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And when the lockdown lifts?

The assumption from the state is that the citizen will 'misuse' individual liberty and get up to mischief if not threatened or coerced

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Lockdown | Coronavirus

Aakar Patel 

Aakar Patel

With luck we are likely to exit the lockdown and reenter a new world sometime this month. India has, as has been reported widely (and for some reason acknowledged with great pride by our government), the harshest lockdown in the world.

It scored 100 on a British university index measuring the scale across the world, and one reason why it is harsh is that it is coercive. The word lockdown has come into common usage globally, along with “social distancing” (a phrase apparently coined or at least first used by the South Korean leader) after Covid-19 hit the earth. But it means ...

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First Published: Fri, May 01 2020. 20:59 IST
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