Why the US Will Not Achieve Herd Immunity

May 14, 2021

The problem with the COVID-19 pandemic is that we don’t know if we’re coming or going. It’s as if we’re swimming far from shore, overwhelmed by one wave after another, and we’re unsure if we’re heading toward land or away from it. China was the early face of COVID-19, but it...

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?

April 02, 2021

In terms of numbers, India ranks the third worst after the US and Brazil when it comes to COVID-19 infections. At the time of publishing, the country has recorded over 12.3 million confirmed cases and more than 163,000 deaths. The BBC reports that India is facing a “severe, intensive” second...

The Lockdown in India Reveals the Nation Has Lost Its Soul

July 03, 2020

This is not yet another article on the sorry exodus of millions of Indians from cities that played out on primetime TV when the coronavirus pandemic led to a lockdown. It is not a piece about the government, or about politics or economics. It is neither critical nor sacerdotal. It is not about...

Bringing Stranded Workers in Indian Cities Back to Their Villages

April 30, 2020

In India, as the national lockdown was extended till May 3, it is incredible that the government failed to do what it should have done a month ago. Heart-rending images of stranded people in cities all over the country, desperately trying to make sense of the sudden loss of home, hearth and...

India’s Tactical Victory on HCQ Misses the Bigger Picture

April 27, 2020

Amid the debate surrounding COVID-19, the rhetoric around hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the United States and India is the best example of the populism of our times. Earlier on in the pandemic, anecdotal evidence from France led US President Donald Trump to proclaim that all the patients should try...