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How the Covid story must be retold

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The Indian scientist CV Seshadri observed that an event should be seen through three lenses. The first involves storytelling. Storytelling is an art form which becomes even more tragic when the storyteller disappears along with the story. One can think of the Narmada Dam in this context. One loses the sheer magic, the tension of anticipation, beginning “once there was”. The second perspective, more valid today, is usually scientific or ecological, and centres around paradigms as theoretical frameworks for problem-solving. The emphasis here is on the faith and logic of scientific or medical ideas. The third level is one of discourse combining myth, language, philosophy, and explores the world view and theory around the event.

The Covid-19, as a public event, deserved all three interpretations but was seen more through an act of policy or through a paradigmatic frame. As a result, the discussions around it are becoming more impoverished.

Losing the plot

The pandemic is presented as a policing problem and its effects evaluated statistically. People discussing the future, usually the technocrats, see their own world mirrored Covid-19 and argue enthusiastically for artificial intelligence. Corporations seeking to control of the economy, talk of investment, of working at home, but rarely see the tragedy of work and the city.

The stories of vagrants, marginals and migrants are lost or pulverised to a lowest common........

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