The writer is an Indian economist, veteran journalist, and author. He served in the UN Development Program, the World Bank, and information advisor to the prime minister of India.


It is too late! The coronavirus or COVID-19 horse has bolted and closed the barn doors. Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s total lockdown, the number of people testing positive for the virus has risen exponentially during the past week from 200 in three days to more than 400 in a single day.

When Modi declared his lockdown on March 24 the total number of infected persons was 476

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