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The politics of vaccines
Apr 30, 2021

The politics of vaccines

Direct criticism for scarce or expensive vaccines at the government, not the private sector

The proof of the pudding is not in the import negative list
Jun 03, 2021

The proof of the pudding is not in the import negative list

A mismatch between words and actions will not only harm defence modernisation but also India’s fledgling defence industry.

The supply of COVID-19 vaccines has improved, but has demand for it saturated in India?
Oct 20, 2021

The supply of COVID-19 vaccines has improved, but has demand for it saturated in India?

The government intends to vaccinate the entire adult population by 31st December, but the decreasing demand for vaccines signals a rough last lap to a

The US election just became more uncertain
Oct 10, 2020

The US election just became more uncertain

Opinion polls could be misleading and the pandemic’s impact difficult to assess; the cyclical shift in politics is unsure

Timing is everything: COVID-19 caseload pattern and mitigation strategies in 4 US hot spots
Apr 14, 2020

Timing is everything: COVID-19 caseload pattern and mitigation strategies in 4 US hot spots

Even as states on the US East Coast and West Coast are banding together to figure out a reopening plan, new cases continue to overwhelm the US hospita

Too early to tell if BCG vaccine is our saviour in fight against COVID-19
Apr 21, 2020

Too early to tell if BCG vaccine is our saviour in fight against COVID-19

Until we know for sure if BCG — or any other drug or vaccine — is the antidote against COVID-19, testing, contact tracing and social distancing ar

Trust and democracy
Sep 22, 2020

Trust and democracy

Distrust towards the government can be the result of public experience of governmental incompetence

UAE gets COVID-19 response right: A note from within
Apr 29, 2020

UAE gets COVID-19 response right: A note from within

The nature, frequency, and messaging in the communication that the government is taking, boasts of information, connectivity, and authenticity — all

Understanding the coming challenges to India’s pharma sector
May 22, 2020

Understanding the coming challenges to India’s pharma sector

India should use the likely shortage of Chinese APIs to its advantage and become a dominant player in the world pharma market

Unlocking in the face of a rampaging pandemic
Sep 07, 2020

Unlocking in the face of a rampaging pandemic

With economic compulsions forcing governments to ease lockdown restrictions, the pandemic seems set to run its course in the country

Urban Affairs in the Pandemic Era
Aug 25, 2020

Urban Affairs in the Pandemic Era

In the month of August this year, India has recorded about 60,000 to 70,000 Covid-19 positive cases every day, and the total number of cases has cross

Urban densities and the Covid-19 pandemic: Upending the sustainability myth of global megacities
May 04, 2020

Urban densities and the Covid-19 pandemic: Upending the sustainability myth of global megacities

High-density urban agglomerations may be sustainable in terms of the economies of scale their populations provide. Yet, as proven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these same urban spaces are nearly defenceless in times of unprecedented disease outbreaks. A pandemic poses many risks to the millions who live in dense megacities, whether in wealthy countries or developing ones. The sheer density of the population of these cities provides an ideal e

US and China: Engagement, strategic competition and beyond
Mar 21, 2020

US and China: Engagement, strategic competition and beyond

A general political and technological decoupling of the US and China is now appearing inevitable. The bitterness in their public discourse is all too

US COVID aid to India: What lessons can we learn from this crisis?
Apr 27, 2021

US COVID aid to India: What lessons can we learn from this crisis?

After initial fumbles, US clearly planned the path ahead beginning April 2020. India could have learnt from this.

Vaccine nationalism exacerbates global faultlines
Feb 08, 2021

Vaccine nationalism exacerbates global faultlines

Wealthy nations have turned towards subsiding their own pharmaceutical companies and locking in vaccine supplies for their population.

Want food security? Try dietary diversity
Aug 25, 2020

Want food security? Try dietary diversity

Lack of dietary diversity--adequate intake of food from all the food groups -- can be more harmful to health than infectious diseases

What can artificial intelligence tell us about the scale of Covid-19 in China?
Oct 09, 2020

What can artificial intelligence tell us about the scale of Covid-19 in China?

How is the discrepancy between the Chinese government’s own words and the statistics it released is so pronounced? The answer to this question can b

What India needs on 14 April
Apr 04, 2020

What India needs on 14 April

Every war has its share of the unexpected. However, the impact of the lockdown on the economic chain, even if expected certainly did not anticipate th

What we will lose to Covid-19
Mar 25, 2020

What we will lose to Covid-19

Political leaders have already declared ‘war’ on the disease and such a framing typically precedes “extraordinary” invasive measures that slow

When small might be beautiful
Mar 29, 2020

When small might be beautiful

If community transmission can be mitigated or avoided altogether in the small population through extraordinary human-centred measures, the Seychelles

WHO, the battleground for cold war 2.0
May 22, 2020

WHO, the battleground for cold war 2.0

There is no doubt that WHO’s director general is culpable. Whether the missteps were errors of judgements or deliberate kowtowing to China is the question

Will Aarogya Setu provide solution to India’s COVID-19 worries?
May 12, 2020

Will Aarogya Setu provide solution to India’s COVID-19 worries?

The success of the application is reliant on two factors — its own technical implementation, along with the uptake among the population at large.