Lockdown and its discontents

A lockdown can mean different things in different contexts. In the context of the current Covid-19  pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China and spread across almost 204 countries across the world, the term has been used for varying limits on movement, function and activities of communities. “Lockdown" isn't a technical public health term, but could … Continue reading Lockdown and its discontents

Karnataka lockdown: An exit strategy or an endless trap?

On April 8th, 2020, an ‘expert’ committee submitted a report to the Government of Karnataka, titled “Phased exit strategy after 21 days of lockdown’. This ‘expert group’ comprises one cardiac surgeon, one cardiologist, one chest physician, one community medicine professor and one virologist, with extensive ‘inputs’ from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). Two … Continue reading Karnataka lockdown: An exit strategy or an endless trap?

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin mainly obtained by exposure to the sun and some foods. It helps promote absorption of calcium from the gut and maintains calcium and phosphate levels to allow bone functioning. Low Vit D causes rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Good Vitamin D levels prevents osteoporosis. Recommended is 15-20 … Continue reading Vitamin D

India is Not a ‘Vegetarian Country’ Like the EAT-Lancet Report Would Have Us Believe

Sylvia Karpagam, Frédéric Leroy and Martin Cohen Vegetarians, far less vegans, let us be frank, would not like to be compelled to eat meat. Yet the reverse compulsion is what lurks in the current proposals for a new ‘planetary diet’. Nowhere is this more visible than in India. The subcontinent is often stereotyped by the West as … Continue reading India is Not a ‘Vegetarian Country’ Like the EAT-Lancet Report Would Have Us Believe

Voices against caste impunity: Narratives of dalit women in India, All India dalit Adhikar Manch

The reality of the caste system and all its manifestations in every sphere of life denying dignity and full humanity to the oppressed cannot be disputed. What is also significant is the cruel erasure of those buried under the pain of caste apartheid. How often have we read research reports, studies, articles and journals which carry … Continue reading Voices against caste impunity: Narratives of dalit women in India, All India dalit Adhikar Manch

Private Sector Ideas on Nutrition Should Be Taken with a Pinch of ‘Fortified’ Salt, The Wire

Nutritionally, millets are superior to wheat and rice as their amino acids are more balanced and they have crude fibre and minerals. Credit: Reuters Sylvia Karpagam and Veena Shatrugna 24/SEP/2018 The article ‘No child left behind’ by Vinita Bali, in the Hindu (August 18, 2018), identifies three “urgent priorities” to address poor nutrition in India. The “solutions”, … Continue reading Private Sector Ideas on Nutrition Should Be Taken with a Pinch of ‘Fortified’ Salt, The Wire