Stigmatisation of a certain race triggers racial division and hinders the collective fight against the pandemic, argues the author.
Nehginpao Kipgen, Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in many ways. Among the several implications for humanity, is the lesser talked-about issue of racism that has inherent psychological impacts.
This article examines the rise of racial discrimination in the two largest democracies of the world—the United States and India.
It argues that the stigmatisation of a certain race triggers racial division and hinders the collective fight against the pandemic, and can be as deadly and dangerous to humanity as the virus itself.
Published in: Economic & Political Weekly
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