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A Collection of Contradictory Moves

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Published on May 26, 2021 with No Comments

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is good at proposing schemes. To tackle Corono pandemic he announced yet another way.  He announced a  ‘Tika Utsav’, a vaccination drive between April 11 and 14.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi made several suggestions to people on tackling the virus and urged them to focus on personal and social hygiene. He urged Indians to keep four things in mind, including “each one, vaccinate one”, “each one, treat one” and “each one, save one”. Elderly people or those who may not be much educated should be helped in getting the vaccine, he said, and also asked people to help those COVID-19 patients in getting treatment who may lack resources or information. While he did make some strong suggestions he ignored that the ‘Tika Utsav’ is only possible with an assured supply of vaccine. 

India is facing two of its worst possible crisis during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic—record spikes in daily cases of Covid-19 and what several states have claimed a shortage of vaccine against the viral disease.  States like Punjab, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand complained that they are facing a shortage of vaccines, while reports emerged from several other states that vaccine centres were shutting early or turning people away due to supplies running out. State  of Uttar Pradesh had shut down 700 vaccination centres and Bihar close to 500, but media in India has been only highlighting the case of the non BJP ruled states and their calling it a failure of state governments is absurd as the control over the distribution of the vaccine has been always under the Centre.  Several states have reached out to the Centre for assistance as many claimed that their stocks will only last for a few days. As the a  ‘Tika Utsav’ was underway for  four days, lot many eligible Indians had to go back without getting vaccinated.

One year ago as India went into lockdown the Prime Minister Modi had other festive ideas to raise spirits – Indians clanged pots and pans, blew conch shells, lit divas, as if the vibrations so generated will destroy the virus.  One year later the virus is rampaging through the country in its second wave,  the headline in one of the TV channels from India says it all, Explained: Why new Uttarakhand CM wants no ‘rok-tok’ on Kumbh crowds”. The report says that the BJP government in the state wanted the Kumbh Mela to be “open for all”. As of March 11, some 32-lakh people had already gathered and more were on their way. The shahi snans were to be held on April 12, 14 and 27. Daily cases had doubled in Haridwar over the last two weeks. It was unclear what the connection of this activity had to do with the Union government’s instruction which also came on the same day.  

By the time, elections in five states come to an end, would have hold 20 rallies and Amit Shah 50 rallies in Bengal alone.  Modi’s ‘Brigade Chalo’ rally in Kolkata on 7 March had between 5 and 10 lakh people in the crowd. Cases had doubled since that day in Bengal also.

With so much of contradiction in intent and action, some one needs to advice Prime Minister Modi, “Be creative while inventing ideas, but be disciplined while implementing them.”


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