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India's Oxygen Crisis Reveals More Than Bad Pandemic Management

The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets off youth groups to enforce lockdowns and wants to control the 'demand' for oxygen cylinders.

A critical COVID patient is taken to a COVID care hospital, in Kolkata, India, in April 2021.
A critical COVID patient is taken to a COVID care hospital, in Kolkata, India, in April 2021.
Sidharth Bhatia

NEW DELHI — Among the many homilies in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech to the nation on Tuesday — which many astute observers summed up as telling the citizens, "you are basically on your own" – was the mention of youth groups, Yuva Mitras, who will be installed in every neighborhood to ensure people follow COVID-19 and lockdown protocols.

As always, no further details were provided, and this allows us to speculate. What exactly will such groups do and how will they accomplish their tasks? What powers will they have to enforce the rules? Will they urge, request, implore or threaten with word and deed? Will they patrol the streets or go from house to house? Will they work as an arm of the police or with the various Residents Welfare Associations etc., which are often more deadly than the cops?

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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