G Ananthakrishnan

Why lockdowns fail to deliver

At the end of nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasises a simple safety protocol against the virus: avoid close contact with people at a conversational distance, keep off poorly ventilated, crowded indoor spaces, and do not touch your face after...

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Civic Issues

A deluge and carpocalypse in Chennai

On the evening of December 30, vehicles moving towards Chennai Central were slowly making their way from Saidapet on Anna Salai as blinding rain started pounding their windscreens. There had been no indication earlier of an impending deluge, but as they weaved and squeezed their way up to LIC,...

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Meendum Manjappai: a classic returns

Once the object of smirks and snide remarks directed at its owner, Tamil Nadu’s manjappai (yellow bag) has come centre stage again as Chief Minister M.K. Stalin upscaled it and relaunched its second coming as “Meendum Manjappai.” The DMK leader sees it as a central element of contemporary...

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