• Chandra Bhushan

Breaking the lockdown chakravyuh

Set realistic health goals and use latest scientific data to reopen the country, save lives and the economy

One of the most endearing episodes of Mahabharta is that of Abhimanyu and his heroic battle to break the chakravyuh. While we celebrate his valour, we mostly ignore a fundamental lesson of this story. The lesson is: Do not enter a chakravyuh if you don’t know how to exit. We are facing a similar situation with the lockdown. We have imposed the hardest nationwide lockdown in the world, and now we are struggling to reopen the country. The question now is, can we open the country with as little harm as possible? I believe we can — by setting realistic goals, by using the latest scientific information, and by implementing a systematic framework.

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