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Have beauty products crossed narrow boundaries?

From startups to internationally acclaimed brands, Beauty products have changed the beauty industry completely, be it skin care or cosmetics there is a solution for each and every problem. As Wordsworth rightly said ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’. Beauty brands have finally welcomed the big change we have been waiting for, though we have been seeing minor changes here and there but a major change has happened in the beauty industry which has created a revolution and has broken many water tight compartment by not only imparting the notion of feminism in there marketing strategies but also has brought about many other changes which have been ice breakers in this monotonous world.

As beauty brands become more diverse people have fallen in love with them, beauty brands like Maybelline, Loreal Paris, MAC or even the emerging beauty brands which are still small business have made people feel good about their own skin. The inclusivity seen on social media platforms and websites has become not only an attraction but it is the result of years of revolts and call outs. Today when we shop online or in a store there are a number of foundation shades available which reflect a spectrum of skin tones and take into consideration the beautiful colors which represent human skin.

Not only women but men as well will now be able to choose from a number of products which cater to their skin needs. Thousands of videos of men contouring their faces have flooded IG feeds and they have been all supported with a huge amount of appreciation and positive feedback. Indian Comedian and Entertainer Ankush Bahuguna’s Beauty page on Instagram is the latest talk of the town, he is garnering a strong hold and has become the new face of inclusivity in the beauty world, he is leading millions of men and by doing his own bit he is bringing about the much needed change to the notion that beauty products are not only for women. Men are free to have access over skin care and beauty products just like women. Beauty brands today are equally giving attention to the LGBTQ community as well

The ‘NO FILTER’ slogan has taken over social media recently, beauty brands and their own founder are advocating for no filter photos. The main aim behind this is to post pictures without editing or adding filters to any photo on their respective social media sites and pages, this is a way to cater an acceptance towards our own natural skin and to embrace those flaws with pride.

LIVE TINTED by Deepika Mutyala is one of the first ever beauty and skin care brands which is culturally inclusive and embraces diversity, her products have created a roar, be it the hue stick or her LIVE TINTED Unity Balm Gloss-the name itself says it, her products complement all skin colors and that is one of the biggest reasons behind the emergence of her brand, Deepika has become an international ambassador promoting inclusivity and appreciating the cultural differences through her unique products.Hair care brands like Dove, Loreal, Streax and Pantene have come up with hair care products suitable for different kinds of hair types- be it curly, dry, wavy or even damaged.

Finally, we have been able to witness some drastic change and it’s all because of our voices, as we spoke up against the wrong and counter it we witnessed a change which defines the real “us” today. Such milestones can totally change a person’s confidence and has become a stepping stone towards creating the right kind of change.

 

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Digitization: Changed the World!

Microsoft teams, Zoom , Skype, Webex, slack Google Meet and what not, have helped us in numerous ways. Online classes, office meetings and assignments, these applications have truly been a game changer, they have allowed us to work within the comfort of our homes. Unlike the 1918 spanish flu where one can say life was simple and there was hardly any notion of advancement in technology.

Apparently one can say the world did not come to a standstill and kept on moving and this was all possible due to the digital infrastructure and the digitization of world economy. Overseas communication was made easy.

Locked up in our houses without the gizmos and gadgets we would have all been either reading books or would have tried to entertain ourselves within the four walls by being dependent on many other activities. But how long would we have been able to sustain ourselves would be the biggest question.

Digitization is just a small word but it has completely changed our lives, today it has let us work in a smart and an efficient manner. India has already entered the 3g arena. Most of us were elated when it came to working or studying from home as it helped us save on time, in that spare time we were able to brush up our knowledge and pursue courses of our own interest. A woman in Kerala completed around 350 online courses within a pan three months and this was all was possible because of digitization.

Be it food or groceries, we were able to order anything and everything. Even though India is a developing country but unlike other third world countries India is stated to have better digital infrastructure which had enabled smooth functioning in all spheres of the society.

Even though 2020 was one of the most disastrous years, but it allowed us to explore and was the year of many great discoveries as well. We truly are grateful as this digital world did not stop our hustle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Myanmar once again under Military dictatorship

Myanmar is once again under a military dictatorship after a military coup, just before a day when NLD (National League for Democracy) was set to form the parliament’s government. This coup came when the NLD had already won the general elections in November 2020, with a landslide victory. The military detains President Win Myint and state counsellor Aun San Suu Kyi with many other party officials.

The military has alleged voter fraud and took up the case to the Election Commission of Myanmar. But Election Commission denied all such baseless charges, which eventually led to a coup in the country. General. Min Aung Hlaing warned of a coup last week if the voter fraud is not immediately resolved.

The coup began on the morning of 1 February 2021. The NLD party was deposed by Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) in a bloodless coup against the civilian government. Aun San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were detained in the capital Naypyidaw. Four hundred of the NLD government officials were detained and were told to return to their home districts. The military carried troops, trucks, and armored and personal carriers during the military takeover.

The Army has declared a one-year statewide emergency, after which reelections would be held, and the power will be given to the winner. The country and its legislative functions will be under a junta (military or political party that takes control by force). The power to govern the country has been vested in Commander-in-Chief of Min Aung Hlaing’s defense services, and Myint Swe was declared as the acting president.

Protests have sprouted up in various parts of the country against the military dictatorship. Youth has already seen their parents and grandparents suffer under military rule once before, and they don’t want the same fate for their future. The protests have been peaceful for now, with no police crackdown on the protestors.

Moments after the coup, the internet has been shut down in the country. Internet service is unavailable around major cities. Myanmar has temporarily banned access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

The country was under military rule during 1962-2011, after which democracy was put in place, and Aun San Suu Kyi first formed a government in 2015. Although NLD won the elections democratically for the first time in 2015, the military has considerable influence over Myanmar’s politics, both internally and externally.

Repressive colonial-era laws still dominate Myanmar’s constitution, which is put together by the military. The Army has been given superior power in the constitution. Since the military drafted the constitution, it favours someone from a military background to govern the country, making it almost impossible for a civilian government to maintain stability. 25% of seats in Myanmar’s parliament and three security ministries are under the military’s direct control.

USA, UN, EU, and Amnesty International have urged the ‘maintenance of democracy in the country’ and condemn military actions. The USA has already warned counter-action and government sanctions if democracy is not restored in the country.

Myanmar has already been under a lot of international criticism due to Rohingya Muslim’s genocide by the military in 2017, which has led to extrajudicial killings and large-scale violence against Muslims by the military in Myanmar. During that time, to maintain peaceful relations between her party and the military, Suu Kyi defended the Army’s genocide of Rohingya Muslims at the International Court of Justice. She received a lot of backlash from world organisations. But despite that, Suu Kyi is a popular leader in her country.

India is closely observing the situation in Myanmar. Looking at the country’s political scenario, the Indian embassy in Yangon has warned Indians living in Myanmar to take precautions and avoid unnecessary travel. Almost 7,000 NRI’s are living in Myanmar, while Indian origin people could be more than a million.

 

 

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Vaccination: The Truth and Myths

We have all had our set of shots during infancy and childhood and despite the fear of that sharp needle, it felt like we had gained a superpower to fight off the deadliest diseases in the world. Vaccines have been one of the world’s biggest achievements till date and have prevented the death of millions from many deadly diseases like smallpox, polio or even TB (tuberculosis). But in many cases, they have also faltered and have been unable to complete their job.

Even though children have been vaccinated to prevent themselves from getting diseases like malaria, cholera, dengue etc they have still succumbed to these diseases due to the failure of the vaccines. Recently, there have also been rumours floating about a new disease which is even deadlier than the coronavirus which could hit us any time and the world will not be prepared for it.

The task of manufacturing and distributing a vaccine is not an easy process. Along with being time-consuming and expensive, it could be a huge loss if not proven effective. So, how does a vaccine work against these viruses? Well, it is the mechanism and working of the vaccine has definitely got our attention.

Vaccines contain the targeted virus in its weakened or dead form, or proteins from the virus, which after inserting into the body, will eventually stimulate our body into producing the antibodies required, hence making us immune from the respective disease.

There are various side effects that some people may experience after a vaccination which usually include mild fevers, headaches, pain and swelling, muscular pain, fatigue and nausea. They generally go away within a day or two and are not long-lasting. These side effects indicate that the body has started building up immunity against the virus. The problem is many people have the wrong impression that side effects caused by a vaccine can cause further illnesses. This stops them from getting vaccinated which can result in long term health issues.

10 out of 100 people will face mild side effects which disappear with a few hours after being vaccinated and these symptoms are a positive sign indicating that the body is becoming immune to the virus.

People who are against vaccinations believe that it can be the reason behind neurological disorders. When asked, many stated several reasons like conspiracy theories. While most were rumours, some statements are true and such practices are still relevant till date.

Most of the times a sanitary or religious objection have been the reason behind people opposing vaccinations. Many believe that better hygiene and sanitation can help prevent diseases and there would be no need for vaccinations which is not true. A huge percent of the population still fears vaccines as that they are completely unaware of what’s being injected into their bodies and whether it will do its job or not.

Many believe that if the disease is eradicated than a vaccine would not be needed anymore, which is a false theory as a disease will only be prevented if the vaccination continues. When smallpox vaccines were doing the rounds, rumours spread over the world that syringes were being used more than once which could be the reason for the spread of deadly diseases like HIV and can lead to infections which would eventually cause death.

Such conspiracy theories can fog peoples’ minds and create unwanted holes in society’s wellbeing. Currently, many people have opposed the vaccine against coronavirus and won’t be getting themselves vaccinated. Many countries like the USA have not made it obligatory for every citizen to get themselves vaccinated. Can this become a black hole in our fight against Coronavirus?

Soon, the world will be vaccinated against the coronavirus which has been looming across the world for almost a year and with the advancement in technology, we were able to revive ourselves even though there were many barriers. In the current scenario, we have innumerable vaccines available which have been made by various companies. The question remains whether the vaccination means a covid free world or is this the beginning of an era filled with pandemics?

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Abound with nature,obliged to nurture!

The environment surrounds us and sustains us, as beings of this planet we have been dependent on each and every resource the environment offers us from day one, most of us look at it as a boon but we might have just become too independent and have taken these resources for granted and unknowingly some of us are completely misusing them, some of the resources available to us like fossil fuels are non-renewable and exhaustive in nature which cannot be replenished. We have been taught to follow the three Rs that is reduce, recycle and reuse but still lag behind, the notion of sustainable development has been highlighted on numerous occasions still we are unable to follow it diligently. Has Coronvirus been a bane on mankind? Eventually it was us humans who had to lock ourselves at home and let nature plays its natural role.

Has our lifestyle and use of non-biodegradable material paved way for a new geological age? Based on a dynamic study it has been found that for the first time in history human made objects would outweigh living things on Earth for the first time. Scientists stated that the combined weight of concrete, plastic, bricks and other materials would outweigh all animals and plants on Earth. Scientists also stated that we have entered a new geological age known as Anthropocene, the impact which mankind will have on sediments and rocks will be visible to people millions of years into the future. Dr. Ron Milo who was the lead in the research team of this study stated ‘ It is a reason for all of us to ponder our role, how much consumption we do and how can we try to get a better balance between the living world and humanity.

A shocking incident in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh shook the whole country, around five hundred people were hospitalised after they faced bouts of anxiety, epilepsy attacks, nausea and headache. According to reports this was due to the presence of lead and nickel in water, the water after being tested was showing presence of pesticides. Bellaru lake in Karnataka had become a pool of toxic froth due to industrial pollution. Incidents like these are a wakeup call for the whole country, Incidents like these have popped up on many occasions and are an alarm for us to finally take some action, According to a survey many Indian states came out with a strict rule of saying no to plastic bags and plastic containers, they initially penalised the law breakers but after a few months passed things started becoming the way they were, shopkeepers started using polythene bags and even consumers have switched over to storing many items in plastic bags, household plastic use has increased during the lockdown period.

People living near industries have been victims of numerous diseases due to the inhalation of deadly gases from the industries and due to the release of industrial waste in water bodies, till date in many villages of India people still wash their clothes and utensils, they wash their animals in the same water and also bathe in it, industrial waste releases in such water bodies which are used by people for various purposes to a great extent is not only harmful for the people but also the environment.

Many organisation have created waterproof straws out of paper and chickpeas as a substitute for plastic straws. In USA fuel has been obtained out of corn kernels which is renewable and ecofriendly. In the year 2015 roads made out of plastic waste were built, Padma Sri Rajagopalan Vasudevan who is a professor at Madurai’s Thiagarajar College of Engineering paved they way for this method, It adheres to three Rs and also is a sustainable option. In Andhra Pradesh people have started making road out of used plastic and cans,

In the end it’s us humans who will eventually be bearing the brunt of our decisions. The simple of notion of give and take is truly the way of the world. We as humans who are bearing the horrifying repercussions of a sustainable approach along with vigorous implementation of the new changes is a necessity, We have come up with numerous scheme, laws and summits in order to put an end to climate change and the catastrophe it has on us. Even though we have started taking up drastic decisions and have made many changes in our lifestyle, will this fulfill the need of the hour?

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Farm Bills or Farmers: What is Justified?

There still hasn’t been any breakthrough in the talks between the government and the farmers. Though the government has agreed to give in writing that the farmers will still have an MSP, the farmers are not willing to sacrifice for anything less than a repeal of the laws. The centre has appropriated the protests to be instigated by leftists and Naxalites while it claims that the farmers are being misled by them. The farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws in the centre namely, The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 as the farmers believe that these laws favour corporates instead of the farmers.

These laws abolish the Agricultural Market Produce Committees (APMC) mandis, enabling the farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country to anyone even without a license to sell. This may help the farmers as they get to sell the produce in any district directly to consumers, eliminating all middlemen who currently get a huge number of profits from the consumers. But, nowhere do these laws mention a Minimum Support Price (MSP), even though the Prime Minister did assure that the farmers will continue to sell their products above a certain MSP. The farmers are worried that without an MSP, corporates will take advantage of them. The farmers, in that case, will make even lesser money than they make now with all the middlemen involved, rendering the laws useless.

The law on contract farming will allow the farmers to pass on their losses to corporates as they can then directly form contracts with the corporates. If not regulated properly, these contracts can again be turned to favour the rich corporates, making the farmers their slaves. However, if this act is regulated properly by the government, the losses and profits will be born equally by the farmers as well as the corporates, creating a win-win situation for both.

The third law removes cereals, pulses and other food items from the essential commodities list. This enables foreign investments in the agricultural sector, further pushing agriculture into the hands of wealthy corporates from the farmers who would then be puppets in their fields, doing all the hard work.

Every time there are protests in the country, whether it be the anti – CAA or currently the protests by the farmers, the government claims that it’s being instigated by anti-nationals who are misleading the people of the nation.

Taking the last two laws into consideration, a sense of corporatization of agriculture is perceived by the government. If these laws go through without any amendments that are currently being proposed, then there have to be strict regulations from the government that the rights of the farmers are upheld and corporates do not take advantage of the farmers for their profits.

After these laws have been passed, Sugarcane farmers have been able to gain profits by selling their produce directly to corporates. But at the same time in Bihar, due to the removal of MSP, many farmers have had to sell their produce below their MSP. Initial field reports after the passing of these Acts have been mixed. There has currently been no advancement between the farmers and the government and only time will tell whether or not their conversation will bear any fruit.

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Government Regulating Online News and OTT Platforms: A Step Backwards for India

India has always had an audience that consumed western media. With its commentary on several topics that plague the world and its openness to seemingly mundane yet, hushed topics, countries like ours found an outlet that they resonated with. We can see this with Over the Top (OTT) platforms gaining popularity as soon as they ventured into India. These video streaming service providers, namely Netflix and Amazon Prime, mark a fresh change as they are seemingly independent with their content not being withheld by anything. Something India hasn’t experienced before.

This, however, may change. According to a report by The Hindu, the Union government has brought OTT platforms under the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. As stated by the government, with set organizations to look after regulating content on television, print, news, and entertainment, “content online fell into a black hole with no oversight.” What this means is films and audio-visual programs as well as news and current affairs content that is available on these platforms will now be monitored by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. This change, in the words of ministry officials, enforces a greater discipline online.

We don’t know what this takeover means yet as the ministry hasn’t given out any details as of now. However, it is learned that the same rules that are applied in the Cable Television Network Regulation Act, 1995 may serve as a template to frame rules for online content. Program Code that governs content on TV lists several don’ts that channels are required to observe and follow. There is a possibility that the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre, which currently monitors content on TV, maybe extended to include online content.

We already see a revolt against contents of such platforms with an FIR, recently, being filed against Netflix for showcasing a kissing scene between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, against the backdrop of a Hindu temple, in the series A Suitable Boy. The complaint was launched by BJP youth leader Gaurav Tiwari for apparently hurting religious sentiments and promoting ‘love jihad’. With the government seizing more and more control over what we consume, our nation, which is slowly moving towards a more progressive and liberated society could once again be under one strict religious party’s beliefs, flaring a divide further.

This takes us back to India’s long struggle with piracy. Films, recently released, were commonly sold in the form of CDs, in black, at almost every corner. We see this now as torrents, with online downloads of content easily accessible by anyone. In March alone we saw a 62% spike in the rates of film piracy due to the lockdown and the fact that not a lot of people had paid for OTT platforms subscriptions. According to an article by mint ”it has never been easier to view content illegally than now”. With newly enforced restrictions we may only be left with such methods and India once again will have to deal with combating this problem.

If the content on OTT platforms is regulated under the same strict guidelines that are followed to monitor content on television, for example, it may be a huge step backwards for India. With the arrival of these platforms, we saw a new wave of Indian cinema with the freedom to talk about once hushed topics from an Indian perspective rather than relying solely on western takes on these issues. We saw an audience not just open but resonating with films which would once be known as bold films like Lust Stories or A Suitable Boy. The actual consequence of this measure is yet to be seen. For now, we can only hope the measures taken don’t undo the path that has been paved by these films.

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Pavers of Development are victims of disparities!

 

They provide us with the most essential services which are stepping stones when it comes to the holistic development of any country, yet are greatly ill-treated and underpaid. Teachers, frontline health workers and nurses are still facing disparities even today. When asked Teachers stated that “their work makes the world a better place, they are highly driven by the curiousity they see in class yet are paid very less in comparison to the efforts they put in.”

 

They put in the most efforts and give their best yet are greatly undermined. Nurses, health workers and teachers are taken for granted. For example Anganwadi workers who are an essential part of the education system in rural areas specially have multiple jobs to perform, not only do they teach the students of primary sections but they also have to counsel students on nutrition and health and have to administer various activities in government schools yet most of are paid around Rs.5,000 to Rs.7,000 a month which shows a great disparity in income payment. Today the profession of teaching is hardly encouraged amongst students, it is not considered to be one of the attractive carrier options among youngsters and one of the reasons behind this are the drawback they face even in today’s time. Many areas of the education and nursing industry are still lagging behind and need to be updated.

The other reason behind this is the income disparity as well as the fact that teaching is a carrier which is still undermined by many even though it holds a great value. India currently has around 60 lakh schools but the teacher- student ratio in these schools is a mess.The question of the hour is how many students look forward to teaching as a carrier option and growing in that field?

Teachers are not only underpaid but have other multiple roles to perform along with teaching the students. If this trend continues it will hamper the overall growth and development of the economy. These days teaching has been degraded down to being the last carrier option for many students instead it should be encouraged as one the best carrier options. Many teachers lack training and are not provided proper facilities which is also one of the reasons behind the low number of youngsters opting for teaching as a carrier.

Today many states in India are facing an issue, there is a greater need for Math and Science teachers. Due to a dip in the number of these subject teachers many schools are facing a problem as the workload increases on the pre-existing teachers. Most teaching staff and lab technicians in schools are forced to do other administrative work which also can hinder their interest in continuing the same carrier.

Even though many organisation have come together and have tried to raise their voices on social media still a lacuna is definitely seen. Many organisations support the notion of declaring teaching as the national profession of India, the main reason behind this is to garner attention towards that field.

Health workers are also facing some jarring issues, they are not only paid less but also have to work in a bad environment where they are not provided the required facilities and equipments. According to an analysis (2017) based on statistical data India is short of nearly two milion nurses. Many nurses and health workers are not provided with proper mentoring and hence feel unmotivated to work in the health care sector. Many of them also find the environment they work in to be  lacking certain qualities, many have pointed out the fact that they are taken for granted and at times have had to ignore their personal life in order to meet the demands at work.

Many rural hospitals lacking doctors have health workers and nurses playing the role of an ENT physician or a general physician which can lead to unimaginable consequences as they lack the knowledge and the training required for diagnosis. Such loopholes in the system need to be mended. Besides there prescribed work they are also given many other tasks which they have not been trained for. In the present scenario, currently India is lacking behind as there due to the insufficient number of doctors and nurses. Covid-19 health workers are definitely the true heroes.

Teachers, nurses and health workers form the backbone of the education system and health care system respectively. And on many occasion voices have been spread across the nation in favour of there discrepancies.

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Sly Ways Dowry Still Exists in Today’s Times

Dowry is an ancient tradition where the bride’s family gives several gifts to the groom’s family to ensure the marriage takes place. It’s also a word you probably haven’t heard out loud in a while. The practice of dowry has been illegal in India since 1961, still, it continues to thrive not just in villages and small towns but in urban India with educated families practicing it. We see this even in families where women are capable of supporting themselves as well as their own families. Then what makes it solely the bride’s obligation to give ‘gifts’ to the groom’s family?

In several cases, as we’ve seen for years in the news, women are often left vulnerable to harassment, ill-treatment, and even death if they don’t partake in this age-old tradition. Statistics show that more than 7,634 women were killed in 2015 alone in dowry-related cases. Rather than going away, dowry has become an unspoken condition where it is ‘expected’ from the girl’s family to bestow gifts to the guy’s family. This also is condoned as we, in India, still see marriage as the union of families rather than of two individuals, with the girl usually leaving her family behind. With this mindset still in place, the bride’s family thinks it is their job to provide these gifts to secure the girl’s wellbeing with her future family.

This age-old tradition is often disguised in customs and ceremonies performed during the marriage. Events like ‘Milni’ for example are where it is considered acceptable to take money, clothes, or jewelry. Gifts vary from these to refrigerators, washing machines, and cars. It is, however, not the giving of gifts that is the problem, it is the expectation of and from it. The girl’s family is often burdened with this financial strain with giving of gifts from their side in almost every custom as well as the expectation to pay for more than half of the wedding.

The tradition makes women, as well as men, seem like mere commodities. Men are often told their value by the number of gifts they get, often determined by their status and education level. Women are devalued by just the mere act of giving such gifts. This changes when we as individuals decide to take a stand to not participate in this tradition as well as to educate our elders about the same. We as a generation need to voice our values and beliefs to hone a new future where everyone is treated equally and just.

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The bizarre reason behind India’s low rate of Covid-19 Cases

Since the birth of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been forced to change our lifestyles, implement rigorous cleaning habits which has turning almost everyone into hygiene freaks.
Covid-19 has boosted the sales of sanitizers, face masks and other cleaning products over the last few months. But there is another factor which is protecting us with its hidden shield even though it’s one of the most prominent issues which most Indian cities face today.
We have been told to stay clean and wash away the dirt and dust from time to time. Disgust covers our face when we see the filth in the nooks and alleys of our congested towns and we frown at the living conditions which the poor are forced to live in, but somehow the conditions that we Indians are so used to living in and around might be the reason for the decline in the number of cases, thus putting old theories in this fight against coronavirus to shame.
India’s poor hygiene is the reason behind the country holding the least number of cases in the world. At first, it sounds extremely bizarre but when thought about, this bizarre theory has proven to be an outstanding discovery. Scientists and researchers state that most Indians have a naturally trained immune system to fight this deadly disease. In comparison to people of other nations, people living in third world countries especially Indians, have an immune system that is capable of fighting off the virus. Developing nations are a step ahead in the race to overcome coronavirus as poor sanitation and bad hygiene has elevated our control over Covid-19.
Most Indians living in slums or rural areas are prone to numerous viruses which help in strengthening the immune system which is one of the major factors contributing to the low number of cases is poor sanitation systems. They have even brine used to the polluted air which is released by surrounding industrial areas.Around 40% of the households in India don’t have access to clean water and washing hands with soap regularly are impossible or unheard of. As our bodies become use to our polluted surroundings we are less likely to be infected by viruses.
The Counsel of Scientific Research (CSIR) in India states that most Indians are living in hostile and unsafe environments which hold millions of pathogens and viruses that can give birth to communicable diseases and horrifying infections which although dangerous, has helped in building up strong immunity levels in Indians. They also stated that a low presence of certain viruses and pathogens is due to better hygiene standards and this is linked to a higher rate of low immunity.
First World countries like the USA and UK are known for their cleaner and healthier environment but this is considered to be a drawback as one’s body is hardly exposed to any bacteria or viruses and hence is not trained to fight off diseases which makes the people more prone to various illnesses, especially Covid-19.This is the reason behind children being able to fight against coronavirus as they have immune systems that are smarter and more active and hence work cleverly to protect their body.

Most developed nations face an “immune hypothesis” or a sudden increase in autoimmune troubles which not only makes them more prone to communicable diseases but also more prone to allergies. While developing nations continue to fight the age-old battle against poor sanitation and clean water, developed nations are trying to overcome the problems caused by a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and smoking.
Even though staying clean and practising good hygiene is the key to keep the virus at bay, poor sanitation has also aided in strengthening the immune systems which has greatly contributed to the low rate of coronavirus infections in India.

In India the vaccine won’t be available to all before 2021,and even though some countries like Russia have already vaccinated a majority of its citizens,still it has not brought in any drastic change in the number of cases,rather it has had many side effects like fever,cough and headache which is somewhat similar to the Covid-19 symptoms. And scientists state that the vaccine won’t have a long lasting effect as the virus keeps on mutating to a great extent. Covid-19 has truly changed our lives along with our lifestyles and has definitely become the ‘new normal’.