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Review and rewind April 2020-Part 2

In my previous blog, I mentioned about January-March how my life changed with the world’s situation. We are witnessing a big change in our lives and trying to withstand and overcome the phase. In history, the year will be remembered and if we survive we will have tales and stories to tell our grandchildren.

April:

As the days were passing by, it was not just difficult to accept the fact that staying home is difficult but also hopeless. The newly married couples were somehow managing to sustain by bringing the romanticism in themselves with their intoxication and smoke of love. They were trying to know each other and trying to utilise most of the time building up a bond. Trust me, in these 100 years a few are lucky who were able to spend every minute together but it was not the case everywhere. With work from home, many women were in deep turmoil of working for home and from home. Domestic violence increased, bachelors who were clasped in their rooms find it difficult to manage their lives, food spending time alone which led to depression.

The onset of the deadly coronavirus not just killed people furthermore brought the world to its knees by every means. Everything was closed, malls were empty, deserted airports, stranded migrants and tourists.

The virus was at the early stage of its journey though shattered the health infrastructure of many countries.

Though India took a bold step and decided to call for an early lockdown they didn’t organize the after plans on how to manage such a huge population, poor people, migrants and labours. People those who are stuck in different parts of the country. Soon the failure of proper planning started to show up along with that every day numbers of corona cases were doubling up.

Tablighi Jamaat

On March 20, in Telangana 10 Indonesians were tested positive, they participated in a religious event named Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi.

The entire social media, news channels were flooding with the news of Tablighi Jamaat which became a burning topic and took the turn to religious angle.

Case in point is the irresponsible behaviour of particular sect in the muslim community, The Tablighi jamaat, which led to a sharp rise in the number of cases in India and endangered further spread. Not just India, Tablighi congregation drove the spread in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Pakistan as well.

For the first time, the city of Raiwind in Pakistan is under complete lockdown due to the same.

With all this happening in the world, then we found a few who were trying to help poor and needy with ration were also clicking their pictures and posting in social media which raised opinion in for and against of the same.

Tablighi Jamaat turned out to be a bombshell with 300 confirmed cases and 10 deaths became a new super spreader of Corona Virus. We witnessed keyboard fights in our country where many Hindus accused and made fun of Muslims. On the other hand, many Muslims blamed the government and were disheartened the reason was the handful of Muslims of such psyche plops the whole community answerable.

Trump and Hydroxychloroquine

If we all remember, President Trump was also creating headlines with his public statements. We got to know that India is the major supplier of hydroxychloroquine in the world. America demanded and ordered the supply from India and stated:

I don’t like that decision, I have not heard that it was his decision. I only know that he stopped the export for his country. We are in very good talk, I’ll see if it’s like this because India does very well with the United States from many years it has been taking advantage of the United States on trade so I will be surprised if he has taken such decision. If he allows the supply then it’s okay but if he doesn’t then there will be retaliation, why wouldn’t there be?

Trump

https://romieducation.com/2020/04/07/read-what-exactly-trump-said-rather-than-reading-outlines/

Meanwhile, during the lockdown in April we witnessed that India is no-more the peaceful place where every religion leaves in peace and harmony. Some people were successfully bowing the seeds of religious hatred.

Fake news was getting circulated, many were trolled in social media.

Read in details: https://romieducation.com/2020/04/07/who-is-responsible-for-spreading-so-much-of-hatred-and-communalism/

Plasma Therapy

With all these happening in the world, scientists were busy inventing vaccines, different countries also initiated clinical trials.

Even in India, The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given approval to convalescent plasma therapy in Kerala.

The therapy takes antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from a virus and then it is transferred into a person sick with that virus.

In details:

https://romieducation.com/2020/04/12/convalescent-plasma-therapy-approved-for-covid19/

After lockdown-1, India decided to extend the lockdown.

the priority of the government is to save each and every life.

Modi

Our lovable Modi gave us the task to beat utensils, bells on a fixed time. But people like me were also realising the fact that lockdown is not the ultimate solution.

The Indian lockdown is the severest in 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.

Detailed information: https://romieducation.com/2020/04/11/modis-macro-actions-have-worked-now-india-needs-micro-focus/

While all these were happening, Indians from all over the world joined the battle which landed with a tweet to PM Modi objecting to a tweet from a BJP minister.

It all started with the first major cause, an Indian named Saurabh Upadhyay who runs a company in Dubai tweeted some provoking tweets. He never thought in his dreams that his tweet might get so famous for all the wrong reasons. Though he apologised and deleted his account, people started to dig in more tweets, several posts of Indian spreading hate speech and fake news were found. 

Detailed blog:

https://romieducation.com/2020/04/21/while-trying-to-find-the-root-of-hatred-and-absurdity-of-us-found-modi-ji-is-trying-the-same/

India remained under lockdown throughout the month of April. I was a master chef in making. Every day I used to come up with new food recipes. However, my life is simple and sorted but a lot of things we’re happening all over the world. Not just our common keyboard warriors even celebrities were uploading objectionable and communal posts which resulted in police arrests and suspension of various accounts.

Migrants, Mob lynching, Bandra station migrants attack communal posts by celebrities.

But then it happened that the migrants started to walk barefooted towards their villages from the dream cities. They were hungry, anxious and worried about their life and future.

It showed us how the sudden unplanned lockdown built chaos in their lives.

Now what I am going to cover raised many questions about humanity in India.

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.

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.

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.

Details: https://romieducation.com/2020/04/23/how-cruel-india-is-first-jamatis-then-mob-lynching-throwing-stones-at-doctors-killing-a-sanitizing-worker-read-more/

Policemen and health workers were attacked in many parts of India. Even the attack on Arnab Goswami was furthermore a highlight.

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.

Geopolitics – China, USA and the world.

Geo-politics and economy are intertwined in itself in this globalized world.

The US wants to maintain its supremacy and by attacking WHO.

However, 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. 

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.

Many countries were now blaming China openly for the virus.

If you want to read details about Geopolitics related to the topic, click the link: https://romieducation.com/2020/04/26/the-shaken-economy-and-inter-twined-geopolitics/

Burning Bengal:

Let’s now come back to our country because have a lot of drama here and this time it’s our Drama Queen, our West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.

Coronavirus did change the course of Indian politics. Along with that, also exposed not only the mentality of politicians and media people but also the common men.

Detailed blog: https://romieducation.com/2020/04/28/how-bengal-is-fighting-with-covid-19-under-mamtas-rule-part-1-analysisquestionsoverview/

The Bengal Chief Minister was clear of locking horns with the Prime Minister since the beginning of the fight against Coronavirus. She refused the plea of lighting lamps. 

The demise of Irfan Khan

Irfan khan the multi-talented actor who’s loved by everyone died on 29th Aprilat the age of 54.

Link: https://romieducation.com/2020/04/29/we-will-miss-you-irfaan-khan/

Bollywood mourned with the death of Rishi Kapoor:

I am shattered and saddened after reading the news that Rishi Kapoor passes away. The entire nation hasn’t even didn’t come out from the demise of Irrfan khan yet when another legendary actor left us.

https://romieducation.com/2020/04/30/rishi-kapoor-passes-away-amitabh-deleted-the-tweet-of-demise/

I covered three months in one blog and even though I tried to compress the month of April you can yourself see how many things have happened during the month.

Be with me to memorise everything that happened during the rest of the remaining months.

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Supreme Court is unable to help migrants movement.

The Supreme Court dismissed the petition to help migrant workers who are stuck due to nationwide lockdown.

The government has now provided trains and buses but still, on a daily basis thousands of migrants keep walking towards their native place.

Supreme Court said:

How can we stop them if they sleep on railway tracks? It’s impossible to monitor who’s walking and who’s not. It’s the state’s responsibility to decide.

The petition was filed by lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava urging the centre to identify migrants walking on roads and sleeping on railway tracks.

Many states are providing transportation to migrants.

Supreme Court has said that the central government is already doing enough but the people are still angry. We can only request or use force that’s what we can do.

According to estimates over 10 million migrants are stuck across the country.

Migrant works from various parts of Gujarat
These pictures are from Kutch Credit: Mahesh Langa
This migrant is from Noida who is cycling to reach his home Rohtas, Bihar. Credit: Zeba Warsi

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News updates

  • Prime-minister Narendra Modi will address the nation today at 8 pm.
  • After a long 6 hours meeting Modi has asked the chief ministers to share their strategies to deal with Coronavirus after 15th May.
  • However, people are speculating lockdown 4.0 might start.
  • Now let’s see this time central government will go with the switch on-off mode or will come up with something suitable for the economic condition.
  • In some states, Maharashtra, WestBengal, Telegana, Punjab the lockdown might extend till 25th May.
  • Humanity is still alive, an 85 years old lady sells idli at Rs. 1 to migrants despite of loses.
  • Punjab MLA Amarinder Singh Raja disturbed pamphlets to the migrants who were boarding train and announced “Congress has paid for their tickets”.
Video of CM leader distributing pamphlets
  • Salman Khan released his song ‘Tere Bina’ today at 12 pm. The song is released in YouTube which is featuring Jacqueline Fernandez with Salman khan. The entire shoot was done in Salman’s farmhouse.
  • Former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has been discharged from AIIMS. His health is recovering also his COVID-19 test came negative.
  • Two teachers and a staff of a yoga centre in Rishikesh were arrested after a Japanese women complained against them for sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
  • Dr Indranil Basu Ray an Indian-American cardiologist wrote a letter to Mamata Banerjee.
  • Former president of India dies.
    India lost a great politician and former president today. During his five decades-long spans of serving politics and was a senior leader of Indian National Congress He passed away at the age of 85 after a brain clot surgery. While the nation is mourning, I have gotten aback by the post. I am simply trying […]
  • Anushka and Virat are going to have a baby: Look how fans reacted.
    After so many bad things happening this announcement brought a smile whereas a few sick-minded people have started trolling the unborn child. What was more interesting is that Sushant’s fans requesting his name for the baby. Have a look:
  • बोलने की स्वतंत्रता: क्या हमें इसे बदलने की आवश्यकता है?
    हाल ही में मैंने एक मुस्लिम लड़की का वीडियो देखा, जिसने भारत की देवी और देवी को बुरा-भला कहा और यह इस वीडियो के बारे में नहीं है कि हम हर रोज लोगों को बुरी बातें कहते और सांप्रदायिकता को बढ़ाते हुए पाते हैं। अनुच्छेद 19 के अनुसार, प्रत्येक नागरिक बोलने की स्वतंत्रता का अधिकार […]
  • #CBITakes Over: Trending on Twitter after the approval of Sushant’s case.
    Today is not just a normal day its the victory of the entire nation and a big win for justice, faith, democracy and hope. Now, CBI is going to hold a dummy test at the crime scene. This is certainly a moment of joy also grief at the same time because we lost a beautiful […]
  • Pandit Jasraj passes away- Another loss in 2020
    The Indian vocalist Pandit Jasraj passes away at the age of 90. Pandit Jasraj was born on 28 January 1930 in Haryana. He belonged from Mewati Gharana. He travelled to various parts to learn music. In 1946, Jasraj started singing classical music for Calcutta radio. He won multiple awards and honours along with the Padma […]

Avianca Airlines, world’s second oldest airlines has filed for bankruptcy in US court due to COVID-19.

  • In Spain, a video showing a fire in a park which is not harming the trees and green grasses went viral. The link of the video is shared below, this is actually magical.
https://youtu.be/Nybm5ffRv5g
  • 13,000 tons of Styrene is shipped to South Korea. The factory that is shipping the styrene is the same factory named LG polymers, Vizag where the gas leak incident happened recently.
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Labour laws & states: Corona virus turned out as Good crisis.

State governments have passed an ordinance to attract manufacturers and private investments in their states by removing hurdles as labour laws.

UP government plays a masterstroke, indeed he knows how to turn a good crisis in his favour.

What is good crisis?

Every economic crisis comes with an opportunity the one who understands and quickly acts turns the bane into a boon. The Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh government are the first to understand and grab the opportunity.

The Uttar Pradesh government has approved an ordinance exempting businesses from the purview of almost all labour laws for the next three years in a bid to provide a fillip to investments affected by the novel coronavirus in the state.

People from states of Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, West-Bengal,Jharkhand etc. on a daily basis migrate to bigger cities in search of employment.

This pandemic has clearly shown the huge population of labourers residing in other states. So when the states like UP and Bihar has the labour force why not bringing in industries to their own land?

Think once if IT companies and other white-collar industries have their offices in Bihar, UP, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh would you ever travel to states leaving behind your friends and family?

Similarly, these states have so fewer jobs whether white or blue collared jobs that the labours are left with no options. These states since a long time have become labour exporting machinery.

The new labour reforms will ease and help to do business in these states. The reform is aimed to stimulate and promote industrial activities.

Do you remember, when we were children, we use to write that

India is an agricultural country. 63% of Indians are farmers.

In this 20-25 years, the situation has changed now we are not anymore dependent on the farming industry. If you see the farming industry only contributes 15% of India’s GDP.

As this pandemic has forced people to sit down at their homes leaving them jobless and income loss now we have to create jobs. Again, we cannot go back to the days when there were 7 people in a family with only one earning member.

If I take an example, Bihar used to have industries earlier, not in huge scale but examples like Rohtas industries. Even now India has 50 industrial areas which include IT, electronics, textile, leather, agriculture as its priority but even the number is very less.

Kanpur again a city which was an industrial hub once has turned out to be a in shambles.

Now with the new labour reform, the obsolete glory can return again. The table can turn and it’s not just mandatory and beneficial for labours even white collared job opportunities will open. So when the source of income and employment opportunities will increase it will bring more opportunities in the education industry, business sector and many more.

India can see this as a chance to start many factories rather than depending on other countries. I will take an example of China here, as I regularly discuss with some Chinese friends and students, they tell me how their country helps them to open a business hence you will find every 3rd person of China is either a trader, supplier or manufacturer. The government supports the hard workers and if our country starts to produce products on their own it can give a huge competition to China.

India’s archaic labour law is the key reason why we are not a successful exporter.

Many countries give freedom to employers to hire and lay-off workers based on demands and dynamics.

Developed countries protect their workers through their policies.

On the other hand, India does the opposite, they protect jobs, not employees. Thus in India, we will find many employees working in off-roll and contractual basis jobs but then India has one of the best labour laws. But what is the point of having such labour laws when we can’t take advantage out of it.

In India, entrepreneurs must have a licence for starting a business and another license for shutting down. So any factory who have more than 99 employees you have to go to the labour department to take permission.

So many such investors and entrepreneurs moved to white-collar industries or service industries but then the geographic location and nature of scope become limited because business is always risky.

Many renowned Indian companies have registered multiple sisters concerning companies just to safeguard themselves and saving themselves from giving gratuity and provident funds.

Such stringent laws made for welfare of labour have actually proved to be counter-productive to the labours themselves. Employers deliberately choose not to scale to skip those laws and when you so not scale, you cannot compete with likes of China anymore. This phenomenon has been rightly described as “dwarfism” by the incumbent Chief Economic advisor of India Mr Krishnamurthy Subramanian.

The effect of downward economy creates a chain reaction. Take example of a fashion brand. No retail sale means no payments to small scale designers, job losses of direct employees of the brand. Tailors not required, logistics not required. Showroom cut down. The people indirectly employed by the direct employees of the brand like laundry, maids, security guards, restaurants, shopping mall, franchise owners, e-commerce company, payment processing company and their employees sees a loss in income too and hence the economy falls to recession.

The time is ripe to change the outlook of these labour laws. As the Labour market update 2016, 82% of the Indian workforce is employed in unorganised sectors.

https://www.geographyandyou.com/the-unorganised-workforce-of-india/

With such humungous amount of workforce in unorganised sector, there is a huge potential to kick start the economic fate of India with right policies creating many organized sector and plethora of white and blue collared jobs. There is a reason special economic zone (SEZ’s) are a huge success and time has come to reap the benefits at large scale by proper implementation at large scale level.

If India has to compete in Global manufacturing it will also have to change it land laws accordingly. While Modi gov. has done a commendable job in bringing India in forefront of Ease of doing business index, it has a long way to go, along with that it has to attract private investment which is holding back because of such labour laws.

Nobody will invest a huge amount to start a business only to be at the mercy a government inspector and labour unions.

Time has come, to cash on this crisis..!!

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Amit Shah accused Bengal government of not allowing Shramik trains to reach the state-TMC hits back.

Home Minister Amit Shah has demanded an answer for the non-cooperation. He has written a letter and is asking for the injustice that the Bengal government is doing with the civilians.

Why Mamata why??

Initially, the data of covid-19 patients have not shared then a violation of lockdown rules.

Later on, categorising patients has covid-19 patients and comorbidity patients to show a lesser number of patients in total.

As I have already mentioned, in my earlier blog how students and migrants are requesting and tagging Mamata in their tweets to help them and bring them back.

Amit Shah writes directly to Mamta Banerjee on the issue of migrants.

Amit Shah has stated that non-cooperation would create hardship for the migrants.

The state government is not allowing trains to reach the state claiming that the central government is not getting help from the state government.

TMC hits back

Mamata Banerjee’s brother, Abhishek Banerjee tweeted that Amit Shah has lied and the allegations are false.

According to the report, west Bengals have released trains to bring back migrants on 5th of May.

Train from Dankuni Junction

Where Babul Supriyo a BJP member in a new channel stated that after the letter of Amit Shah Mamata has signed for 8 trains to bring back migrants.

Even today migrants are stranded

Now if the WB government is bringing back migrants then why people are still tweeting?

Where is reality? Who are they whom the government brought back to their native state?

Who is fake, Mamata or Amit Shah?

Who is playing politics, TMC or BJP?

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The Migrant Conundrum |Poverty & Lockdown.

Over the past few weeks the most pressing matter the government is trying to handle is the migrant crisis that has arisen out of this lockdown. It seems that the government advisory mechanism was caught off guarded over repercussions of this lockdown from the migrant perspective.

To the flocking of thousands of migrants at Delhi-Ghaziabad border, to the staging protest in Surat, Andhra border or at Bandra in Mumbai. People have been protesting to arrange the government for their return to their natives. While the government has been suggesting staying put wherever they are, respective state government have been arranging return of their citizens.

A quick survey of migrant’s shelters reveals the horror. The Delhi police survey report states to Indian Express (April 28), that fans are not working, no power backup, sanitization of toilets rarely done, most migrants want to leave as their families cannot survive, rude behavior of civil staff, pathetic quality of food, no hand wash and sanitizer, foul smells in toilet, water supply in toilets only between 7 to 11am, one soap for bathing and no detergent to was clothes, mosquito bites and so on. If these are the conditions of voluntary camps, don’t even imagine the conditions of quarantine camps where one have no option but to stay.

This lockdown has left the marginal section who barely are lifted out of poverty at the helm of going back to poverty. With no job, no food and no means to send remittances to their family, it is natural that one gets frustrated. The grim pictures of migrants cycling or walking back on foot along with small children thousands of kms paints the reality of this lockdown. Remember, the lives exist out of gated society as well. The truth is government is yet to figure out the assistance of this section, and assistance if received have benefited only few.

Once, these people go back and settle, the MSME’s will be the hardest hit, which are dependent on these workforces. Once stopped, it is no easy job to restart a business. Indian railways have set off across country to bring back home the stranded migrants and estimates that 500 such trains will be needed across 15 days to get the job done. The state of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have to huddle together as coordination with states are the major pain pointed out by the Railways. Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal are also in the line.

Once this exercise is over, the next challenge of the government is to kick start the economy and feed its jobless citizens, in a country where malnutrition is entrenched, especially among children, there is a danger of hunger becoming widespread too. We all have anecdotal evidence that families are going hungry and some are starving too. While you can have food given to you by government, one just cannot give up his dignity and have no job but just food to eat even if given free by the government. A human need is much more than just-food.

Where we read disturbing news of people committing suicide because he wasn’t able to feed his family during lockdown.

On the other hand, jewellers are forced to sell vegetables so that they can survive from the lockdown crisis.

A food for thought!!.