Category: South Asia

Hunger Heatwave: Is there a starvation crisis waiting to explode in the national capital ?

NEW DELHI, 25 May 2020: Delhi is scorching under heatwave conditions with temperatures already reaching around 45 degree celsius in the last week of May 2020. Usually the hot summer months see the streets of the national capital region nearly deserted of pedestrian traffic after noon, only to build up […]

INTERVIEW: A healthcare system covering everyone must be put in place: Romila Thapar

Romila Thapar. Photo: Wikipedia MUKULIKA R IN CONVERSATION WITH ROMILA THAPAR May 21, 2020: Communicable diseases have existed alongside humankind since centuries. However, epidemics and pandemics have a more recent history, with humanity’s shift to agrarian life, which has led them to be in close quarters with one another. As […]

Indian Trade unions condemn working hours increase

Source: Southasiasphere: Issue #5, 15 May 2020 (Himal Southasian) By SAT News Desk MELBOURNE, 16 May 2020: Many of India’s states have increased the working hours to a maximum of 12 hours each day (current 8 hours) or 72 hours in a week in establishments. Trade unions have condemned it […]

VIEWPOINT: Covid-19 a social leveller? How to trust New Normal when Old Normal wasn’t normal

By Umang Kumar* It is open-season for the business of imagining a new post-Covid-19 world. All manner of idealistic, air-brushed versions of a new reality are being put forth — versions which visualize a world more aware of our interdependence, our common vulnerabilities and our social proximities; versions which offer […]

1857 War of Independence… when Hindu-Muslim separatism, hatred wasn’t an issue

Source: “The Sepoy Revolt at Meerut”, Illustrated London News, 1857 By Shamsul Islam* Large sections of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs unitedly challenged the greatest imperialist power, Britain, during India’s First War of Independence which began on May 10, 1857; the day being Sunday. This extraordinary unity, naturally, unnerved the firangees […]