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Lectures in the Times of COVID-19

The current pandemic around the world has created a public health crisis, gravely exacerbating a pre-existing economic crisis. Governments around the world have also used this as an opportunity to amass more authoritarian power, aggravating a crisis of democracy. While we maintain physical distances, resistance to these triple crises cannot wait for the pandemic to end. Solidarity across Distances is a new lecture series in which we plan to bring critical voices of information and analysis. And bring people together in solidarity and resistance.

Rural Distress in India & the Rise of Authoritarianism 
in the Times of COVID-19
Inaugural Lecture by and Conversation with
P. Sainath
Saturday, April 4, 11am EDT/8am PDT/8:30PM IST
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The government’s ‘package’ responding to the crisis is a blend of callousness and cluelessness

We are delighted to announce that 
P. Sainath, the renowned journalist and founder editor of "People's Archive of Rural India," will deliver our inaugural lecture. His recent critical article, "What we should do about COVID-19" on the Indian government’s relief package for the poor is a must read. As he wrote in it, "The government’s ‘package’ is a curious blend of callousness and cluelessness. It’s not just one virus we’re fighting – pandemics are also a ‘package.’  Of which economic distress can be a self-inflicted or self-aggravated part – driving us from calamity to catastrophe.” 

Palagummi Sainath has written on social & economic inequality, rural affairs, poverty and the impact of globalization in India. His path breaking series on rural poverty brought to the forefront the alarming numbers of farmers suicides in the wake of neoliberal policies in India. He is a senior fellow for Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Since late 2011 he has been working on People's Archive of Rural India  PARI. In June 2011, Sainath was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree (DLitt) by the University of Alberta, the university's highest honor. He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2007 in the category of Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts.


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