Yesterday morning, I shared that the graph was declining but in just a day India recorded 4213 tests positive. This is the biggest one day jump in India.
A disturbing video went viral which is showing that dead bodies are lying near covid-19 patients.
Here’s the video:
This video is from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in. sion area of Mumbai.
France reported that the first case was reported on 27th December in France.
Now, WHO is assuming that there is a possibility that more cases to be found.
In India, the cases are increasing on a daily basis. We have a total of 49,391 cases now, where most of the states have reported more cases, States like Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh have zero cases.
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The Fallouts, movers and shakers.
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.
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What are you doing in India?
I am writing this blog to understand the mindset of Indian citizens about where we are going as a society.
What do we want?
Today, after closing our eyes to such heinous atrocities, I cannot say that the whole country has stood up to support what is right and what is agenda driven. We are on position
Today I cannot say that the whole country is one to support what is right. Stand united and raise voice against the ill mentality of some fellow citizens.
How ruthless this India is, the coronoviruses entering India are not spreading as fast as the cruel mentality of India is being exposed in this effort.
It said that there were rumors that gathered at Bandra station to board the train.
Why I am applying such harsh words as it is in many cases.
Have you noticed how much hate and anger we have for each other?
Where celebrities like Rangoli Chandel and Babita Phogat are writing about Jamati. On the other hand, people like Ajaz Khan are trying to make fun of Hinduism and our God.
Celebrities are in the limelight, what about others? His account got suspended from writing literate the way Rangoli has made famous.
Let me justify myself, why I mentioned cruel India, let us understand the case:
On 16 April 2020, the incident brought tears to our eyes when two Hindu monks were brutally executed. The public has become so cruel that it takes the law into its own hands. They didn’t think before
The entire country has watched the video. His car was stopped, he was beaten repeatedly until his cry was silenced in front of the police.
When the police left the monks in the video, I was stopped. Even now I am writing this, I am getting so emotional, I feel like crying.
101 people have been arrested so far, I will come in my upcoming blog with detailed information about the mob in India.
Attack on Arnab Goswami
Another shocking news, late night in a notification saying that Arnab Goswami was attacked.
I grew up listening to their arguments and trying to catch them. His discussion helped me during group discussions, news interviews, and personal information that he aired. He became m
We all know that he and his wife were attacked at midnight when they were returning from the studio.
The incident occurred 500 meters from his residence. Arnab and his wife managed to escape and we remained unwell. They filed a complaint.
So now I have some questions in my mind and I want a healthy discussion, but before I ask anything, I should make it clear. I do not support any party and neither BJP nor Congress.
शिकायत दर्ज करने के लिए अर्णब पुलिस स्टेशन में
If I want to ask anything, it is out of curiosity, therefore, please do not be related in any political way.
Firstly, this is not the first time Arnab attacked Sonia directly, then why did she suddenly attack two days ago when she resigned from the studio?
How can he directly accuse Congress? Sometimes I think she is very biased, maybe that’s my thinking.
Everything happened so fast, he was attacked and then two people were arrested.
Tablighi Jamaat Markaz & other religious places | Media channels & Social Media-the blame game.
I am writing point by point so that I can stick to logic and reality:
- As we know, on March 13, 3400 people gathered in Nizamuddin Markaz, a part of South Delhi. All the religious places were open before the lockout.
- The whole of India, especially our Hindus and political aspirations, despite misunderstanding and gathering information on a realistic basis, started abusing, mocking and writing hate speech against the Jamati
Of all the ceremonies, as written, what did you see Nizamuddin alone? Are you a hypocrite
Coronavirus soon took a political and religious turn without realizing that the virus does not discriminate between the rich and the poor or on the basis of religion, group, or community.
Bangalore and Moradabad attack
In the evening on 19 April, a team of health workers and policemen arrived in a ward in Padarayanapura area of West Bengaluru, with 58 people who had come in contact with patients with coronovirus.
The locality was sealed last week after 3 patients participating in Tablighi Jamaat tested positive.
When the team arrived around 7 pm, a crowd of about 200 people started removing the barricades. However, the City of Scholars did not attack the crew members, but property damage was reported
So far, 54 people have been arrested.
- In Moradabad, a crowd of about 150 people came and started throwing stones at the team of doctors, attacking the ambulance and also damaged the police car and ambulance. However, 17 attackers arrested
Ram Navami, Ayodhya
On 25 March, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh performed Lord Ram’s ceremony in Ayodhya. The media did not discuss the subject very much, however, the ceremony was done during the Lockdown
State officials said they took appropriate precautions before the ceremony to maintain and disinfect people and ensure cleanliness and hygiene.
Weddings During Lockdown: Is Corona for the Poor?
On 17 April, Nikhil Kumaraswamy married the daughter of a former Congress minister.
While my cousin’s marriage was postponed due to the lockdown, many weddings and funerals were similarly canceled, but some people could not understand.
In fact, here I will mention that our UP Chief Minister’s father died this morning and he could not attend the ceremony due to the responsibilities due to the lockout. Did many other weddings
He is visiting hospitals, taking wise and brave decisions for the welfare of the state. The Chief Minister of UP is doing tremendous and excellent work, even if the 5 stars are changing and giving comfort to the doctors.
But one thing, I am unable to understand that he traveled to Ayodhya to offer his prayers and now he canceled his trip. Can anyone explain me
Devotees violating the lockout
The annual chariot procession at the Siddalingeshwar temple was held in Kalaburagi on 16 April.
Around 1,000 refugees participated in the procession.
If you have an idea, Kalaburgi is the place where the first death due to coronovirus occurred, followed by 2 more deaths. It was the first district in the country to close.
Following the incident, two police officers were suspended.
Christian prayer meet during the lockdown
On April 5, a pastor held a prayer meeting to mark the beginning of the Holy Week of Christians.
The police raided and found that no one wore a mask and maintained social distance. The pastor was arrested for violating rules.
Naming just two major attacks, we have seen several other attacks against health workers and police officers in Ranchi and Indore.
Quarantine teams attacked the public.
In addition to the much known attacks, check for a few more such attacks:
As we can see, ASHA activists attacked to check for corona symptoms.
On this, Karnataka chief minister assured to provide full security to Asha workers and other officials.
As Karnataka earlier announced a lockdown relaxation from April 21 was withdrawn partly later on.
Similar attacks occurred in some other states, at a glance:
A tweet from the police attacking an injured was posted.
We all know, that Salman Khan is staying with his friends and family in the farmhouse. Also, Salman Khan in his YouTube video mentioned that some friends are also staying here.
Now Jacqueline’s picture on Instagram can prove that she is stuck in the farmhouse and enjoying every single moment with nature.
She is also endorsing and promoting brands staying at home. Her album with Badshah ” Genda Phool” released during the lockdown and is a superhit.
She has even promoted the trailer of her upcoming Netflix movie, Mrs Serial killer.
You can find the details of Mrs Serial Killer here:
She is also requesting and asking us to stay at home and stay safe in her video.
Salman Khan’s youtube channel is out now.
Jacqueline missing her mom during the lockdown.
Current update: Just a few minutes before, Mumbai police arrested Ajaz Khan for allegedly uploading an objectionable Facebook post.
As per TOI, Ajaz khan has been charged under section 153A and others of the IPC for promoting enmity among communities. He was arrested for the same reason in last year, July.
He was summoned to Khar police station in connection to the comment he made on the Facebook live session.
It was said that while being live on Facebook he has made an objectionable comment over religion and tried to inflame a rift in society basis religion. This video has already been viewed by more than 20 lac viewers.
As by ABP Live, a police complaint has also been registered at Amboli Police station. An advocate, Ali Kaashif Khan has filed a written complaint against Rangoli.
Rangoli had stooped too low now for a cheap publicity stunt. The world struggling with a lot of issues due to Corona pandemic, Rangoli is busy garnering cheap publicity for herself and taking undue advantage of the situation with her malicious posts targeting one community.Ali Kaashif Khan
Now it remains to be seen, will police arrest Rangoli or not on similar lines of the arrest of Ajaz Khan?
As we all know, Rangoli Chandel who is the sister of Kangana Ranaut whose account is suspended by Twitter. On the 15th of April, she tweeted
A Jamati died of Corona when police and doctors went to check their families they were attacked and killed, secular media,make these Mulla’s+ secular media stand in a line and shoot them dead…f****k the history they may call us Nazis who cares,life is more imp than fake imageRangoli Chandel
In no time, the tweeted started getting likes and people shared and retweeted. The problem was that she didn’t share any information related to her statement.
Many of them reported against the tweet and requested Twitter India to suspend the account and Mumbai police to arrest her.
Let’s see the tweets of Farah Khan and other’s who reported about Rangoli’s statement and are now supporting Twitter India after the suspension of her account.
When Farah Khan, a jewellery designer tweeted and urged twitter India and Mumbai police to suspend the account. Rangoli did reply and indicated towards drugs.
Meanwhile, someone actually tweeted in a funny way by saying that Hrithik Roshan’s fans will be happy to know that Rangoli’s account is suspended.
Many came in support for Rangoli and now some of them want Twitter to consider people who abuse Hindu religion and Gods like Ajaz Khan. In fact, some of them even targeted Babita Phogat as well. Have a look
Do you think Ajaz Khan’s account shall be suspended?
Meanwhile, some have their own opinions:
Babita Phogat mentioned in her tweet that Coronavirus is the 2nd largest problem of India, illiterate Jamati’s ranks first.
Now people want the suspension of her account.
Meanwhile, have a look at some other recent tweets of Rangoli also it’s known that both sisters use the same account.
This morning, I read that the US commission has raised their concerns over the way India is fighting against Coronavirus.
According to a media report, a government-running hospital in Ahmedabad has separated the infected places on the basis of religion.
On this, official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India blasted out on USCIRF to stop adding religious colour to our national goal of fighting the COVID 19 pandemic.
As if it’s a peremptory commentary on religious freedom in India is not enough, the USCIRF is now spreading misguided reports on the professional medical protocols followed to deal with spread of COVID19 in India. It must stop adding religious colour to our national goal of fighting the pandemic and distract from larger efforts. No segregation is being done in Civil hospitals on the basis of religion, as clarified by the Gujrat Government.Anurag Srivastava
After reading this, I have a few questions in my mind, please answer me:
Aren’t we giving a chance to other countries, to put allegation against us?
Aren’t we responsible to fight discrimination on the basis of religion?
Should not we stop discriminating on the basis of caste and creed?
Forget about this virus, haven’t we been fighting on the basis of religion earlier? This is what we are, we have been fighting for years and while this virus is killing people, no matter their caste, creed or religion.
I am a neutral person, I neither understand politics nor interested in understanding it.
Let’s read what Head of ICMR, Dr Raman GangaKhedkar tried to tell us. I am trying to make you understand on the basis of logical and scientific factors. Not on the basis of religion and politics, let me explain what’s going on, so please read and understand:
Worry is relative phenomena if you ask me the background, the first case was on 27th January today we are exactly two and half months into the outbreak, you know the population density of our country, high level of migration that we have in our country, the proportion of people below the poverty line and staying in slums if you look at the world today, they are extremely worried how India is not showing so many cases.Raman GangaKhedkar
If you compare our country with Italy, Spain, China at this point they were in the much worse stage. We are trying to flatten the curve. If you compare India with the US, they are economically much stronger than us.
Please understand the government has taken such a brave initiate. Our country is not as economically developed as the US, Europe, China yet more than 2.5 lac people have been tested.
The government immediately shut all businesses because life is more valuable than the economy and money.
So now why are we creating such nuisance?
Let’s forget about Muslims, aren’t we Hindus discriminate and abuse on the basis of caste, creed and culture? Intact state-wise basis within our own religion?
A Bengali brahmin girl fell in love with a Bihari brahmin boy. Now, read this carefully, this is a real-life story. They tried to convince their parents to earn their blessings and get married. Though the caste is same, religion is also the same now what was the issue :
- They are from different states
- The neighbouring States having cultural differences
- Bihar was a part of Bengal once as Pakistan was a part of India but the same rivalry between the Bihari and Bengali is there.
So it became a continuous process, both the parties by that I mean the boy and the girl vs parents don’t come to the mutual track, they kept on fighting, arguing & convincing.
On the other side, the wind started to blow differently, family politics began, family members started to demean and disrespect each other. They try to break the bond by any possible means be it playing with emotions, character assassination, fabricating lies, mentioning names, body-shaming and so on.
So when both the families fight, many will sit and relax and enjoy the scene, some will take advantage out of it. People start commenting on the same way the US did.
This is how today our India is fighting, let not the rest of the world takes advantage out of it.
What’s wrong with Indians?
- Is it so difficult to understand and obey the simple rules?
- Team of doctors and health officials were pelted stones in different parts of our country.
- Group of Nihangs, chopped off the hand of a police officer.
- Recently, in Moradabad, a mob of around 150 people came and started throwing stones over team of doctors, attacked the ambulance and even attacked the cops, damaging the police car and ambulance.
- However, 17 attackers have been arrested till now.
Salman Khan message to the nation-Do or Die
Salman Khan’s first interview for COVID-19 was published yesterday. He addressed the nation and raised his concerns.
You can watch the full video on YouTube:
He requested the citizens to stay at home, worship and pray at home.
Do you want to decrease the population of India starting with your own family?-Salman Khan
He praised the doctors, bankers and all those who are working every day for us during this lockdown phase just to provide ease and support.
Let’s not fight, let’s not demean, time and again I am requesting the literates and educated mass of our society to get united and fight against Coronavirus, not with Communavirus or communa cancer.
If you are watching the situation we can see a massive gathering in Bandra, Mumbai. The Mumbai migrants have gathered in large numbers, social distancing and safety of policemen went for the toss.
The gathering of people in such large numbers, cramped in spaces and sent back to their natives such as Bihar, UP, MP and Rajasthan defeats the purpose of lockdown and increases the risk of even wider spread in states where health infrastructure is already in a dismal state. A couple of weeks back, when there was a disaster in the capital of India, Mumbai was quite silent and managed then as the state government assured to provide with food and shelter.
The labours were waiting for the lockdown to end, as it extended till 3rd of May, stranded migrants who were waiting to return home, gathered at Bandra West station demanding return to their natives. The police had to resort lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.
India Today TV spoke to Maharashtra Cabinet minister Aslam Sheikh who assured that there was no dearth of food for the migrants in the city.
Now after reading and hearing all this information, here I want to understand the actual reason for all the chaos.
Is Mumbai going to be another trigger point of mass Exodus jeopardizing the effect of lockdown?
This is not about the free meal or shelter the government is providing, their entire life has changed. They are frustrated, anxious with the uncertainties looming around them.
In my 20 years in Mumbai, I have never seen such a sightGopal Das| The Hindu
I read an editorial of The Hindu, where he mentioned a person from Bhagalpur, Bihar who is a construction worker attempted to board the last few trains from Mumbai station to their homes but failed. Let me, share the same with you:
Gopal is from Bhagalpur, Bihar. He said he and his friends spent nearly four hours trying to get tickets. “A few people who had clambered on to the trains fell on the platform. A little later, we heard that all the trains had been cancelled. Since there was no public transport, we walked for three hours to our room in Bandra (East) with ₹250 in our pockets. We were still hoping they would start the trains. We didn’t think it would last this long,” he said.The Hindu
I was taken aback by the videos and pictures of people shoving each other to get into trains. It reminded me of “Gadar” movie wherein one scene people were flocking in numbers to save lives after independence.
Voice of the labours
The labours do not wish to continue the same way leaving isolated and separated with their families. They are now demanding a way out of it, food and shelter are not what they want now as a prime thing. What they want is to facilitate transportation to their respective towns and villages.
Maharashtra Minister, Aditya Thackeray tweeted his opinion and seemed to have blamed the central government.
The current situation at Bandra station, now dispersed or even the rioting in Surat is a result of the Union Govt not being able to take a call on parenting a way back home for migrant labour. They don’t want food or shelter, they want to go back home.Aditya Thackeray
Is this the right time to play the blame game and accuse the central government?
Moreover, some ministers are also pointing that there is problem with adequate food supply as well.
What might be the actual reason for the sudden outbreak in the evening? Are some kind of panic being created or fake news spread over WhatsApp and other social media?
Police are trying to find out the real reason as our prime minister addressed the nation this morning and the gathering happened in the evening so what might be the actual reason.
My questions are:
What is the reason for Mumbai Lockdown mess?
The police was continuously requesting the migrants to maintain social distance.
According to Republic TV, people are not getting rations. A man showed a list to the camera where there is a list of 5000 people asking for rations.
Is the government not providing adequate amount of ration, food and shelter?
How did state let so many people gather?
There are all type of negative shady characters and incidents that helps the CoronaVirus to spread in mass. Minutes after this happened public figures and ministers stated that the incident is anti-public and anti-poor blaming the central government and Modi.
The social media was flooded with memes and news comparing Surat incident and Mumbai incident.
So as Arnab Goswami mentioned in his debate, was the violation planned?
Is it not about going home, it’s about food and shelter?
An activist Kavita Krishnan tweeted and compared the Bandra incident with Surat and blamed the central government. She mentioned
At Surat, then at Bandra, migrant workers gathered to ask to go home have been dispersed by force.
Gujarati tourists we’re brought from Haridwar thanks to @AmitShah, as have Indians from foreign shores, but Modi won’t even mention migrants?Kavita Krishnan
As she also tweeted
Modi lied this morning claiming India screened passengers early to slow down Covid-19.
When 20 counties reported Covid-19, India only screened passengers from China, Hong-kong, that too, only thermal screening for fever, not testing them for Covid-19.Kavita Krishnan
Seeing her tweet, I wanted to dig more about her. The media and the entire country is now divided between two teams. Some are Modi-supporters and the other half Anti Modi. Also to add a third team which is neutral including me, we are observing the situation, obeying the rules and seeking questions.
So after reading all her tweets and then I found an article on Google, published by The Print.
It mentioned a video that Indian media is not doing journalism. An activist Kavita Krishnan on her video mentioned about a show titled ‘Madrasa hotspots’ in India today.
Channels from Zee News, Aaj Tak to Network18 like to add the word ‘jihad’ to everything. Corona jihad or zameen jihad, love jihad, arthik jihad, and whatnot. But if anyone is waging a holy war today, it is Indian media’s jihad against Indian Muslims and Islam.The Print
Even now, if you check the live news on YouTube citizens are fighting over hindu-muslim. Yesterday I raised a simple concern about Prime-minister’s speech asking about the motive which ended up by abusing each other. No one even bothered to understand and share their opinion it became a fight of Modi or no Modi.
Today, we might blame migrants for being impatient. We might blame anti social elements to create disturbance in society. We might blame it as a pre-planned operation by opposition. Reason could be many. But what is common that we failed to understand that there is a dissent brewing and it is not about just food and shelter. It is inherent human nature to be insecure, desperate to meet the loved ones and have a hope, which they don’t see today.
After watching the video of the meeting broadcasted by TMC and reading the article on economic times, we can assume that the lockdown might extend for another two weeks.
Modi said that “the priority of the government is to save each and every life”.
But we need more weapons than just lockdown to fight with COVID-19.
Let’s read the opinion of Shekhar Gupta on Modi’s lockdown.
About three weeks back when India started testing selectively then they found that many people coming from overseas were tested positive along with their families that alarmed India to take such a massive action.
There was no major or widespread testing, India’s testing was very low compared to other countries ever lower than Pakistan which led to criticism.Shekhar Gupta
This Indian lockdown is the severest n the world, the economist carried a chart based on studied by a group in Oxford which ranked the countries on a severity index on their response to COVID-19.
India topped the chart in the world, while India topped the chart according to the intensity of the lockdown, on the other side India was at the bottom of the chart when it came to a fiscal stimulus for the economy in terms of percentage of GDP.
So in severity, India was even ahead of Italy but in fiscal stimulus, India was lowest which you can understand because in the entire group India was by far the poorest of all other countries.
In fact, the next poorest countries are China and Malaysia at five times per capita GDP than India.
India as it continues with the lockdown or extends it, it’s risky for the economy or our country. Though the upper or middle classes can overcome the lockdown, it’s the poor and farmers who will face difficulties as the engines of the economy have stopped. As many people live on daily wages for them the situation is critical, either not coronavirus hunger might kill them.
As Shekhar Gupta says unlike the US, India doesn’t have the ability to print money as Donald Trump is doing.
Let me explain, why
India follows a gold standard policy, under which every rupee is backed by a similar value of the gold reserve hence giving actual value to the piece of paper. On the other hand, almost all of the global trade happens over USD, as well as the US, being a resilient economy made it move away from Gold standards and instead make the ‘faith over the economy’ as it’s value driver.
What we need at this point now to find the major weapon or micro focus action and plan.
Major possibilities to control, are:
- Extend the lockdown
- Completely lift the lockdown
- Seal the hotspots and gradually lift the lockdown from other areas.
The third option might be a better option as some factories or companies will start fo work, like pharma factories which will again lead to commutation hence communication modes will start to operate but then the spreading of the virus can also spread faster.
So what’s your say in this, comment below. Let the nation know, citizen’s views.