Pandemic plausibilities at landscape level: case of High Asia

An invitation to join a bunch of ecologists who’re working in High Asia led to this perspective piece that traces plausibility of spillovers turning into pandemics in what is considered relatively low-risk (a literal “coldspot”) for zoonotic disease oubreaks due to its relatively sparse populations and large and unihabitable landscapes. However, as we argue rapid land-use change, macroeconomic (even geopolitical!) pressures could create new niches and open up vulnerabilities for spillover events.

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An intersectional analysis of malnutrition in India

With two wonderful colleagues from our Institute’s health equity cluster, we recently published an article in the International Journal of Equity & Health. The study reports the results of an analysis of inequities in child malnutrition across intersectional population sub-groups. Further, we also used a more comprehensive population-level indicator of malnutrition than what is typically used: occurrence of stunting, wasting, and/or underweight. The work was conceptualized largely by Sabu while the data analysis was heavily supported by Yogish, both early-career researchers at the health equity cluster.

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Who killed Father Stan?

Father Stan died on July 5, 2021. He was arrested and charged under a legislation that – to put it mildly – is irreconcilable with several Constitutional protections in India. In addition, the denial of his bail was further a clear violation of the basic principles of freedoms and liberties. And he is not an exception in terms of the inability of the State to deal with dissent in a democratic way, a kind of stifling of space for the varied expressions that society and governance have thrown upon many communities.

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COVID-19 in Karnataka: Strengthening primary health care & action on social determinants of health

On invitation by Societal Action Group of Experts to Combat COVID Calamity in Karnataka (SAGE), I joined few other speakers in this webinar event. In my talk I focused mainly on strengthening primary health care and social determinants of health. Given a wider audience, I anchor my presentation within a wider systemic view of public health and health systems, a perspective often lost in framing most recommendations.

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Decentralise & equitabilise vaccine roll-out of COVID-19

This article appeared as an op-ed in The Hindu on 12 June 2021. Co-written with Supriya Kumar

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