Published on Sep 13, 2023

Curated by Kalpit A Mankikar and Jhanvi Tripathi

As the COVID-19 crisis waxes and wanes in waves across the globe, going back to business has become a top priority for countries. There is consensus that this cannot be “business as usual”. Faultlines surrounding state capacity, societal inequity, multilateralism, and multinational corporations have all captured the public conscience. What are these faultlines of recovery and how can they be navigated? Who are the stakeholders? What are the lessons learnt from the current crisis? What are the ways in which different layers of government need to respond? Of special interest has been the impulse to address long standing cracks in global core and periphery relations.

The Colaba Edit is a policy anthology that examines the endeavours underway to rebuild in the wake of the dramatic transformation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is centred around the five thematic pillars of Colaba Conversation 2021—Capacity Conundrum, Inequity Pandemic, Multistakeholder Multilateralism, Corporations beyond Borders, and The Blue Imperative. These essays make a case for new approaches to post-pandemic reforms and addressing imbalances. These essays identify the problem and also attempt to outline actions, past and present, that can be replicated or adopted. Successfully navigating the faultlines of recovery is the central theme that the authors aim to identify and address.