Coronavirus pandemic

Blundering Biden

The hasty exit from Afghanistan has diminished America's standing in the world; the instability it has engendered and the colossal intelligence failure which led the President to make bold public assertions may well have damaged his reputation permanently.

Demand and Supply

The call to stop boosters is the strongest yet from the United Nations entity.

No country for old folks

In short, it is a whole host of factors from which there is no turning back. India has stepped on the modernisation/westernisation escalator and going back is not an option.

Killed by Procedure

Two learnings emerge. Firstly, our bloated bureaucracy and bureaucratic procedures have to be overhauled to make them capable of responding quickly to an emergency. Secondly, public health should not be guided by partisan politics, and a robust and effective national public health agency should be nurtured, to respond to public health threats, and to help prevent the next inevitable pandemic.