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Seen and Heard: Anand Pandian

“We face each other across the chasm of polarization,  the growing tendency to disparage  those across the political aisle as enemies and villains.  The distrust  is corrosive, the temptation to turn away all too inviting. But as the latest surge of Covid cases attests, our fates remain hitched together, even when we can’t stand talking to each other. Whether Covid, the climate crisis, or the future of democracy, our very survival depends on nurturing a sense of common fate.”  

Anand Pandian, Professor, Department of Anthropology, writing about  the divisions  the pandemic has highlighted through his relationship with a man across the political divide. 

The Guardian, August 19, 2021