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How Bengal is fighting with COVID-19 under Mamta’s rule.Current update.

Current update

After Amit Shah, now Dr Indranil Basu Ray who is an Indian-American cardiologist has written a letter to Mamta Banerjee.

I am compelled to point out the fact that as West Bengal is exceptionally crowded, the virus, if it infects a particular locality, will spread like wildfire, affecting thousands and killing quite a few.We cannot take anything for granted as you will regret if thousands are infected, and hundreds start dying because of a lack of strictness in preventing the spread and appropriate detection of COVID-19.

Indranil Basu Ray

By now, West Bengal has more than 2060+ cases. Indranil also added:

Hushing up such infection and not taking appropriate precautions like isolation would lead to death and destruction, which I certainly know that you would not like as the Chief Minister of my state,

Indranil Basu Ray

If we check the state-wise list of confirmed patients in India after Maharashtra Gujarat is the second state to have the highest number of covid-19 patients while West Bengal is at 8th position with 2000+ cases so why so many letters are been written to Mamta?

Are all the people biased and trying to just target Mamata?

Or

It’s because of the number of cases might be more but the state is hiding the actual numbers?

I am getting a lot of messages and request to write something on the way West-Bengal is dealing with Coronavirus. People from Bengal are asking my opinion and thoughts on the same. It’s sad that the citizens of West-Bengal are upset and worried by the way the state government is handling the situation.

After reading the tweet, I reached out to Rahul Jha who is helping poor and needy people with rations. This is a new challenge for him to rescue the stranded ones. Let’s see how we can support.

On this blog, I am just sharing my analysis, it will be too early for me to put forward any opinion for such a sensitive cause.

Let’s start the journey of analysis with me and find out together.

These are my questions which came to my mind. Help me to find answers.

  1. Are political leaders with decades-old rivalries still playing politics during this pandemic?
  2. What the fight is all about? Is it ego or insecurity?
  3. If Mamta is playing politics at this situation, will it hit back?
  4. While students are tweeting Mamta to bring them back from Kota, why she has not taken any steps yet?
  5. Only the two states, Bihar and WB don’t want their students and migrants back, why?
  6. Will politics affect the common man?
  7. Are sweets so vital for Bengalis, that they won’t be able to survive for a few days that the government is bound to open meat markets and sweet shops?
  8. Is Centre really trying to intervene and blame Mamta?
  9. The central government decided the hotspots without survey and statistics, how?
  10. Why didn’t centre sent teams to MP or Gujarat first, as they sent to Kolkata?
  11. As Mamata and supporters are continuously saying that they lack PPE kits and testing kits because of the biased government, is that true?
  12. Why it is taking 5 days for test results to come out in Bengal when it is 2 days for other states.

Let’s try to find out the answers in this blog.

What happened till date in West Bengal?

  • On 4th march, Mamata alleged that people are creating chaos over CoronaVirus to suppress the riots in Delhi. She said;

“Today some people are shouting corona, corona [coronavirus] a bit too much. Yes, it’s a dreaded disease but doesn’t create panic. Some (TV) channels are creating hype over it to suppress Delhi violence.

If anyone can provide help to rescue this little girl who has stuck alone thousands of km away from parents.
  • On 17th March, a young boy was detected positive for COVID-19 in West Bengal who returned from London. This was the first case reported.
  • On the 18th of March, she asked people not to be irresponsible if they are having CoronaVirus symptoms also she ordered the state police to take stern action those who are spreading fake news.
  • On the earlier days of lockdown, even the media and the opposition parties applauded the way she addressed the media and people of West-Bengal. Mamta did announce that the state government will create a fund of 200 crores to deal with coronavirus.
  • By 25th March, the entire Kolkata Medical college was turned into medical facility to treat COVID-19 patients.

Now how the game changed? Let’s understand.

Politics- A dangerous game to play during this pandemic.

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.

We are not just bearing brunt of economic crisis but the world is burning with communists and brutal and ruthless Indians.

Whenever I see the photo of the poor Hindu monk’s face who got killed by the mob at Palghar I do shiver that how people killed a person to death. The wound was not even healed and today I read another news of the death of 2 more Hindu monks.

Mamata Banerjee in the early days of April said that Coronavirus is not a communal disease and politics must not be indulged into it.

Later on, she mentioned that the areas must not be divided as hotspots. Where the whole country was fighting with coronavirus, recognizing hotspots and seal them she, on the other hand, gave it a term “sensitive areas”.

Is this because of her Muslim vote bank?

If we see the past and learn from it, Narendra Modi has always been known for turning unfavourable circumstances in his favour. As he is taking strong steps and trying to save his citizens from the virus even the entire world is praising him. This is the golden opportunity for BJP to enter into the West Bengal. If we see the history, BJP never ruled West-Bengal. We saw in 2014 when BJP got only 2 seats and in 2019 BJP managed to get 18 seats out of 42 which was remarkable. TMC has to be worried about this surge and any mismanagement can lead them to lose the next election.

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. Although she left the decision of lighting lamps to the citizens of the respective state. Most of the people switched off the lights for 9 minutes but didn’t lit lamps or candles as far as I know. When I spoke with few, I was surprised to know that they did not light the candles because of fear of retaliation.

What we are seeing, the only state government which turned out to be doing bizarre acts to control COVID-19. Where everyone is requesting including the prime minister to get united Mamata is holding daily press conferences to claim and state how the state is discriminated. Is that so?

TMC claims that the government is biased towards West-Bengal.

Let’s see if the government is biased. What steps the government has taken by far for the states:

  • Government of India has allowed states for additional borrowing and the limit is set at GSDP of States as per fiscal responsibility and FRBM act.
  • The government of India has ensured that they will give free treatment to COVID-19. Every state has set-up quarantined centres but Mamata is asking the people to stay put and quarantine themselves in their own homes because it’s difficult to arrange facilities for everyone. But what if the situation gets out of control and we need immediate medical assistance.
  • The government is providing PPE kits of International standards to every state. Where Mamata raised her questions on the colour of PPE kits and on the other side, media reported misuse of PPE kits.

The blog has already become too long to read. Let me cover the rest of the topics on my upcoming blogs related to Mamata dealing with Coronavirus.

It is high time that the politicians forget about politics and fight against the deadly virus which is mutating very fast. Scientist have already reported that the virus has mutated 10 times by now.

Otherwise, if anyone has watched Game of Thrones it will be difficult to win over the virus. As from the first season of GOT, we know “Winter is coming” but the rulers we’re so busy winning over lands and ruling that even though the finally defeated the nightwalkers, it left disastrous results.

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https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/west-bengal-to-have-rs-200-crore-fund-to-tackle-coronavirus-says-mamata-banerjee/article31082849.ece

https://theprint.in/opinion/covid-19-changing-indian-politics/391118/

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/mamata-banerjee-spares-narendra-modi-but-harsh-on-some-to-tackle-coronavirus-pandemic/cid/1761848

https://www.firstpost.com/politics/mamata-banerjee-would-do-well-to-keep-these-9-points-in-mind-while-playing-coronavirus-politics-writes-bjps-policy-research-wing-member-8248721.html

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While trying to find the root of hatred and absurdity by us, found Modi Ji is trying the same.

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 : PM

Narendra 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
  • Anti-nationals
  • Calling terrorists to anyone
  • Desh-drohi
  • 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:

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.

Giriraj Singh:

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.

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/30/how-indias-bjp-cultivated-muslim-front-its-hindu-nationalism/

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/giriraj-singh-pakistan-muslims-remark-1648746-2020-02-21

https://scroll.in/latest/921377/lok-sabha-elections-bjp-minister-giriraj-singh-booked-for-remark-against-muslims-in-begusarai

https://www.narendramodi.in/pm-modi-addresses-public-meeting-at-ramlila-maidan-in-delhi-22-dec-19-547719

https://youtu.be/v1W7N2GK5yI

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Is the government to be blamed or workers getting impatient?

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.

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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 sight

Gopal 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 jihadlove jihadarthik 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.

Source:

https://youtu.be/l_NIgnb9J2g

https://theprint.in/opinion/indian-media-waging-holy-war-against-muslims-hyenas/400407/

https://youtu.be/m_01tHikdy4

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Lockdown 2.0-Key points our Prime Minister Modi Mentioned today during his speech.

Our central government, the state government especially the police and doctors are doing an incredible job.

However, the opposition party has slammed the decision of Modi this time. On a live discussion with Congress MP in India Today, he focused on the distress situations of workers.

Some industries and supply chain must be taken care of as he mentioned

Modi has come up with a very unique and comprehensive strategy we can say a mix of phased lifting along with lockdown extension.

With fast action and early lockdown, India has done much better than the bigger nations. The figures from these developed nations show that we are doing much better.

Narendra Modi
  • Lockdown has extended till 3rd May.
  • The areas which don’t come under hotspot areas they will be given certain relief with conditions.
  • If any case of coronavirus comes from those areas, the relief will be banned.
  • New lockdown is of 19 days.
  • Till April 20, every district, cities, localities will be closely monitored to ensure how strictly they are following the rules.
  • Detailed guidelines on lockdown-2.0 will be issued tomorrow.
  • PM Modi has announced lockdown relaxations for daily wagers and farmers.
  • He asked to take care of our elders, especially those who are underlying medical treatments.
  • Wear masks
  • Follow social distancing
  • Download Aarogya setu app
  • Take care of the poor
  • Take care of the employees don’t fire them.
  • Respect police and other authorities during the coronavirus.

States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions.

PM Narendra Modi

On the contrary, deaths of 10000 have also crossed. Where in other states new year celebration is silent, my native state West Bengal is celebrating the Bengali new year. People are buying sweets on the market.

Dr Naresh Trehan, who is chairman of Medanta mentioned the importance of wearing masks taking the example of Czechoslovakia

Rajeev Sardesai, Consulting editor gave an example of Kerala and Karnataka as they have succeeded in flattening the curve.

So in the crux, we need to stay together, as our country cannot afford to deal with disastrous results.

Our Prime Minister assured us that the country has enough stock of medicine and ration.

Health infrastructure and supply chain will be taken cared of.

April 20th is going to be an important day. Now let’s see what’s going on social media.

Our honourable Minster changed his profile picture. He wrapped “gamcha” on is his face when he addressed the nation, later on, he removed it and started giving the speech.

Shashi Tharoor tweeted:

I support the announcement by Narendra Modi of lockdown extension. Can’t discard the gains being made. But h should have also announced serious relief for those who cannot make ends meet. MNREGA payments, JanDhan accounts, GST dues to states & aid to sweeten the pill.

Shashi Tharoor

ANI addressed why the lockdown is till 3rd May on its tweet.

Govt sources on the extension of lockdown to May 3rd rather than April 30 (as recommended by states): 1st May is a public holiday 2nd May is a Saturday and 3rd May is a Sunday.

ANI

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Modi’s macro actions have worked, now India needs micro focus.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Celebrities who donated to fight COVID-19

In the last blog, I mentioned that Akshay Kumar mentioned that he will donate 25cr to PM cares fund.

Many other celebrities, also offered help and support to the nation.

To name a few:

Salman Khan

We all know that Salman khan’s most of the earnings goes in charity. He has asked for a list of the daily age workers out of that he has pledged to take care of 25,000 workers and the money will be directly transferred to their account.

Salman has again provided rations to the poor and needy. He is continuously trying to create awarrestore peace and harmony among Indians with his videos and songs.

Shahrukh Khan

Sharukh khan has mentioned that he will donate an undisclosed amount to the PM funds along with that he will contribute 50,000 PPE kits to West Bengal and Maharashtra governments.

Also, he will be contributing to Maharashtra CM’s relief fund.

Varun Dhawan & Sachin Tendulkar

Varun and Sachin each of them has contributed 55 lacs to PM’s fund.

Prabhas

Babubali actor contributed 4 crores at the PM’s fund.

Kapil Sharma

The comedy king donated 50 lac to the PM’s fund.

Kangana Ranaut

The controversial queen has also contributed 25 lacs.

MS Dhoni

He contributed 1 lac

Kriti Sanon, Rajkumar Rao also donated but they didn’t disclose the amount.

Hema Malini

The dream girl and BJP MP donated 1 crore.

Hrithik Roshan

He donated 600 mark, procured N95 and FFP3 masks for the BMC.

Kartik Aaryan & Vickey Kaushal

Kartik not only created awareness with his stunning video but he also donated 1 crore. Vicky also contributed 1 cr to the PM Modi’s fund.

Suresh Raina

He contributed 52 lacs

Others like Madhuri Dixit Nene( not disclosed), Shilpa Shetty & Raj Kundra (21lacs), Alia Bhatt, PV Sindhu, Virat-Anushka, Katrina Kaif, Randeep Hooda also contributed.

Virat kohli & Anushka Sharma

Recently the couple donated 5 lac each towards the welfare of police personnel and earlier they pledged to donate 3 crore in PM care’s fund.

Sonu SoodSonu Sood a reel featuring villian turned out to be the real life hero for the Corona warriors, migrants and many lives.

Never thought of people coming out to support India when our country is bleeding.

He has earned our love and respect. By far, he has managed to send many migrants home by arranging busses and food for them. Not just this, he is continuously responding to tweets who are reaching out to him for help.

He has also provided help to people by providing food in the month of Ramadan.

Earlier he offered his hotel for health care workers.