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January 19, 2021

COVID19 and bird flu: If birds drop dead, we are at risk too

This is why governments are now trying to work on One Health – a concept that links ecosystem protection, good animal husbandry practices and public health to create an approach towards healthy Nature and wildlife.

Neha Sinha
January 4, 2021

Mind The Gap: COVID-19 pandemic has further riven social, economic and gender equations. What will it take to close the gap?

Those who have access to power and resources, in the guise of following protective norms, may demonstrate behaviours, that knowingly or unknowingly, perpetuate bias and prejudice. Institutions need to step in and step up efforts to bridge the inequalities that have become even more glaring in the corona pandemic.

Saksham
December 30, 2020

Capricious weather events leave an indelible mark on coronavirus-hit 2020

As much as one wishes to forget 2020, it may not be that easy, since many historic weather events have been recorded this year.

Sridhar Balasubramanian
December 29, 2020

2020: A year of challenges, frustrations, and learning

This year has been replete with challenges. Many people have had to fend for themselves and done chores they have never done before. It has therefore been a year of a great learning curve. Here are three life lessons learnt from the pandemic.

Neha Sinha
December 16, 2020

Band, baaja, blessings and a big bottle of sanitiser

The pandemic has thrown many challenges, none more perplexing than the planning of an Indian wedding that is all about bear hugs, holding hands and crowding around.

Neha Sinha
December 12, 2020

The vulture soars again

For the first time, captive-bred White-backed vultures have been released in the wild. This is a big step towards turning the clock back on extinction- and then, in rewilding India.

englishteam
December 11, 2020

Farmers’ protests: Why are small and marginal farmers protesting against the farm acts?

The government says the new farm acts will be beneficial to small and marginal farmers. But, in reality, APMC mandis and MSP have offered protection to this category of farmers, who make up almost 85 per cent of the farming community in India.

Parijat Ghosh
December 10, 2020

Farmers Fury: Why the ongoing farmers’ protest evoke a sense of déjà vu and what lies ahead

When will the current farmers’ agitation end? Where will this protest on the roads reach? And why does it remind one of the farmers’ agitation led by Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait in 1988 and 1989?

Arvind Kumar Singh
December 10, 2020

Birdwatching with the buffalos

A lazy afternoon, by the waterbody spent watching buffalos soaking in the sun and spotting birds that had flown in all the way from foreign lands. There were lessons to be learnt that day under the blue skies and the silent companions.

Neha Sinha
December 1, 2020

Rural India has just one question about the COVID-19 vaccine — “Will it be free for us?”

Rural India deals with harsh realities such as starvation and lack of access to healthcare. They have to be factored in too as India gears up for a gigantic COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Patralekha Chatterjee