Modi-fying India’s health: Health in the times of India’s new prime minister

This blog was published on the International Health Policies Blog on June 5, 2015 under the same title. It was co-written with Upendra Bhojani, my colleague at IPH, Bangalore

These are interesting times in India, no doubt. Our new prime minister, Narendra Modi is ensuring that India’s global reputation as a progressive, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society with a rich history is not tarnished by several recent reports of sexual violence on women or inter-religious conflict. Immediately after assuming office about a year ago, Modi took India’s image very seriously, perhaps more seriously than many of us imagined. Continue reading

The mortar that holds the BRICS together

We are young researchers from Brazil, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS). Given our collective experience as citizens and researchers in these countries, and deeper understanding gathered during our three weeks in Beijing as part of the “Emerging Voices” at the second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, we would like to share our vision for collaboration within BRICS and contribution of BRICS to global development. Continue reading