Globetrotter’s Vijay Prashad Op-Ed in New York Daily News: India is infected: What COVID hath wrought

Globetrotter’s Vijay Prashad writes in the New York Daily News:

My mother died in Kolkata in September 2020 at the age of 91. She did not die of COVID-19. I was only able to see her cremation via FaceTime.

She lay on the bier, her face peaceful, her long journey over. A few months before she died, she had told me, “I would rather die of COVID than of boredom.”

Just before she died, she left me a note. “The cancer has taken me,” she wrote. The situation in India disturbed her greatly, the slow decline of her abilities mirroring the collapse of the country she loved.

Earlier this year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced for the luminaries of Davos that India had defeated the disease. COVID did not accept his verdict, which sounded a little bit like George W. Bush’s speech about Iraq made in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner.

Over the past month, the disease has reappeared in India with vengeance, tearing through urban and rural communities, although the devastation in the major cities has been more visible because that is where the media lives. The daily toll has hit 400,000 cases, and daily deaths — at least those officially counted — now exceed 4,200.

Read the rest of “India Is Infected: What COVID Hath Wrought” by Globetrotter’s Vijay Prashad at the New York Daily News.

Rekha Basu’s Des Moines Register Op-Ed Discusses the Legacy of Her Mother, Rasil Basu, Recently Featured in an Article by Globetrotter’s Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad

“U.S. historian and writer Noam Chomsky and Indian counterpart Vijay Prashad had resurrected my late mother’s prophetic warnings from the late 1980s about the plight of Afghan women and girls under our proxy war with the Soviets,” Rekha Basu writes in her piece in the Des Moines Register, “My mother warned that America’s 1980s allies threatened women in Afghanistan. They’ve continued to, as our enemies.”

Read the article “United States Withdraws From Afghanistan? Not Really” by Chomsky and Prashad on Brave New Europe.

Vijay Prashad Quoted in Spain’s El Pais

“The austerity we have experienced is the result of an ideological vacuum that seeks to destroy not only the institutions of the state, but the concept of state.”