The concept of swadeshi played an important role in the freedom movement in India in opposing colonial exploitation, but as was emphasized by Mahatma Gandhi even then, we should also look at this concept in terms of its continuing relevance even after the end of colonial rule.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed innumerable challenges before us and among them an increased vulnerability of an aged workforce demand our urgent attention. The deteriorating and worrisome plight of the elderly especially in the informal sector needs to be given adequate attention.
While medical experts and pharmaceutical companies urge you to get yourself vaccinated, you ought to ask yet another question: What do you do after being vaccinated? What does it mean to be ‘safe’? Or is it that we ought to see beyond the process of vaccination to redefine life in the post-pandemic world?
Ernesto Che Guevara was an Argentinian revolutionary and theorist who was also a key founder of the Cuban revolution in 1959 to overthrow American capitalistic forces. He is a widely acclaimed and cherished public icon even after 50 years since he died. Paradoxically the market led capitalistic forces that he dedicated his life fighting against has today become his biggest beneficiary by selling popular merchandise and apparels in his name. With a lack of sustained engagement with his life and philosophy and the market becoming the overpowering dictator, can the legacy of Che really be rescued?
The Government of India and the Uttarakhand state government have been prompt and generous in their homage to the great environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna who passed away recently but will they honor his vision for the Himalayan region?