New Delhi: A new book written by political analyst and former journalist Jyoti Mukul gives a detailed account of what India has been through during the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Title The big stop it also relates the Covid-19 regulations before and after confinement, the unlocking phase, the second wave and the alternatives available for travel.
Published by HarperCollins India, the book will be released on March 25 on Softcover, ThePrint’s online site to launch a selection of non-fiction books.
The book launch coincides with the day a nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25, 2020, in a bid to curb rising Covid cases in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the restrictions days after observing the ‘Janata curfew’ on March 22 on Sunday.
TN Ninan, columnist and former editor of Trade standard, praised Mukul for telling the story with admirable attention to detail and a journalist’s eye. He thinks the story had to be told because the Covid pandemic is a seminal event that will live on in people’s memories for decades.
“It is an excellent account of the ad hoc decisions and clumsiness of official responses at every stage, the effect of this on ordinary people trapped without work and money far from home and the crisis that is hitting various businesses,” he said.
Aruna Roy, Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and founder of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, called it “a must-read for any concerned citizen.” She said the book was informative and important at a time when people are still struggling to understand the phenomenon of Covid-19, caught between individual tragedies and national/global crises.
“The Great Shutdown is a great collation of the information and organized analysis needed to unpack most of our confusions,” she added.
Author Mukul is a commentator on the Indian economy, transport and infrastructure. She has traveled extensively to rural areas and energy facilities in India during her career as a journalist. His book was conceived at a time when the Home Office decided that India’s railways would no longer budge for passengers and airlines would be closed at the start of lockdown in 2020.
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