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Why a pandemic treaty might empower poor countries in times of global health crisis

The world has not been the same since December 2019. The coronavirus pandemic that has, to date, infected more than 246.8 million people worldwide and killed over five million people has changed the way we look at the world. From critically impacting economies and changing working styles to starting conversations on the need for international cooperation and relaxing intellectual property rights, the pandemic has been transformational. It has also shed light on the existing inequalities between

29 Nov 2021 11:50 am
Deepa Mohanan's win exposes true face of the Left and Kerala's 'progressive' society

It was a difficult sight to behold: Deepa Mohanan a brilliant PhD scholar, a Dalit intellectual, and my dear friend on a hunger strike for 11 days, demanding justice from the Kerala government and authorities of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. The strike received nationwide attention and forced Pinarayi Vijayans government to intervene and sack the senior professor who had been tormenting Deepa because of her caste. To those unfamiliar with the case, it may seem like justice was swift and

19 Nov 2021 11:06 am
Indias COP26 goals are just number games with flashy names

India being the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) per the Emissions Gap Report from the UN Environment Programme, itsstand on emission reduction at the Glasgow COP26 UN climate conference was eagerly watched. Indias declarations based on the five elixirs, which have been appreciated by many, appear proactive and ambitious but seem to be deceptive on deeper scrutiny. The five commitments made by India at COP26 are: > To raise the non-fossil fuel-based energy capacity of the country

17 Nov 2021 7:36 pm
A hunger-free nation: How India can leverage existing institutions

The famous Kubler-Ross theory suggests five stages of grief. It starts from denial and arrives at acceptance through anger, bargaining and depression. Thats for individuals. What happens to anation that is grieving hunger , as is apparent from the recently released Global Hunger Index 2021 in which India has slipped to the 101st position among 116 countries, placed behind Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The index places India at the serious level of hunger. Thishas been a consistent trend in rec

17 Nov 2021 2:10 pm
How Jai Bhim appeals to Brahminical sentiments in its portrayal of caste violence

Jai Bhim , the recent Tamil movie directed by TJ Gnanavel, created a sensation even before its release on November 2 on Amazon Prime Video, as the title has a great significance for Dalits, particularly Dalit activists. The film can be watched in three languages: Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The themes of caste and anti-caste ideology are not new to offbeat Tamil cinema and to mainstream high-budget movies of star heroes like Rajinikanth and Dhanush, while it is relatively new for the Telugu film in

10 Nov 2021 6:01 pm