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As world weighs lives against economy in face of coronavirus crisis, possible scenarios for the future that awaits us
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As world weighs lives against economy in face of coronavirus crisis, possible scenarios for the future that awaits us

This present condition of “pause” in the rush of the world will probably not last. Our world has been organised around the realities of a globalised economy. The cost of allowing it all to fall to ruin will sooner or later outweigh the risk of further spread of the coronavirus disease.

As coronavirus outbreak exposes faultlines in long supply chains, are locally self-sufficient economies the way forward?
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As coronavirus outbreak exposes faultlines in long supply chains, are locally self-sufficient economies the way forward?

A lot of food in India was and largely still is produced by small and marginal farmers. The lives of such farmers tended to be hard even at the best of times. The coronavirus crisis and its economic impact probably won’t leave them untouched. A shift to local may help at least some of them.

How Uddhav Thackeray's govt implements lessons of war against coronavirus outbreak will be real test of his leadership
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How Uddhav Thackeray's govt implements lessons of war against coronavirus outbreak will be real test of his leadership

Let the government learn instructive lessons and hold on to this experience of the war against the coronavirus. That will be the real test of Uddhav Thackeray’s statesmanship and his true legacy to the state.

Coronavirus outbreak brings into focus elements of blind faith, bigotry in society — and the need to bridge gap between science and faith
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Coronavirus outbreak brings into focus elements of blind faith, bigotry in society — and the need to bridge gap between science and faith

The coronavirus pandemic was bad enough. It is being worsened by the unchecked rise of other viruses that existed long before the novel coronavirus disease struck – the viruses of blind faith and its companion, bigotry.

During coronavirus outbreak, there's much we cannot control. But we can deal with the misogyny of the 'Wife Joke' 
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During coronavirus outbreak, there's much we cannot control. But we can deal with the misogyny of the 'Wife Joke' 

Knowing how the coronavirus lockdown is ravaging our country, if you have a roof over your head and a couple of meals lined up, very few people can currently feel sorry for themselves — except of course for the archetype of the man in the Wife Joke | Nisha Susan writes

World Autism Awareness Day 2020: Why 'acceptance' must be prioritised over initiatives like 'light it up blue'
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World Autism Awareness Day 2020: Why 'acceptance' must be prioritised over initiatives like 'light it up blue'

World over, autistic people have challenged the normative idea of “lighting it up blue” with its harmful connotations, and sought a shift from ‘awareness’ to ‘acceptance’, celebrating April as #AutismAcceptanceMonth.

Coronavirus outbreak has shaken our understanding of the world. Can it spark a fundamental rethinking of priorities?
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Coronavirus outbreak has shaken our understanding of the world. Can it spark a fundamental rethinking of priorities?

It used to be said that the world is one family. It took a virus to remind us of the truth behind the cliché. This virus, like all of nature, does not discriminate on the basis of man-made distinctions.

The Corona of Misogyny: What kind of man wishes rape on women who oppose death for rapists?
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The Corona of Misogyny: What kind of man wishes rape on women who oppose death for rapists?

You might imagine that trolls are too preoccupied with their Corona-related bile to care about everyday misogyny. Wishful thinking. Since the hanging of the four men convicted in the 2012 Delhi gangrape this weekend, the Army of Animosity has found time to pop open bottles of virtual champagne to celebrate the rapists’ deaths while also turning on those who oppose capital punishment for rape | Anna MM Vetticad writes

Delhi gangrape: With courts evoking 'collective conscience' in handing death penalty, it's time we examined our own
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Delhi gangrape: With courts evoking 'collective conscience' in handing death penalty, it's time we examined our own

When the French sociologist David Émile Durkheim articulated the concept of the ‘collective conscience’, he made it a point to say he wasn’t defining it as a shared moral conscience between people. But maybe it’s time that we did. Especially in the case of a punishment as final as the death penalty.

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'
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Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect since India’s states, founded on the principle of linguistic nationalism, view these languages with suspicion. The Central Government, on the other hand, saves its focus for English and Hindi, the undeserving recipient of nationwide propagation.

Controversy over Telugu 'imposition' in TN is symptomatic of growing linguistic nationalism in India
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Controversy over Telugu 'imposition' in TN is symptomatic of growing linguistic nationalism in India

Violence is a logical expression of linguistic nationalism, not an unexpected deviation from its chartered course towards cultural homogenisation and the erasure of histories of cultural interactions. By politicising linguistic identities, communities are compelled to compete against one another to secure social and political capital for themselves, vying for limited commodities of space and power — something that can all too easily descend into violence.