A week before the announcement of the Janata [public] Curfew slated for March 22, 2020, I spoke with a 43-year-old close relative in her village in Leh, Ladakh, by phone from Delhi. Around that time, the news of rising infections from the novel coronavirus coming in from China, Italy and Iran were ominous. Ladakh had been reporting positive cases since March 6. Speaking authoritatively, a malaise that educated people tend to suffer from when speaking to "uneducated" people, I advised her to … [Read more...]
Padma Rigzin was born and raised in Ladakh. He is currently a PhD scholar in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.