Finally, pandemics have a psychological effect, leading to “irrational narratives on the causes and the spread of the disease,” which stoke social and racial discrimination. This happened at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, when anti-Asian racism and xenophobia increased, and it’s happened throughout history. The first cholera pandemic in 1817 was blamed on the poor; by the second cholera pandemic in 1826, that blame shifted to recent immigrants and African Americans in the U.S., and on the traditions of Hindu pilgrims in India, which spurred westernization. … [Read more...] about What’s in store for 2021? Epidemics are often followed by social unrest
While this isn’t a challenge, there is always that one question the promoters face: why is a garment or shoe rented out for so many thousands of rupees for two to three days, or why do they have to put a deposit down. Bhatia says, “I have spent a lot of time educating people. The clothing we are renting out is worth a few lakhs and we charge 10 percent of the garment cost, besides a deposit just in case there is some damage or loss. I have had cases where women have spilt wine or stepped on expensive gowns and then refused to pay up. In a few cases, they have just not returned the garment.” … [Read more...] about Don’t have enough dosh to spend on a Prada gown, Gucci bag or a Rolls Royce? Just rent it!
By Naini ThackerThe Covid-19 outbreak has brought untold miseries to many businesses, but the healthtech landscape has grown through it, devising ingenious mechanisms and technologies to fight the public health crisis. According to DataLabs by Inc42+’s ‘India’s Healthtech Landscape In A Post-Covid-19 World Report 2020’, the size of the healthtech market in India is likely to touch $21 billion by 2025. … [Read more...] about Here’s how some startups have pivoted from robots for solar panels to making ventilators