Let’s Talk

Doctors’ Panel: COVID-19 Challenges and Solutions in the Indian Perspective

May 6, 2021

6 PM – 7 PM IST


Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya
Former Executive Editor, NDTV

About the event

India’s deadly Covid-19 second wave has devastated big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Pune. Hospitals and crematoriums have run out of space, and funerals are taking place in car parks. The pandemic has now firmly gripped many smaller cities, towns and villages as well, where the devastation is largely under-reported.

Mass deaths due to oxygen supplies running out and lack of beds in Government and private hospitals, and acute shortage of medicines have become common in Delhi – the worst affected city in India – but similar accounts are now coming in from smaller cities and towns across the country.

While, on one hand, the Government has to ensure a successful rollout and coverage of the vaccines, on the other mechanisms and policies must be put in place to curb the hysteria, and health and safety violations.

The Doctors’ Panel had a debate on this health gap and how to address it.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panellists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Dr. Shahid Jameel

Director, Trivedi School of Biosciences
Ashoka University


Dr. Shahid Jameel is currently the Director, Trivedi School of Biosciences at…..

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Dr. Rommel Tickoo

Associate Director,
Max Healthcare


During his medical tenure spanning 22 years, Dr. Rommel Tickoo has worked with…

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Dr. U.S. Vishal Rao

Dean, HealthCare Global
Career Centre


Dr. Vishal Rao is presently the Dean at HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore…..

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  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those in the medical and healthcare sectors who have a perspective on the currently unfolding Covid-19 crisis in India, and are keen to hear from the experts

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