In 3 Months, Swine Flu Deaths Top Worst Annual Toll

  The H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu, has claimed 1,947 lives and infected 32,663 people across India according to official data (as on March 23, 2015).   In less than three months this year, the toll has crossed the 2010 peak of 1,763 deaths.   Source: PIB/Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; *Figures … Continued

Swine-Flu Toll Rises, Panic Need Not

  Earlier this week, the Shani mandir—dedicated to Shani Dev, a Hindu god who wards off evil—in Jaipur’s Janta Colony saw a strange ritual unfold. A gathering of men praying for the health of Rajasthan’s former chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, gathered around a sacred fire, wearing the image of Gehlot’s face upon theirs.   Face … Continued