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Why a third COVID-19 wave is inevitable

Why a third COVID-19 wave is inevitable

When on March 24, 2020 PM Modi used the analogy of Mahabharata war to say COVID19 would be won in 21 days, he was both right and wrong. Right because that lockdown did help reduce spread. Wrong because pandemics are not one night stands, but a series of waves that require constant vigil.Over a year ...

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How the RSS/BJP failed worst when Indians needed them most

How the RSS/BJP failed worst when Indians needed them most

The sixty lakh member strong Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s organising and information dissemination capabilities are legendary. Sources have claimed they can organise a crowd in any corner of India within hours. A message originating in a Delhi troll farm is said to reach millions of phones in the c...

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Tears for strangers in a COVID pandemic

Tears for strangers in a COVID pandemic

For nearly five minutes after I called her, neither could speak. I could hear her suckle sobs for her mother who could be put on a ventilator at any moment. I was crying as well, wishing I was in Delhi hugging her.I have lost friends and relatives to diseases and accidents. My father came within min...

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Bangladesh 1971 to Myanmar 2021 – untangling India's refugee dilemma

Bangladesh 1971 to Myanmar 2021 – untangling India's refugee dilemma

Officially PM Narendra Modi was in Bangladesh on March 26 to commemorate the 50th declaration of their independence. Yet the elephant in the room was the anniversary of a genocide that pushed India into its worst refugee crisis and later into a war. Coincidentally, 500 miles from where the PM was, a...

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Surviving Trumpism in the world’s oldest and its largest democracy

Surviving Trumpism in the world’s oldest and its largest democracy

Dear Citizens of USA,A controversial Malayalam cartoon on the US Capitol attack had an unnamed person telephone Donald Trump and say, “Dude, what did you do in four years? You should have amended the Constitution, passed black laws, purchased parliamentarians, gotten judges by intimidation, subjugat...

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Google Union - a radical rethinking of unions

Google Union - a radical rethinking of unions

The Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) that 230 Google employees announced on January 4, has a foundational problem. As a minority union i.e. not having 50% workers on board, it cannot legally bargain contracts, salaries, etc. When AWU member Andrew Gainer-Dewar was asked in a  Wall Street Journal po...

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Farmers Protest: Has BJPs antinational bogey come home to roost?

Farmers Protest: Has BJPs antinational bogey come home to roost?

There are two ways of making the shorter line on a blackboard longer: you either increase its length or rub off the long line till the shorter one seems longer even though it is the same.When the BJP came to power in 1999, it did so under the shadow of the immensity of what previous governments had ...

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A Pastafarian guide to Trumpian voter fraud myth

A Pastafarian guide to Trumpian voter fraud myth

Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster aka Pastafarians, believe that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe after drinking heavily. A satirical religion started in 2005 with over 100,000 members, Pastafarian mythology is easy to laugh at.But try...

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‘BLM’ and ‘Defund The Police’ could have cost Joe Biden the presidency

‘BLM’ and ‘Defund The Police’ could have cost Joe Biden the presidency

In a meeting with the Democrats caucus two days after barely winning her election by less than 5000 votes, Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger - said that Republican ads attacking her Party’s stand on ‘defund the police’ nearly cost her the seat. Other Congressional Democrats bickered over why their pa...

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Nov to Jan - the toughest months for liberal capitalism and democracy

Nov to Jan - the toughest months for liberal capitalism and democracy

“This is America. Just as we fight hard when the stakes are high, we close ranks and come together when the contest is done. And while there will be time enough to debate our continuing differences, now is the time to recognize that that which unites us is greater than that which divides us,” Donald...

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