Amartya Sen writes: Overcoming a pandemic may look like fighting a war, but the real need is far from that

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published Published on Apr 8, 2020   modified Modified on Apr 8, 2020

-The Indian Express

Amartya Sen writes: Tackling a social calamity is not like fighting a war which works best when a leader can use top-down power to order everyone to do what the leader wants — with no need for consultation. In contrast, what is needed for dealing with a social calamity is participatory governance and alert public discussion.

We have reason to take pride in the fact that India is the largest democracy in the world, and also the oldest in the developing world. Aside from giving everyone a voice, democracy provides many practical benefits for us. We can, however, ask whether we are making good use of it now when the country, facing a gigantic health crisis, needs it most.

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The Indian Express, 8 April, 2020,

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