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The Right Lessons to Draw as India Overtakes China's Population
India will become the world’s most populous country earlier than anticipated. It would however be counterproductive to take coercive steps towards population control.
Christophe Z. Guilmoto
Making Sense of Covid-19 Mortality Estimates for India
The government should not issue bad-faith rebuttals of international Covid-19 mortality estimates that challenge official figures. It should instead release data that could better resolve…
Reflections on Illness, the Body and the Mind
A 23-year-old reminisces about her 16-year-old self that was afflicted by a lifelong autoimmune illness, prompting recollections of the questions she asked herself then to make sense of life. There…
How a Village in Delhi Influenced Public Healthcare in India
The periurban space of Najafgarh has been a site of continuous experimentations in delivering rural primary healthcare since the 1930s. The model of the health visitor developed there has worked its…
Gutting India’s Public Sector Vaccine Makers
India's once-thriving public vaccine manufacturers were absent during the pandemic. This was not due to a lack of capability. The problem has been active neglect by the government .
Top-down Approaches to Health do not Work
Government programmes for the indigenous that do not listen to and involve the local communities will not succeed in improving wellbeing.
Mathew Sunil George
Persistence of Food Insecurity and Malnutrition
Hunger and malnutrition have worsened in India with the onset of the pandemic, but the information we have points to a deterioration even before Covid-19.
Cuba’s Vaccine Miracle
In spite of a crippling US blockade, Cuba, with its strong biotech industry and a commitment to public health, has developed as many as five vaccines against Covid-19, achieved the highest…
S. Anantha Krishnan
A Suitable Girl?
The age at which Indian women marry has been rising over the decades; making 21 the legal minimum will aim to fix something that is not broken. It will cause harm, pushing many women into zones of…
Mary E John
A Deep Dive for Big Money
The big data analytics envisaged by Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission could promote private insurance and big tech firms at the cost of patient outcomes and privacy.