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Covid discourse

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A jesuit teacher of mine at Darjeeling would insist that text and drama need a backstage, where one needs to examine the unstated and interrogate the silence of a narrative. The Indian narrative of the Coronavirus is a master narrative, presented in an officially epic manner. But its philosophically skin deep and its superficiality needs an analysis. Philosophically, the corona narrative has no sense of nature. Viruses and bacteria do not seem to belong to nature. We look at nature without a sense of evolutionary science or its complexity. As the biologist Lynn Morgulis said, we tend to be anthropocentric seeing man as the centre and controller of the earth, without realising the earth can do without us. The virus, plankton and the bacteria as forms of life maintained the earth's stability, its homeostasis, for a billion years before man emerged. The current view of nature is misplaced and must be challenged. Man has to see himself in symbiosis with nature.

Bowing to nature

We feel we can outwit nature. It reminds me of a story I heard as a child, the British scientist Desmond Bernal was out boating on Dinna lake near Jamshedpur. My father and he were discussing how the........

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