COVID-19

Audio podcast: Union Budget – the juggling act is on
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Ashraf Engineer January 15, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Even as the first advance estimates peg India’s economic growth for 2021-22 at 9.2%, there are a couple of factors looming over...
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Audio podcast: ‘Lockdown led to a sharp rise in underage marriages’
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Ashraf Engineer December 8, 2021 The lockdown imposed forced many families into debt and poverty. Unable to care for their children, many considered the weddings of their underage girls as necessary for survival. According to the Union Ministry of Women...
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Audio podcast: No respite from rising prices
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Ashraf Engineer November 20, 2021 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. There’s no respite from rising prices. India’s wholesale inflation rate soared to a five-month high of 12.54% in October compared to a...
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Audio podcast: 5 years on, the failures of demonetisation are even more stark
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Ashraf Engineer November 13, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Fact No 1: On November 4, 2016, just four days before a disastrous demonetisation was inflicted on India, the value of currency notes in...
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Audio podcast: Why India needs accessible, affordable healthcare diagnostics
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Ashraf Engineer October 20, 2021 Diagnostics comprise less than 5% of hospital costs but their findings influence 60%-70% of healthcare decision-making. India has among the lowest spends on diagnostics in the world due to lack of affordability, accessibility and awareness....
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Audio podcast: Across low- and middle-income nations, COVID-19 hurt women and children the most
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Ashraf Engineer September 29, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic was most devastating for women, children and adolescents, especially in low and middle-income countries. And these experiences were similar across these regions. Poor mental health, disruptions to education, loss of income and...
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Audio podcast: Millions are graduating, but where are the jobs?
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Ashraf Engineer September 18, 2021 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Quite literally, millions of young people who have recently graduated are struggling to find jobs. The Center for Monitoring Indian Economy, or...
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Audio podcast: How the pandemic widened the wealth chasm
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Ashraf Engineer July 17, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer The maxim that a pandemic affects everyone, but doesn’t affect everyone equally couldn’t be more true. And it couldn’t get starker than it did...
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Audio podcast: India’s COVID orphans
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Ashraf Engineer June 5, 2021 PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. COVID-19 has devastated families across the country, orphaning hundreds of children. Roughly 27% of India’s population is under 14 years of age...
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Audio podcast: Failure after failure on the vaccine front
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Ashraf Engineer June 2, 2o21 The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer is facing a deadly shortage of COVID-19 doses. From planning to procurement and pricing, everything went wrong. Murali Neelakantan, a former global general counsel for pharma heavyweights who has worked...
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