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This lockdown has brought in many perspectives that are happening in the world, brings out inherent human nature to the forefront and history will remember every action we as an individual, society or as a country do. Remember, the world will remember this. Our maiming by this virus has brought the finest and ugliest of us.
As the famous proverb goes, a small ant can make the elephant dance to its tune, the same has happened to us and actually we have been doing the same to mother nature as well. Just compare the size of an ant to elephant, virus to human and human to the size of the earth. Still !!!
The demand to hold China responsible for hiding facts and letting the world slip in this precarious situation is growing spearheaded by the US. Australia, Japan and some countries have joined the blame game. West Europe is still cautious due to many factors; however, East Europe is praising China for its help to them. India as a major stakeholder in world politics is as always diplomatic and cautious, a strategy which has worked for it most of the time.
From now on, countries will rally against China to disrupt the world order. We have realized that China under Xi Jinping is too authoritarian and is detrimental to global peace. While it gave the world a pandemic, due to its ruthless regime it was able to control it and now flexing its muscle in the south china sea, while the countries are a busy fighting virus. Same goes with its selling of PPE’s, faulty masks and test kits.
However, I don’t believe this is a society in general in China. Today its clout has helped saved itself from being penalized for such grievous and deliberate mistake and still covered up by WHO itself.
It got Pakistan the emergency bail-out package, and in repayment the very next day Pakistan blocked an area in the Arabian sea to test out anti-ship missile and armament testing, giving India a solid hint through Pakistan that it should not have suggested recasting of WHO.
We are still intrigued by why paradox has happened. West Europe and the US with great public health Infra saw high infection and death, and on the other hand South Asia somehow miraculously escaped the wrath of Virus.
India is a special case, rotting health infra, lack of doctors, not enough money, lack of protective equipment’s and many more and still, we showed the world, on why India’s frugal approach is efficient and effective.
Well, many factors are at play here.
Did universal BCG program help us?
As a population have our bodies developed a better defence against the virus as we are always exposed to the unhygienic situation?
Not sure enough. But what we know is that we implemented lockdown early, we gave priority to human lives rather than economy and we remained steadfast despite a lot of hurdles like religious gathering, attack of doctors and police, communalization and many more.
While the world is fighting for Ventilators, PPE’s, masks, we are doing our best by making some and importing some. Salute to ICMR, which quietly deviated from WHO guidelines and stood grounds on its plan.
The Economy is in shambles, the majority are losers, but some are winners as well. Radhakishan Damani, the owner of Avenue supermart running as D-Mart I believe should be the only winner in this lockdown where he gained from panic buying.
Let’s move from an individual perspective, we saw the Kirana store as the real winner brought to the forefront during these difficult times. E-commerce and supermarkets collapse suggest that slow and steady wins the race, and old is gold!! We will not be surprised to see now that manufacturers shifting gears towards channel programs benefiting these mom and pop stores. Remember, Kirana stores are much more street smart and ingenious, as another channel have too much dependency, be it delivering personal, corporate formulated protocols and supply chain or many more. We definitely will see a lot of behavioural change, government prioritizing public health spending, R&D spending and many more.
If you ever thought the defence sector is going to take a hit after this, you cannot be more wrong. We saw an increase in digital payments in some sectors which traditionally not have had much traction, maybe people will have some apprehension in exchanging cash for time to come.
We saw China’s opportunistic takeover and Gov. of India bringing new laws in FDI policy. If we look closely, everything is intertwined in itself. China increased its stake in HDFC and HDFC in Reliance Capital. Majority of investment in the digital industry can be traced back to one country. Guess who is the majority investor in Paytm?
Geo-politics and economy are intertwined in itself in this globalized world. Let’s analyze this correlation in major economies.
The US wants to maintain its supremacy and by attacking WHO, we know who it is attacking.
China recovered early and hence its economy is back on track, forcing the US to accept the deaths yet not slow down the economy. Japan, Germany, Australia coming together and trying to hold China responsible. India despite being in lockdown mode not leaving any stones unturned to make sure Its adjoining countries do not shift their gears again towards China and also use its soft power. Be it allowing exports of essential medicines like paracetamol and Hydroxichroloquine or donating to Nepal and Bangladesh.
RBI accepting Sri Lankan gov. offer of deposit as bonds. China flexing its muscle in South China sea and threatening Vietnam by allowing illegal fishing of Chinese fisherman backed by its navy in Vietnamese waters because it recently did an exercise with US Navy or making sure Pakistan gets emergency bailout and the very next day Pakistan testing missile and doing gunnery exercise, giving India direct message that it is not happy with India’s proposition in recasting WHO.
India bringing new FDI scrutiny to save itself from opportunistic takeovers yet government deliberately not falling into trap of blame game as it needs help from wherever possible. It remains to be seen how it handles again the 5G war which has again returned due to US and China strife. Major world power rushing to help Africa, not actual help but showdown to grab as much goodwill possible and remove China’s clout. Russia sending in planeloads of the mask and other essentials as a goodwill gesture to the US, and North Korea and Iran using this apt time to fire as many missiles as possible as the world is busy saving themselves.
Bringing forward these perspectives help us see through the prism that how we behaved during these times which will have major ramifications for the time to come.
Know my opinions every Sunday.
Last Sunday afternoon, i.e. 19th April, I found that a person from Arab tweeted Modi Ji by objecting on a BJP minister’s tweet.
The tweet was of Tejasvi Surya, who is a BJP MP and a lawyer at Karnataka High Court, a very young, handsome person who is into politics at this young age but maturity does come with age. He tweeted the post in 2015 and I just ignored it after reading the demeaning post, later in the evening I checked my notifications and found a new tweet from our Modi Ji.
COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or borders before striking.
Our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood.
We are in this together : PMNarendra Modi
After reading, I felt that the leader is forced to tweet after seeing so much of hatred between people. Every day and in most of my blogs I have requested to get united and spread peace and harmony but now India might listen to him. I posted his tweet on my page and wrote a long caption as well.
I ignored the tweets and didn’t realise the hatred and abusive behaviour of our citizens have actually now taken a global issue. The friendly nation has started to protest and people from royal families, intellectuals and leaders have asked the prime minister to take care of this issue.
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Let’s understand the situation one by one:
How did it start?
It all started with the first major cause, an Indian named Saurabh Upadhay who runs a company in Dubai tweeted some provoking tweets. He had the guts to tweet by staying in that country.
He never thought in his dreams that his tweet might get so famous for all the wrong reasons as many did complaint to Dubai police and lately Princess of Sharjah tweeted on his post.
Later on, Saurabh Upadhyay apologised deleted his tweet and deleted his account.
but after then people started to dig in more tweets, several posts of Indian spreading hate speech and fake news were found. During this, the hateful, demeaning and disrespectful post of BJP MP Tejasvi Surya also came in front. He is actually a learned and literate person.
Many such old and nutty posts and comments were dragged after the incident.
Very sad, but I can see many of my educated friends stoop so low when I find their posts, on social media. I actually wonder are they just functionally literates and deliberate selective listener?
No facts, no logic they have, what they write is somehow baseless and not classy, it reminds me of the way slum people abuse by hitting below the belt.
So after analysis it was found out most of the hate speech, hate posts and comments were done by RSS, BJP leaders and aspirations who want to enter into politics.
But then, the BJP leader, Mr Narendra Modi has earned the respect and love from every country. He is a very popular leader and even Islamic counties adore him.
Even last year at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, while addressing the rally he mentioned:
During the tenure of his government, India’s relationship with Gulf countries had improved. He highlighted that Muslim countries released many Indian prisoners, and Saudi increased Hajj quota because of India’s growing ties with the Islamic nations.
This became actually a matter of concern that friendly countries are now disappointed. If you see, India is sharing a very good relationship with Arab countries for years. That made our leader write a tweet.
Media which has been spreading so much poison and pouring in hatred into our minds might stop now. The trending hashtags might stop now.
But the question arrives, from where so much hatred came from? If our prime minister is so much loved and the BJP leaders have earned so much of respect then why BJP leaders and aspirants are spreading so much of hatred? So I thought to first understand and then explain it to you.
Evolution of Anti-muslim, hatred, communalism in BJP
Bharatiya Janta Party, my all-time favourite political party. I remember when I was a kid, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime – minister. I liked him so much, read all his poems used to hear his speech with my father. I was a huge fan and revered him as my imaginary grandfather. He became the hero of the nation as India won the war against Pakistan and then the atom bomb test. Later on, I got to know about a very promising and powerful leader who was the chief minister of Gujrat, always wanted him to be the prime minister of India and one day he did become the same. Like other citizens I also supported him but later on apart from demonetization, failure of make in India, another problem started to appear as the voice of communication, hatred and anti-muslim started to rise and now the coronavirus exposed the hatred in people’s mind.
After the promises failed, the economy slowed down Hinduism became the ultimate and most powerful weapon to rule successfully. Aggressive, brazen, disrespectful campaigns started to trend and run. Slowly and gradually during the second phase, religion became the primary subject to the rule and govern.
Crossed over into the domain of sanctioned communalism.A journalist and novelist Indrajit Hazra wrote in the Times of India signalled the BJP in her statement.
Under Modi’s reign, terms like
- Love Jihad
- Jahil Jamatis
- Calling terrorists to anyone
- Any dissent go to Pakistan
got famous and the media plays a crucial role in it. It has now become a culture that if you want to enter into politics and become a part of the BJP party, just be Anti-muslim.
Now I know why learned, educated and intelligent people like Shashi Tharoor, Manmohan Singh yet stick with Congress though the leader is Rahul Gandhi.
Others like me, have become neutral because “whan Rahul hai to idhar ajib logo ka jhund hai”.
I read an opinion on The Washington Post, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was sure on the sectarian strategy as he nominated Pragya Singh Thakur who was accused of participating in a terrorist attack
Pragya Singh Thakur:
She is popularly known as Sadhvi Pragya, a BJP leader who is accused of Malegaon blasts in 2008 which resulted in the killing of 10 people and leaving 82 people injured. She is currently under trial even then she got a chance to contest in 2019 elections from Bhopal and won her debut. On 28th Nov 19, she made a remarkable comment by saying Nathuram Godse as a patriot which was strongly opposed and she was sacked from Defense committee and BJP.
Amit Shah the modern Chanakya, threatened the Muslim migrants whom he called infiltrators and termites-if the party is re-elected. However, he assured the Muslims, not to worry even I do support CAB and CAA. With just a heavy population we cannot afford refugees or migrants irrespective of their religion.
The cabinet Minister of Animal husbandry and Fisheries resource development who started his political career from Bihar has remarked many statements against Muslim.
Our forefathers, however, committed a mistake. Had they ensured that all our Muslim brothers were sent to Pakistan and Hindus brought here, the need for such a move (CAA) would not have arisen. This did not happen and we have paid a heavy price for it.Giriraj Singh
Those who cannot say Vande Mataram or cannot respect the motherland, the nation will never forgive them,Giriraj Singh
Here I do agree with his statement if you are in India you must respect our motherland, national anthem, national song.
Being in India, living your livelihood, getting food shelter from India and then accusing is not at all accepted. When in India, respect as Indian does.
Though he has hurt Muslim sentiments in several other statements and not just Giriraj if you pick out MLA’s and MP’s and as I said BJP followers, aspirants they strongly put statements accusing Muslims.
Singh’s comment on the green colour was an insult to the national flag, ANI reported. “One ideology cannot be forcefully imposed on everyone,” Yadav had said.
According to Shekhar Gupta, the strong relationship he built with the Islamic governments helped him to outflank Pakistan. He built the relationship, maintained the friendship. For him and India these are very important relationships.
Until now, India was getting away with it under Modi because protest if was coming from Indian liberals, Indian west, Indian free press or Muslim intellectuals become pan Islamic not just the countries which are traditionally hostile to India or organization’s this is not coming from mainstream countries India is friends with. How valuable is that friendship is and how good that friendship is taking an example: India is the only country whose airlines is allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia to Israel.Shekhar Gupta
The followers who are attacking by saying or posting Anti-muslim comments for their cheap thrills or consolidating Hindu votes that they were using by date is over now. I am now looking forward to the press and media stop poisoning our countrymen. The government is already taking actions and arresting people who are spreading communal hatred.
I think the young leader Mr Tajasvi will understand as well and people learn from the mistake. Such a young person having such a wonderful and promising career will try to unite all the religion again.
Yesterday I found a post where a person mentioned “Jahil Hindu” so first Hindus insulted Muslims by writing “Jahil Jamatis” “Jahil Muslims” now Hindus are also Jahil.
Another post, I read on Facebook by an aspirant who wants to enter into the political world posted comments that lacked knowledge and wrongly stated. The person accused Muslims of Palgarh Mob lynching so I expect that now people must understand that the Anti-muslim statement will take you nowhere.
Earlier the Arab world use to see India with suspicion but now India has fixed the relationship and is into damage control mode. This cannot be harmed again just because of amusement and abusing to get a political career.