ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Cuba’s COVID-19 Crisis

A Revolution in Motion Facing Its Worst Test Ever?

Personal and admittedly subjective observations and reflections on the multidimensional crisis in Cuba are presented, drawing especially on the author’s three weeks’ visit. The focus is on the worst crisis Cuba has ever faced in terms of not only its economic and social impact, but especially on its social-psychological effect on Cuban people.

My aim in this article is to offer a few personal observations and reflections on the multidimensional crisis Cuba is facing in the aftermath of COVID-19. These observations are based on my most recent visit to Cuba (12 to 28 June 2022). Regrettably it has taken me this long to write these reflections due to other pressing preoccupations.

Since 2005, I have visited Cuba several times, some of these visits have been with a group (mostly young Americans) of Cuba visitors under the leadership of Cliff Durand of the Radical Philosophy Association (RAP) based in Mexico. About five visits were organised by myself and my research team as part of a research project comparing the human development experience of Cuba and Kerala in India, two regions known for their high human development achievements despite low gross domestic product (GDP) growth and income (see Tharamangalam 2010 for a summary of this comparison. For my take on Cuban socialism, see Tharamangalam 2019). For this latest visit, the first in six years, I once again joined the RAP group, but before joining this group I also spent two productive days by myself in Havana, visiting, among others, two long-time friends and academic scholars, Alicia Acosta and Miguel Hernandez (both pseudonyms).

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Updated On : 15th May, 2023
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