“Assange Is Living in Dickensian Conditions, May Contract Covid-19”

Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Julian Assange’s co-author and friend who has been in touch with the Wikileaks founder until recently, says that the prison he is in, HMP Belmarsh, is a deathtrap because of Covid-19. “Prisoners in the US and Iran are being released for this reason – surely the UK could do this as well?” … Continue reading “Assange Is Living in Dickensian Conditions, May Contract Covid-19”

“I Had a Smooth Recovery Because I Am Young” – India’s First Covid-19 Patient

HER FAMILY LET her go to Wuhan to study medicine because they knew someone else studying in this central Chinese city: a medical student hailing from their Kerala village. Although Yasmin (name changed) was initially homesick, she soon became enamoured of the city, its natural beauty, the sprawling campus of Wuhan University, the lakes, rivers … Continue reading “I Had a Smooth Recovery Because I Am Young” – India’s First Covid-19 Patient

“We Should Evaluate Camostat Mesylate Drug for Treatment of Covid-19”

Noted scientist Markus Hoffmann works at the infection biology unit of German Primate Center in Göttingen-based Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, one of the world’s most reputed institutions in medical research. He is the lead author of a recent paper titled ‘SARS-CoV-2 Cell Entry Depends on ACE2 and TMPRSS2 and is Blocked by a Clinically … Continue reading “We Should Evaluate Camostat Mesylate Drug for Treatment of Covid-19”

“Harappans Would Have Scoffed at Attempts to Make them Vegetarians”

Over the years, Nayanjot Lahiri has earned widespread acclaim as one of India’s finest historians. An authority on ancient India, archaeology and heritage, she is currently Professor of History at Ashoka University. Lahiri, an award-winning author of books as stellar as Pre-Ahom Assam, Finding Forgotten Cities, Marshalling the Past: Ancient India and its Modern Histories, … Continue reading “Harappans Would Have Scoffed at Attempts to Make them Vegetarians”

Viral Fear: India Joins the World in Fighting Coronvirus (and Hysteria)

IN THE 2011 MOVIE CONTAGION, AN EPIDEMIOLOGIST named Dr Erin Mears, who dies helping fight a pandemic, says with a sense of utmost urgency, ‘The average person touches their face three to five times every waking minute. In between that we’re touching door knobs, water fountains, and each other.’ She is talking about a viral … Continue reading Viral Fear: India Joins the World in Fighting Coronvirus (and Hysteria)

The Brief Ban on Two TV Channels an Arbitrary Attempt to Manufacture Consent

Although the Centre has lifted a temporary ban on two Malayalam TV channels, Asianet News and Media One, sooner than expected, the orders of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on late March 6 enforcing a 48-hour ban on them bring to the fore the propensity for abuse of power and sheer arbitrariness in the decision, … Continue reading The Brief Ban on Two TV Channels an Arbitrary Attempt to Manufacture Consent

A Stroll Through Cairo on the Day of Hosni Mubarak’s Funeral

In a country where the multi-layered, trigger-happy and ruthless security apparatus Hosni Mubarak had put in place during his 30 years in power is detested and feared, people can be forgiven for not airing their political views in public. Nobody wants to run into trouble, not even the chatty locals you meet in various parts … Continue reading A Stroll Through Cairo on the Day of Hosni Mubarak’s Funeral

How Arvind Kejriwal Evolved as a Politician to Lead AAP to Another Landslide in Delhi

INSIDE THE AAM AADMI PARTY’S (AAP) nondescript headquarters at 206, Rouse Avenue, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, the likes of Manisha Pande, a yoga therapist, have been dancing away for hours. She and her friends had been on their feet even when Arvind Kejriwal and his lieutenants made a grand appearance in the afternoon of … Continue reading How Arvind Kejriwal Evolved as a Politician to Lead AAP to Another Landslide in Delhi

Calendar Crisis: Does the Number of Days an NRI Resides in India Matter?

A TAX-FREE SALARY IS THE BIGGEST attraction of working in several Gulf countries, which is why year after year, legions of Indians head to these small, hot, arid countries in search of jobs despite many having to leave families back home due to stringent visa rules. The latest Budget almost dashed the hope of uncut … Continue reading Calendar Crisis: Does the Number of Days an NRI Resides in India Matter?