Samir Nazareth

Samir Nazareth

Samir Nazareth has worked in the development sector and writes on socio-political and environmental issues. He is the author of the travelogue, 1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People.

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Opinion | Coronavirus challenge offers an opportunity to learn from history and ease into post-pandemic new normal

History provides some important lessons as we attempt to move beyond the pandemic and embrace the new normal. Global crises of the past can serve as a road map as society rebuilds and explores enacting some fundamental reforms.

30 May 2020 - 1:00PM

History provides some important lessons as we attempt to move beyond the pandemic and embrace the new normal. Global crises of the past can serve as a road map as society rebuilds and explores enacting some fundamental reforms.

Coronavirus challenge offers an opportunity to learn from history and ease into post-pandemic new normal
Opinion | From quarantine breakers to social distancing avoiders, ingenuity is turning out to be the weakest link in our coronavirus defence

Human ingenuity is prevailing, not just in helping people get used to difficult pandemic measures, but also in circumventing them. Apathy, dangerously, is also a form of adaptation, to prevent oneself from being overwhelmed in these extreme times.

28 Mar 2020 - 9:43AM

Human ingenuity is prevailing, not just in helping people get used to difficult pandemic measures, but also in circumventing them. Apathy, dangerously, is also a form of adaptation, to prevent oneself from being overwhelmed in these extreme times.

From quarantine breakers to social distancing avoiders, ingenuity is turning out to be the weakest link in our coronavirus defence
Opinion | From India to the US, a citizenship crisis is burning across the world

The sinister idea of a national redemption through the treating of some as lesser humans or insufficient citizens is taking root across democracies, from BJP’s pursuit of an India for Hindus to Trump’s purge of immigrant families.

11 Jan 2020 - 11:36AM

The sinister idea of a national redemption through the treating of some as lesser humans or insufficient citizens is taking root across democracies, from BJP’s pursuit of an India for Hindus to Trump’s purge of immigrant families.

From India to the US, a citizenship crisis is burning across the world
Opinion | Why the Extinction Rebellion is a more successful social movement than the Hong Kong protests

The movements in Britain and Hong Kong involve young people and have met with tough police action. But while the Extinction Rebellion has inspired similar protests around the world, the cause of the Hong Kong protesters is less relatable.

23 Oct 2019 - 9:14AM

The movements in Britain and Hong Kong involve young people and have met with tough police action. But while the Extinction Rebellion has inspired similar protests around the world, the cause of the Hong Kong protesters is less relatable.

Why the Extinction Rebellion is a more successful social movement than the Hong Kong protests
Opinion | What Hong Kong’s largely peaceful protesters can teach demonstrators in India

In contrast to the civic-mindedness on evidence in Hong Kong’s rallies, large-scale protests in India tend towards violence that targets government infrastructure. What accounts for the difference?

17 Jul 2019 - 7:41PM

In contrast to the civic-mindedness on evidence in Hong Kong’s rallies, large-scale protests in India tend towards violence that targets government infrastructure. What accounts for the difference?

What Hong Kong’s largely peaceful protesters can teach demonstrators in India
Opinion | Indian election campaigns have made hate speech and the politics of division the new normal

Politicians trading barbs at election time in the early 2000s has evolved into a vicious stridency in public discourse, even among ordinary Indians, that hinges on identity politics, fuelled by the right-wing vision of India as a Hindu nation.

7 May 2019 - 10:00AM

Politicians trading barbs at election time in the early 2000s has evolved into a vicious stridency in public discourse, even among ordinary Indians, that hinges on identity politics, fuelled by the right-wing vision of India as a Hindu nation.

Indian election campaigns have made hate speech and the politics of division the new normal