Prerna Singh

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A man walks past an informative coronavirus mural in Mumbai on July 4. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

On Thursday, the White House announced that it is deploying response teams, composed of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies, to combat the “hypertransmissible” delta variant of the coronavirus spreading across the United States and the world. This variant first emerged in India, where a devastating second wave of virus infections have been accompanied by a parallel epidemic of mucormycosis, or “black fungus”, that is maiming and killing patients.

India’s humanitarian tragedy is linked to a deeper political crisis — that of democratic erosion. At independence from colonial rule, India had relatively low economic development and industrialization, widespread poverty and illiteracy, and immense ethnic diversity across linguistic, religious and caste lines.…  Seguir leyendo »

Police form a line on the boardwalk to keep demonstrators and counter demonstrators apart during an “America First” demonstration in August in Laguna Beach, Calif. (Getty Images)

Globally, we are witnessing a resurgence of chest-thumping in the name of the nation.

In the United States, it has been President Trump’s call to “Make America Great Again”. In Britain, Brexit promised to “take back” the country from the European Union. Nationalist parties also have made unprecedented gains in other parts of Europe. The rise of stridently nationalist leaders such as Xi Jinping in China and Narendra Modi in India are further examples of the wave of nationalism that seems to keep swelling.

This trend is worrying for most scholars. This is because nationalism has time and again demonstrated its power to produce evil in the world.…  Seguir leyendo »