OUR first concept of self-reliance came out of our struggle for independence. It meant developing the indigenous capacity of our people, institutions and industry against the colonial control of the economy. The second self-reliance – … Read moreWhy is India Failing to Vaccinate its People With the Biggest Vaccine Capacity in the World?
THE whole country is reeling under the brutal second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, breaking world records for daily cases. The health infrastructure has collapsed and vital medical supplies such as oxygen are nearing exhaustion. … Read moreIndia Gasps for Breath – Gross Mismanagement Again!
The Department of Science and Technology has sponsored a model, described as a “Super Model” that— according to government hype—claims India’s lockdown was highly successful and we perhaps have even reached herd immunity. The media … Read moreDST’s Super Model: Or How not to Model an Epidemic
AFTER the failed lockdown and rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the Modi government, which declared an emergency under the Disaster Management Act, seems now to have given up. We are seeing rapidly rising numbers in … Read moreCovid-19: Airborne Transmission and What Figures in Mumbai & Delhi Show
With more than 3.5 lakhs infected with Covid-19, India is already among the top four countries in the world affected by the pandemic. But that is not all. When we look at a pandemic, we … Read moreWith Covid Surge, Amit Shah Starts Blame the Opposition Game
The horrific leak of Styrene vapour from the LG Polymers plant in Vizag in the early hours of 7 May 2020, causing at least 13 deaths and serious injuries to several hundreds of people near … Read moreLG Vizag Styrene Leak: corporate-regulatory collusion unabated
DURING an interview with Jonas Salk, the creator of the polio vaccine, CBS newsman Edward R Morrow asked him who owned the patent for the vaccine. “Well, the people, I would say,” said Salk, “There … Read morePublic Health & Private Profits under Covid-19 Pandemic
A French princess sometime in the 17th or 18th century was told that the peasants were restless and complaining they had no bread. The princess was said to have uttered the legendary phrase, “well then, … Read moreEthanol from Rice: Let them Eat Cake!
THE prime minister has now extended the 21-day countrywide lockdown to 40 days, that is, till May 3.. While doing this, no explanation has been given on what basis the lockdown has been extended, and … Read moreLockdown: Victory Declarations Premature In the Battle against Covid-19
AS I write this column (April 2), Covid-19 is crossing a million infected cases in the world and nearly 50,000 dead. In India, the total infected cases are more than 2,000, with 51 deaths. It … Read moreIndia’s Testing Strategy Has to Change
FOLLOWING the prime minister’s address to the nation on the evening of the March 24, the GOI strategy for dealing with the potential stage 2 to stage 3 transition of the covid-19 epidemic is now … Read moreThe National Coronavirus Lockdown
IT is now clear that Europe, particularly the core European Union countries – Italy, Spain, France, and Germany – is the new epicentre of the Covid-19 epidemic. China, followed by South Korea, managed to contain … Read moreCovid-19 Pandemic Poses Fundamental Challenges to all Societies