The lockdown was poorly anticipated and planned and announced suddenly, taking scores of the millions of the country’s migrant workers by cruel surprise, leading to perhaps the biggest exodus from cities the world has seen since the Indian Partition in 1947...The way the country has been made to pay the price for the government’s own inertia in the several weeks prior to the sudden taalabandi announced by the PM on the evening of March 24 is criminally unconscionable.
Aseem Shrivastava is a Delhi-based writer, teacher and ecological thinker. He holds a Phd in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently teaches two different courses on Global and Indian Ecosophy every year at Ashoka University.
Aseem has taught at universities in India and the US. He also taught philosophy at Nordic College, Norway (2001-05). Since 2005, he has been working independently, researching, writing and lecturing nationally and internationally on issues associated with globalization and its multiple ecological and other impacts. He is the author (with Ashish Kothari) of the books Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India (Penguin Viking, New Delhi, 2012), and Prithvi Manthan (Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi, 2016) which offer critiques of, and alternatives to, India’s development strategy since 1947.
Besides mentoring and guiding many students, Aseem Shrivastava writes regularly for publications like The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar, Himal, Caravan, and Open magazine. He is currently at work on a set of three books tentatively called Srishti-Sutra, which bring Rabindranath Tagore’s spiritual and ecological vision into dialogue with the ecological challenges of 21st century modernity.