Originally published in San Jose Mercury News on November 24, 2020.

Chirag Asaravala

Pfizer’s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective has created significant optimism — except in the Trump camp, where adverse reactions of cynicism have emerged. …


Originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on July 15, 2020.

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”

So exactly why do we want our kids to go back to school? Americans must answer this question honestly before we can figure out how, or if, to open K-12 schools this fall. …


Rapid COVID-19 self-tests could restore America to normalcy quickly, so why is the FDA blocking them?
Chirag Asaravala

April 26, 2020

It’s Sunday afternoon and I just took a COVID-19 antibody test, at home, and obtained results in less than 15 minutes. …


Danville Boulevard in Danville, CA

Chirag Asaravala

For as long as I have lived in Alamo, CA, but especially so the last ten years, I have always noticed the ungodly amount of roadkill on Danville Boulevard. Deer and fawn, raccoon families, coyotes, even a turtle, and hundreds of squirrels — all reduced to red spaghetti-like…


American biotech and pharmaceutical companies have massive supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment) that healthcare workers desperately need right now. Outside healthcare these industries are the largest consumer of gloves, masks, gowns, and laboratory supplies. As a consultant who works in these companies I can tell you from experience that…


Making sense of how an immigrant form India became a mouthpiece for America’s right-wing.

Chirag Asaravala

July 3, 2019

Dinesh D’Souza is no longer a federal convict thanks to Trump’s pardon last year. Prosecuted under the previous administration, D’Souza was serving confinement in San Diego for illegal campaign contributions — a charge which he says was ‘selective prosecution’ in retaliation for his scathing books…


Automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning are the new idioms of today’s tech economy and also the fear of tomorrow’s. Worry that ‘robots’ will someday displace human labor continues with fervor, despite someday having already arrived years ago. Robotic welders and other programmable machines displaced unionized men performing predictable physical…


The image of U.S. soldiers blindfolding the massive stone head of Sadaam Hussein’s statue with an American flag before toppling it over in Baghdad’s Fidros Square is an iconic symbol of the Iraq war.

The larger-than-life dictator was erected to represent something specific, and bringing it down signified something altogether…


This week a high school kid in Florida is being debased on social media for making light of cotton picking slaves. Last week, it was a Starbucks employee calling police on two men hanging out in the store. …


Poway is not a racist community. It is unfortunate this has to be said, but it does in order to have an honest conversation about why incidents like this past weekends synagogue shooting happen in seemingly good, wholesome, and small American cities. …

Chirag R. Asaravala

American Essayist | Contributing Opinion Writer SF Chronicle

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