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June 1st, 2020

Unlocking Delhi

Today is the beginning of the great unlocking of much of India, after weeks of lockdown. States have been allowed to make certain rules for themselves, and so, in some parts of the country, lockdown will continues until 30 June.

In Delhi, other than in designated containment zones, many restrictions have been eased, including a reduction in our curfew hours – so now I’m no longer “illegal’ when I head out to run at 6.30am.

But the Coronavirus situation on the ground both in India and closer to home, here in Delhi, is still very worrying and, is naturally, […]

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May 27th, 2020

What a spectacularly tone deaf ad

I saw this ad on Twitter this morning, but apparently it has already been taken down from social media amid an outcry, & the company has issued an apology etc etc.

As they should.

Talk about being tone deaf.

This kind of ad plays into everything that is wrong with society at the moment – it is classist, it is trying to scare you, it is playing to the fears we all have of Coronavius.

And all to sell a bread maker.

You can almost see how the ad started life.

Some bright spark decided that they should target […]

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May 25th, 2020

India enters the Top Ten list

For Coronavirus cases, that is.

2 months to the day that the country went into lockdown, we are steadily making our way up the terrifying ladder of global Coronavirus cases.

We are now way ahead of China, a desire that fuels a lot of our government’s thinking, but today, what a truly dreadful accolade that is.

Today domestic flights resume, under strict conditions, but I remain at a loss as to why they started a full week before lockdown 4.0 is supposed to end on the 31st.

How will all the masked travellers get to their ultimate destinations, […]

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May 23rd, 2020

“This beautiful feat of endurance and love…”

Thus tweeted one Ivanka Trump, an American woman with a famous surname.

Ms Trump was tweeting about the case of a 15 year old Indian girl who cycled 1200km in 7 days with her injured father on her bike, because there was no other way for them to get home.

The very fact that a minor girl child and a disabled man were left to fend for themselves in this manner is hideous, Ms Trump.

Hideous. Shameful. Callous. Scandalous.

Jyoti “endured” because they had no choice.

They were part of the huge mass of poor migrant labour who were […]

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