The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has uncovered glaring vulnerabilities in the urban design frameworks and law enforcement mechanisms of cities and other townships in India. The Epidemic Diseases Act has enabled a brutal lockdown by law enforcement authorities across states even as social distancing has remained elusive in urban townships due to the inherent design flaws and population density. Dr. Shiben Banerji, Professor for art history and urban design at the Art Institute of Chicago, in a wide-ranging conversation with Taarush Kishore Jain, explores these themes, citing examples of Kerala and Dharavi to elucidate his opinions. He also shares his sentiments on the mass communication campaigns by the Prime Minister during the lockdown and suggests modifications to the Centre-State relationship in India.
The current crisis has necessitated school closures, the impact of which is being felt by millions of school-going children across India. The risks associated with the same for girls, however, are likely to be heightened, especially for girls from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds. In this conversation with noted educationist Vimala Ramachandran, Shreeradha Mishra explores the nuances of the disproportionate impact of school closures on girls and discusses the role of effective policy-making and implementation to address the disruption caused by COVID-19 to the lives of school-going girls.
Financing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic would have been difficult for the Indian government irrespective of its financial and economic health. The authorities responsible for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, the state governments, are acutely hamstrung given the existing federal fiscal framework. Read on to find out how in times of ill-health, amidst the ongoing pandemic crisis, their capacities have been shackled further.
Are the Indian regulations and legislative frameworks equipped to combat the COVID-19 crisis? This article locates the responsive measures to COVID-19 in India in its two central legislations and analyses the gaps in regulations that renders the response to the pandemic non-democratic and inadequate. Alok Arunam proposes to drive a shift in the notion and understanding of security from a macro to a micro perspective, rooted in the security of individuals and communities
With a doctor-patient ratio of 1:1248, and only 1.5 nurses available per thousand patients, India’s race to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic is a steep uphill battle. The urgency of the situation calls for an immediate planning for effective capacity utilization of health professionals. Rhythm Behl illustrates two methods that can help.
Irish whiskey has remained less popular than Scotch whisky. This article explores how the original inventors of whiskey have may regain their lost prominence with the grant of the geographical indication status by the European Union. It also delves into the potential impact of Brexit and the Covid-19 epidemic on the Irish Whiskey industry.