The Weekly Dose: Corona is a colonial power that divides and rules
The tides of such histories have been turned by the concerted action of the colonised coming together as one. But corona’s armour of invincibility is forged on the basis of the fact that to survive it, we must stay apart. Divided we stand, united we fall.
The Weekly Dose: Lockdown
We may never know who Patient Zero was. But what we should never forget - we who lambasted migrants heading home in packed trains - is that in all likelihood, corona was imported to India by air, at the behest of someone who could afford a flight ticket. Someone wealthy. If - despite the nationwide lockdown - the virus spreads more than it already has, let us not forget that we - the disposable income, travel-for-work, travel-for-pleasure upper-middle class - are responsible for seeding it in the farthest corners of the country.
The Weekly Dose: What doctors confronting the coronavirus won't tell you
"Take the option to work from home, wherever possible. Whoever can, should stay indoors; it will really help us all. The handkerchiefs and sari ka pallu around your face is not going to help; just stay home. Our administration is already doing a lot at ground level, everybody is struggling, doctors and nurses are working round the clock without bothering about their family, food, or even personal hygiene, sometimes. The least we expect from the public to curtail this is social isolation and distancing."
The Weekly Dose: Indian doctors on the covid-19 front line, in their own words
Eight doctors treating patients with COVID-19, exposed to possible cases or at heightened risk of exposure, describe how the virus has affected their work, reveal the inner workings of their hospitals in this period, and lay bare the often poor and inconsistent support offered by the powers-that-be to their efforts.
The Weekly Dose: Now in the time of corona
This wasn’t supposed to happen - not in our lifetimes. Modern medicine was to have found ways to anticipate it, or prevent it, or nip it in the bud or at least arrest its exponential spread. And yet, in a suburban train today, my compartment was less than full during rush hour, with commuters whose eyes - visible over handkerchiefs or dupattas wrapped hastily over the nose and mouth - darted this way and that at the sound of a throat clearing.
The Weekly Dose: A woman's body, according to an Indian man
With the menstruation 'laws' that prevent women from cooking while they're on their period (just in case they're born as kutris in their next life), and Sadhguru's recent bizarre claims about breast milk, some Indian men are clearly confused about women's bodies.
The Weekly Dose: When a virus goes viral
At the time of writing this, India has only three confirmed cases of coronavirus. Three. That’s all. Health authorities are working in overdrive mode, we are being better safe than sorry, and every conceivable resource is being mobilised to ensure that corona does not colonise India.
The Weekly Dose: The death of a doctor
India is the leprosy capital of the world. On World Leprosy Day, I revisit Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990), a National Award-winning film about an ordinary doctor-researcher who toils for years to develop a vaccine against leprosy, and how his own community responds to his success.
The Weekly Dose: How Kashmiris died of no network coverage
A single utterance can be both truth and bold-faced lie.
The Weekly Dose: CAAn someone call a doctor?
What effect will granting - and more importantly, stripping someone of the right to live in our country have on their access to healthcare? Can subsidised treatment be denied to someone bereft of the trump card of citizenship? If the Citizenship Amendment Act is enforced, and a National Registry of Citizens drawn up, who will take responsibility for the health of millions who may be imprisoned or deported?