Why are so many children dying in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur? T Jacob John writes in the Hindu about identifying the disease that is responsible for these deaths and adds that it is little errors that compound and result in deaths – glucometers not being maintained, doctors not being trained, the wrong dosage given, ambulances taking the patients to far-away big hospitals instead of nearby clinics.
“My daughter recently celebrated her birthday,” writes Pa Ranjith in Firstpost. “This birthday, I wanted to write something for her. I wanted to tell her: ‘You see everyone as they are. Ten years later, I am not sure if you will still see everyone and everything as they are. By the time you grow up, things would have changed drastically. But now, a Dalit is being fed human feces. A couple has been drowned because their families do not accept their relationship. Both of these incidents have taken place in the span of three days, when I have sat down to write something for you.’”
Casey Newton in the Verge writes a horrifying, graphic story about what it is like to be a moderator for Facebook, where each person has to screen the most depraved, violent, unpalatable content so that it doesn’t reach our screens, often leading to severe mental illnesses and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I’ve always understood the core principle of anarchism to be the recognition that structures of domination and control are not self-justifying. They carry a burden of proof, and when that cannot be met, as is commonly the case, they should be dismantled.” Scott Casleton in the Boston Review talks to Noam Chomsky about “socialism, anarchism, and the fight for progress in US politics today.”
This isn’t a “read” per se, but the New York Times’ daily podcast, called The Daily, did a whole week’s worth of episodes on the rise of populism in Europe, coming to the conclusion that what is in danger is not the European Union but the very idea of democracy automatically being “liberal”.