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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The global confirmed cases of Coronavirus have now skyrocketed to 2,831,785 cases according to John Hopkins Coronavirus resource centre, with cases the in US and Italy outnumbering that of China. It has to be noted that it took just 1 day for the cases to increase by 0.1 million.
Confirmed cases in the US and Europe are spreading like wildfire and there seems to be no stopping to it. India which has 24000+ confirmed cases as of now is bracing for much more as the rate of testing has been increased by the government. United States, Italy and Spain are reeling under the pain of the loss of lives.
The US has passed a bill of the record $2.2 trillion to fight this, with confirmed cases surpassed 5,61,103 and around 22106 deaths.
Current cases in India as per today’s statistics is 24000+ Out of which, 5,063 have recovered.
India extended the lockdown, yet the upcoming news shows very clearly that it could have been implemented much better also it might extend.
Migrants flocking in thousands at bus terminals, having been walked for days to reach bus stands, some being run over by Trucks on road, dying of exhaustion as they walk all the way hundreds of kilometres to their natives and some surviving only on biscuits and water due to this lockdown.
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. The government in the meanwhile issued numerous statements ranging from Bihar government to establish shelters over other states to Delhi government saying all migrants in Delhi are Delhiites and it is their responsibility, yet not an iota of any actions was taken. In the meantime, we see Indian again resorting to frugal yet efficient methods of combating like trains being converted to makeshift quarantine field hospitals.
This Sunday, a group of Nihangs chopped off the hand of a police officer Harjeet Singh who is an assistant sub-Inspector, injuring 3 others policemen as well.
It took 7.5 hours of plastic surgery and successfully the doctors reattached his hand. Again our doctors proved that they are the superheroes and God.
People have tweeted their opinions in this case.
Sunday’s incident of lawlessness can be attributed to the fact that the Nihangs only wish to follow orders of the Guru and perhaps consider orders from the administration an attack on their sovereignty, a scholar said.
The world is scrambling to find a cure, economies are in a dismal state, destitute having faced double whip of loss of jobs and no access to food and water. This virus does not differentiate between your economic status or stature and has not spared even the Prince and the Prime minister of Britain. The good news is that he is recovering.
The incident of Tablighi Jamaat and later on gave the pandemic a new turn in India is Communavirus. When the World is only dealing with Coronavirus, we are actually dealing with communalism and novel COVID-19 at the same time along with poverty, low economy and lots more.
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.
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.
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.
The most trending topic of the day is the recipe. Many cool and easy recipes have broken the internet and we are just loving it. The lockdown phase has discovered many talents hidden within us, and surely one of them is cooking. Everyday my friends share pictures and videos portraying their master art and talent in cooking.
As lockdown was announced, we all have limited stock in our kitchen as well as our nearby shops are also in shortage of grocery items.
So including the trending and viral recipes, I am going to suggest a few more simple recipes that my friends and I have tried during the lockdown phase:
1. Diet Cake
This is easy to cook recipe and also will satisfy your cravings for sweet, so if you are a fitness freak or gym freak as my friend Neha Yadav, you can seriously try this unique recipe.
3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup jaggery
1/2 cup Curd
2 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tablespoon cinnamon powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup water
Few dry fruits
How to make:
In a large bowl, mix jaggery, olive oil and curd. Whisk till the jaggery dissolves completely. Now add wheat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon powder, salt and sieve them all together.
To prepare a thick batter, add 1/2 cup water. Mix well with cut and fold method then add all the dry fruits and dates.
Bake the cake at 180 degree Celsius for 40 minutes. Your cake is ready!!!
2. Paneer-Cheese-Potato-bread roll
This is my quick recipe, you need some boiled potatoes, paneer (cottage cheese), cheese and bread.
Mesh the boiled potatoes and add shredded paneer, cheese, chopped green chilli and chopped onions. Mix them well.
Take some water in a bowl, cut the sides of the bread and slightly soak the bread slices in the water, press the bread with your hands to squeeze water from it, stuff it with the potato mix and fry them.
3. Romantic Italian dinner during the lockdown with Pasta
Pasta-La-Vista, you can store pasta for months so I do have pasta stored in my kitchen, my recipe is the easiest recipe one can try.
Add pasta, water, milk in a bowl, sprinkle salt, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil, Maggi masala, red chilli flakes and microwave them for nine minutes, remove the bowl from microwave now add milk with cheese and put in again in the microwave for a minute. Your cheese pasta is ready in 10 minutes.
Add oregano to pasta, pour wine in your glass and you can add any other stuff you want as your sides.
Dalgona Coffee, Mimi’s style
Here comes the viral recipe of lockdown, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook all the social media is flooded with the pictures of Dalgona coffee.
I also tried today but twisted the recipe slightly by adding hot milk instead of water. So the recipe is simple but I did it through my way:
I added 5 teaspoons of sugar, 5 teaspoons of coffee and very little hot milk.
*Note- Great recipe for an arm workout.
Whip the mixture until it becomes creamy. Add chilled sweetened milk in a serving glass, fill it with ice, top it with the coffee cream.
Appam with Idli batter
I am sharing the link of the video, shared by my friend Shubhra who herself is a food blogger.
The world already started to ask questions to the director-general of WHO – Dr Tedros.
The US has directly blamed the WHO of siding with China.
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.
Why 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?
Times have changed, and the truth is between 2002-03 and 2020, China is much bigger power, and the US is now a much lesser one. There were many warnings on these Wet markets on the basis of research of WHO itself as early as 2018 on the threat of new coronaviruses emanating from these places threatening the world as global pandemic.
What is funny that until Jan 23, WHO tweeted that there is no human to human transmission despite the fact that a Chinese epidemiologist Dr. Zhong Nanshan on Jan 20 made a statement that actually human to human transmission is possible. Note that Wuhan went on lockdown on Jan23.!!
Dr. Tedros himself went to China to check the facts twice, yet he found nothing wrong and in-fact praised Xi Jinping. It’s a slap in the face of humanity who rely on these institutions.
Now all this is coming back to haunt Dr. Tedros and his credibility, with demands growing for his resignation. If China found human to human transmission, why did it not inform the world pre-hand. It seems that WHO is caught in an awful situation of what science dictates and a powerful country. He came back and praised China of identifying the virus in record time. Great!! What do I do of it? The ill-informed world kept on travelling to and fro from China and especially to Wuhan which is the size and population of the likes of Delhi and Mumbai.
Speaking of dying, A German finance minister committed suicide due to financial implications arising out of this virus, global confirmed death has crossed 51,299(as per the updated report). Deaths in India due to this has crossed 53, and we all are bracing for much more.
In these grim situations, we as humans should maintain the ethos of humanity and help those in needs as much as possible.
Numerous countries have returned Chinese masks and protective gears claiming it to be of sub-standard quality.
In the meantime, many countries discussed better control over biological weapons and Coronavirus was mention, giving it significant traction.
It is to be noted that WHO in the reform of 2005 has the power to act on it, over questioning the states on cover-up and it can declare an international emergency even in the face of opposition, yet it did not choose to exercise them.
China, we see has become very powerful in the UN and it has the means to silence even large global institutions. It brings in money, jobs and Infrastructure. Case in point is WHO and China becoming partner in OBOR. (One Belt One Road). It is evident that there is a problem in the UN which has come out in open. China, we all know is an authoritarian state and its citizens have no right to dissent. Very bad things can happen to you if you write anything criticising the Government. To me this seems to be the mother of all problems.
A group of researchers already raised red flag saying that such an outbreak is imminent and when a new case of pneumonia came up and it did not respond to normal medicines, and a group of 8 doctors researched it and raised the alarm. A normal democratic country would have taken this seriously and sent out a larger research team. However, this is China, instead they send police to silence them, government mouthpiece started criticising them and making fun of them, until the first of those doctor’s Li Wenliang contracted the disease himself and died raising criticism from the citizens.
While the government is taking it steps to arrest this infection by taking measures never done before like ordering all bodies to be cremated irrespective of religion, which was withdrawn later.
Many responsible citizens are also coming up and helping the people in need.
I see people with reach and means helping the needy, and some common people as well doing their part with whatever capacities they have.
In these grim situations, we as humans should maintain the ethos of humanity and help those in needs as much as possible.