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Issue 02, 2020


India Perspectives |author

Issue 02, 2020


As millions across the world stand affected in one way or another by the spread of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, India too deals with the unprecedented situation that has resulted due to this global pandemic. In these challenging times, the nation stands fully united against a common enemy and presents a strong front, be it in adhering to norms aimed at curbing the spread of the virus or in terms of efforts, ideas and innovations to overcome this challenge.

We bring you detailed reports on how Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has successfully spearheaded an unprecedented diplomatic outreach to galvanise countries around the world to unite in the face of the pandemic. We also look at how the multi-faceted and dynamic business and innovation ecosystem of the country has come together to find solutions to this crisis.

India is revisiting its rich heritage, traditions and age-old wisdom, as we move towards making our lives wholesome, disciplined and more in sync with nature. From the healing power of Indian spices to the immune-boosting capabilities of yoga, from ancient practices that have guided our lives to traditional games that enhance our grey cells, we are making a shift towards natural remedies and simple habits, all of which is featured in this issue. We look at how basic yoga techniques, that do not require any formal training, can make our lives more fulfilling by boosting our mental, spiritual and physical strength through simple do-it-yourself routines. We then embark on a journey of rediscovering our roots that leads us to the vibrant state of Rajasthan, where the indigenous art of carpet-making has not only made artisans financially self-sufficient but also placed their craft on the global design map.

Home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, India is nothing short of a natural paradise. We take you across the length and breadth of the country as we visit the lesser known national parks and conservation reserves.

In this issue, we also salute Indian women, who create the perfect balance in life – helming traditional roles at home while shattering the proverbial glass ceiling outside. We bring you the adventurous tale of four female motorcyclists, who rode along the newly-laid Trilateral Highway from India through Myanmar to Thailand, conquering hearts across nations. Travel’s power to bring disparate people together is brought to fore by author and philanthropist Sudha Murty, who speaks on how Indian culture transcends borders.

With this issue, we introduce a new section to pay tribute to legendary personalities, who have, with their visionary ideas and hard work, made a mark. We start with Mahasweta Devi, a renowned author and social activist from West Bengal, whose efforts to better the lives of tribals across India were duly recognized.

Anurag Srivastava

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