Tackling Challenges of COVID-19: An Assessment of the Convergence-Divergence debates from the Global South-India

M. Satish Kumar, Aditya Singh

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The World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced COVID-19 as a global pandemic in March 2020 which in effect transformed the society, economy, the politics and indeed our everyday life. Such a transformation of power geometries across all manner of spaces and their geographies disrupted the finite balance and wellbeing and continues to displace norms of equanimity, sanity, and hope amidst the catalogue of errors, blunders and inactivity. In India the first COVID-19 case was registered on January 30, 2020. The response of 29 States and 7 Union Territories of India has varied depending on their health, community, law and order and legislative infrastructure.

This chapter will attempt to situate an analysis of coronavirus pandemic within the demographic transition framework of India. We examine the critical role of civil societies across the states, divergence of policies and practices relating to social distancing, contact tracing, and differential Public Health Agency infrastructures in operation across the States of India. What began as a stigma, followed by populist rhetoric quickly faded into intense struggle for survival even as oxygen, essential medicines and of course hospital beds became a premium in the most affluent parts of any given city. The grim reaper became a great leveller cutting across socially constructed boundaries of class, gender, age, caste and religion. The management of this pandemic and the established protocols for treatment remain tentative even as we learn lessons from yet another mutant strain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOVID-19 and an Emerging World of Ad Hoc Geographies
EditorsStanley D. Brunn, Donna Gilbreath
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherSpringer US
ISBN (Electronic)9783030943509
ISBN (Print)9783030943493
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2022


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