Let’s not grab too much credit for lower Covid numbers – my take on Chetan Bhagat’s blog in the Times of India!

I don’t blame any govt for mishandling Covid. This pandemic was sudden and unprecedented. Nobody knew what to do or what was the right approach. It was all trial and error and the jury is still out on what works and what doesn’t. Nobody has established a cause-effect relationship so far beyond a shadow of…

My article on the TOI Reader’s Blog: Be practical, not emotional, about language and mother tongue

Language has been on the front burner in India lately due to various events, but even otherwise, it is always in ‘Keep Warm’ mode along with Religion and Caste. In a country as linguistically diverse as India, the question of language always triggers highly intense emotional and passionate responses from different quarters. Even so, I am…

Depression – an endless darkness

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people suffer from depression globally and 800,000 of them die by suicide annually. In India, the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative estimated in 2017 that 197 million Indians (14.3 per cent of the total population) were suffering from mental disorders, of whom 46 million had…