[WSMDiscuss] Coronavirus Pandemic in South Asia

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Tue May 5 16:55:37 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! South Asia is quite a diverse region in terms ofreligion, culture, language, rich cultural heritage but also at the same timeit is home to world largest number of poor and impoverished people. The region’spolitical history has remained volatile due long years of internal strife.South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) remainsnon-functional up to a large extent mainly due to overbearing politicalinfluencing by one/some over others. 


The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of millionsequally across the South Asian countries. The future remains uncertain andpeople really do not know how things would unfold in coming days and months. 


Do pass it on to others in your circle/network. 


Pandemics without borders, SouthAsia’s evolution

Kanak Mani Dixit,Lead Opinion, The Hindu, May 04, 2020 



Rather than deliveran autocratic wasteland, the epidemic should be an opportunity to transform theregion’s politics




Civil war, povertyand now the virus: Afghanistan stands on the brink

Emma Graham Harrison and Akhtar Mohammad Makoii, The Guardian, May 02,2020 



Desperate medics reveal the challenge of fighting Covid-19 in a countryalready beset by huge problems as watchdog warns of impending health disaster




Coronavirusin South Asia: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh Begin Easing Restrictions

Blog Post by Erik Fliegauf and Alyssa Ayres, Councilon Foreign Relations (CFR), April 30, 2020  



Althoughcoronavirus cases in India, Pakistan, and across the region have not increasedas quickly as some feared (so far), South Asia's economies are strugglingdeeply. Sri Lanka and the Maldives experienced a surge in cases.




TheSouth Asia Collective: Online Bulletin 

April 2020 





Live-blog: How theCoronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains



This blog aims tocollect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencinggarment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updatedas new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign globalnetwork. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannotalways be double-checked.




Disruption of childvaccination in South Asia poses an urgent threat to children’s health 

UNICEF, Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), April 28, 2020 



4.5 million of South Asia’s children miss outon routine immunization, even before COVID-19





Kalinga Tudor Silva,International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, 2020





Coronavirus(COVID-19) in South Asia 





With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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