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Coconut shells about to crack: is India trying to kill its nurses?

Coconut shells about to crack: is India trying to kill its nurses?

LK, a nurse in a private, non-COVID Mumbai hospital, has forgotten how many times she has cried in the last three months: when her society asked her to choose job or them; when management forced her to reuse PPE and N95 masks; when her measly salary didn’t come on time; when the family asked her to ...

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Mind in freefall: COVID blues not entirely caused by coronavirus

Mind in freefall: COVID blues not entirely caused by coronavirus

In a busy market, people mill about unmasked. Alarmed, I enter a medical shop to buy masks for everyone. They don’t keep any. I ask in other shops. None have it. It is then that I see: I am not wearing one myself. I wake up in a cold sweat.I’ve have had similar types of dreams for over a month. It b...

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Cold War 2.0: China vs. USA with India in tow

Cold War 2.0: China vs. USA with India in tow

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war. - Sun TsuChina – on the back foot all year because of its coronavirus handling – played catch up to Sun Tsu last week when it sent a strong message to the world during the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) annual National People’s Congress (NPC) held ...

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Wages of Wrath: COVID-19 unmasks real map of the world

Wages of Wrath: COVID-19 unmasks real map of the world

Sanjay, a gym-rat college student, thought farm labour work was easy till he tried it. He pulled the tomatoes so hard, he damaged the plant. Carrots he plucked so softly it wouldn’t come out. Half of all potatoes he dug, had tool injuries. In a week Sanjay developed shoulder and backaches.Sanjay was...

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Is over-emphasis on a COVID-19 vaccine hurting the world?

Is over-emphasis on a COVID-19 vaccine hurting the world?

“I never imagined in my wildest fantasies that someday a benefit to smoking would be found, that too inside a pandemic,” this friend told me laughing. He was reacting to research that shows that the novel coronavirus seems to be - non-euphemistically speaking - repulsed by smokers.Considering him th...

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Mao Zedong's role in COVID-19

Mao Zedong's role in COVID-19

In 1959, convinced of the Stalinist ideology that heavy industry i.e. steel was the key to a nation’s growth, Mao Zedong launched the Great Leap Forward and asked millions of peasants to mine local iron ore and limestone deposits and convert them into iron on an ancient Chinese furnace design. Probl...

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India needs up to 6 crore daily tests to win over COVID-19

India needs up to 6 crore daily tests to win over COVID-19

Even critics would agree that PM Modi’s address to the nation yesterday was the best so far with feel-good symbolism replaced by important steps. The best though, was saved for last when he asked young scientists to step up to help create a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.This open call to science during...

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India will lose fight against COVID-19 if...

India will lose fight against COVID-19 if...

A few days after the PM asked Indians to thank doctors, nurses, cops, cleaners, etc. – I talked to a nurse. She was in tears, not because she was scared to get COVID-19 - she knew she could - but because she had little means to minimize the chances. Not only did her hospital not have PPEs but they t...

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Wages of wrath – the city migrant in search of dignity

Wages of wrath – the city migrant in search of dignity

Amongst migratory fishes, the Atlantic Salmon is peculiar. After roaming thousands of miles in the ocean all its life, it travels upstream on a river - literally leaping above water to scale waterfalls - to spawn and die, often never reaching their target as they are caught and eaten by bears.That i...

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Let's spread Karuna to fight the novel virus of Corona

Let's spread Karuna to fight the novel virus of Corona

3 weeks ago when in my novel coronavirus induced panic I was talking to a friend, she laughed. Hurt, I asked why and she said it sounded like I was talking about karuna virus. If Coronavirus can lead to karuna – kindness, compassion - it can’t be that bad can it, she asked.3 weeks later as the world...

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