ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Second Wave of COVID-19 and Beyond

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with long-standing systemic, functional, and health inequities put the rural communities at an increased risk. Sustainable long- and short-term measures are suggested to efficiently develop strategies to control the pandemic and strengthen the health system in rural India.

Will the Insurance Model Save Indian Healthcare?

In this episode, we speak to Sylvia Karpagam and Shailender Kumar Hooda about Ayushman Bharat and the health insurance model in India.

Adequacy of Social Assistance Schemes during the COVID-19 Lockdown

Multiple social assistance schemes were launched during the first lockdown to help the poor in India, but not all eligible households took advantage of them. Studying slum households in Delhi to evaluate the efficacy of nine central and state government schemes show that the average gain was only `992 per household for a month. If all eligible households had received benefits, this figure would have been `1,956 per household, making the distribution much fairer. The schemes decreased the indebtedness of households by an average of 12.24%, but this would have been 24% if all eligible households had been covered.

States’ Debt Burden Surges to a 15-year High

Strengthening the pandemic-devastated state finances will help boost both welfare and growth.

Reversing the Gaze

If the global South has for long been studied from afar, given its colonial history, what knowledge can reversing the gaze from a distance produce?

Corona in the City of Mosquitoes

When there are public health threats at the local and global levels, how do researchers decide what to prioritise?

Notes on Compassion and Debt in the Field

This researcher reflects on how the principle of maitri transformed the field and his relationship with the research participants.

Economic Impact of the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown on Indian Farmers

​The impact of the pandemic on the farmers with different farm sizes is analysed. The changes in the income of farmers are highlighted, and the mitigation of the financial downturn by farmers using government cash transfers and sale of assets is explored. The change in the uptake of loans during the pandemic is investigated.

Lockdown and Reopening the Economy

This article explores the spatial dynamics of COVID-19—with nationwide and partial lockdowns’ in its two waves, respectively—in India by employing the location quotient and univariate Moran’s I statistics with various variables representing spatial adjacency, proximity, population, population density, urbanisation, migration, and health infrastructure variables. The results suggest that though geographical proximity to the hotspot states played an important role in triggering the outbreak during both the waves, it could not influence the spatial clustering at the sluggish phase of the pandemic.

Psychologist as Survivor

A psychologist reflects on his experience of being a COVID-19 caregiver, juggling survivor’s guilt and a fear of infection.

India’s Withdrawal from RCEP

One major driver behind India’s decision to embrace the “eastern” regional trade agreements during 2010–11 and graduate from the “Look East Policy” (1991) to the “Act East Policy” (2014) has been the urge to integrate the domestic manufacturing sector with “Factory Asia.” The article analyses India’s trade pattern through an endogenous structural break analysis with monthly data for 10 major sectors, involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan, and South Korea separately. The analysis concludes that the recent stream of events in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic offers India an opportunity to consolidate the domestic manufacturing sector.

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