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 | How India’s efforts to put a positive spin on its Covid-19 crisis lie at the heart of the disaster

The Indian government is attempting to starve the country of stories of the lack of oxygen, hospital beds and crematorium space. The vacuum is being filled instead with optimistic histrionics.

The Indian government is attempting to starve the country of stories of the lack of oxygen, hospital beds and crematorium space. The vacuum is being filled instead with optimistic histrionics.

25 May 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | George Floyd verdict: how the police came to oppress those they have sworn to protect and serve

The racism that some citizens face at the hands of the police is not limited to just the US. Police in India don’t have a stellar record, either. In Hong Kong, there is a larger issue: the consequences of the morphing of the force on police-citizen interactions and on how citizens relate to each other.

The racism that some citizens face at the hands of the police is not limited to just the US. Police in India don’t have a stellar record, either. In Hong Kong, there is a larger issue: the consequences of the morphing of the force on police-citizen interactions and on how citizens relate to each other.

23 Apr 2021 - 2:21AM
Opinion | This Christmas, let’s practise the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen the global community

The sheer breadth of the impact of Covid-19 has created a shared experience and global bonds which should live on even after everyone has been immunised.

The sheer breadth of the impact of Covid-19 has created a shared experience and global bonds which should live on even after everyone has been immunised.

25 Dec 2020 - 6:18AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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