Leh Police faces allegation of brutality
During the nationwide lockdown, incidents of misconduct by police personnel have been reported from across the country. Videos have surfaced of police personnel beating people with sticks and publicly humiliating them to enforce lockdown measures. More recently, there have been protests around the world against police brutality after the death of American citizen George Floyd […]
The lessons of COVID-19
World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was being named as COVID-19. The ‘co’ stands for ‘corona’, ‘vi’ for ‘virus’ and ‘d’ for ‘disease; and ‘19’ marks the year when the outbreak was first identified (31 December, 2019). WHO declared the novel coronavirus outbreak […]
Chadar Trek: A lifeline or a leisure sport?
One cold winter morning, I stepped onto a footpath in Skalzangling. I saw five men with heavy rucksacks and wooden sleds standing by the roadside. I asked, “Where are you all heading?” They replied without hesitation, “To the Chadar.” Three words were enough to help understand the context of their journey. They were waiting for […]