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Lockdown Leadership

Forty days of hard choices between saving lives and avoiding economic ruin

21 Apr, 2020 - 27 Apr, 2020
Vol 11 | Issue 67

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE

“I was ferrying e-commerce goods for the past few years. For the first time, I have been put in a position where I can save lives”

V Shoba

Says P Ayyanar, a truck driver, Tamil Nadu

“When I was approached to contest elections, I had only one condition. I would not give up the role of ASHA”

Shahina KK

Says Thahira Sudheer, a community health worker, Kerala

“I have not had a customer for two months. We have seen so much disease, but this is the first time I have seen something like this”

Amita Shah

Says Ramya, a sex worker, Delhi

“The state needs to look after us. We can’t be dependent on the charity of individuals”

Nikita Doval

Says Manoj, a sanitation worker, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

“Everybody will forgive me if the face cream they want is not there. But they won’t if there is no rice or atta”

Lhendup G Bhutia

Says Karsan Patel, a local grocer, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

“Most of my men prefer to stay in the barracks rather than go back home and risk their families. I am staying here too”

Nikita Doval

Says Arvind Sharma, a Delhi Police inspector

Quarantine Notebook

Dipankar Gupta

On Delhi residents harassing coronavirus doctors

When they returned from 4,600 metres to a locked down world

Amita Shah

There was no way getting back home

Behind the Extension

Jayanta Ghosal

The buzz from the PM’s Office is that Modi took three days to know if people were in favour of the lockdown

The Pandemic and the Crisis of Faith

Makarand R Paranjape

A new combination of science and spirituality may be the way forward

The Death of Ideals

Keerthik Sasidharan

Our usual ways of seeing the world cannot hold

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