Indcovidsupport is an attempt to archive the present - the bizarre moment we are living through in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic.
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.
The COVID Relief section of this website provides a list of various relief and other campaigns that are active in the city of Bangalore and beyond: these include efforts by NGOs and volunteers in Bangalore and outside, by the state, by various government departments, and by elected representatives among others, with a focus on Bangalore but with details for campaigns across the country. There is also a new section on Amphan relief on this tab now. Besides details on how to link up with these campaigns, the section also allows you to add campaigns you are aware of.
The Resources section of the site lists contacts of state and other functionaries who are working with the relief machinery. It also links to lists of government notifications related to COVID and the lockdown, and to guidelines for volunteers. The section also offers mythbusters about the disease and a compilation of "fake news" that appeared in this period.
The Dashboard section consists of data on the casualties of the disease and the lockdown in Karnataka, India and the world. A simulation tool also helps you change some of the parameters to understand how things might have been or could be otherwise.
The 9 Headlines Daily section is a repository of how we have been talking about COVID the disease itself as well as our response to it as a country, in mainstream and social media. What stories and facts have we chosen to highlight and what has remained hidden? We will be regularly updating stories and headlines that have stayed with us in this section. The adjacent section focusses specifically on Migrants, who featured so regularly in our Headlines that we realised they needed section of their own section.
The Research section contains a collection of research papers and analyses of the pandemic and its consequences.
The section on Art presents some instances of poetry, sketches and other art created in response to COVID and to living through its many consequences. The Events section lists talks and performances around the world that have been keeping us engaged and thinking the apst few months.