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Public health physician. Arriving at the right answer is important, but getting the question right is vital. The self-proclaimed expert is likely a charlatan
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Apr 3 6 tweets 5 min read
#SriLanka is reaping the whirlwind of #Hate first ethnically driven hate for the #Tamil people, and then religious hate for #Muslims.
Now they know painfully that Hate for a conveniently defined 'other' is destructive of everyone's prosperity, including your own. It was #Hate for the 'other' that blinded the populace to the #Corruption of those in power who fuelled and directed the #Hatred and the #Bigotry as a smokescreen for their own #Corrupt #misgovernance.
Apr 1 6 tweets 3 min read
By listening in on @MuslimSpaces one thing is clear. The primary responsibility for standing up to, and speaking out against, Hindutva #Sanghi outfits that persecute ordinary Muslim citizens, falls to the majority Hindu community and its leaders, representatives and influencers Not only is this the morally right thing to do, it is is also a matter of self-interest. Hindutva outfits are effectively non-state actors deciding State policy on the hoof, growing ever bolder and becoming ever more brazen in their acts of tyrannical oppression of Muslims
Apr 1 4 tweets 2 min read
Some interesting facts and figures here about the implications for India of Russia's efforts to sell its oil and how India is not going to be the conduit to circumvent Western sanctions.
economist.com/finance-and-ec… 1. More than a quarter of India's import bill goes on oil and petroleum products. World oil price-rise foll #Ukraine war is crippling India's public finances. But less than 1% of imported oil is Russian oil. But the state-run oil majors of India and Russia do cooperate
Mar 20 11 tweets 5 min read
A short thread on useful reviews you might read about Vivek Agnihotri's film Kahmir Files. Based on truths, it still manages to mislead viewers about the whole truth while whipping up hate toward a set of targets that the BJP has always ranted and railed against. So here goes:
🧵 1. Asim Ali in @newslaundry
Feb 18 8 tweets 5 min read
Lets go back to basics. What is the core question?
Might be easier to define what it is NOT.
1. It is not whether Hijab is mandated by Islam. You could have a decades-long debate on that Q and still not get universal agreement. It Does NOT matter. 2. It is not whether a Hijab (or for that matter a #Ghunghat, a turban, a #mangalsutra or whatever) is a regressive practice. Women are repressed in all communities. And you could hardly argue that @IlhanMN or Halimah Yacob suffer repression
#Hijab and repression are NOT linked.
Feb 16 4 tweets 2 min read
This is so true, when faced with trolls.
From Prof Michael Berry, #UCLA, translator of Wuhan Diary at today's AAS Digital Dialogues Webinar. ImageImage Every Indian should listen to and reflect the presentation given by @NitashaKaul at today's AAS Digital Dialogues webinar . She described the vile tactics used by the Hindutva ecosystem of coercion, control and 'othering' of anyone who dares challenge their propaganda
Jan 3 5 tweets 2 min read
The SmPC (Summary of Product Characteristics) for #Covaxin (see the link to Bharat Biotech's website here: bharatbiotech.com/images/covaxin…
has not been updated since the #EUA was granted for use in the 12-18 year age group. It still says (page 1): "COVAXIN® is indicated for active immunization against SARS-CoV-2 Virus infection for age ≥18years."

The SmPC is a legal document that is part of the approval process. On the question of expiry date, it says:(page 10),
Dec 29, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
#Omicron in India - a thread.
Thanks to all those who replied to my question yesterday, esp @Rukmini @PriyankaPulla @RijoMJohn and @pash22
I've pieced together some data and information from @PIB_India website and PRs from @MoHFW_INDIA . Here's what I can glean. 1. New cases of #Omicron infections began to be reported daily only on 21 Dec when there were 200 cases in the preceding 24 hours. (note there is a lag of 4-5 days for genome sequencing to be done)
2. On 29 Dec there were 781 cases in 24 hours.
Dec 15, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
#ElectoralBonds the real story. A Measure of Corruption at the HIghest Levels of Political Power in India -
Headline figure: 8,000 Crore Rupees. = 80 Billion INR = 1.06 Billion US Dollars.
Where do these figures come from? The Horse's mouth.
How? A written reply in #LokSabha. On 13 Dec 2021 Miinister of State (finance) Pankaj Chaudhuri answered Question No 2314. See the link here:
Dec 15, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
India's wholesale prices index - the facts.
from tradingeconomics.com/india/producer…
The annual wholesale price inflation rate in India rose to 14.23 percent in November 2021 from 12.54 percent in the previous month, beating market forecasts of 11.9 percent. This marked the highest figure since December 1998. The price-inflation for fuel (39.81 %) and power (37.18 percent in October).
Jun 20, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Why am I seeing more and more tweets that announce, "Ive got a place to study < fill in subject S> in <Fill in name of Foreign University >. Please help me defray the costs."
But does this trend not highlight the growing inadequacy of India's higher education capacity? There hv bn a range of replies and comments on my tweet above. Let me follow up with this comment. The fact is that in any country wherever it may be on the scale of wealth and development, education in an overseas University can only be for an elite rich privileged minority.
Jun 12, 2021 14 tweets 8 min read
India's far-Right Internet warriors are so quick to jump on the desi v Amreeka bandwagon. This @Twitter exchange is being shared on Whatsapp groups with comments s/as: "Typical mentality that keeps us enslaved psychologically". The US FDA's action might seem arbitrary, and Pfizer's demands may well seem arrogant, but to link the two in some kind of #Bharat as #Vishwaguru v America as Foreign #Angrez #Gora bad guy is silly, unhelpful, and won't get us anywhere. There are two questions that are relevant
Jun 11, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
@jyotiyadaav @sujakrao, @CDDEP director Ramanan Laxminarayan, and me on a Panel discussion on #Covid in India arranged by @archanacramesh of @oxfordind
facebook.com/oxfordindiasoc… Some fascinating insights from @jyotiyadaav from rural India. She describes one location where you have to travel 20 kilometers (or is it miles) just to be able to send or receive a whatsapp message? And we complain of slow 4G!!
Jun 11, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
The story that @BharatBiotech's US partner Ocugen has decided to hold its application to the US FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) for an Emergency Use License and file later for a full license has been widely reported. reuters.com/business/healt… But what is an Emergency Use Authorization (#EUA) and what does a company need to to satisfy @US_FDA? here's a video explaining it:
Jun 10, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Please don't embarrass yourself and your Institution, @NITIAayog, with this statistically naive, low level spin. The numbers you are reeling off are "Free-Floating Numerators" and mean zilch unless expressed as a %age of the denominator population of 850 million 18+ adults. I refer you sir to my column on this subject of absolute numbers vs percentage covered. See newslaundry.com/2021/05/28/num…
Jun 9, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
My #sanghified, #Bhakt-riddled NRI doctors group is an amusing place. In response to my columns on India's vaccine policy reversals some one posted this message aboput how Western Media are always negative aboput India: I put the group right by doing a quick search. I posted a CNN story edition.cnn.com/2021/03/07/eur…
Jun 9, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
You may have missed this bit of genius:
Under the heading,
Conflict of Interest:, the ICMR/Bharat Biotech team wrote:
"Authors do not have a conflict of interest among themselves."
I comment on this in
science.thewire.in/the-sciences/n… This is like the story:
6 year old, "Mummy, what is sex?"
Mum (all flustered), "you'll have to ask your dad... why do you want to know?"
6 yr old, "We got this form to fill out and after Name, and Date of Birth ( I can write my name and I know my birthday) it says,
Jun 9, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Time line of #Covaxin phase 3 trial
Nov 16. 2020 Phase 3 trial start announced. 26,000 subjects planned to be recruited
bharatbiotech.com/images/press/B… Dec 22, 2020. Half-way mark, 13,000 subjects recruited.
Jun 9, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Bharat Biotech attacking reports and papers by other researchers is bad form and dangerous for its own good name. They should focus on the integrity of their own research efforts and leave it to independent scientists to critique both their own and others' research. @BharatBiotech is not in competition with other vaccines. #Covaxin does need to to produce more antibodies than #Covishield to be a successful product. Covaxin needs merely to produce enough of an immune response to be protective against SARS-Cov2.
Jun 8, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Fact-checking the PM's Speech on 7 June 2021.
1. "In past decades India depended on western largesse to get its vaccines. Only after the rich West had met the needs of its population would India start"
This is debunked here: thehindu.com/news/national/… 2. "The coverage in India's vaccination programme in 2014 was a mere 60%." I question this claim in my @newslaundry column here: newslaundry.com/2021/06/08/are…
Jun 7, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I've written a column for @newslaundry on the change in Covid vaccine policy announced by the prime Minister when he addressed the nation at 5 pm yesterday, 7 June.
Look out for it in the morning Here is my commentary on the vaccine policy reversal. It is welcome, if only a partial, roll-back of a flawed policy. My thanks to @mehrajdlone of @newslaundry