COVID-19 Pandemic

Listen To Our Episodes On COVID-19 Pandemic

With India entering a critical phase in the fight against this pandemic, we are amplifying our coverage of this outbreak. Here is a list of episodes we have produced so far which looks at what COVID-19 is, what we know so far about it and India’s preparedness; how health inequities and access to health matter in times of pandemic; what social distancing potentially means for the poor of India.

Jul 31, 2021

Indian Economy Explained: How COVID-19 shrunk household savings
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the household incomes, savings and debt have been drastically impacted. For many households, the pandemic has led to a depletion of financial assets such as bank deposits, mut...

22 mins

Jul 28, 2021

Father Stan Swamy's custodial death - How far does the right to bail extend in the country?
On July 6, Father Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist died in custody. Last year, he was arrested in a case related to 2017 Bhima Koregaon violence in Pune. Father Swamy had Parkinson’s disea...

34 mins

Jul 13, 2021

Expert on Delta and Delta plus variants of Covid-19
In June, the Indian government announced that they have detected an offshoot of the Delta variant, which they named the Delta Plus variant. The Delta variant was first found in India and has been attributed to...

23 mins

Jun 30, 2021

Is it right to dismiss AYUSH?
In May this year, Indian Medical Association officials filed a police complaint against yoga guru Baba Ramdev for making defamatory statements about allopathic doctors. Just a few months before that, the associ...

30 mins

Jun 30, 2021

Lockdowns and power cuts: Why industries in Kashmir are suffering
On August 5, 2019, the Narendra Modi led government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. A lockdown imposed then, was extended after the COVID-...

22 mins

Jun 26, 2021

Why health worker fatigue needs to be tackled for an effective vaccination drive
After decades now, India is conducting a mass adult vaccination drive for the first time for COVID-19. The last such time was in the 1960s and 1970s during the Smallpox eradication programme. The government hea...

21 mins

Jun 23, 2021

महिलाओं के यौन और प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य पर COVID-19 का प्रभाव
United Nations Population Foundation के द्वारा जमा किये गए आकंड़ों के अनुसार 2020 में 120 लाख महिलाओं को गर्भ निरोधक प्राप्त नहीं हुए हैं और उसके कारण 14 लाख अनियोजित गर्भ धारणाऐं देखी गई हैं। Linkedin द्वारा कि...

22 mins

Jun 17, 2021

Why women, young people are struggling to return to work during the pandemic
The pandemic has left a large part of the Indian population jobless and struggling. A report published by Azim Premji University, Bangalore titled ‘State of Working India 2021’ revealed that about 100 million p...

22 mins

May 31, 2021

India's Covid-19 vaccine policy threatens to exclude its most vulnerable
This is the second episode in the two-part series on vaccine policy in the country.  What should a country, state or local government do in case only a limited quantity of vaccines are available? How can a gov...

31 mins

May 27, 2021

Dr Jana: A Public Health Worker Who Dedicated His Life to Sex Workers’ Rights
Dr Smarajit Jana was an epidemiologist who curbed the spread of HIV through sex work at the height of the epidemic in the 90’s. He realised that combating HIV was not a question of information but of empowermen...

23 mins