Monday, 20 September, 2021; 1:46 am
— Mubashar Hasan
This virus crisis is slowly exposing the sheer level of economic inequality in neoliberal South Asia. It would be impossible to completely shut down countries like India, Pakistan or Bangladesh for many days where millions live under US$2 per day. They cant afford to self isolate or self quarantine.
Their everyday struggle for food may make stories of life time for others.
In South Asia, state institutions are weak and the government systems are increasingly dominated and manipulated by military and political elites and self serving civil service whose major focus remained to protect political and business elites.
This virus however is slowly inflicting these systems, it remain to be seen whether the elites will have a firmer grip over these weak states or given the history of anarchy and protest in this region, all hell will break loose.
After all, economic inequality remained a key factor for state formation in South Asia.
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