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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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Should GoI press the Coronavirus panic button and put India under lockdown?

Should GoI press the Coronavirus panic button and put India under lockdown?

For those looking at this as an alarmist heading, let’s begin by considering some known facts.So far (evening of March 11, 2020) confirmed cases of COVID-19 aka Novel Coronavirus caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 i.e. SARS-CoV-2 Virus in India is 61 with dozens across the...

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Mumbai’s Shaheen Bagh, Delhi’s headache

Mumbai’s Shaheen Bagh, Delhi’s headache

“Don’t thank us, thank the Modi and Yogi government. If they hadn’t cracked down so brutally on peaceful protestors, they wouldn’t have had this ‘headache’ to deal with,” said a man on conditions of anonymity at the lane next to Arabia Hotel at Mumbai Central. Here, hundreds of women have occupied 2...

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What India's anti-CAA/NRC protests can learn from Assam

What India's anti-CAA/NRC protests can learn from Assam

When I met trailblazing Assamese journalist Sabita Goswami a few years ago, the feeling of betrayal was palpable in her. But for her daring to go where few scribes had in 1983, the world wouldn’t have come to know of the massacre in Chaulkhowa Chapori which preceded one of the worst genocides of the...

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Cashless woes and Netflix lows in Guwahati

Cashless woes and Netflix lows in Guwahati

Life took a turn for the better for Barnali – a single, working woman in Guwahati – when first Uber and Ola, later Rapido set app-shop in town. She felt a sense of freedom she never had, travelling in either overpriced rickshaws or overcrowded buses in town. “A few taps on my phone and like Aladdin’...

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From Assam Agitation to CAB - What keeps rebellion brewing in Assam

From Assam Agitation to CAB - What keeps rebellion brewing in Assam

“Thousands of you have broken the law to reach here. Today curfew has been broken, tomorrow we will tear CAB to bits,” one speaker after another bellowed at the Latashil Khel Pothar in Guwahati before 10,000 people gathered to protests the passage of CAB - Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by Rajya Sabh...

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Now that elections are over, can we go back to loving each other?

Now that elections are over, can we go back to loving each other?

For a Kashmiri, it is extremely dangerous either to be a militant or a cop. One is seen to be anti-establishment, the other pro. Yet, there are many families that have both. I once had the chance to interview a Kashmiri cop who I asked: if you know a member of your family is part of the militancy an...

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