India is currently suffering the second wave of Covid-19. The daily number of new cases is almost 400,000 with nearly 4000 daily deaths reported. An analysis by Megha Patnaik about the main reasons for the Indian record of infections and deaths from Covid-19.
Today, as Indian politics sees a rise in violence against religious, ethnic and other minorities, and the erosion of empathy as a public value, a return to Gandhi can help heal the deep divisions growing within the country. A recent Supreme Court judgment protecting the privacy of citizens gives a new lease of life to the Gandhian insistence on the sovereignty of the self.