A large-scale migration of people during the lockdown will only spread infections rapidly across the country. Meanwhile, food and other supplies are drying up as supply chains are slowly coming apart under pressure.
We also take a look at the issues faced by disabled people during the lockdown and how journalists are facing the ‘double lockdown’ in Kashmir.
With the hasty imposition of the world’s largest 21-day-lockdown by the Indian government led by Narendra Modi, fear, anxiety and desperation has gripped the entire country. The abrupt decision has been especially hard on the poor and daily wage earners
We talk to Vijoo Krishnan on the issues being faced by Indian farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the steps the government needs to take.
A successful fight against the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be fought by understanding the disease and uniting the people. This is the lesson that the divisive Modi government in India refuses to learn
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Indian government signed a 880 crore rupee (USD 116 million) deal with Israel for 16,479 Negev Light Machine Guns. This is even as doctors in many parts of India are struggling without adequate personal protective equipment
The southern state in India is one of the few regions in the world which proactively responded to the COVID-19 threat.
Activists of leftist youth organizations, including the Democratic Youth Federation of India, have helped operationalize facilities for the treatment of patients, and set up hand washing facilities in many villages and towns
The Southern Indian state of Kerala has led the way in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic enacting key public health measures as well as economic and social measures to protect the population
We also speak to Newsclick’s Editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha on the spread of the disease and India’s strategy to cope with it. In our last story, we look into the curious case of a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court being nominated by the president to the upper house of parliament just four months after his retirement.
The overall lesson is to reverse the direction in which neoliberalism has forced us and introduce a universal public healthcare system and a public distribution system. Otherwise several precious lives will be needlessly lost.
Quick and widespread testing and quarantine will help tackle the spread of Covid-19, not ultra-nationalism or hyper-capitalism.