South Asia and Beyond


‘No UN Security Council Leadership Reprehensible Tragedy; G-20, SAARC Should

NEW DELHI: Helen Clark, New Zealand’s Prime Minister for three terms and former head of the United Nations Development Programme, in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi  discusses whether the UN Security Council taking over two months to discuss the pandemic proves it’s just a global talking shop and whether the world body is missing in action. She deplores […]Read More

The Battle To Flip The China Virus Curve In South

NEW DELHI: You have two choices. Stay 1.5 metres apart or 1.5 metres underground. That is South Africa’s no-nonsense health minister Zweli Mkhize’s repeated warnings after the first China-virus cases were reported a month ago. Since then urgent and swift moves by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government in imposing tough restrictive steps and galvanising crucial support […]Read More

‘Humans May Be Apex Species, But Covid-19 Exposes Our Weaknesses’

NEW DELHI: Mauritius’ first woman President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (2015-18), a biodiversity scientist, takes a magnifying glass to the weaknesses the coronavirus has exposed in humanity’s preparedness to deal with pandemics. In this exclusive conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P.Revi, she stresses how dealing with the virus is highlighting inequality especially for the poor in times of lockdowns. […]Read More

Fighting Chinese Virus: A Tribute To India’s Unsung Heroes

NEW DELHI: They have been doing their bit even before the Chinese virus hit India. Since the beginning of February, pilots and crew of Air India flew into the epicentre of the outbreak—Wuhan in China—to evacuate Indians and even some foreigners who were stranded. The Indian Air Force too pitched in. Later, such operations were carried […]Read More

‘Biggest Lesson From Covid-19: Invest Heavily In Health, Education’

NEW DELHI: Post-Coronavirus, the government must set aside fiscal discipline and focus on stabilising the lives of thousands of workers in the informal sector. That’s the word from Rajat Kathuria, head of the economic policy think tank ICRIER. In an audio chat with StratNews Global’s Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale and Editor Surya Gangadharan, Kathuria said the lives […]Read More

World Bank Approves $1.9 Bn Emergency Fund For COVID-19, Says

NEW DELHI: To help developing countries fight the COVID-19 outbreak better, the World Bank has approved a first set of emergency support operations. The first group of projects, amounting to $1.9 billion, will assist 25 countries. India is the biggest beneficiary, with an allocation $1 billion. Pakistan comes a distant second ($200 mn) followed by Sri […]Read More

‘Singapore’s Coronavirus Lesson: Set Up For Bad Times In Good

NEW DELHI: ‘Singapore prepared for a pandemic crisis for 17 Years After SARS, when the sun was shining. Spotting the coronavirus trend early, using high-tech tools and coordination for contact tracing, dealing severely with violators and transparent communication- those are the reasons for Singapore to be considered one of the best practice countries dealing with the pandemic. Anuraag […]Read More