From India to the United States, from Britain to Brazil, the pandemic has exposed deep fissures in many societies. The protests in the United States against systemic racism and inequality also reflect the unequal devastation caused by the disease. How societies will rebuild, and make themselves resilient in the face of new crises, will depend on how they address inequality and governance.
The searing images of lakhs of Indian workers, men, women and young children, walking hundreds of miles to their homes will remain among the most tragic memories of COVID-19. In large parts of India, the economic devastation is preceding the impending health catastrophe. In India, 425 million workers are in the informal sector (about 90 percent of the workforce).Read more