On May 24, former Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wrote to incumbent Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, requesting him to put a moratorium on environmental clearances to projects in biodiverse forests and eco-sensitive zones granted during the lockdown period.
As the world helplessly watches Coronavirus claim lives, batter economies, and throttle businesses, one is prompted to look back at another pandemic, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the deadly influenza outbreak that killed at least 50 million people worldwide.
Perennially invisibilized, sanitation workers, domestic helps, and sex workers have been some of the worst sufferers of the COVID-19 induced lockdown. Their tragic stories are a searing reminder of India’s failure to help its most vulnerable.
Trump’s latest absurdity Obamagate isn’t just about deflecting attention from his monumental failure in controlling the spread of COVID-19. The reasons behind it are more disconcerting.
Five states, including India, may be using the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown to tighten their stranglehold and perpetuate their agendas.
The relaxation of labour law provisions aimed at protecting workers may be the final straw following a string of iniquities suffered by India’s working class. Could it spark unprecedented labour outrage?