Project Syndicate | The Daily Star
  • India’s Silenced Parliament

    After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of deepening national crisis. But I fear that it may be unable to hold the country’s failing government to account.

  • How to save nine million children

    Last year, a child died of pneumonia every 39 seconds, on average. A form of acute respiratory infection, pneumonia is detectable, treatable and preventable.

  • Can vaccines be allocated on antiracist terms?

    A safe and effective vaccine could play a significant role in mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, even if such a vaccine is found, it is highly unlikely that a sufficient number of doses could be produced in the next 2-3 years to ensure equitable access for everyone. So, when a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available, who should get it first?

  • Epidemics, economics, and externalities

    Covid-19 and its collateral damage continue to leave a trail of devastation around the world. Millions of businesses have closed, with many having no realistic prospect of reopening.

  • Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty

    Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis—global poverty—with even a fraction of these resources?

  • The preventable trauma of Covid-19 childbirth

    “The baby is dead. We can’t assist you here.” By the time she heard these devastating words, the pregnant Yasmelis Casanova had endured a long and painful journey, passing through multiple Covid-19 checkpoints, to the hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. She bled for hours without treatment.

  • How cash transfers prevent lockdown tragedies

    In 2017, I was a candidate to become the next Director-General of the World Health Organization. At the 70th World Health Assembly, I stood before health ministers from around the world and warned that three things could destroy the planet: a celestial event, a third world war, or a pandemic.

  • Whose India?

    As India prepares to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of its independence on August 15, a growing number of Indians are coming to believe that the battle to preserve the essence of the country born in 1947 is already lost. Many commentators have concluded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has already, in effect, inaugurated a “second republic” by upending the key assumptions of the first.

  • A Covid-19 bridge over troubled water?

    The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to transform our behaviours, attitudes and policies in many areas. For the sake of overcoming the public health crisis and enabling economic recovery, one must hope that water and wastewater management will be among them.

  • India’s China strategy is changing

    After last month’s clash in the Ladakh region’s Galwan Valley killed 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops, the two countries are settling in for a prolonged standoff on their disputed Himalayan frontier, even amid reports of a disengagement at the site of their recent clash.

  • Europe Rescues Itself

    After four days and nights of tough negotiations and many painful compromises, European leaders have reached a deal on a groundbreaking 750 billion euro (USD 868 billion) recovery fund.

  • Trump’s Ancient Ballot Lie

    As the United States heads toward its most significant and contentious presidential election in a very long time, there is much talk about voting by mail.

  • Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Five years ago this week in Vienna, the P5+1 (the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  • Building Forward with Digital Agriculture

    The Covid-19 pandemic is reshaping societies around the world, in part by accelerating the digital revolution that was already underway at the beginning of the year.

  • Firm Priorities for Fragile States

    No country has been spared the impact of Covid-19. But some—the world’s most “fragile states”—face a particularly difficult set of challenges.

  • Building a better post-Covid world

    In a matter of months, the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the world almost beyond recognition.

  • America’s Mis-Police State

    George Floyd’s death at the hands—and under the knee—of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has triggered a wave of peaceful protests and violent rioting in most major cities across the United States.

  • Preventing a Covid-19 food crisis

    Even before the pandemic, there were signs that global food prices could soon surge.

  • The Kerala Model

    As India’s 1.3 billion people struggle to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the country’s 28 states stands head and shoulders above the rest.

  • Toward a 2021 Tokyo Olympics

    With the global Covid-19 crisis quickly escalating, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had to accept a hard truth, rightly taking

  • Remembering the Forgotten Gandhi

    March 12 marked the 90th anniversary of one of the most momentous events in India’s nationalist struggle: the start of the Dandi March,

  • Will the Coronavirus Trigger a Global Recession?

    At the start of this year, things seemed to be looking up for the global economy.

  • Why Bernie?

    For the last 50 years, almost every US presidential election has brought a new swing of the national political pendulum. Richard Nixon’s shifty administration gave way, after Gerald Ford was in office long enough to pardon his former boss, to the choirboy Jimmy Carter.

  • Violence against women is blocking development

    The single highest barrier to development globally is neither hunger nor disease. It is gender-based discrimination and violence.

  • What’s at stake in Libya?

    The ongoing war in Libya is a microcosm of the tragedy that has gripped many Middle Eastern countries. If it is not resolved soon, the fighting in Libya could sow instability in neighbouring countries like Tunisia and Egypt, and trigger more waves of refugees fleeing to Europe.

  • Reform or Revolution

    The best-known modern revolutions have invariably been preceded by increasing polarisation and an inability to solve pressing social and economic problems.

  • Who Can Beat Trump?

    The US presidential election in November is the most consequential in modern history. Whether the increasingly authoritarian, vindictive, and dangerous Donald Trump wins another four years in power could define the US for a long time to come.

  • Pariah India

    After India launched far-reaching economic reforms in 1991, its stature in the world rose steadily.

  • Toward a New Iran Nuclear Deal

    When Iran anno-unced in January that it would further “reduce” its commitments under the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear activities, it was not responding to the United States’ assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader General Qassem Suleimani a few days earlier.

  • Europe lives on

    Paris – Brexit is a disaster for the United Kingdom. Given the risk that it will now lose Scotland and Northern Ireland to secession, the country seems to have accepted the idea of Great Britain turning back into “Little England.” Britain is that rare lion that chooses to become as small as a mouse.