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Psywar: How to fool most of the people all of the time

Psywar: How to fool most of the people all of the time

9 days after US senator Herman Cain attended President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20th without a mask, he was diagnosed with COVID19. Admitted to a hospital two days later he died on July 30th. In an unbiased, fact-based, truth-oriented world, this single incident – there are hundreds of others ...

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Are Trump's failures leading us to a new form of governance?

Are Trump's failures leading us to a new form of governance?

A year ago, if I had said that the leader of the world’s oldest democracy would reject the advice of the best global minds killing 220,000 of his countrymen, over a third of whom would still revere him, you’d have called me mad. Now we call it Donald Trump.In a pandemic, fact isn’t just stranger tha...

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Happens only in India: marijuana illegal yet freely available

Happens only in India: marijuana illegal yet freely available

Standing ashore the Ganges in PM Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi, if you type ‘bhang lassi near me’ on Google Maps, places that sell marijuana-laced drinks pop up. Most earthenware shops in India sell chillum to smoke up ganja. Talk up saffron-clad babas outside Shiva temples and they’ll sh...

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Will AI destroy humanity or commit suicide?

Will AI destroy humanity or commit suicide?

In Ian McEwan’s seminal and subversive novel Machines Like Me, the first 25 humanoid robots with Artificial Intelligence are sold to humans. These thinking, sentient beings who crack unsolved scientific problems, can’t make sense of the brutal world humans have created. One by one, they commit suici...

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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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