As of July 10, 2021, India has administered around 310 million COVID-19 vaccines. The drive covers the second shot for 5.5% of the population, while 23% have received the first dose. India’s vaccination program, which started in mid-January, has been facing challenges owing primarily to vaccine shortage and infrastructure constraints. These shortages contributed to the… Continue reading Corporate Vaccination: Bridging the Gap
The Tagore and the Ray that Bengal encashes so very often as evidence of its “riches,” would have lived and died nameless if they subscribed to the ideologies fueling the state since 2011. After a recent visit to the state where I spent the first 21 years of my life and which is currently heading… Continue reading Bengal’s Lose-Lose Election
‘Secularism’ has officially become a dirty word in India. In a country that is lost and aching, people are slipping deeper and deeper into a bottomless pit of hate and division. Robbed of our aspirations and opportunities or maybe just stoking our deep-seated bigotry, we have become so engrossed in our recreational hate that we… Continue reading Secular, The Most Dreaded ‘S’ Word in India
One of my tattoos quotes a phrase from Virgil’s Aeneid - "Sic itur ad Astra" (Thus one journeys to the stars). Spoken by Apollo, addressing Aeneas’ son Ascanius as he goes to war, the words embody a well-known practice of hero-worshipping and promising fortune in this life or the next in exchange for hard labor… Continue reading The Trouble with Deification
An economy can do without a writer like myself, or a software engineer and such, but it just cannot do without industrial labourers, manufacturers, farmers, construction workers, etc.