Covid-19 has made the Bharat-India divide even sharper. The obsessive, 4G connected, masked and gloved urban Indian checking for updates and worrying about a post-Covid-19 future on the one hand and rural India, carrying on stoically as always, too busy with the daily mechanics of agricultural production to care overly about the “outside” world, except […]Read More Needed tough love not freebies
Governments reveal their true character under stress. China, by design or accident, showed the world how national interest comes first, by ruthlessly stamping out the disease within Wuhan itself – at a high and possibly underreported, cost to the folks who live there. Strong willed, independent minded United Kingdom, addicted to significant anal behavior, fiddled […]Read More Unpacking India’s response to the COVID aftermath
How well the government has done in managing the crisis will be known after the crisis is over. Sadly, too late to be of interest to the average reader. What can be assessed contemporaneously is whether government is headed in the right direction. Thanks to the great India genome, natural selection, geography or strong government […]Read More Political & economic sense: Extending lock down = caving into the COVID 19 threat
Links are tenuous between India and Mexico. This marginally upper-middle-income economy (per capita income $10,500 about the same as China) with a population of 126 million (about the size of the state of Uttar Pradesh) doesn’t matter much geopolitically. It is tied at the hip to its powerful neighbour- the United States. No reason, therefore, […]Read More Mexico can teach us COVID 19 management
Whither art thou going? This is the question that will now be asked of the flood of COVID refugees fleeing the cruel and unfeeling cities to the “safety” of their rural homes. District authorities and border controls will now turn them back to the hell holes they tried to escape from. To what end? Return […]Read More Quovadis COVID refugees?
Many couples intending to get married stress test their relationship to determine whether it goes deeper than the kiss-kiss-bye-bye-baby level. Professionals can design a premarital experience – like reality TV shows do – to bring out the best and the worst in you so you can both make a considered choice. The ongoing novel COVID experience […]Read More Work with not against communities, to manage COVID 19
The bad news emanating from the slowing Indian economy over the last two years makes it counter-intuitive to imagine that COVID could be a blessing in disguise for halting the slow grind downwards. A crisis is also an opportunity COVID is a crisis and India – all of it- including whataboutery experts, cynics and most […]Read More Use COVID to heal society
“Wish the Corona came with free Tacos” is just one version of the many macabre jokes doing the social media rounds. Another is “Covid-19 has done more for Digital India than Demon”. Put these two together and you get exactly the right way to think about what it’s done to urban India. Urban India most […]Read More The C virus and us urban Indians