of Justice

Corona and the Geopolitics of Justice

It is obvious that the coronavirus pandemic will be front-page news for a good part of 2020. And for good reason, since its human toll and social dislocation has been devastating. Though not theorized in this way, this crisis can also be understood as yet another significant marker of our ‘Age of Transition.’ The world system of the past five[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
COVID – 19: Changing Dynamics, Shifting World?

COVID – 19: Changing Dynamics, Shifting World?

As of April 17, 2020COVID 19, a health hazard of unimaginable proportions has infected 2020 1.9 million and killed more than 150000 and counting. However, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer speculates that given that these official numbers are based on those who have been tested and recorded as infected and as large numbers remain untested and unrecorded especially in developing countries,[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
The Wretched of India

The Wretched of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, April 14, announced that country’s lockdown will be extended till 3rd May. All sorts of praises and criticisms followed the announcement. Since then it has been the topic discussion amongst the Indian middle class as they sit in the comfort of their houses, posting pictures of their newly learned skills on social media, a[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
End of economic globalisation, rise of surveillance capitalism And the search for alternatives

End of economic globalisation, rise of surveillance capitalism And the search for alternatives

The colonial and imperialist militaries, political and economic systems are defeated by the mutilating powers of the pestilence. The COVID-19 virus is controlling our so-called modern lifestyles and quarantining ourselves within walls of our rooms to reflect and reimagine.  The ‘end of history’, ‘clash of civilisations’ and ‘there is no alternative’ were three rotten ideological theses advanced to established market[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 Globalisation
“Chemical Shower, Bareilly, Covid 19’ by DeepankarGohain

Rationality in the Times of Corona

The social implications of the corona pandemic in India are proving to be as grave as its pathological ones. The country’s resolve to fight corona- by no means insignificant- has, however, led to certain outcomes that have caused reprehensible damage to the social and moral constitution. The reported twenty-two people dying on the roads- trying to reach a ‘safer’ place[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
The Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China Accountable

The Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China Accountable

Politicians, as any political class, will nurse their favourite prejudice.  And when there is a crisis, those prejudices will be fanned and praised to the heavens.  For some politicians, who find the whole business of lockdowns and business restrictions all too much, someone has to pay for COVID-19. Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts takes up the theme that is being pushed[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 World
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

(IL)Logic in the service of prejudice: Why the blame on Tablighi Jamaat with the use of wrong math? 

CO-Written by Akshat Jain & Divij Oberoi In the great ancient tradition of our country (bharat ki mahan aur pracheen sanskriti), we have yet again decided to start a witch-hunt against the members of a minority community. While this kind of witch hunting had become confined to villages due to the evil machinations of secular-rationalists, it is now being restarted[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
A Critique of Shamsul Islam’s article on Tablighi Jamaat

A Critique of Shamsul Islam’s article on Tablighi Jamaat

Shamsul Islam is a former professor of political science at University of Delhi. He is known in academia as a leftist scholar. Apart from academics, he has also been involved in theatre and other cultural activities. He mostly writes on religious fundamentalism. His work on the RSS has been cited by many scholars. But the discussion here I would like to[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
 “State Is The March Of God On Earth”: Re-examining Hegel In Times Of Corona Crisis

 “State Is The March Of God On Earth”: Re-examining Hegel In Times Of Corona Crisis

Famous German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel was the first philosopher who linked social science and natural science by applying the principle of Thesis, Anti-Thesis and Synthesis. He effectively separated State and Religion while allowing them to function in their separate spheres. and advanced the scientific thinking of modern world. In these times of coronavirus war on humanity, we must understand his[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Coronavirus Pandemic: Lockdown in U.S. creates controversy, armed gang joins protesters

Coronavirus Pandemic: Lockdown in U.S. creates controversy, armed gang joins protesters

Lockdown to counter coronavirus, officially Covid-19, in the U.S. has created political controversy in the country. Political leaders are exchanging tirades, threatening measures considered beyond constitution, and groups of people protesting while armed militiamen are joining the anti-lockdown protest. Cuomo extends New York lockdown in coordination with other states New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended his state’s social-distancing measures[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Relief efforts by Socialist Party (India) in Uttar Pradesh

Relief efforts by Socialist Party (India) in Uttar Pradesh

Socialist (Party) India in collaboration with volunteers on the ground has been working actively for providing relief to low-income communities in Uttar Pradesh. The main focus of the relief work is providing food security to the marginalised sections of the society. With the extension of lockdown till 3rd May 2020, the hardships of the daily wagers, migrant workers and low[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 India
Overcoming a pandemic is not like fighting a war: Amartya Sen

Overcoming a pandemic is not like fighting a war: Amartya Sen

  Tackling a social calamity is not like fighting a war which works best when a leader can use top-down power to order everyone to do what the leader wants — with no need for consultation. In contrast, what is needed for dealing with a social calamity is participatory governance and alert public discussion. We have reason to take pride[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

Worldwide, more than two million people have contracted coronavirus, officially Covid-19, Wednesday since the lethal outbreak began last December, passing another dark milestone, and the worst hit country is the U.S. Globally, more than 132,000 people have died. And in this situation, the U.S. is continuing its war against the World Health organization (WHO) and China. According to data from[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
U.S. assault on WHO

U.S. assault on WHO

The United States is unleashing a war against the World Health organization (WHO) as U.S. cuts funding to probe its ‘China ties’. However, the UN Chief has said: “Now is not the time!” The UN chief says WHO is “critical” in global war against Covid-19. As the pandemic rages on in some 185 countries, the U.S. has escalated a rhetorical[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
Stranded and Pushed to the Periphery: The Dejected Reality of Migrants Workers and the Impact of COVID 19 on their Life Choices

Stranded and Pushed to the Periphery: The Dejected Reality of Migrants Workers and the Impact of COVID 19 on their Life Choices

Co-Written by Brishti Banerjee and Nitin Meshram Abstract: Migrant workers from different parts of the country are stranded and pushed to vulnerable conditions as a result of the pandemic. They are walking kilometres (reverse migrating) to reach their native place, they are denied access to basic services, and every single day of the lockdown they are struggling to make both[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
The White House And Western Media Are Smearing,  And Humiliating The WHO

The White House And Western Media Are Smearing,  And Humiliating The WHO

For decades, the United States has been antagonistic to the most important international organization on Earth – the United Nations. It is because the organization has periodically rebelled and refused to take direct diktats from Washington. Although greatly influenced by the West, the U.N. has always insisted on a certain degree of independence, for which it has been criticized, bullied[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
 The COVID-19 pandemic and developing countries

 The COVID-19 pandemic and developing countries

Co-Written by Anandi Sharan  and Nihal Ahmed             After the declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic by the WHO, around 4 billion people are locked down. In India the loss of GDP due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be 10% of GDP and there may be zero growth and very low prospect of recovery of the industrial sector in India. The[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
Covid-19 in India: Social media pandemic, equally virulent and fast

Covid-19 in India: Social media pandemic, equally virulent and fast

This is Part-2 of a Report. Part-1 appeared with the title: 200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19. “Coronavirus may die…but the virus of communal disharmony will be hard to kill when this is over.” — Khalid Rasheed, Chairman of Islamic Center of India The anti-Muslim tirade has become the new normal so much so that it[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Lockdown and Assignments: A student’s life in times of Corona

Lockdown and Assignments: A student’s life in times of Corona

Corona virus outbreak or the great COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world, the governments of the world, the people and of course a first year economic student as well. Living in this phase and going through all these days, feels like we are going to have enough stories to tell to our grandchildren and enough to boast about to our[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
If coronavirus overwhelms Gaza, Israel alone is to blame

If coronavirus overwhelms Gaza, Israel alone is to blame

Nazareth: The Palestinians of Gaza know all about lockdowns. For the past 13 years, some two million of them have endured a closure by Israel more extreme than anything experienced by almost any other society – including even now, as the world hunkers down to try to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Israel has been carrying out an unprecedented experiment in[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 Palestine
Migrant Workers and the Inadequacy of Welfare Measures in India: A Report

Migrant Workers and the Inadequacy of Welfare Measures in India: A Report

A Report by the Stranded Workers Action Network With the 21 day COVID-19 lockdown extended to 40 days and no additional relief measures announced, migrant worker distress will only increase. Scenes of their discontent and resistance against the lockdown and its extension came to the fore recently in Surat and Mumbai as thousands gathered on the street. All they want[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Dear PM India needs more from you

Dear PM India needs more from you

The coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world in 2020 is possibly the biggest medical crisis to hit mankind. It has forced a large section of the world’s population in an unprecedented lockdown. Countries across the globe are making efforts to counter the rising problem. Some responses have yielded positive results, like Singapore’s rigorous testing and prompt quarantining of positive[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
After the Pandemic

After the Pandemic

Our admiration, interest, and respect spikes for countries where the spread of Covid-19 is flattened or limited with early measures. As we track global statistics on a daily basis, any country with less than 1000 cases makes us react with Wow and How. As we scroll further down the list, those with 500 or less than 100 cases make us feel positive and[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Governments are using coronavirus to build “The Architecture of Oppression”, Warns Edward Snowden

Governments are using coronavirus to build “The Architecture of Oppression”, Warns Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked information on U.S. National Security Agency, has warned that governments may use the coronavirus to curtail freedoms. Snowden, in an exclusive interview with Vice, said that governments may take advantage of the pandemic to impose authoritarian rules on populations. Snowden said, “As authoritarianism spreads, as emergency laws proliferate, as we sacrifice our rights, we[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
 Coronavirus Pandemic: A Postmodern Condition

 Coronavirus Pandemic: A Postmodern Condition

The acronym COVID-19 is derived from ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ was firstly reported in humans in Wuhan, China in late December, 2019 emerged as a rapidly spreading pandemic with its unprecedented outbreak.  Within 100 days of its birth, it has attacked 14,31,973 people, of which 82,096 were lost their lives.   Its unimaginable eruption reached 202 nations and every person in the[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Relationships in corona quagmire

Relationships in corona quagmire

As the world passes through the unchartered territory of the present corona pandemic, everything seems turned topsy-turvy. Immediate and prolonged lockdown has affected each and everybody in some way or the other. Stress resulting from the different daily routines with the drastically different working conditions has taken a heavy toll on individual well-being. The most subtle effect is on direct[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

World Health Organization post Covid-19: The tangled web of Legitimacy (Crisis) and (Post) Neutrality

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain The World Health Organisation(WHO) is currently facing an image problem. We all are aware about the existence of WHO but very few have any idea about what it does. Is it a world medical association, a transnational health body or a source for technical medical reports with an overview of bureaucracy. According[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Andrea Bocelli’s Music Hugging the Wounded Earth

Andrea Bocelli’s Music Hugging the Wounded Earth

Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope – Live From Duomo di MilanoWatch this video on YouTube On Easter Sunday Andrea Bocelli performing at the historic Duomo cathedral in Milan. The cathedral is closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. This past Easter Sunday (April 12), Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a solo concert titled “Music for Hope” to promote[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 Arts/Literature
A formidable choice between Lives and Livelihoods: The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Informal Sector

A formidable choice between Lives and Livelihoods: The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Informal Sector

Abstract: Even before the full impact of COVID-19 on Health of Indians is clear, the economic impact of the measures to deal with the pandemic are already posing grave concern. The paper highlights the global overview of the pandemic on economic situation. Indian economy was in dire straits even before COVID-19 reached shores. Specifically, the lockdown and other movement restrictions[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
The Fire Fauci Brigade

The Fire Fauci Brigade

The intemperate volcano that is the US President has done much to burn its way through prominent appointments.  As the title of former GOP strategist Rick Wilson’s book goes, Everything Trump Touches Dies.  There seem few more important individuals in the United States than Dr Anthony Fauci, and that, for the White House, is a problem.  No burning bushel can[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19

200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19

(This is part-1 of a two part report) Let us begin with the latest news : “We cannot curb the freedom of press,” a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said, on April 13 Monday. Very much   welcome, but for the context. The very next day, April 14, BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, in compliance of[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Education Crisis Must Not Be Forgotten In A Health Crisis

Education Crisis Must Not Be Forgotten In A Health Crisis

Special spittoons… “not to spit inside public buildings or outdoor spaces”…was never been the regular behavior of an American until the War on Tuberculosis impacted the community at the end of 19th century. Crisis always stimuli actions and responses, it alters society not sometimes but often for its good by creating better habits and practices. Many infrastructural developments and healthy[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Countries including India extend lockdown, worldwide death toll crosses 119,000

Countries including India extend lockdown, worldwide death toll crosses 119,000

The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, passed 119,000 on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 2 million people have tested positive for the virus. Germany saw its new coronavirus cases fall for the fifth consecutive day. The U.S. has had more than 23,000 deaths and 682,000 COVID-19 cases, leading the world in both[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Guru Nanak College provides succor to stranded laborers in Chennai

Guru Nanak College provides succor to stranded laborers in Chennai

Chennai April 13, 2020:  Guru Nanak College at Velachery here has opened its doors to migrant workers from across the country stranded due to COVID-19 lock down. Most of these migrant works were stranded at the Central station and caught in a situation of nowhere to go due to the sudden announcement lock down in the country. In such crucial[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Kashmir; A peep through lockdown

Kashmir; A peep through lockdown

Reasons may be different but for Kashmiris lockdown ,due to COVID 19, is nothing  new.  During past thirty years people in this part have experienced many occasions when they had to sit inside and not venture out . On some occasions parties seeking separation from mainland India have been giving calls for general strike across the state and on other[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Younger Population & COVID-19…. What Parents need to know?

Younger Population & COVID-19…. What Parents need to know?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’ [UNICEF] The COVID-19 virus is a new[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Corona Crisis and Dalit Scenario

Corona Crisis and Dalit Scenario

According to the 2011 Economic and Caste Census, 4.42 crore families out of total families in India belong to the Scheduled Castes (Dalits). Only 23% of these families live in good houses, 2% in habitable houses and 12% in dilapidated houses. 24% of these families live in grass pallet, polythene and mud houses. It is clear from these figures that[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 Annihilate Caste
Coronavirus Pandemic: A perfect storm for South Asia, says World Bank

Coronavirus Pandemic: A perfect storm for South Asia, says World Bank

South Asia is on course for its worst economic performance in 40 years, with decades of progress in the battle against poverty at risk, because of coronavirus, the World Bank (WB) said Sunday. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and other countries in the region, which have 1.8 billion people and some of the planet’s most densely populated cities, have[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Covid 19 -India’s disaster unpreparedness

Covid 19 -India’s disaster unpreparedness

COVID-19 has left India’s population under lockdown and curfew. Once more India has had to cope with Narendra Modi’s ‘shock and awe’ policy of short-notice announcements. These proclamations are issued rather callously and with total disregard for the welfare of people and an absence of disaster preparedness and management stratagem. Chaos followed as shops closed down, markets were emptied of[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Worsening Plight of Migrant Laborers in Odisha

Worsening Plight of Migrant Laborers in Odisha

An Open Letter To The Chief Minister On The Distress Of Migrant Workers In The Wake Of The Extension Of The Lockdown In Odisha Jan Adhikar Manch   To, Shri Naveen Pattnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha Dear Sir, We, in Jan Adhikar Manch, an alliance of trade unions, people’s organizations and individuals, wish to make you aware of the worsening plight[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Worshiping and Defiling Britain’s NHS

Worshiping and Defiling Britain’s NHS

Tories worshipping Britain’s National Health System are akin to fanatical carnivores who suddenly extol the virtues of vegans.  Has the grave response to COVID-19 signalled a change of heart?  In the case of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it was all heart, quite literally.  It might have stopped beating and that scruffy, buffoonish essence of a man, a compulsive hand[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Communities across Venezuela are producing face masks, with local communal councils and communes distributing them for free to families, particularly to those most in need. Photo: Páez Potencia/Facebook

Venezuela: Combatting COVID-19 through solidarity

Despite a deep economic recession, a profound political crisis and international sanctions that have ravaged its health sector, the South American nation of Venezuela is demonstrating that prioritising lives is possible in the battle against COVID-19. As of March 30, Venezuela had 135 confirmed cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus, including three who subsequently died. The battle to[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
 The American World That Covid-19 Reveals

 The American World That Covid-19 Reveals

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which causes Covid-19, seemed to emerge from deepest history, from the Black Death of the 14th century and the “Spanish Flu” of 1918. In just months, it has infected more than 1.5 million people and claimed more than 88,000 lives. The virus continues to spread almost everywhere. In no time at all, it’s shattered the[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
“Chemical Shower, Bareilly, Covid 19’ by DeepankarGohain

Lockdown Ruminations

I have never had such a long unending weekend.. Celebrating clear blue skies, a greater fluttering of birds and the flowers sprouting like never before. A lovely pink moon adorned the Universe this morning. Inhaling all this wonderous views, doing deep breathing exercises, holding the breath to the count of fourty was an exhilarating joy.. Then I thought of the[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 Arts/Literature
Pandemic Economic Relief: For Elites or Commons

Pandemic Economic Relief: For Elites or Commons

Every crisis is boom for some and bane for others. Over $8 trillion economic package have been announced by north American and European nations plus $1 trillion by Japan whereas total known lobal gold reserves amounts to $9.5 trillion. But where this money will go: business elite or commons. Is this helicopter money as discussed in economic textbooks or win[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Corona Epidemic: Deep Foundation of Counter-revolution

Corona Epidemic: Deep Foundation of Counter-revolution

1 By the end of the last decade of the twentieth century, the discussion in India on or about poverty by all mainstream political parties, forums and mediums had almost ended. There was a general consensus among the ruling classes that there is no poverty in the country. The sight of poverty is due to the poor themselves and is[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
Inside outside

Inside outside

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio Shakespeare’s Hamlet might have much to sneer about given his mental state and the context in the play of that name. His words are loaded with irony and sarcasm, no doubt. Perhaps the actor also would be advised[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Economy in India: Looming Catastrophe

Economy in India: Looming Catastrophe

  An already slowing economy has been dealt a body blow by the pandemic as production and employment are hit, severely affecting the unorganised sector which employs 94 percent of the workforce. On March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete lockdown for three weeks for 1.3 billion Indians. All hell broke loose for unorganised sector workers and in[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
Mainstream Myths Versus Scientific Collaboration

Mainstream Myths Versus Scientific Collaboration

The rediscovery of scientific collaboration across borders is a welcome development. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie. Does the 5G network have any link to the novel coronavirus outbreak?” Well, any sane person on this part of Earth[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Amendment To CSR Rules Is Detrimental To The Interest Of States

Amendment To CSR Rules Is Detrimental To The Interest Of States

To Shri I Srinivas Secretary Ministry of Corporate Affairs Govt of India Dear Shri Srinivas, I am grateful to you for so promptly responding to my letter issued today on the apparent injustice meted out to the States by your Ministry in issuing a clarification to the effect that the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) does not qualify for receiving[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
COVID-19 –Nurses the real warriors

COVID-19 –Nurses the real warriors

 Nurses- The corona warriors are battling tirelessly on the frontline to combat the disease. Patient care is a partnership between skilled healthcare professionals of all levels of training. Nurses are Amazing and often contribute much to the success of patient care, as Nurses have been at the forefront of care. Things aren’t going to work if the team isn’t whole[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Crisis Management:Post Pandemic – With a system of Justice

Crisis Management:Post Pandemic – With a system of Justice

It’s not wrong to criticize government, its policies and politicians in both ruling and opposition when they are on wrong side. In democratic system, criticism always makes state to run efficiently; also criticism just for the sake of criticism is of no use, giving alternatives is also necessary for the smooth functioning of state. Different parties may come in power[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Corporate donations to Chief Minister’s’ Relief Fund qualify for CSR benefits under the Companies Act- Discriminatory to disallow the same

Corporate donations to Chief Minister’s’ Relief Fund qualify for CSR benefits under the Companies Act- Discriminatory to disallow the same

  To Shri I Srinivas Secretary Ministry of Corporate Affairs Govt of India   Dear Shri Srinivas, I have come across a news report today (https://thewire.in/business/corporate-affairst-ministry-csr-pm-cares-cm-relief-fund) that your Ministry has issued a “clarification” to the effect that corporate contributions under Section 135 of the Companies Act to the State Chief Minister’s Relief Fund shall not qualify for benefits applicable to[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
India’s Hate Muslim Media Factory- Case Study of Hindi daily ‘Dainik Jagran’

India’s Hate Muslim Media Factory- Case Study of Hindi daily ‘Dainik Jagran’

India’s Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, once the world’s largest read daily, with close links to the right wing Hindu outfits called “Sangh Parivar” is hate Muslim media factory. The vernacular newspaper with wide circulation in the communal tinderbox, Uttar Pradesh indulged in creating Islamophobia and communal polarization of the society when Covid- 19 pandemic‘s curve is steeply rising in the[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
How a rural woman helping poor to be safe during COVID 19 by making face-masks at reasonable price

How a rural woman helping poor to be safe during COVID 19 by making face-masks at reasonable price

Sambalpur, Odisha: What can be the better way to describe how women do better off than men in many fields , by telling the story of a village woman who came forward to help poor people during the lockdown due to COVID 19 and produced masks for poor people in cheap rate in her locality in Sambalpur district of Odisha.[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
5 MUST-DO actions for the Modi government

5 MUST-DO actions for the Modi government

The government has an opportunity right now to save Indians from deep recession, and in many cases, starvation, notes Kalyan Singhal. Thanks to the imaginative leadership of the Indian government, India is the first country in the world to implement a total lockdown to protect its citizens from the lethal coronavirus. However, the Indian government’s current economic package of Rs[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel: Coronavirus and the British Establishment

The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel: Coronavirus and the British Establishment

I do not wish Boris Johnson to die. I only wish him to suffer. As paradoxical as it might sound, I don’t mean this in a sadistic way.   Suffering is part of the human life; it is as integral to our experience as the drawing in of air, or the feeling of sunlight against the skin.  Hospitals are places of suffering;[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Action Plan for Muslims to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

Action Plan for Muslims to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

The government’s response to the global Covid19 pandemic has been the best so far. But it would be futile to look at the government to come to the rescue when the impact of this pandemic will be at its peak all over the country. In such a case individuals, groups and communities need to support each other to overcome this[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
The exigency of ‘Human Security’ in the COVID-19 Syndrome

The exigency of ‘Human Security’ in the COVID-19 Syndrome

With the outbreak of corona-virus from China to the world since December 2019, it has once again challenged the State security and highlights the exigency of ‘human security’ which is visible to all. The United Nations General Assembly‎ resolution 66/290 addresses ‘human security’ as an approach in identifying and addressing cross-cutting challenges to the survival, livelihood and dignity of an[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
What the exponential growth of COVID-19 helps us learn about another blind spot or two

What the exponential growth of COVID-19 helps us learn about another blind spot or two

For too long, the movers of the word have been blind or neglectful of the connection between economic growth, global climate crisis and mass extermination of wildlife “It took 12 days for cases [of coronavirus infections] to rise from 100 to 1,000 in our country,” said Mr. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Indian Health Ministry, on March 30, 2020, arguing[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
A doctor and members of the local health committee visit a family in Alto de Lidice, Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Gsus Garcia

Venezuela: Community organisation key to fighting COVID-19

Venezuela has been under a nationwide quarantine since mid-March as the government battles to quash the coronavirus before it overwhelms its health system. In this endeavour, the government of President Nicolas Maduro faces many challenges, not least of which is the state of its embattled health system that has suffered from years of economic sanctions and the return of thousands[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
King Covid Rules

King Covid Rules

It is a capricious little virus with a funny crown and a flimsy protein coat, zipping across the planet, leaving behind a trail of utter confusion, death and destruction. And as nations rush to prevent exposure to COVID-19’s deadly effects, the virus is in turn exposing each one of them for whatever they are – good, bad or ugly. Depending[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Is Social Distancing a Misleading Term?

Is Social Distancing a Misleading Term?

Ever since the detection of the first COVID—19 positive case in Wuhan China, the pandemic has swept over almost the entire globe and has landed us in extremely frightening, challenging and testing times. The virus has made us face a serious public health crisis and changed the whole world overnight. Tens of thousands have lost their lives and more than[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
The Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian Rumblings

The Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian Rumblings

It’s all about the lever of balance.  Laws made for public protection, within which public health features prominently, provide grounds for derogation authorities can exploit.  Like plasticine, the scope of power during times of an emergency extends.  But at what point does a state of public health become a police state?  In time, we may find these to be not[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Physics in the pandemic: ‘I hope the rest of the world can see hope from my experience’

Physics in the pandemic: ‘I hope the rest of the world can see hope from my experience’

Keeping busy: Tao Wang at his home during the lockdown period in Wuhan, China. (Courtesy: Tao Wang) I run a research group made up of more than 20 graduate students, and in a “normal” workday my job is to supervise and direct them on research activities related to opto-electronic devices such as solar cells and light-emitting diodes. I also teach[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Caught between the devil Coronavirus and deep sea communalsim    

There is a high water mark of the tide of the deluge that has swept through India in the name of coronavirus currently raging in India. From Assam to Kernataka and Delhi to Telangana. More than the pandemic it is hatred that is sown far and wide. Momidul Islam in Golaghat, Assam remarks that “The virus will go away in[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 India
Tablighi Jamaat event and COVID-19: Scientists Condemn Attempts To Communalise The Pandemic

Tablighi Jamaat event and COVID-19: Scientists Condemn Attempts To Communalise The Pandemic

Statement of the “Indian Scientists Response to Covid19”, a voluntary group of about 400 scientists. Over the past few days, several prominent media personalities and politicians have suggested that the primary blame for the continued growth of the COVID-19 epidemic in India lies with a Tablighi Jamaat event that was held in Delhi on March 13. The available data does[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 India
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Rejoinder to “No Excuses, Please”- For outrageous conclusions and warnings to the Muslim ‘community’

This is a rejoinder to an article entitled No Excuses, Please, For What Happened At Nizamuddin Markaz. I am responding for two reasons: 1. This article is on a platform that bears  more credibility than the others, 2. The author is a ‘Senior Journalist and Political Analyst’. Truth be told, I do not know the writer- as he doesn’t know[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 India
Coronavirus Pandemic: Rice and wheat prices surge may threaten global food security

Coronavirus Pandemic: Rice and wheat prices surge may threaten global food security

Increased panic buying of food due to coronavirus lockdowns has led to price spikes for the world’s two staple grains – rice and wheat. Reuters data showed, rice prices are now the highest since late April 2013. Importers have rushed to stockpile the goods, while exporters have curbed shipments. The price of rice has hit seven-year highs, while wheat futures[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
The pandemic will unleash worst recession since Great Depression, says IMF chief

The pandemic will unleash worst recession since Great Depression, says IMF chief

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world will turn global economic growth “sharply negative” in 2020, triggering the worst fallout since the 1930s Great Depression, with only a partial recovery seen in 2021, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said. Georgieva painted a far bleaker picture of the social and economic impact of the new coronavirus than even[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
Deepandolana : Can this  drive away corona virus ? Is Modi’s call  emotional ? symbolic ?  scientific ?

Deepandolana : Can this  drive away corona virus ? Is Modi’s call  emotional ? symbolic ?  scientific ?

  The Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi gave a call for  Deepa-andolana ,  a movement to light  the lamps, to unify 130 crore Indians in their fight against the deadly virus, Corona, on April 5, 2020 at 9 pm for 9 minutes. The million dollar question has been : Can lighting a lamp for 9  minutes drive away, as suggested,[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 India
COVID-19 Testing: The unintended disruptions created by the Supreme Court of India

COVID-19 Testing: The unintended disruptions created by the Supreme Court of India

The Honourable Supreme Court of India (SC), through its judgement in Shashank Deo Sudhi Versus Government of India & Ors. 2020 case has made tests for COVID-19 free for all. That is, no one has to pay for getting themselves tested for Corona Virus Disease. This has certainly come as a big relief for many, especially because the private players[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 India
Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism: Noam Chomsky

Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism: Noam Chomsky

C.J. Polychroniou Interviews Noam Chomsky Trump has reacted during his years in office in the manner to which we have become accustomed: by defunding and dismantling every relevant part of government and assiduously implementing the instructions of his corporate masters to eliminate the regulations that impede profits while saving lives — and leading the race to the abyss of environmental[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

Co-Written by Amit Kumar and Puja Pal Originating from Wuhan, China, the novel Corona Virus has affected most of the countries across the continents. Due to its world-wide spread WHO declared it as “pandemic” on March 11.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, around 1,523,898 people around the world have been infected and some 88,956 people have died in at least[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 India
A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

The ongoing pandemic caused by Coronavirus or “SARS-Cov-2” has paralysed the whole world. It is by far the worst of the pandemics known to the human history cutting across geographies with catastrophic results for world economy & life of people with increasing daily numbers of deaths, and more testing positive for the disease.  In these trying times, people living today[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 India
"Temperature High" /Cartoon by: Mir Suhail Qadri

Modi Created Permanent Dent on India’s Pride by succumbing to Trump

 Trump thanked India after it lifted the ban on shipping of generic drugs to the US after it threatened Modi of possible retaliation, the dent it caused in India’s pride is permanent. Donald Trump thanked India for lifting exports of hydroxychloroquine—floated as a plausible COVID-19 treatment drug after Washington threatened Modi of possible retaliation if New Delhi failed to supply[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 India
COVID-19: Cases top 1.5 million worldwide as the number in U.S. nears third of the total

COVID-19: Cases top 1.5 million worldwide as the number in U.S. nears third of the total

Confirmed cases of coronavirus, officially Covid-19, ticked to just over one and a half million worldwide on Wednesday, with the death toll now standing at over 87,000. Out of the worldwide cases, more than 319,000 patients are considered fully recovered. Worldwide cases of the coronavirus now stand at 1,500,830, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Fatalities from the[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
"The transfer is from public institutions, in which voters have some say, insofar as democracy is functioning, to private tyrannies -- the corporations that dominate the economy -- in which voters have no say at all." (Photo: Andrew Rusk/flickr/cc)

Noam Chomsky: ‘Coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented’

Chomsky slams US’s handling of virus as he warns nuclear war, global warming threats will remain after pandemic is over. While the coronavirus can have “terrifying consequences, there will be recovery”, said Chomsky, but regarding the other threats, “there won’t be recovery, it’s finished” :  threat of nuclear war … and the other of course is the growing threat of[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Solidarity in the Age of Coronavirus: What the Arabs Must Do

Solidarity in the Age of Coronavirus: What the Arabs Must Do

While the Coronavirus continues to ravage almost every nation on earth, Arab countries remain unable, or unwilling, to formulate a collective strategy to help the poorest and most vulnerable Arabs survive the deadly virus and its economic fallout. Worse, amid growing international solidarity, we are yet to see a pan-Arab initiative that aims to provide material support to countries and[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
“The Lancet” on Nicaragua – cynicism posing as concern

“The Lancet” on Nicaragua – cynicism posing as concern

Co-Written by Stephen Sefton & Tortilla con Sal Coverage of the COVID-19 epidemic in Nicaragua has become yet one more psy-warfare  battleground between supporters of the US government supported right-wing opposition and the country’s Sandinista government. In the UK, “the Lancet” has long been a leading propaganda outlet for supporters of Nicaragua’s right wing political opposition, making a mockery of[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Nicaragua and COVID-19 – Western media’s best kept secret

Nicaragua and COVID-19 – Western media’s best kept secret

Co-Written by Jorge Capelán & Managua con Amor 250,000 volunteer health promoters have made 2.3 million house to house visits to educate about COVID-19, just one of many activities undertaken by the Sandinista government to address the pandemic. (Photo El 19 Digital) One of the best hidden secrets amidst the cacophony of panic and media terrorism caused by the current[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Total confirmed coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases in Africa was 10,427 while the number of recovered patients was 1,074, and the number of confirmed deaths was 519. The virus has spread to dozens of countries within weeks. Governments and health authorities across the continent are striving to limit widespread coronavirus infections. With few doctors and fewer ventilators, countries in Africa fear[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
Will Covid-19 spur a peoples’ bailout for the world’s poorest?

Will Covid-19 spur a peoples’ bailout for the world’s poorest?

The question is whether Covid-19 will awaken us to the stark inequalities of our world, or does it simply represent a new cause of impoverishment for the vast swathes of humanity who have long been disregarded by the public’s conscience?  Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve entered an extraordinary new era. There is still a great deal of fear and[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

Due to covid-19 outbreak, the healtcare system in US is under deep stress, even though US Healthcare system is considered to be the best in the world . If this deadly virus can wreak havoc in developed countries with far superior healthcare, India surely in ramping up their public health system lagging far behind. What part  of Prime minister’s declared[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 India
A ‘Testing Time’ for Ageing: Geronticide or Necropolitics?

A ‘Testing Time’ for Ageing: Geronticide or Necropolitics?

With the Covid-19 proliferation taking on a dreadful speed, humanity is in the throes of an unprecedented breakdown. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) seems to have the armoury to legitimate the Darwinian dictum—“Survival of the Fittest.” Even the world’s megatowns and megacities of affluence/abundance have gone bust. The world’s developed as well as the ‘fast growing’ economies and societies have[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
COVID-19: Dealing With An Untamable Virus

COVID-19: Dealing With An Untamable Virus

COVID-19, a virus of disease and death, has affected the world since the beginning of 2020. Dealing against it is becoming increasingly difficult for the governments, across the world, because each one has different priorities. More so, in India, the fight against this virus becomes more challenging because of persisting difficulties such as extensive socio-economic inequalities, less value of life[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
Need Of The Hour In Covid Times: Leadership From The Front

Need Of The Hour In Covid Times: Leadership From The Front

  PM Modi has recognized the Corona pandemic as a “ladai” and given a clarion call to the people to be prepared for a long battle, and to contribute liberally for the fight. For Central and State governments, it is an unprecedented challenge to handle cases of Covid-19 and prevent/check spread of the virus, as well as to reach help[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 India
After COVID-19, We All Should Be Cuba

After COVID-19, We All Should Be Cuba

Rare are those photographs which can be declared iconic right after they are taken, without awaiting the approval of the connoisseurs, critics or people. It is an ordinary-looking photo, of a large team of people, dressed in white robes, disembarking from a plane and being welcomed by someone wearing a white coat too. Take a closer look at the frame[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar   The scholars have expressed that the pandemic like novel coronavirus that followed by the national lockdown (which was announced by our PM on 24th March) is adversely affecting both sectors like economic and health. Given the week welfare measures and PDS (public distribution system), lives and livelihoods of millions of people mainly[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 India
US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

Hydroxychloroquine: India agrees to release drug after Trump retaliation threat The above is the title of a report by BBC.com this morning (April 7).  India has agreed to lift an export ban on a drug US President Donald Trump has called a “game-changer” in the fight against coronavirus, despite reservations from medical experts. The decision came after Mr Trump warned[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

China reports zero new fatalities from coronavirus, officially Covid-19, China’s National Health Commission said in a statement. This is the first such no case for China since the country was wracked with the coronavirus outbreak in December. Italy, which has the world’s highest Covid-19 mortality rate, has started to see its cases subside. Italy has reported its falling daily cases[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Lives matter the most , more than the ciphers and statistics…….….

Lives matter the most , more than the ciphers and statistics…….….

It is generally accepted among the environmental geographers that there is no such thing as a natural disaster. In every phase and aspect of a disaster—causes, vulnerability, preparedness, results and response, and reconstruction—the contours of disaster and the difference between who lives and who dies is to a greater or lesser extent a social calculus.                                                                                                                                                     —-Neil Smith1 As the[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Coronavirus:Sanctions And Suffering

Coronavirus:Sanctions And Suffering

In the midst of the most horrendous crisis to confront the entire human family in recent decades, the Unite States elite, it appears, is hell-bent on perpetuating massive sanctions against certain states and affecting regime change in some of them. Sanctions cause much pain and suffering and even death on a wide scale.  One would have thought that given what[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Corona Virus Spread: Looking for Scapegoat: Tablighi Jamaat

As India is under lockdown, we see the attempts to contain the Corona Virus. With over four thousand reported cases and over one hindered deaths, India is shaken to the core and it seems life will not be the same again. What is more worrying in India is that the mistake of one religious’ organization, Tabligi Jamat (TJ) is being[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 India
When Fountain of My Blood Stops, I will Tell God Everything. 

When Fountain of My Blood Stops, I will Tell God Everything. 

While watching vacuous memes of a person trying to kill the dullness of corona by his otiose attempts to scale the grass of his garden with comb and scissors.  I see a  drunken man walking the deserted road  spitting invective and cursing Corona. With whimsical goggling I also see a shopkeeper trying to fit a customer in a fuzzy circle[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Countdown to Lockdown: Fear and Loathing in the Trolley Race at the End of the World

Countdown to Lockdown: Fear and Loathing in the Trolley Race at the End of the World

If I had to choose a place to be to sit out the coronavirus pandemic sweeping over the globe, there are probably few places better than the South Island of New Zealand. A significant number of the world’s super-rich have invested in the Southern Hemisphere nation, some even buying residency through a controversial and secretive ‘Investor Plus’ scheme. Tech startup[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Looking East to Contain COVID-19

Looking East to Contain COVID-19

The strategies employed by S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China are instructive for India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s extraordinary decision to impose a nationwide lockdown for three weeks to contain COVID-19 is without precedent. Even at the peak of the outbreak — and lockdowns — in China, 600 million fewer people were confined to their homes. Overall, the decision is a welcome one, but[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
 When Worlds Collide: Locating Privacy in the midst of Public Health Surveillance

 When Worlds Collide: Locating Privacy in the midst of Public Health Surveillance

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain Surveillance has served as the eye of public health every time our world is in collision with epidemics. From the identification of the early cases of AIDs in the 1980’s; SARS, avian flu and west nile virus in the twenty-first century all were contained as a result of a well placed public[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War

Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War

The twaddle of framing the confrontation of the coronavirus as a “war” has proven to be a cheapening, misguided exercise.  France’s president Emmanuel Macron has deemed COVID-19 the “invisible, elusive enemy”, making it sound like an adept guerrilla specialising in sneak attacks.  China’s Xi Jinping has gone for the language of the “people’s war”, suggesting that the virus has certain[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Corona, Capitalism and Civilisation

Corona, Capitalism and Civilisation

“Who do you blame it on? For a while it was China, until the most favourite target for the Indians appeared on the scene – you know who. When it comes to the business of blaming, Indians (a large percentage of them) would have loved it if the virus had originated somewhere in the Middle East or in Pakistan. But[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

There are over 1.2 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, according to tracking from Johns Hopkins University. The number of global fatalities has passed 66,000 while the U.S. leads the world with more than 300,000 reported cases. U.S. President Trump warned Saturday that “it’s going to be really some very bad numbers” in the U.S., where the death toll reached[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
Emergency Relief: Jharkhand Government’s Token Promises Will Not Do

Emergency Relief: Jharkhand Government’s Token Promises Will Not Do

The government of Jharkhand has announced, as part of its relief measures, that eligible households left out of the public distribution system (PDS) would receive 10 kg of foodgrain if they have applied for a ration card. An impression has been created that this would be 10 kg per month. In fact, none of this is happening. Instead, mukhiyas (gram[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 India
Indian Economy unlikely to Recuperate Quickly under Double Whammy of COVID-19 Lockdown and Global Economic Meltdown

Indian Economy unlikely to Recuperate Quickly under Double Whammy of COVID-19 Lockdown and Global Economic Meltdown

  Covid-19 which originated in China’s Wuhan city has taken the shape of pandemic all over the world calling for severe medical emergencies world-wide. The world has no vaccine or a drug to control it medically, as such the World Health Organisation (WHO) urges all the nations to implement complete lockdown in their country, which is the only available strategy[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 India
Save Rohingyas from catastrophic COVID- 19

Save Rohingyas from catastrophic COVID- 19

Spring, the best season, is twinkling Bangladesh. Mango pods adore trees here and there across the country. Hopes are pinching dreams for big profit. In this flashy season optimism of Bangladeshis has been grabbed by a scare – COVID -19. Yes, ruling of coronavirus has been started the country. It has already occupied several places of the delta country- Bangladesh.[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 South Asia
Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy

Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy

When capitalism screeches to a halt and starts its old business of killing off the adventurous but weakened, the enterprising but foolish, those who initially benefited, shed tears.  Losses mount, accountants tally up current and future losses.  Huge profits somehow do not matter now, as the diminishing balances bite and impress.  As this happens, the corporatocrats start to search.  Options[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
Covid-19 Reveals The Ugly Face Of  US Hegemonism and imperialism

Covid-19 Reveals The Ugly Face Of  US Hegemonism and imperialism

 People thought Covid-19 has united the whole world, erasing borders and frictions. Indeed people – medical personnel, scientists, journalists and administrators across countries joined hands in educating and mobilizing people to face the calamity. But US acted erratically, promoted anti-China tirade and calumny, called it Chinese virus or Wuhan virus, despite WHO’s explicit appeal not call it that way. China[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
Wall Street Wins – Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus

Wall Street Wins – Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus

To say that these are unprecedented times would be the understatement of the century. Even as the United States became the latest target of Hurricane COVID-19, in “hot spots” around the globe a continuing frenzy of health concerns represented yet another drop down the economic rabbit hole. Stay-at-home orders have engulfed the planet, encompassing a majority of Americans, all of India, the United Kingdom,[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response Plan: Can the government turn a chaotic start into a good end?

Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response Plan: Can the government turn a chaotic start into a good end?

Contrary to the common belief that Government of Bangladesh has been least prepared and that its responses to COVID-19 have been ad hoc and impulsive, it is important to note that the government did have an elaborate plan, ‘National Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID – 19’ and that the Plan was prepared under the guidance of the Directorate General[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 South Asia
 “May you live in interesting times”: Covid-19 and Capitalism’s Existential Crisis

 “May you live in interesting times”: Covid-19 and Capitalism’s Existential Crisis

There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.  When history is compressed enough and people bend their minds to new problems, consciousness can change with lightning speed.  Because of the emotional rollercoaster that is accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s collective weltanschauung is shifting noticeably to the left. Fear and panic are poor advisers, of course. Absurd, visceral predictions[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
A  View From Athens: Covid-19 and the End of the World as We Know It

A  View From Athens: Covid-19 and the End of the World as We Know It

No more kisses, handshakes or blowing out birthday candles.  But that’s alright.  We can live with these changes. Many people in Athens are still optimistic.  They say that in a relatively short period of time—and aided by more clement weather in the Northern Hemisphere—the global spread of Covid-19 will slow down enough to become manageable. People will joke about new[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
A new class of `anti-nationals’ – victims of COVID-19 paranoia   

A new class of `anti-nationals’ – victims of COVID-19 paranoia   

  The  term  `guilty  by  association’   had  been  a  part  of  discourse  in  criminal  jurisprudence  for  years.  It  implies  the  categorization  of  any  one  as  guilty  who  has   been  associated  with  the  accused  criminal ,  even  though  not  directly  participating  in  the  crime.   Today,  in  the  paranoid  environment  of  the  coronavirus  pandemic,  the  term  has  been  extended  to  include   common [Read More…]

April 6, 2020 India
The Green School Initiative in Bhutan: A Long-Term Solution to Future Pandemics

The Green School Initiative in Bhutan: A Long-Term Solution to Future Pandemics

Co-Written by Sayan Dey and Malati Sunar Introduction: An Overview This article is a continuation of the arguments about the importance of ecological consciousness as a powerful antidote against future pandemics, which we have put forward in the article “Why Bhutan Is An Outlier In The Fight Against Coronvirus?” In the previous article we have mentioned about the ‘green school’[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 Counter Solutions
Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

NURSE:-Having privilege to open the eyes of a new born, and to gently close the eyes of a dying man, the first to witness the beginning and the end of life. The history of Nursing is as old as the history of this universe. The field of nursing continue to provide the care and treat the illnesses in all the[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 India
A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, the school’s medical center, are working on a possible vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists announced news of the potential vaccine, which has now been tested successfully on mice, on Thursday. Several research groups around the world are racing to create a vaccine, including a temporary[Read More…]

April 5, 2020 World
Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. Dwight Eisenhower India has earned a bad name for many preposterous moves and prejudiced acts against Muslims. The of late anti-Muslim riots in Delhi bear testimony to the fact. The echelons of the establishment and its associated myrmidons are always out to blame and hunt Muslims. The media[Read More…]

April 5, 2020 India
If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

Into the seventieth year of life and having survived a life-threatening heart attack in January 2017, I’m fit as a fiddle – thanks to Mother Nature – and do my bit as an activist along with co-workers in Delhi. Were n-Coronavirus to take abode in my body and I develop mild symptoms like ‘flu’, I’ll quarantine myself strictly at home.[Read More…]

April 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than $4 trillion from global economy will be wiped out

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than $4 trillion from global economy will be wiped out

The coronavirus pandemic will hit the global economy in a much bigger way than previously expected, warned the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned in its annual economic report –  Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020. According to the gloomiest scenario presented by the bank, the impact of the “worst pandemic in a century” will be $4.1 trillion, or 4.8 percent[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 World
74 journalism professors sign letter calling Fox News’ coronavirus coverage a ‘danger to public health’

74 journalism professors sign letter calling Fox News’ coronavirus coverage a ‘danger to public health’

74 journalism professors and journalists signed an open letter addressed to Fox News’ Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch on Thursday, criticizing the network they oversee for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. The letter stated, in part, “The Viewers of Fox News, including the president of the United States, have been regularly subjected to misinformation relayed by the network — false statements[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 World
The Post-Corona Economic Scenario: All political parties must  wake up to reality

The Post-Corona Economic Scenario: All political parties must  wake up to reality

Setting a precedent, India’s 1.3-billion people are the world’s largest social-distancing lockdown population in the wake of the Corona virus. The decision to lockdown at this scale with 4-hours “notice”, without adequate preparation and planning is being questioned. But condemn it or praise it, we are in its midst and it is necessary to handle the lockdown effects, particularly on[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 India
What’s This ‘Candle’ Ma?

What’s This ‘Candle’ Ma?

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April 4, 2020 Arts/Literature
Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive

Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive

It has become a source of pride.  Highly salaried executives – often, it should be said, receiving pay very much disconnected from the value of their work – making voluntary pay cuts and telling everybody else about it.  In sport, celebrated figures such as Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo have chosen to reduce their enormous pay packages for the sake[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 World
Notes from Myanmar: Humans versus Viruses

Notes from Myanmar: Humans versus Viruses

A reflection on Covid-19 virus outbreak by San Lin Tun Birds are at ease, showing no worries, looking down at the helter-skelter of humans, struggling and striving to survive under this ruthless virus’ attack. Before that, birds caused flu and migratory birds could not be seen easily. That time, people hated birds; they stopped bird watching for the fear posed by[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Coronavirus Pandemic: Over 1 million cases worldwide, 50,000 dead

Coronavirus Pandemic: Over 1 million cases worldwide, 50,000 dead

The coronavirus pandemic has passed its landmark moment, as over one million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease, according to figures from multiple sources including news agency AFP and the John Hopkins University. More than 51,485 people have died worldwide from the virus. Now, the U.S. is the most-affected country, surpassing China. In Europe, Italy, Spain, Germany and[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
U.S. sanctions abort delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief to Cuba

U.S. sanctions abort delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief to Cuba

Cuba has slammed the U.S.’ “criminal blockade” of the country after the embargo stood in the way of the delivery of Covid-19 test kits and ventilators donated by Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma. “The criminal blockade of the imperial government violates the human rights of the Cuban people,” tweeted Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez on Wednesday. Cuba’s envoy to Beijing,[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
After the 21-day Lockdown

After the 21-day Lockdown

It is imperative that once the 21-day lockdown is lifted on 14th April, every effort should be made by the Central and State Governments to bring back stranded labourers, daily wage earners, poor village folk, etc. to their respective village locations in respective states. This is top priority before we start any action to alleviate the so-called suffering of the[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 India
Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

In 1896 a ‘plague’ pandemic arrived in the Indian city of Mumbai from Hongkong. Within a few days, strict quarantines have been imposed against Indian vessels at Suez and at many ports of Europe. Subsequently, strict quarantine measures were introduced in the city which included evacuation and burning of huts inhabited by the poor. There was an all-round clearance and[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 India
Trump’s racist rant against China causing ripples in India too

Trump’s racist rant against China causing ripples in India too

Coronavirus, which has claimed more than 45,000 human lives across the world, may not be discriminating between races, but it has given an opportunity to bigots to scapegoat Chinese people and those with Oriental facial features. The virus which originated in Wuhan, China has now spread to more than 150 countries, including Canada and the US. India, which shares a[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?

Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?

As the coronavirus sweeps across the planet, leaving death and mayhem in its wake, many theories are being expounded to explain its ferocity. One, widely circulated within right-wing conspiracy circles, is that it originated as a biological weapon developed at a secret Chinese military lab in the city of Wuhan that somehow (perhaps intentionally?) escaped into the civilian population. Although that “theory”[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 66 million U.S. jobs are at high risk of layoffs

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 66 million U.S. jobs are at high risk of layoffs

As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the U.S. economy, more than 66 million jobs across sales, production, and food preparation services are at “high risk” of layoffs, finds Charles Gascon, a St. Louis Federal Reserve regional economist. Using 2018 occupational data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailing 808 occupations, Charles Gascon found that 66.8 million people —[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: U.S. National Park staff revolts, says shut them down

Coronavirus Pandemic: U.S. National Park staff revolts, says shut them down

Frustrated by what he considered inadequate answers about why some staff could telework while others had to show up to work, Lyndon B. Johnson Historic Park maintenance worker Trevor Wright took matters into his own hands — with an all-staff email. “No one has ever died because they were not able to see LBJ’s ranch or ancestral settlement on any[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

On 12 March, British PM Boris Johnson informed the public that families would continue to “lose loved ones before their time” as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. He added: “We’ve all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.” In a report, the Imperial College had warned of modelling that suggested over 500,000 would die from the virus[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 Uncategorized
Hands In – Hearts Out

Hands In – Hearts Out

Pandemic Covid19, has set up a chaos of highest order globally, with Asia being the epicentre. India, (though being at the tail of the list of worst-hit countries presently), is prone to a wholesale slaughter. (as predicted by the medicos) Kashmir valley has freshly detected scores of Covid19 positive cases. Kashmir has been fighting battles since ages. Political wars, natural[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 India
COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

Being in the extreme Northeast of India, this region of seven States and more than 45 million people has always found itself at a disadvantage because of poor communication with the centres of power. Moreover, the whole region with only 22 members of Parliament has very little power of advocacy.  But in the initial stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic its[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 India
 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Credit: CODEPINK As U.S. COVID-19 cases double every few days and the death toll mounts, the U.S. seems to be caught in a “worst of both worlds” predicament: daily life and much of the U.S. economy is shut down, but no real progress has been achieved in its efforts to contain[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

Co-Written by Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin The coronavirus killed at least 812 people in the United States Tuesday, the highest death toll since the pandemic began, while nearly 25,000 new cases were reported, bringing the total number infected to more than 188,000, the largest number in the world by far. Along with the unprecedented scale of the infection, its[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 World
Economies won’t be able to recover after shutdowns

Economies won’t be able to recover after shutdowns

Citizens seem to be clamoring for shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is one major difficulty, however. Once an economy has been shut down, it is extremely difficult for the economy to recover back to the level it had reached previously. In fact, the longer the shutdown lasts, the more critical the problem is likely to be. China[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 Resource Crisis
Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

The World today (March 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. While it began from China, currently it has gripped various countries; India is also facing the problem of mammoth proportions. Many steps are being taken, and many more are need of the hour. Apart from other things, what will make the battle against this threat to global-Indian[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 India
Corona : China and India support each other

Corona : China and India support each other

Anti-China poison is spreading through (anti-) social media, with a role of  pro-US lobbies, based on false info. See below realities: A report in THE PRINT, edited by Shekhar Gupta, dated 11th February, 2020 said : India is all set to dispatch emergency supplies of medical protective equipment such as masks, gloves, face shields, head and boot covers to coronavirus-hit[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 India
 Coronavirus: What’s Happening?

 Coronavirus: What’s Happening?

The most recent data indicate a decrease in the number of coronavirus infections in Italy. That means we could get out of the epidemic in the coming months. But why do we expect this trend? It is explained in the field of Science called “epidemiology” that studies how epidemics spread. The first epidemiology studies date back to 1927, when two[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
Provide Protective Gear To Heath Care Workers

Provide Protective Gear To Heath Care Workers

   To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister   Dear Smt Sitharaman, Kindly refer to my letter dated 23-3-2020 on the subject. Recently, you announced several relief measures to counter the spread of COVID19. In particular, you had announced that an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per person would be provided to frontline health workers – sanitation staff, paramedics and nurses, ASHA[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 India
Collation of Global Health Data: A Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Collation of Global Health Data: A Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is expanding rapidly and had been detected in more than 190 countries globally. The absence of precise epidemiological and clinical data at the on-set of the out-break have upset the public health decision-making taken by several countries. At the time when health system runs on data, from disease[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

          The whole world has come to a pretty pass because of COVID 19 pandemic. The so-called super power countries like China, America, Italy etc.  have surrendered. They are not able to control and contain this miniscule virus. This virus has already done lot of damage to the human and economic capital of the world. The[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 India
People wearing protective face masks walk on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country's southeast had entered a "more grave stage." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WHO warns: Coronavirus pandemic in Asia is far from over

In view of some Asian countries slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, officially Covid-19, pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) experts have warned: No country should let its guard down. “Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific,” said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Takeshi Kasai was talking[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
This too Shall Pass

This too Shall Pass

We cannot allow a little, invisible virus to defeat or define us as humanity Amid this deepening darkness of all-round doom and gloom, there is a ray of hope at last.  The raging global pandemic of Coronavirus has killed all chances of US President Donald Trump being re-elected, exults Swaminathan A Aiyer.  No matter how well he handles the virus,[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble

The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble

As draconian lockdowns, punitive regimes and surveillance become the norm of the coronavirus world, Sweden has treaded more softly in the field.  This is certainly in contrast to its Scandinavian cousins, Denmark and Norway.  The rudiments of a life uninterrupted generally remain in place. Cafes, restaurants and shops, for the most part, remain open and stocked.  As do gyms and[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
 ‘Chinese Virus’ Rhetoric Shows Ineptness Of U.S. Politicians

 ‘Chinese Virus’ Rhetoric Shows Ineptness Of U.S. Politicians

  The Western mass media is extremely busy frightening its own citizens and the entire world with statements like: “A leaked government document has suggested up to 500,000 people could die from coronavirus if the disease is able to infect up to 80 per cent of the country.” That’s what The Independent wrote on 26 February 2020. And that horrifying number of[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
Life under Shelter-in-Place

Life under Shelter-in-Place

Last night, the above picture image with a hopeful message, I sent to my older brother, on his birthday. Of course, there was also a personal message where I wished him well. I got his reply this morning where he said, “Thank you! Stay safe and stay calm. This is a challenging time for all. Best, Sjbhai” Time in the[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Amidst Lockdown, Socio-economic Implications on India’s Poor

Amidst Lockdown, Socio-economic Implications on India’s Poor

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Dastgir Khan  Currently, most of the countries are passing through the critical phase because we are confronting huge risks and challenges from the lethal disease coronavirus (medically known as Covid-19, which initially started from China, city of Wuhan), has now spread out at the global level. As a result, several thousand people have died[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 India
Coronavirus (covid-19) and domestic violence

Coronavirus (covid-19) and domestic violence

With more and more people staying home due to covid-19 causing concern for entirely different problem like ” domestic violence”. WHO refers domestic violence as a violence ,abuse and intimidation between people who are currently or have previously been in an intimate relationship . The perpetrator uses violence to control and dominate the other person. This causes fear , physical[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 Patriarchy
India Fights COVID-19: Where We Stand?

India Fights COVID-19: Where We Stand?

Co-Written by Aniket Sachan & Sakshi Agarwal “Good health and Good Sense are great blessings and health begins when we are aware of the disease.” The vulnerable state of human civilisation can be seen from more than 35,016 deaths and 7,39,369 people infected with the disease (as on March 30, 2020, 13:35 GMT).[1] World Health Organization have declared Covid-19 as[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 India
Confronting the crisis of internally displaced Indians

Confronting the crisis of internally displaced Indians

             India is currently facing a crisis which can escalate into a bigger catastrophe than COVID-19 and the consequences can be heart wrenching as we are already witnessing across the country. The exodus of the migrant population is of an unprecedented kind, triggered by the reckless and callous decisions taken by a senseless government at[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 India
Lathis can cure Corona! Be a believer!

Lathis can cure Corona! Be a believer!

Let’s cure Corona. How? It’s pretty simple. Let’s enforce police forces on the streets, and inflict brutality on public. No questions asked. No answers looked for. Attack the Corona virus with thunder strikes of lathis. Who cares why the man has come out? Beat more men like them to death or at-least scar their bodies for life. Anyway, they are[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 India
Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

According to Johns Hopkins University on Sunday, there are more than 721,000 coronavirus cases and 33,900 deaths worldwide. The U.S. now leads the world with more than 120,000 confirmed cases while the U.S. coronavirus deaths surge past 2,000. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the U.S. could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections. Italy Coronavirus deaths in[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
An Inglorious Opportunity: Coronavirus and Emergency Powers

An Inglorious Opportunity: Coronavirus and Emergency Powers

There has been a hurried spate of cancellations and suspensions of elections across the globe because of the risk posed by COVID-19.  The trend is unsurprising.  In the age of post-democratic process, suspending the procedure should only induce a cough of recognition.  But it is troubling for those who take the ceremonial aspect of these things seriously. Such tendencies have[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
Civil Society in Odisha rises to the occasion to help the destitute during the lockdown

Civil Society in Odisha rises to the occasion to help the destitute during the lockdown

The crisis emerging out of the threat from Coronavirus is herculean. Several civil society actors in Odisha have risen to the occasion in different ways to intervene on behalf of the poor and the destitute. On March 25, this reporter found some homeless people starving in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha due to the lockdown and shared their plight[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 India
Impact of Covid-19 and What Needs To Be Done?

Impact of Covid-19 and What Needs To Be Done?

  This situation implies that the global economy is staring at a depression. In brief, the situation is worse than a war since demand has collapsed. The spread of Covid19 has rapidly spun out of control the world over and needs to be tackled urgently. Though the problem is global there are national specificities that require nuanced approaches. There are[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
In defence of Chinese people and their revolution

In defence of Chinese people and their revolution

The ugly head of racism is out in open air amidst COVID-19 pandemic.  The racism against Chinese people and propaganda against the achievements of the Chinese revolution spreads like coronavirus. The anti-Chinese media coverage also replicates the history of anti-communist propaganda and campaign against the Soviet Union from the days of its inception to fall. The anti-Soviet propaganda continues to[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

They did not see the thousands of migrant labourers streaming out of Delhi because none of them got the promised food packet. They were hungry, many confessed, and had no drinking water either to last the long journey home. There was outrage and helplessness voiced by civil society. There was also anger at the indifference and incompetence of the Government.[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 India
The Globalization of a Pandemic

The Globalization of a Pandemic

My History teacher used to tell us, “If France sneezes, the whole of Europe catches cold”, but we are not at that anymore. I wish we were, but we are not. We are far more interconnected, far more intertwined and a lot more interdependent. In fact, the global world has taught us that if any one region sneezes, the whole[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Migrant Workers’ Woes: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Migrant Workers’ Woes: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Migrant Workers’ woes: Please address the nation to assuage their fear, Dear Prime Minister To Shri Narendra Modi Honourabe Prime Minister of India Respected Modi Jee, You have received accolades from the World Health Organisation, the opposition party leaders and from several other quarters for your statesman-like approach in dealing with the emergency situation arising out of the threat from[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 India
Coronavirus and Us

Coronavirus and Us

The covid-19 has claimed countless lives all the world over, and we, in this small part of the world, have not yet taken the threat as serious as it should be. Past few days were horrible. People, from different places of kashmir, tested positive for the coronavirus, giving one the premonition of some dreadful situation in the valley. In this[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 India
To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection Do Random Testing

To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection Do Random Testing

To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection, Test 100,000 Indians Randomly Across The Country: Total Cost Rupees 500 Millions The scientific and epidemiological way to know if COVID-19 – 60 days after the first case being detected in India – has spread in the community is to test around 100,000 Indians uniformly across the country. This random testing should cover[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 India
Economists’ solutions to health crises can be disastrous

Economists’ solutions to health crises can be disastrous

  Classical economics helped kill millions in the British Empire’s famines; following economic orthodoxy today could be just as deadly I’m writing this at 585,000 worldwide active cases, 26,000 deaths, and with only China and South Korea seemingly under some sort of control (using a social metric tool, Worldometer). The stimulus package announced by the US government is at $2 trillion,[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

Letter to the Director General of WHO

To Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director General WHO Dear Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, I am writing this letter as a concerned senior citizen from India, at the manner in which COVID19 is sweeping across the planet, raising questions about the global community’s ability to contain the spread of the virus. It is ironic that the country which hosts WHO should[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Humanity And Earth’s Survival Hang In The Balance With COVID-19

Humanity And Earth’s Survival Hang In The Balance With COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic now is the most dramatic modern historical wake-up call and reminder that whether the threat is to the continued survival of Humanity, the Earth or Life itself, an unprecedented massive political-economical-financial-environmental-societal sea change must occur to the entire structure of modern human civilization that continues to cause an escalating collapse of the human world’s protective borders to:[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Is Bangladesh capable to fight coronavius?

Is Bangladesh capable to fight coronavius?

With five reported deaths case of COVID-19, the question of tackling countrymen from the probable havoc. It’s a crucial question for Bangladesh as the country has, after all, no logistics to combat it. Bangladesh, which was liberated from Pakistan in 1970, is now claiming to touch the layer of the richest countries by 2041, although I see queues of shoppers[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Reflections on the Post-Pandemic World

Reflections on the Post-Pandemic World

Life as we have hitherto known and cherished, is likely under a whole lot of pressure. Remember it was only 2-3 weeks back, we would casually stroll into our fav coffee joint and have our coffee cup refilled, or go into the grocery store or a walking trail without worrying about the physical proximity to others. In fact, we actively[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Covid-19 Pandemic: What About Those Not Hitting Headlines ?

Covid-19 Pandemic: What About Those Not Hitting Headlines ?

  ( Please note the article was written on March16, 2020,  before the government and RBI announced some reliefs, many of them for specified periods. It can  not be anticipated for how long the pandemic and the crisis would continue. Still the comment is relevant given India’s ground realities, well known leakages,  pilferage of relief funds etc.) Share market going[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 India
Relief Now! An Urgent Appeal for Immediate Assistance to Migrant Workers

Relief Now! An Urgent Appeal for Immediate Assistance to Migrant Workers

This is an urgent appeal for assistance to migrant workers who are unable to reach their homes due to the current lockdown – free food, medical care and sanitation at the very least. The sudden imposition of a 21-day all-India lockdown on 24 March 2020, at just 4 hours’ notice, has led to horrific consequences for many. This decision, taken[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 India
Coronavirus- Even the name is scary

Coronavirus- Even the name is scary

While adding a bit of dark humor to the pandemic, Mumtaz, a painter by profession said “The virus won’t do anything but the name seems scary”. I replied with a quote of Shakespeare “What’s in a name?” It is beyond doubt that the threat is real and has led to world lockdown, ruination of world markets and disruption of normal[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 India
America is Now Democratic Socialist: The Failure of Neoliberal Free Enterprise

America is Now Democratic Socialist: The Failure of Neoliberal Free Enterprise

Take careful notice – as of March 2020, the United States is operating as a more than strict Democratic Socialist system. The government is regulating aspects of American life — economic, social, and medical. The Federal Reserve is printing money and making it available to financial and commercial industries and the public. Americans are being told what to do, what[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 World
As Corona Crashes Capitalism, Whatsapp Sings of Conspiracies

As Corona Crashes Capitalism, Whatsapp Sings of Conspiracies

As more and more people die of COVID-19, WhatsApp is busy knitting conspiracy theories looking for traces of biological warfare amid this Coronavirus Crisis. Good old right started it, with tales of ‘Communist’ China synthesizing Corona to suppress Hong Kong uprising but as it overtook the western ‘free world’, songs of trade wars unleashing this deadly virus entered our whatsapp[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 World
Uneducated Literates or Literate Hypocrites?

Uneducated Literates or Literate Hypocrites?

In the time of COVID-19, there is a dire need of differentiating between education and literacy. A well-established misconception in our society is that the two terms are considered synonymous and thus interchangeable. Literacy is just the art of reading and writing whereas education is the systematic process of facilitating learning which caters to the overall development of an individual.[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 India
Total coronavirus cases in United States surge past Italy, China

Total coronavirus cases in United States surge past Italy, China

The United States is rapidly becoming the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. The number of cases in the country rocketed past both those in Italy and China. The US now has the largest number of officially recorded cases of COVID-19, 85,594, and the largest number of new cases in a 24-hour period, more than 17,000. The death toll in[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Home!? What Home!!!???

Home!? What Home!!!???

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March 27, 2020 India
Why is the U.S. so exceptionally vulnerable to Covid-19?

Why is the U.S. so exceptionally vulnerable to Covid-19?

The United States has become the new center of the global coronavirus pandemic, with over 86,000 cases, more than China or Italy. More than a thousand Americans have already died, but this is surely only the very beginning of this deadly collision between the U.S.’s uniquely inadequate public healthcare system and a real pandemic. On the other hand, China and South Korea, which both have universal public health systems that cover the bulk of their people’s healthcare needs, have already turned the tide on Covid-19[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Kashmir and the globalisation of Coronavirus

Kashmir and the globalisation of Coronavirus

Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, has said ,”Globalisation is a universal truth, to criticise the globalisation means to criticise the nature”. The society we live in is modern, the 21st century society. It is the society which is civilized, educated, developed, techno savvy and globalised society. The man has done a tremendous job in each[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 India
Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases cross 500,000 with more than 24,000 deaths

Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases cross 500,000 with more than 24,000 deaths

Coronavirus cases surpassed 530,000 worldwide, with more than 24,000 deaths while the U.S. now leads the world with more than 85,500 confirmed coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases, overtaking China and Italy. There have been more than 1,288 deaths in the U.S. At least 122,000 people around the world have recovered. Among the recovered in Italy was an 86-year-old woman who was released[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Kerala is a Beacon to the World for Taking on the Coronavirus

Kerala is a Beacon to the World for Taking on the Coronavirus

Co-Written by Vijay Prashad & Subin Dennis K.K. Shailaja is the health minister in the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala, the state in the southwest of India that has a population of 35 million people. On January 25, 2020, she convened a high-level meeting to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. What had particularly worried her is[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve

The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve

The violence of this disease was such that the sick communicated it to the healthy who came near them, just as a fire catches anything dry or oily near it. And it even went further. To speak to or go near the sick brought infection and a common death to the living; and moreover, to touch the clothes or anything[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Novel Pandemonium

Novel Pandemonium

COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) is novel in many ways. It has affected 155 countries till date with ever-changing case numbers (283,00 worldwide) and mortality rate pegged at 1 percent with inter-country variations. This rapid rate of spread occurred in barely 3-4 months with first case suspected to have reported in China in November 2019. The world has witnessed the extraordinary containment[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

As the Global Economy Comes Apart, Societies May, Too As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus pandemic must not be understood as an ordinary problem that macroeconomics can solve[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Coronademic: Venezuela’s drives obstructed

Coronademic: Venezuela’s drives obstructed

The entire human world is fighting to defeat a demon today. It’s coronademic – coronavirus pandemic. The fight demands a globally concerted, unified effort. Venezuela should not be left lurching in the pandemic-wilderness even if one of its original sins is to resisting imperialism. But, the Bolivarian Republic is being obstructed in its fight against the pandemic. Imperialism is carrying[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
WHO Director General Requests Global Humanitarian Response In The Face Of COVID-19

WHO Director General Requests Global Humanitarian Response In The Face Of COVID-19

The World Health Organization Director General said on March 25, 2020: Now is the time for solidarity in the face of this threat to all of humanity. He said the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, pandemic has accelerated over the last two weeks and while coronavirus is a threat to people everywhere, what is most worrying is the danger the virus poses[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
Climbing the Deadly Curves of COVID-19 and Capitalism

Climbing the Deadly Curves of COVID-19 and Capitalism

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Priti Gulati Cox An embroidery work illustrating the early course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United  States—more images of which are posted here at the Sidewalk Museum of Congress—follows the exponential growth in number of confirmed cases. The cumulative number rose very slowly through February, reached 100 on March 2, then leaped to 1,000[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
Our leaders are terrified. Not of the virus – of us

Our leaders are terrified. Not of the virus – of us

You can almost smell the fear-laden sweat oozing from the pores of television broadcasts and social media posts as it finally dawns on our political and media establishments what the coronavirus actually means. And I am not talking about the threat posed to our health. A worldview that has crowded out all other thinking for nearly two generations is coming[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
COVID-19: Misinformation, Education And The Need For Clarity

COVID-19: Misinformation, Education And The Need For Clarity

The recent explosion of COVID-19 cases in the South East Asian region has contributed to the globally growing pandemic that has impacted our global social order and may have many dramatic unforeseen consequences to come It has exposed the fragility of our dynamic inter-connected systems, the lack of adequate response from world leaders in an aggressively deteriorating situation, and perhaps[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
The History of Bioweapons And Why Coronavirus Isn’t One

The History of Bioweapons And Why Coronavirus Isn’t One

Humans have always been the masterminds of what doesn’t belong to humankind just to satisfy innate desires of being superior to the other. Wars have been created not to dismantle other nations, but to showcase their superiority. The subsequent development of science has led to the invention of modern weapons for better warfare. It rose from picking up guns and[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

Countries have started hoarding food, threatening global trade while Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, is seeking money from public for his staff’s relief fund. The richest man has faced backlash. A Bloomberg report said on March 25, 2020: Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during the conoravirus pandemic. Kazakhstan, one of the world’s biggest shippers of[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
 In the wake of 21-days lockout, JJM demands immediate expansion of welfare, testing and health services in Jharkhand

 In the wake of 21-days lockout, JJM demands immediate expansion of welfare, testing and health services in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, like most of India, has woken up late to the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet to provide adequate social security to the people. Although no COVID-19 case has been officially reported in Jharkhand so far, this may be a myth since the state has only one testing centre where only a few dozen samples have been tested, according to[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 India
Coronavirus and the Prison Industrial Complex

Coronavirus and the Prison Industrial Complex

The legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, at least in so far as responses are concerned, is thickening by the day.  Behavioural changes are being urged, language is rapidly evolving (spot the “covidiot” amongst you) and the policy of health surveillance is being pushed.  Another field where the virus has triggered interest is the very idea of incarceration.  Prison may be[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
 Corona and Blind Faith 

 Corona and Blind Faith 

A strong unquestionable faith drives a small segment of people within every religious group. Facts don’t matter to them, and now, they are challenging the ban on gatherings to minimize the spread of Corona. Is there a religious group out there that is devoid of defiant people? A few examples are listed here below; please note that a majority of[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
COVID-19 Amid Misplaced Priorities

COVID-19 Amid Misplaced Priorities

Co-Written by Mohd. Asif Shah & Ayaz Nabi Malik                                Ideally human being was created as the crown of creation with dignity, bestowing him with the unique qualities of reason, emotion, sanity, morality and capacity to sift between right and wrong. This superiority was basically meant[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
Europe’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000

Europe’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000

More than 10,000 people have been killed by coronavirus across the European continent. The gruesome milestone has been reached just five weeks after the first death was recorded on the continent, in France, on February 15. With yesterday’s 1,414 new deaths, the total for the entire continent reached 10,220 deaths from 192,663 cases. Among the European Union’s 27 countries, 9,720[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
COVID-19: Emergency Package Of 3.75 Lakh Crores Urgently Needed

COVID-19: Emergency Package Of 3.75 Lakh Crores Urgently Needed

Appeal for Emergency Measures to Deal with COVID 19 Crisis- Letter sent to Central and State Governments from concerned citizens Dear Sir/Ma’am, The COVID 19 pandemic continues to be a serious public health issue and will possibly have a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of crores of people. As in most cases, those likely to be affected the[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 India
Covid-19:  Analysis of the Global Pandemic as on 20 March 2020

Covid-19:  Analysis of the Global Pandemic as on 20 March 2020

The 2009 swine flu pandemic caused by a new strain of H1N1 virus infected as many as 1.4 billion people across the globe and killed between 151,700 and 575,400 people, during eight months according to the US Centre for Disease Control.  The newly emerged coronavirus disease of 2019 (Covid-19) caused by SARS-Cov-2 virus is nowhere near that, at least as[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
In The Name Of Coronavirus | Sandeep Pandey

In The Name Of Coronavirus | Sandeep Pandey

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has written an article on coronavirus reminding us that we are merely biological organisms, dependent on other organisms for survival and that humankind’s craving to control nature and exploit all its resources for profit can be wiped out in a stroke by a miniscule organism. Further he reminds us that our ancestors used[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 India
Hubei, China’s first locked-down province to reopen on March 25

Hubei, China’s first locked-down province to reopen on March 25

The War Against Coronavirus is being successfully waged in countries. Thousands of scientists in countries are working round-the-clock while drugs are being tested at different levels including clinical test by Chinese and Russian scientists. China is lifting travel restrictions on Hubei Province on Wednesday, as China’s fight against coronavirus, officially designated Covid-19, and is yielding positive results. Even constraints on[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Let Rationality Prevail: Follow International Ethical, Legal & Medical Guidelines Before Conducting Vaccine Trials On Coronavirus Patients

Let Rationality Prevail: Follow International Ethical, Legal & Medical Guidelines Before Conducting Vaccine Trials On Coronavirus Patients

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds globally shrill voices are being raised – even by the well intentioned – to ensure that vaccine against COVID-19 gets to be available as fast as possible. A vaccine even if developed is likely to take a long time. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 India
Lessons from a crisis

Lessons from a crisis

In Chinese the word ‘crisis’ apparently is spelt with two characters. The one suggests danger and the other opportunity. Such understanding of a crisis has never looked more meaningful than in the present. The current situation has driven everyone to set all priorities aside and concentrate only on the one adversary. As someone rightly said, the present situation is worse[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge

Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge

While humans stand on the brink of precipitating our own extinction, with the prospects of now averting this remote – see ‘Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth’ – virtually everyone remains unaware of the critical nature of our plight. Moreover, the ongoing human death toll from the activities that are generating this[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Coronavirus on East Coast of USA

Coronavirus on East Coast of USA

First, this information at the link below in its second half conforms to the “secret” information that my nephew knows. His is from US government sources that indicate that half of Americans will likely get the virus. Second, his father is writing an exam for tomorrow for some of his approximately 120 students. He is concerned that the remote viewing[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Hope in Troubling Times

Hope in Troubling Times

My college is closed, classes are off and examinations have been deferred. We need to go in only if and when there is a need. It is not a holiday as I keep telling all my students, it is a shutdown, done for the sake of social distancing and isolation.  It is difficult convincing all about the seriousness of it[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
India: The perils of an all-out lockdown

India: The perils of an all-out lockdown

As the novel coronavirus spreads, a double crisis looms over India: a health crisis and an economic crisis. In terms of casualties, the health crisis is still very confined (seven deaths in a country where eight million people die every year), but the numbers are growing fast. Meanwhile, the economic crisis is hitting with full force, throwing millions out of[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 India
Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index estimates that some 37 million domestic jobs are vulnerable to layoffs. Hardest hit would be limited- and full-service restaurants, with some 9 million jobs at risk of layoffs in the near term. Fields such as education have some 3.2 million jobs at risk, while general stores have 2.8 million, according to the report. The[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 World
 Prime Minister’s initiative on Corona- Political parties & Corporates too have to act fast

 Prime Minister’s initiative on Corona- Political parties & Corporates too have to act fast

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister   Dear Smt Sitharaman, Kindly refer to my letter dated 20-3-2020 addressed to the Prime Minister on the ongoing fight against COVID19. I have enclosed a copy of that letter for your reference. The campaign against COVID19 is assuming urgency in view of the rapidly increasing rate at which the States have been[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 India
Clapping Against Coronavirus

Clapping Against Coronavirus

No passport, no pan card, no driving license, no ration card, no voter’s id, no aadhar card, no records on parents, but Carona has become an Indian citizen. Let us clap for the arrival of this internationally acclaimed personality. Because, there are no proper health facilities, economic conditions or rehabilitation packages. It is the sheer inactivity and lack of investment[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 India
Leaders Inspire Through Their Actions

Leaders Inspire Through Their Actions

The country is in a lock down now. The fact is it should have happened earlier but better late than never. The prime minister’s call for the Janata Curfew was nothing but a preparation for the full lock down. It is good that people responded to it. Actually, this is a good way to impose things in the name of[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 India
Business as Usual: Coronavirus, Iran and US Sanctions

Business as Usual: Coronavirus, Iran and US Sanctions

Never discount the importance of venality in international relations.  While pandemics should provide the glue for a unified front in response – we keep being told of fighting this horrendous “invisible enemy” – it’s business as usual in other respects.  The United States, with a disparate, confused medical system that risks being overwhelmed, remains committed against that other country floundering[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 World
As in Katrina disaster, the poor are Being left behind in India

As in Katrina disaster, the poor are Being left behind in India

Since the Corona crisis is grave, the government’s decision to stop train services throughout the country till March 31 cannot be faulted. But this has grave implications for the poor. They are going to be stranded and worse, many will lose their livelihood as they cannot reach their work places. Train services had been hit in 1974 during a prolonged[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 India
The Cornavirus Pandemic: Capitalism is questioned

The Cornavirus Pandemic: Capitalism is questioned

The ramping coronavirus pandemic is questioning capitalism as at least a billion people around the world are confined in homes. Millions of workers have already lost jobs. A bleak future waits for them. Governments are struggling to face the situation. The United States, considered the most powerful, the most resourceful, the wisest and the smartest state, is actually in a[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

China is slowing down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Beijing datelined AFP said a few days ago: China reported on Tuesday just one new domestic coronavirus infection but found 20 more cases imported from abroad, with more regions imposing quarantines on foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the disease being brought in from overseas. The single case[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals’ movements. Governments across the world are galvanizing every surveillance tool at their disposal to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Countries have been[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Africa finds extremely rapid evolution of pandemic, says UN

Coronavirus: Africa finds extremely rapid evolution of pandemic, says UN

More African countries have closed their borders as the coronavirus’ local spread threatened to turn the continent of 1.3 billion people into an alarming new front for the pandemic. Africa is seeing an “extremely rapid evolution,” the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional chief, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, told reporters. Thirty-six of Africa’s 54 countries now have cases, with the total over[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Desirable Deaths, Malignant Neglect

Desirable Deaths, Malignant Neglect

 Bella Ciao! Bella Ciao! A song which traces its origins to the struggles of working women (rice-weeders) in 19th-century Northern Italy, and which later became an anthem of anti-fascist struggles there, recently made a comeback on the streets of Rome. Well, there was no mass gathering, obviously, but you could hear people’s voices sing not only Bella Ciao from windows and balconies but many[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
The Threat Beyond The COVID-19 Crisis

The Threat Beyond The COVID-19 Crisis

  Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses which cause disease in mammals and birds. The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes Covid-19, which is highly contagious and spreads very fast, but is not yet proven as a bigger killer than SARS and MERS, which belong to the same group. The Covid-19 pandemic has so far caused about 11,000 deaths worldwide. Without trivializing[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic & Coronavirus Suppression – Should Australian Schools Close?

COVID-19 Pandemic & Coronavirus Suppression – Should Australian Schools Close?

The world is in the grip of a COVID-19 pandemic that is now impacting relatively poor countries in Africa and South Asia. Rich island continent Australia (population 25 million) has only about 1,000 cases so far and has achieved this through tough travel bans, selective testing, contact tracing, case isolation, quarantine and public education. However there is a big debate[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
The Pandemic Surveillance State

The Pandemic Surveillance State

In anticipation of the post-COVID-19 world, bold statements are being made on how we will, as a race, be wiser, even kinder; cautious, and reflective.  If history is ever a lesson on anything, such statements are bound to be the fatuous utterances of a moment, soon forgotten.  What is left, instead, are the policy legacies, the detritus of bad decisions[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Myths Debunked, Hiding Information And The Necessary Blueprint

Coronavirus: Myths Debunked, Hiding Information And The Necessary Blueprint

Good morning fellas! I’m just sick and disturbed by what I am seeing in my country. People have gone more mad after the outbreak of the coronavirus. Some are organizing hawans, others are busy in namaz. The leader tells us to beat drums, the religious fanatics suggests us to drink gomutra (cow urine) and cow dung for it has the[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 India
Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic in a single day, Friday. In Italy, which now has the highest number of deaths in the world, a further 627 people perished taking the total to 4,032 fatalities. Another 5,986 new infections were announced in the locked-down country. Some 47,021 people have[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus reasoned post for non-italians. Aka, “your government is not taking this seriously enough”

Coronavirus reasoned post for non-italians. Aka, “your government is not taking this seriously enough”

Number of cases per million inhabitants in various EU countries, compared to the level (10/million) China enacted its block, to date the most effective strategy to fight the infection. With 21.6 cases/million inhabitants, for instance, France is recommending people to… wash their hands. We should do more. 1)Italy is the world’s 9th largest economy (not for much longer). 2) It[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus,business of sickness and the socialist alternatives

Coronavirus,business of sickness and the socialist alternatives

The coronavirus pandemic is battering lives and wreaking havoc in world economy at the same time. This world wide health and economic crisis reveal the inherent structural fault lines within neoliberal economic system dominated by global corporations. The fault lines are further exacerbated by the amoral market led states that protect interests of big businesses and pharmaceutical corporations. The incoherent,[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
COVID-19 crisis calls for urgent overhaul of social security and public health in Jharkhand

COVID-19 crisis calls for urgent overhaul of social security and public health in Jharkhand

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, a double crisis looms over Jharkhand: a health crisis and an economic crisis. Already, unemployed migrant workers are returning en masse from different states, including some (e.g. Maharashtra) with many coronavirus cases. Food vendors are losing business, and more occupations are likely to be hit as economic activity slows down. As more and more people[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 India
Coronavirus: The Unfolding of an Epistemic Crisis

Coronavirus: The Unfolding of an Epistemic Crisis

Epistemology involves the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it informs the ontology of the concepts like truth and belief or how beliefs are formed, internalized and justified. Notwithstanding the fact that it is happening, however, the whole process of formation and internalization of these beliefs is almost imperceptible. Since the history of the becoming of beliefs[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
COVID-19 May Prove Fatal To Those Exposed To Pollution

COVID-19 May Prove Fatal To Those Exposed To Pollution

According to the experts, the health hazard inflicted on people by long-standing air pollution is likely to impact the fatality rate emerging from Covid-19 infections. Polluted air is known to cause respiratory diseases and is responsible for at least 8m early deaths annually. This means that Covid-19, which spreads through  respiratory droplets is expected to have a more serious impact[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 Environmental Protection
Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying and Coronavirus

Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying and Coronavirus

Hoarding as moral aberration and ethical breach: the term has recently become the subject of scorn in coronavirus chatter.  In terms of mental disorders, it is “characterized by persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions”, though the Coronavirus Hoarder is a breed that adds urgent bulk acquisition to the shopping equation. If you part with it, take advantage of making[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Corona and path to global state of exception: Futility of Solidarity, Civil Liberties

Corona and path to global state of exception: Futility of Solidarity, Civil Liberties

Co-Written by Punsara Amarasinghe And Eshan Jayawardane At this moment the world has indeed been witnessing a plague which looms before humanity as an unmitigated disaster beyond continents, races, religions and all the other so-called social and economic boundaries including the global North-South division. The deplorable conditions in Europe currently portray a nightmare where the congenial lifestyle of Europeans has[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Public Policy and Pandemic Control

Public Policy and Pandemic Control

Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic has already sent shivers in the belly of many governments, even though it is yet to unfold its full sway in many parts of the world. The countries with weaker public health infrastructure and poorer human development index are more concerned as it needs humungous resources to prevent the spread of the virus. Further such pandemic[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 India
Harvest of hate, pandemic hot on the heels of pogroms

Harvest of hate, pandemic hot on the heels of pogroms

Impunity in Indian context differs from region to region and from group to group. When witches were hunted tried and condemned to be burnt at the stake there was no avoidance in the western countries. In New England the people believed that the devil lived just off the clearing in the forest. In Delhi they are burning Bharatvasi who are[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 India
Worldwide job losses from coronavirus pandemic expected to reach 25 million

Worldwide job losses from coronavirus pandemic expected to reach 25 million

Millions of workers throughout the world are being thrown out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic, creating the conditions for an unprecedented economic and social crisis. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has warned that 25 million workers could join the ranks of the unemployed over the next several months. By comparison, the 2008-09 global financial crisis increased global unemployment[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

The economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic will be unprecedented, according to Ray Dalio, the head of one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Ray Dalio says global corporate losses from the pandemic will amount to $12 trillion. Dalio told CNBC: “What is happening has not happened in our lifetime before … What we have is a crisis. There will[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: U.S. doctors demand immediate release of prisoners and detainees

Coronavirus pandemic: U.S. doctors demand immediate release of prisoners and detainees

Doctors and medical workers across the U.S. raise the alarm about the coronavirus’s risk to prison populations. Thousands of medics have signed an open letter calling upon the immigration authorities to release individuals and families from detention. The letter, which at the time of writing had been signed by more than 3,000 people, is addressed to the director of the[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic hits U.S. and Europe: Biggest factory closing since World War II

Coronavirus pandemic hits U.S. and Europe: Biggest factory closing since World War II

The running coronavirus pandemic is hitting the U.S. and Europe. At first, it was service industries including hotels, restaurants and tourism. Now, the manufacturing sector is taking the hit. There are shutdowns of heavy industry, unprecedented since the World War II. A Bloomberg report said: Automakers in the U.S. and Europe are idling plants. China, Japan and South Korea have[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Economic uncertainty rises

Coronavirus: Economic uncertainty rises

  Supply shocks from China have caused a fall in production and decline in demand, leading to fears of recession. Stock markets globally have declined since the big drop this ‘Manic Monday’. They are reacting to the expected slowdown in the world economy due to the rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to more than 100 countries. Crude oil prices[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: China and Cuba send medical teams, equipments and medicine to countries

Coronavirus pandemic: China and Cuba send medical teams, equipments and medicine to countries

China and Cuba have stepped in with practical measures at international level amidst the near-collapse health care situation in a number of capitalist countries in the face of coronavirus pandemic. China sending million masks & gloves to France China is shipping one million surgical masks and gloves to France as the EU member struggles to contain the coronavirus, with Europe[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus Alvarez

BioCubaFarma guarantees production of 22 medications for the treatment of Covid-19

Although there is no preventive vaccine or specific treatment, at this time, for the new coronavirus SARS COV-2, which causes COVID-19, the Cuban pharmaceutical industry guarantees the production of proven, high efficacy medications, including recombinant human interferon alpha 2b, in addition to another group of drugs that are included in protocols for treating patients with this disease and the complications[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: Reports from U.S., India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Coronavirus pandemic: Reports from U.S., India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

US struggles to fill requests for protective gear A Salem, Oregon, March 18, 2020 datelined Associated Press report by Andrew Selsky said: The U.S. government is rushing protective equipment to states, packing dozens of flights and hundreds of trucks with supplies for medical workers who will be on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. But the pandemic has exposed[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
 A lesson coronavirus is about to teach the world

 A lesson coronavirus is about to teach the world

If a disease can teach wisdom beyond our understanding of how precarious and precious life is, the coronavirus has offered two lessons. The first is that in a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as individuals, communities, nations, or a uniquely privileged species – should be understood as evidence[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Viral Reactions: The Smugness of Celebrity Self-Isolation

Viral Reactions: The Smugness of Celebrity Self-Isolation

The rush to elevate self-isolation to Olympian heights as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19 has gotten to the celebrities.  Sports figures are proudly tweeting and taking pictures from hotel rooms (Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton being a case in point).  Comics are doing their shows from home.  Thespians are extolling the merits of such isolation and the[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Surf the Internet Instead: Britannic Herd Immunity and Coronavirus

Surf the Internet Instead: Britannic Herd Immunity and Coronavirus

Epidemiologist William Hanage was more than perplexed by the plan.  “When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan,” he reflected in The Guardian, “I thought it was satire.”  Much public policy, foolishly considered and expertly bungled, tends to succumb to satire; having Prime Minister Boris Johnson leading the show provides an even better chance of that happening. Herd immunity,[Read More…]

March 18, 2020 World
Facing off the virus 

Facing off the virus 

Expatriates returning from Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon wait to be retested in a Kuwaiti health ministry containment and screening zone for COVID-19 in Kuwait City on March 16, 2020.  In Massachusetts, USA, bars and restaurants are closed except for takeout, schools are closed starting on this Tuesday. They will all be shut for at least three weeks and no gatherings[Read More…]

March 18, 2020 World
One Pandemic, Many Possibilities

One Pandemic, Many Possibilities

A month ago, if someone had said ‘social distancing’, I would have really thought they were talking about the Indian caste system with its perverse idea of untouchability. ‘Lockdown’ till recently would have evoked images of a very entertaining style of wrestling where all matches take place inside a steel cage. And ‘flattening the curve’ would obviously be an attempt to trim[Read More…]

March 18, 2020 World
Wedding In Corona Times: No Restriction On Karnataka CM? Letter to the Prime Minister

Wedding In Corona Times: No Restriction On Karnataka CM? Letter to the Prime Minister

To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister   Dear Shri Modiji, I compliment your government, especially Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Health Minister and Dr S. Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister for the commendable effort they have put in to stem the tide of Corona Virus within the country and for airlifting hundreds of stranded Indians from  Wuhan, Naples, Teheran and so on. This[Read More…]

March 17, 2020 India
COVID-19 and Responsibilities of Libraries

COVID-19 and Responsibilities of Libraries

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19 is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. These are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals[Read More…]

March 17, 2020 World
Xenophobia related to pandemic Coronavirus in India

Xenophobia related to pandemic Coronavirus in India

India with a population of 1,210,193,422 as accounted by the1st March 2011 population census. India is a colourful canvas portraying a unique assimilation of ethnic groups displaying varied cultures and religions. In fact this uniqueness ethnicity of the country is a factor that makes it different from other nations. However the vastness of India’s nationalism , accounting to a plethora[Read More…]

March 17, 2020 India
Helping in Corona Times

Helping in Corona Times

During these tragic and anxiety-filled times, we are witnessed extremes in human behavior. Extremes. On the one hand, we have the fundamental decency of medical professionals and first responders who are sanctifying their oath by selfless action; indeed many have perished through the acts of aiding others and warning the world about an impending disaster. In the United States, once[Read More…]

March 16, 2020 World
Trump Reportedly Offered German Firm ‘Large Sum’ for Exclusive Rights to Coronavirus Vaccine

Trump Reportedly Offered German Firm ‘Large Sum’ for Exclusive Rights to Coronavirus Vaccine

German lawmakers and government officials voiced outrage at reporting Sunday that the Trump administration is seeking to secure exclusive rights to a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by the German firm CureVac as the pandemic spreads and takes lives across the globe. The German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, citing an anonymous German government official, reported Sunday that the Trump administration offered CureVac $1 billion to[Read More…]

March 16, 2020 World
A Covid-19 Vaccine  Quickly And Cheaply

A Covid-19 Vaccine  Quickly And Cheaply

  The urgent need for a vaccine Public health experts say that if the COVID-19 epidemic is not successfully contained, it could become a global pandemic, perhaps spreading to 80% of the world’s population. With a 1% mortality rate, this would mean that 70 million people would die of the disease. With a 2% mortality rate, the total number of[Read More…]

March 16, 2020 World
In time of a growing Pandemic: Some thoughts

In time of a growing Pandemic: Some thoughts

Japanese Magnolia in full bloom On Sunday morning, I hardly noticed that the Japanese Magnolia outside my study room window is in full bloom as it is mid-March. Every year, in late winter, some of the area trees do flower before leaves start to come. That is the first sign to remind us that spring is upon us. There is[Read More…]

March 16, 2020 World
Corona in a teacup!

Corona in a teacup!

As I write this, I am sitting at my workstation at home, a cup of hot green tea in hand, like any other day. But that is where ‘like any other day’ ends. My husband is working from home, no longer out on his weekly tour. The kids are no longer at school. We are watchful of every sneeze, alarmed[Read More…]

March 16, 2020 World
Coronavirus, Economic Networks, and Social Fabric

Coronavirus, Economic Networks, and Social Fabric

Connections will be strained in the coming weeks—some of them interpersonal and local, some economic and global. It’s up to us to nourish the connections that are most essential, while finding backups for those that can no longer be relied on. The COVID-19 pandemic offers intriguing insights into how networked our modern world has become, and how we’ve traded resilience[Read More…]

March 15, 2020 World
Why Are Epidemiological Principles Not Being Followed To Know The Extent Of Spread Of Coronavirus Cases In The Community At Large In India?

Why Are Epidemiological Principles Not Being Followed To Know The Extent Of Spread Of Coronavirus Cases In The Community At Large In India?

In India most of the people who are being tested for coronavirus infection are those who have a travel history or who have been in contact with a coronavirus positive family member or others who have developed symptoms after being in contact with a suspected infected person. Hence the number of coronavirus positive cases are getting projected as low. To[Read More…]

March 15, 2020 India
Do we need magic bullets to eliminate Corona and other viruses?

Do we need magic bullets to eliminate Corona and other viruses?

  The response to the Corona virus epidemic in India seems to be taking the same trajectory of HIV/AIDS control in which fear, stigmatisation of victims and confusion was the rule in the initial years. One message I just got in whatsaap says someone found a vaccine for Corona infection. Some other message talks about discovery of some combination drugs[Read More…]

March 15, 2020 World
World Health Organization pleads for $675 million to fight coronavirus

World Health Organization pleads for $675 million to fight coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday issued a plea for $675 million a month to fight the global coronavirus pandemic. This came as confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 145,000, including upwards of 7,700 new cases in Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany and France alone. At least 93 countries reported at least one new case and at least 442 deaths were reported[Read More…]

March 14, 2020 World
For Heaven’s Sake Sanitise!  Coronavirus as a Way of Life

For Heaven’s Sake Sanitise!  Coronavirus as a Way of Life

“Anything we say in advance of a pandemic happening is alarmist; anything we say afterwards is inadequate.” Michael Leavitt, US Health and Human Services Secretary, March 30, 2006 A crew of gathered customers were busying themselves this Friday evening at the BWS (Beer, Wine and Spirits for the uninitiated) along Elizabeth Street in Melbourne, sporting shirts heavy with sponsorship.  Some[Read More…]

March 14, 2020 World
Four Things to Remember During Corona Times

Four Things to Remember During Corona Times

Let’s be clear: The Coronavirus pandemic is not a joking matter at all. People are dying. People are being released from work and are left in economic desperation. Crisis capitalism has created “entrepreneurs” out of criminals and miscreants, exploiting peoples’ legitimate need for information, supplies, and silver-bullet cures. And the worst is likely still to come. Still, humor is an[Read More…]

March 14, 2020 World
To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran 

To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran 

Co-Written by Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is far from the first proof of how intertwined we are as a global community. The climate crisis and the refugee crisis have long been glaring examples that the wars or CO2 emissions on one continent risk the lives and well-being of people on another continent. What coronavirus is[Read More…]

March 13, 2020 World
A Comic Strip On Coronavirus For Kids – Kids, Vaayu & Corona: Who Wins The Fight?

A Comic Strip On Coronavirus For Kids – Kids, Vaayu & Corona: Who Wins The Fight?

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March 13, 2020 World
The Politics of the Coronavirus: A Lesson from Italy on how to Deal with Emergencies

The Politics of the Coronavirus: A Lesson from Italy on how to Deal with Emergencies

There was a moment, a few weeks ago, when I was scared. Truly scared. The Italian Right had started mounting a hate campaign that exploited the coronavirus threat. The gist of the campaign was that the coronavirus was a threat brought to Italy by those filthy Chinese, known for their disgusting eating habits. And the African immigrants were doing the[Read More…]

March 13, 2020 World
Iran goes to IMF for fund to fight coronavirus

Iran goes to IMF for fund to fight coronavirus

Iran has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for emergency funding to help it fight the coronavirus outbreak that has hit the country hard, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. The escalating coronavirus outbreak in the Islamic Republic, the worst affected country in the Middle East, has killed 429 people and infected 10,075. It has damaged the country’s[Read More…]

March 13, 2020 World
COVID-19: WHO, IFRC, UNICEF guidelines

COVID-19: WHO, IFRC, UNICEF guidelines

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued new guidance to help protect children and schools from transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The guidance provides critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe. It also advises national and local authorities on how to adapt and implement emergency plans for educational[Read More…]

March 12, 2020 World
World Health Organization declares Covid-19 a pandemic

World Health Organization declares Covid-19 a pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the spread of Covid-19 around the world has reached the stage where it can be described as a pandemic. “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering[Read More…]

March 12, 2020 World
Medical Industrial Complex And Coronavirus

Medical Industrial Complex And Coronavirus

We are being told to wash our hands (for 20 seconds!) and self-isolate if sick. But what if you cannot do either of those things? One billion people live in slums or informal settlements where water for basic needs is in short supply – let alone 20 seconds worth – and where space is constrained and rooms are often shared.[Read More…]

March 11, 2020 World
US sanctions on Iran turn coronavirus into a catastrophe

US sanctions on Iran turn coronavirus into a catastrophe

Yesterday, the Iranian health authorities announced that another 54 people had died from the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. This, the highest toll in a single day since the start of the outbreak, brings the total number of deaths to nearly 300. Another 881 new cases have been confirmed, increasing the total infection count to 8,042. At least 23[Read More…]

March 11, 2020 World
Coronavirus Offerings and Job Losses: University Reliance on China Bites

Coronavirus Offerings and Job Losses: University Reliance on China Bites

It was predicted, warned against and is happening.  Universities fattened by the Chinese student market are now in a state of financial shock, cutting losses, trimming courses and doing what over managed institutions do best: remove working productive staff while preserving the gouty managerial class.  COVID-19 was but a catalyst for something that was already deep seated, a doomsday scenario[Read More…]

March 11, 2020 World
Coronavirus: No Need for Fear– Stay Calm

Coronavirus: No Need for Fear– Stay Calm

Fear is spreading centering coronavirus. In the UK, supermarkets have rationed food and other items because of panic buying. Cities in the U.S. have found shop shelves empty, as there was panic buying. News agencies including Reuters have already posted news and photos on those developments in the U.S. and UK. But to be fearless is the first task to[Read More…]

March 10, 2020 World
What Else In Wuhan? Suspected Cases In COVID-19 Epidemic Database Of China

What Else In Wuhan? Suspected Cases In COVID-19 Epidemic Database Of China

With cases reported from over 100 countries, corona virus disease of 2019 (covid-19) is a pandemic now.  The disease is caused by the virus called SARS-Cov-2, which is thought to have jumped from the flying mammal bats, sold at the illegal wildlife market inside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in South Central China.[Read More…]

March 10, 2020 World
The Long-term Political Fallout of Coronavirus

The Long-term Political Fallout of Coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads, so does its likely political fallout. For authoritarians and autocrats, the fallout is likely to be a mixed bag. Some will benefit from invasive tracing and monitoring of those affected by the virus that is likely to boost the evolution towards a Big Brother and surveillance state as well as nationalist economic policies propagated by populists[Read More…]

March 9, 2020 World
Coronavirus, Synchronous Failure and the Global Phase-Shift

Coronavirus, Synchronous Failure and the Global Phase-Shift

Five years ago, the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, an independent panel of distinguished scientists, issued a landmark report warning that over the next century, the world would inevitably experience at least one pandemic. The report identified a 20 percent chance that the world would go through as many as four or more pandemics in this time-frame.[Read More…]

March 8, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Countries are not grasping reality of threat, warns WHO chief as 300 million students sent home worldwide

Coronavirus: Countries are not grasping reality of threat, warns WHO chief as 300 million students sent home worldwide

World Health Organization (WHO) officials have warned that some countries are not taking the coronavirus crisis seriously enough, as outbreaks surged across Europe and in the U.S. where medical workers sounded warnings over a “disturbing” lack of hospital preparedness. The epidemic has wreaked havoc on international business, tourism, sports events and schools, with almost 300 million students sent home worldwide.[Read More…]

March 6, 2020 World
Toilet Paper Blues: Coronavirus and Pandemic Pantries

Toilet Paper Blues: Coronavirus and Pandemic Pantries

Fears of imminent apocalypse tend to be midwives to absurdity.  The stockpiling fever that has gripped various populaces in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has taken various forms.  “Pandemic pantries” are becoming the norm, suggesting that hoarding in the crisis tends to be a precursor to petty crime. In the United Sates, the price of hand sanitizers has[Read More…]

March 5, 2020 World
A Terrifying Scenario: Coronavirus in ‘Quarantined’ Gaza

A Terrifying Scenario: Coronavirus in ‘Quarantined’ Gaza

What if the Coronavirus reaches the besieged Gaza Strip? While the question carries great urgency for all Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation, the Gaza situation is particularly complex and extremely worrying. Nearly 50 countries have already reported cases of COVID-19 disease, one of several epidemics that are caused by the Coronavirus. If developed countries, such as Italy and South[Read More…]

March 5, 2020 World
Time for BJP to stop hate politics and start preparing for COVID-19

Time for BJP to stop hate politics and start preparing for COVID-19

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the world, there are increasing questions being raised about the measures – or more accurately, the lack of measures – the BJP led government is taking to protect the population. Less than a month later, the virus has killed at least 3,000 people, sickening over 90,000 in total, and is all but[Read More…]

March 4, 2020 India
‘Do wear masks but don’t think you’re safe’: Top Soviet virologist & WHO expert explains Covid-2019 & debunks popular myths

‘Do wear masks but don’t think you’re safe’: Top Soviet virologist & WHO expert explains Covid-2019 & debunks popular myths

As coronavirus fears spread, a world-renowned virologist has explained when Covid-2019 will fade away and, whether medical masks are of any use. Around the world, public anxiety grows, with people embarking on panic buying and even fighting for medical masks. But for initiated professionals, the Covid-2019 is just one of many epidemics that come and go without inflicting devastating losses[Read More…]

March 3, 2020 World
U.S. public health departments scramble against coronavirus, decimated by funding cuts

U.S. public health departments scramble against coronavirus, decimated by funding cuts

The U.S. state and local public health offices are scrambling to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They are doing so against a backdrop of years-long budget cuts, leaving them without the trained employees or updated equipment to adequately address the virus’ growing threat, former public health officials say. A USA Today report said: “In the last 15 years, public health, the country’s[Read More…]

March 3, 2020 World
People wearing protective face masks walk on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country's southeast had entered a "more grave stage." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s coronavirus crisis wanes while epidemic takes hold in U.S. and spreads to 80 countries

The spread of COVID-19, popularly known as Coronavirus, is taking strange turns. The coronavirus crisis in China is improving while it is spreading in other countries including the U.S. The worldwide death toll, up to March 2, 2020, topped 3,000, and the number of cases tops nearly 90,000 in about 80 countries. However, world health officials sought to reassure the[Read More…]

March 3, 2020 World
The Viral Blame Game: Xenophobia, Attribution and Coronavirus

The Viral Blame Game: Xenophobia, Attribution and Coronavirus

Moralising the way diseases and viruses are transferred is a very human, and particularly nasty trait.  “We don’t need this kind of riff-raff on our shores,” screamed The New York Times in 1892 in response to Russian Jewish immigrants arriving at Ellis Island by boat.  (The occupants hosted lice which, in turn, led to typhus.) Italian immigrants in the United[Read More…]

March 1, 2020 World
Fashion Fetishism, Surgical Masks and Coronavirus

Fashion Fetishism, Surgical Masks and Coronavirus

Entering Singapore’s Changi Airport gives the visitor a glimpse of a mask fetish.  Security guards wear it.  As do the nurses and the various personnel who man cameras like anti-aircraft batteries, noting the approaching passenger in transit with due suspicion.  The passenger, in turn, wishes to avoid showing anything that might be construed as a suspect symptom.  Whatever you do,[Read More…]

February 14, 2020 World
America United: The Politics of the Coronavirus

America United: The Politics of the Coronavirus

 The upcoming 2020 presidential elections, in their current standing, are more of a battle for the democrats.Donald Trump seems, at least for the time being, to be empowered by the impeachment acquittal and by a strong performance on the economy. As China is a part of the political debate, Trump has already built up his resume in the ‘civilised combat’[Read More…]

February 13, 2020 World
Indian Health Authorities Plan To Treat nCoronavirus Positive Patients As Guinea Pigs By Experimenting With Anti-AIDS Drugs. Resist it

Indian Health Authorities Plan To Treat nCoronavirus Positive Patients As Guinea Pigs By Experimenting With Anti-AIDS Drugs. Resist it

“Damned philistino-medico Student crew The whole world’s just A bag of bones to you                  – Karl Marx Media reports (Millennium Post, 6 February, 2020) indicate: “The Drug Controller General of India has approved the “restricted use” of a combination of drugs used widely for controlling HIV infection in public health emergency for treating those affected by novel coronavirus (nCoV),[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
Curbing The Coronavirus – While Targetting China

Curbing The Coronavirus – While Targetting China

We are inundated with an avalanche of information on the novel coronavirus infection. Within this avalanche, there is a lot of “news” that is clearly false. Those responsible for such news can be classified into two categories at least. The first comprises mischief-makers who derive some cheap thrill by generating and disseminating fake news that creates fear and causes panic[Read More…]

February 5, 2020 World
Countries with confirmed coronavirus cases. Photo: ABC News. The photo is used here in public interest.

China plans to ban the trade in wild animals, believed to be behind the coronavirus as racism spreads worldwide

China said it would ban illegal wildlife markets and trade in light of the Wuhan coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, which has killed at least 426 people and infected more than 20,000. Beyond China, at least 169 cases have been confirmed in 25 countries. It is widely believed that the Wuhan coronavirus likely started in a wet market, where live and dead[Read More…]

February 4, 2020 World
 Coronavirus-China Fights Determinately, While Others Smear!

 Coronavirus-China Fights Determinately, While Others Smear!

Testimonies from inside China   China has been hit by coronavirus as if by a brick over the head; heavily and mercilessly. Instead of help, Beijing has received criticism, even verbal attacks. In spite of doing tremendous job fighting the epidemy, China is getting almost no tributes for its performance. Now Bangkok, Jakarta and other regional capital are in panic.[Read More…]

February 3, 2020 World
SARS, Wars And The Farce

SARS, Wars And The Farce

Note: The global hype and scare around the coronavirus outbreak is reminiscent of similar panic over SARS, avian flu and swine flu in the last decade and half. Driven by half-truths, poor quality data, sensational media coverage these are pandemics of idiocy at best and geopolitical conspiracies at their worst. In this context we are reproducing an article on SARS,[Read More…]

February 1, 2020 World
Coronavirus: WHO declares international health emergency

Coronavirus: WHO declares international health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a “public health emergency of international concern” over the outbreak of the 2019nCoV, or the Wuhan coronavirus. The international body did not recommend travel and trade restrictions. The declaration comes hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus in the U.S., in[Read More…]

January 31, 2020 World
It Is Easy to Overreact to the Chinese Coronavirus

It Is Easy to Overreact to the Chinese Coronavirus

Recently, a new coronavirus has been causing many illnesses and deaths. The virus first became active in Wuhan, China, but it has already spread to the rest of China. Scattered cases have been identified around the rest of the world as well. There are two important questions that are already being encountered: How much of an attempt should be made[Read More…]

January 30, 2020 World
Chinese Resilience and Silent, Simple and Steady Resistance – A Model for Mankind

Chinese Resilience and Silent, Simple and Steady Resistance – A Model for Mankind

In a positive appeal to the Chinese people, last Saturday, President Xi Jinping has called on the nation’s courage to defeat the deadly epidemic which has already claimed more than 80 lives and more than 2,000 infected worldwide, the vast majority in China. These figures are changing fast, as the spread of the epidemic is accelerating. President Xi warned that[Read More…]

January 29, 2020 World
Wuhan seafood market may not be source of coronavirus spreading globally

Wuhan seafood market may not be source of coronavirus spreading globally

New research suggests that the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 100 people, may not have originated in the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The virus is zoonotic, meaning it can be passed from animals to humans. So experts thought people in Wuhan likely caught the virus from snakes in a wet market, where meat is[Read More…]

January 28, 2020 World
Coronavirus impacts the gold, oil, tourism, crop markets

Coronavirus impacts the gold, oil, tourism, crop markets

Coronavirus is impacting the gold, oil, tourism crop markets. Virus fears has driven sell-off in stocks, oil, yuan. The death toll from the virus has risen to at least 80, and confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to five on Sunday. Case has been detected in Canada also. Thailand has so far confirmed eight cases, with five already discharged and[Read More…]

January 27, 2020 World