On January 30th, 2020, the first case of COVID19 was confirmed in Kerala's Thrissur district in a student who had returned home for a vacation from Wuhan University in China. The 50th COVID19 case in India was reported 41 days after this first case in Kerala. On March 24th, PM Narendra Modi announced a 21 day lockdown in the country to curb the pandemic. Since that time, India has been grappling with the twin problems of the pandemic and the effects of the lockdown - large scale migration, hunger deaths, bottle-necks of supply chain and economic collapse.
As each of us grapples with the everyday challenges of our no-longer-routine, no-longer-normal lives, it is easy to forget how varied our lives and these challenges can be, based on our social location. Also, the ever-present anxiety of what news the next day will bring sometimes makes it harder to think of the longer term and to think of it in less instrumental and on more humane terms. This site is an attempt to recover some of these dimensions of thinking about the pandemic and our response to it in India, as individuals, as communities, as a country. It is also an effort to celebrate some of the campaigns, art, thinking and ways of seeing the world that this dark moment has made possible. As this site has evolved, it has also become an anchor, a source of stability and a sounding board for the five strangers who came together to build it - in that sense, this site is our personal archive for this period as well.