The Lecture is being delivered by Professor Deepak Nayyar, President, ISLE; Emeritus Professor, JNU & Former Vice Chancellor, Delhi University. Professor Alakh N. Sharma, Director, IHD will Moderate the Webinar.
The object of this lecture is to analyse the implications and consequences of the ongoing pandemic for lives, livelihoods and the economy in India. Its focus is on three propositions. First, it suggests that the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19 in India is much lower than elsewhere in the world, to explore possible underlying reasons. Second, it argues that saving lives and preserving livelihoods are imperatives, since both taken together shape the wellbeing of people, and it is for the government to reconcile these objectives instead of letting it be posed as an either-or choice creating a false dilemma. Third, it discusses how the prolonged and draconian lockdown has dealt a crippling below to the economy, making recovery a far more difficult task, while placing a disproportionate burden on the poor, for whom it is now a question of survival. In conclusion, the lecture will reflect briefly on possible ways forward.