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At the end of 2020, India applied to the WTO for a temporary suspension of intellectual property rights related to Covid-19. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

Intellectual property and Covid-19: how can we accelerate vaccination globally?

Licensing agreements between pharmaceutical companies and the Medicines Patent Pool, in cooperation with the WHO, could accelerate access to doses for the poorest countries.
A tiger crosses a road in India’s Ranthambore National Park. Aditya Singh/AFP via Getty Images

GPS tracking could help tigers and traffic coexist in Asia

An infrastructure boom threatens endangered tigers across Asia. Scientists want to know more about how tigers behave near roads so they can design wildlife-friendly transportation networks.
Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the religious Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India. Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

India prepares for Kumbh Mela, world’s largest religious gathering, amid COVID-19 fears

Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage that started earlier this month in India, has survived wars and famine since its origin. But the biggest threat has been the spread of illness – back then as now.
Workplace discrimination: a young boy of the Dhobi caste washing clothes in Mumbai, India. Dhobis are part of the Dalit or ‘Untouchable’ caste. Alec Macdonald / Alamy Stock Photo

Caste in India: ‘blind recruitment’ for the civil service won’t fix the system

A recent report has recommended ‘blind’ recruitment for India’s civil service to prevent caste discrimination. But this is unlikely to solve the problem of entrenched privilege.
After an Indian politician recently tried to shame a woman for wearing ripped jeans, women’s responses were swift and sharp. (Twitter/@prag65043538, @sherryshroff, @ruchikokcha)

How women in India reclaimed the protest power of ripped jeans

After an Indian politician disparaged a woman for her lack of morals because she was wearing ripped jeans, an online protest erupted, reviving the original protest-culture of the ripped jean.
Indian women during a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms, in Gurgaon, February 6, 2021. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Feminist struggles in times of pandemic: lessons from rural India

While the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated gender inequalities, it has also incited women-led initiatives and mobilisations.

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