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Localism in Covid times?

In some countries, it looks as if the pandemic has been largely contained, at least for now. Normal life is beginning in those places, even as other nations struggle with a continued rise in numbers. But even in those countries that are opening up, the one sign of a return to normalcy is neither visible… Read more »

The Return of Science?

Science is enjoying is enjoying its moment in the sun. Rarely in recent memory, have the names of scientists been as much at the forefront of our consciousness as they are today nor have their opinions been followed with such breathless anxiety. The world looks anxiously for science to deliver its magic, and every little… Read more »

Of Deepa, Geeta, Chameli & Rajani

The passing of Basu Chatterjee comes at a time when nostalgia is everywhere. There is much to be nostalgic about in his work, for the world in which characters reside was one for which it is easy to develop a strong sense of yearning. It reminds us of another time, and if one is old… Read more »

The politics of change?

Will Covid-19 change the world in dramatic, hitherto-unimagined ways? Or will we go back to old set ways, once the danger has passed? At one level, it is difficult to believe that such a fundamental dislocation of our way of life can pass by without leaving a deep imprint on our future behaviour. It is… Read more »

Nostalgia as Sanctuary?

The other evening, we spent hours going over old photo albums, savouring moments from the past, both significant and silly. There was something deeply comforting about dwelling on what was- the world felt comprehensible, little things could be taken for granted, and time seemed to have moved on unhindered as we all went through the… Read more »

When the world stops flowing

The lockdown is an altogether novel experience for the world, something that no one has any preparation for. It is a frontal attack on notions of mobility and connectivity, which form the foundation of our lives today. In a pandemic which would have exploded exponentially if we did nothing, early sweeping action was what was… Read more »

Drawing the line?

It is a rare opportunity. In these fractured times, when acute polarisation prevents us from ever being able to even talk to people of a different ideological persuasion, this is a moment when it is clear that we need to hang together and fight a common enemy. One can disagree with the strategy that the… Read more »

Of Covidiots & other barriers to social distancing

A crisis like Coronavirus brings to the fore many heroes, people going out of their way to help others selflessly. It also brings to the surface many people who choose not to act in the larger interests of society. We see them in our newspaper headlines, in public spaces and in our own neighbourhoods. Some… Read more »

When the world stops flowing

The lockdown is an altogether novel experience for the world, something that no one has any preparation for. It is a frontal attack on notions of mobility and connectivity, which form the foundation of our lives today. In a pandemic which would have exploded exponentially if we did nothing, early sweeping action was what was… Read more »

Divided by Fear?

This is by far, the biggest crisis of its kind in living memory. No other event comes close in terms of scale and sweep of its embrace in the last 100 years. At one level, all of humanity should be united in such a profound moment of crisis. To the virus, the human body is… Read more »