Gado first came to Nairobi in 1992 to collect a prize in a drawing competition. Even though he was studying architecture in Dar es Salaam, and had promised his parents he would return to complete his education, he never did. Instead, he persuaded the editors at Kenya’s biggest newspaper, The Daily Nation, to hire him. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Tanzanian cartoonist uses medium to keep up fight against misinformation
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Sweden has largely remained open while most of the countries observed an overall shutdown of business. Opting for the rather controversial approach of keeping restaurants, schools and parks open for public (while banning gatherings of more than 50 people and shutting museums), Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that the country is focusing on long-term sustainability over drastic short-term tactics. In fact, Sweden’s ambassador to the United States said last month that the capital of the Nordic country, Stockholm, could reach Herd Immunity in May. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
Among those hardest hit are the self-employed artisans and weavers, dependent on seasonal retail sales and direct orders from global fashion brands. As Dusanj points out, “In the global fashion industry, brands typically pay their suppliers weeks or even months after delivery. Suppliers usually pay upfront for the materials or fibres used to make the products. In response to the pandemic, many major fashion brands and retailers are cancelling orders and stopping payments for orders already placed, taking no responsibility for the impact this has on the people working in their supply chains.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus lockdown | India’s 7-million strong artisans’ community faces supply disruptions, cancelled orders & financial hardships
Seated in his spacious and technologically advanced stretch limo, he asks to be driven to a barbershop, ignoring the advice of a security officer who worries about heavy traffic because of a presidential visit. The limo stutters across town and on the way, Packer has a rendezvous with his wife, a liaison with another woman, and meetings with medical and company officials. He witnesses a violent and prolonged anti-capitalist protest, attends the funeral of a beloved Sufi rap star, and is targeted by a “pastry assassin”. All along, he bets against the rise of the yen until he meets his nemesis, a disgruntled ex-employee. … [Read more...] about Reading Don Delillo’s ‘Cosmopolis’ during social and financial uncertainty
One of the ‘heroines’ I wrote about in my first book was Jahanara Begum, daughter of Mumtaz Mahal, who became one of the most wealthy and powerful women of her time. She wrote a biography in which she challenged Sufi masters’ dictum that, as a woman, she could not claim the same spiritual status as a man. She not only patronised extensive building works in Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) but is buried in Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah, showing her Sufi leanings. And yet I had never come across these astounding facts, pointing to a systematic erasure of the voices of these women. Then, I was lucky enough to stumble on the academic work of feminist historian Ruby Lal, who has analysed the harem of the early Mughal emperors, and I was introduced to a whole new way of imagining the Mughal harem. … [Read more...] about Mythological women revered, stories of historical women censored in India, says historian Ira Mukhoty