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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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Who is responsible for spreading COVID-19, Tablighi Jamaat or Government?

Update: Enforcement Directorate has filed an FIR for money laundering against Maulana Saad.

The entire social media, news channels are flooding with the news of Tablighi Jamaat and now this has become a burning topic which has taken the turn to religious angle.

While, we all have different beliefs and practices, and we take comfort in religion and its practices, this is not the first time that religion has led to create havoc to humanity, society and the whole world.

Case in point is the irresponsible behaviour of particular sect in muslim community, The Tablighi jammat, which has led to sharp rise in the number of cases in India and has endangered further spread. Not just India, Tablighi congregation has led the spread the various 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.

But a question arises, we knew it well that it was just a matter of time, that the virus will eventually get to India in large scale, as it has already engulfed China, Europe and many other counties. It already entered in India during January albeit in a limited way. India had already implemented strict travel as well as various other measures to contain it. Then how this congregation happen?

At the first place, we seek answers, how did this happen and why did the Markaz authorities, did not postpone the event after the alert?
Given the fact that they were denied permission to hold a 50,000 strong gathering in Delhi prior to this as well.

All the programs were decided in advance, so they had a list of all those participants from India and abroad.
Already in February, the same Jammat congregation has led to massive spread in Malaysia and other South Asian countries, and one should be judicious enough and well aware that the foreigners might be prime carriers.

On the second place, why the state government had no idea about such religious gathering of this scale where 3000 of people are heading towards one place? Why the Delhi government took time to respond?

We need to see both the perspectives. There were certain reasoning given by the jammat as well saying that
“due to the sudden cancellation of rail services across the country on 21st March 2020, a large group of visitors who had to depart by way of railways got stuck in the Markaz premises,” Tablighi Jamaat said in its statement.

And then the nationwide lockdown was announced by PM Modi on March 23, hence they were left with no option but to stay put.

They have accused the Delhi police administration of showing apathy towards their repeated requests for arrangements of transportation facilities of visitors to their home states.

But if they really asked for the arrangements, why did immediately actions were not taken?

In China, as I have my business interest over there, even though things are getting normal yet everyday authorities come to check the body temperature.

She added that Chinese people are disciplined. We very well know, how disciplined Indians are, sad but true.

I am in touch with numerous Chinese nationals and have been publishing various blogs, since the virus engulfed China. Everyone follows rule, and obeyed the orders. Meanwhile in India, we see people defying to the utmost degree. Even some are scoring their political and PR goals out of it, clicking pictures and videos for either volunteering or providing some materialistic help.

We are living in a show-off world, where everyone wants to stand out. Rather than helping in true sense, the ulterior motive is to find a position for themselves.

I have seen a few pictures and videos of literate fools who are making videos and posting pictures without taking safety measures. In India, the government is not checking the body temperature of each and every individual. We don’t know who might be the silent carrier. Sanitising, wearing gloves, wearing masks, maintaining distance are the simple precautions one forgets while taking pictures.

So coming back to the topic, 48 foreigners who attended the Markaz travelled to other parts of India to preach at remote locations. This opens a pandora box of India’s security policy where people come on tourist visa’s, instead do religious activity and later travel to different parts to do the same as well.

And you will be surprised to know that the police station is located right next to the Markaz building.If there were request made, what took police so long ? Not only that, a large gathering attracts a lot of noise and activity, didn’t anyone notice?

As per the video on 23rd March where police were convincing to evacuate, why immediately they didn’t took necessary steps by calling in healthcare departments and reaching out to the higher authorities.

Also, my question is why on 23rd the police were still convincing the attendees, when even holi events were cancelled to restrict public gatherings.

So my question is-

Why did the Delhi government allowed the event to happen at the first place?

How come no one came to know that thousands of people have gathered in one place?

Delhi being the capital of India, the checking should have been more strict.

Forget Tablighi, labours in 1000s have gathered in Delhi and UP borders due to lack of basic facilities.

When they got to know about the Jamaat, why immediate actions were not taken?

The government is as much as responsible for spreading the COVID-19.

Lastly, thanks to those who are raising politics out of these and instigating Hindu-Muslim propaganda.
In these situations, were we don’t know where our God is and we cannot expect any help either, the real God- the doctors who are our saviour in these difficult times, are getting stones hurdled at them.

Making videos, memes, passing inflammatory statements is not right in this situation.

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Coronavirus- World in distress seeking answer from WHO & China.

World is gasping due to shortage of ventilators, businesses rapidly trying to develop prototype, noted personalities pledging and donating. Brazil reluctant to close business as usual saying we cannot stop people from dying, but business has to continue, Italy having worlds 2nd best health infrastructure lost to this virus. Spain, France and the entire Europe over-burdened, cases in the US already surpassed that of China and Italy, and experts fearing a much wider and harrowing situations if this outbreak engulfs Africa. Almost more than half of global human population under lockdown and now entire humanity confounded as China goes back to its normal business.

In these situations, we are bound to contemplate as what are our global response bodies that is World health organisation (WHO) which is definitely one of the reputable UN institution in the world is doing over it. The world has started to ask question as well. The person specifically in question is the director general of WHO – Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is an Ethiopian health minister.

It has put the reputation of WHO on the line. There is a lot of criticism over how it has handled this pandemic and also in India over how it is handling the crisis. It does seem that it took too long reacting and it gave China a long pass. It does seem that it was in denial for a long time not accepting that it was a growing pandemic. In-fact it took too long even accepting that human to human transmission of this virus was possible. It was giving certificates of good conduct and in-fact speaking of China in glowing terms. Even until the end of January it was criticising countries such as the US for imposing travel bans on China. And now too add dollops of insult to injury, the director general of WHO is now lecturing the whole world and even admonishing them that quarantines will not work, you have to attack the virus, countries are not doing their homework, and test, test and test!!!

What are you doing during these trying times Doctor???

In-fact at the G20 virtual summit, Indian prime minister suggested in diplomatic way that WHO needs recasting. Other countries have not been so subtle, the US has directly blamed WHO of siding with China. It seems like WHO has not been able to come out of the never-ending conflict of maintaining a balance between the Geo-politics of the world. Earlier it was cold war of USSR and the US, then a unipolar world of USA, now a Bi-polar world of US and China. Many senators although only Republican have said that under Dr. Tedros, WHO has become mouthpiece of China, that it has let down the world and it is too weak kneed in dealing with China.

Dr Tedros

We know that WHO DG is selected basis the vote of health ministers of member countries. China controls many votes in WHO due to its political relations with many countries who are almost dependent on China for its economic, military and political reasons. Dr Tedros has also been accused of hiding the two Cholera outbreak in his country of Ethiopia itself.

Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland

We need to note that WHO was very critical of China under the leadership of 3-time former Prime Minister of Norway Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland when the SARS outbreak happened in 2002-03. It called out China for not acting fast enough, for wild animals in wet markets of China who were reservoirs of these Coronaviruses. In-fact it is due to that criticism China has to fire its health minister and Beijing mayor.

AWhy has not WHO, not for a single time mentioned the root cause of these viruses again emanating from these wet markets, which has been called my many institutions, research and even by Chinese citizens to be banned. This is despite the fact that Wet markets were banned during SARS outbreak and the world allowed it to be started again.

Continue reading this analysis further over my next blog as we all seek answers from those who are responsible…