The staff of INHS Asvini hospital are showered with flower petals by an Indian Navy helicopter as part of an event to show gratitude towards the frontline staff fighting the coronavirus disease in Mumbai on March 3. — Reuters

Smoke, mirrors and Modi: A grand illusion of governance during Covid-19

Grand political statements may normally attract voters but in a crisis, they are poor substitutes for governance.

Updated 14 May, 2020 09:09am

It is now 41 days since the Modi government told the Supreme Court that there were no migrant workers on the road any more. "They have been taken to the nearest available shelter", and 2.3 million were being fed, India’s Solicitor General told the judges, who — in a now familiar routine — took the government at its word.

It is evident that statement was anything but the truth.

In the absence of jobs, food and transport services, thousands of stoic and weary migrant workers, who once powered India’s economy, continue epic journeys home on cycle or on foot, over hundreds, even 1,000, kilometres. Parents carry children, drag luggage or balance bundles on their heads. The sick and the injured hobble along for as long as they can. Some drop dead of exhaustion or illness, either on the way or, tragically, after reaching home. One group was mowed down while sleeping on rail tracks they thought was empty of trains.

India’s 53-day lockdown, extended in varying measures, was among the world’s toughest, but while it may have slowed the count of known Covid-19 cases, it hasn’t flattened the curve, contrary to government claims, one of which said there would be no new cases by May 16. "What we are seeing is that the cases are increasing at a linear pace," the director of India’s premier medical institution, Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Randeep Guleria told Mint this week. "The major problem right now is we are not seeing a declining trend [as in Italy or China]."

Style over substance

Indians may have lit candles, banged thalis and watched awe-struck as jets streaked overhead, bands played and naval ships lit up in tribute to those on the frontlines, but it was hard to find the substance behind the style. The feel-good, choreographed events around the coronavirus increasingly appear to be a cover for poor planning, apathy and an opportunistic exacerbation of Islamophobia and reduction of civil liberties.

A virus may not provide advance notice before striking. In this case, India did get early warning but did not do enough. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being sparse with the truth on April 14, when he said India started checking passengers for the virus before its first known case on January 21. By that day, as Factchecker.in reported, only three airports had begun screening passengers (four more started on that day), and then only travellers from Hong Kong and China, although 20 countries had reported infections.

Mumbai residents clap and bang utensils from their balconies on March 22 to cheer for emergency personnel and sanitation workers who are on the frontlines in the fight against coronavirus. — Reuters
Mumbai residents clap and bang utensils from their balconies on March 22 to cheer for emergency personnel and sanitation workers who are on the frontlines in the fight against coronavirus. — Reuters

Despite warnings from its top medical research body that a lockdown alone would, at best, reduce peak infections on a given day by 40%, Modi’s government ignored for a month — as journalists Nitin Sethi and Kumar Sambhav Srivastava reported (here and here) for www.article-14.com — advice from the Indian Council of Medical Research to urgently launch other interventions. These included door-to-door supplies of food and other essentials to the poor; district-wise infection monitoring; "fast reporting" to identify and quarantine infective clusters; mass quarantines for those in densely populated areas; and a rapid increase in hospital beds and intensive-care unit.

"This discussion has gone on for too long and no action has been taken," Naveet Wig, member of the prime minister's Covid-10 task force and the head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences' department of medicine said in leaked proceedings of an internal meeting on March 29. "No. No. We will have to tell the truth."

Experts ignored

But the truth was never made public, and the 21-members of the task force were once again ignored when the government extended the lockdown on May 1, reported Vidya Krishnan for the Caravan. "Three months into the pandemic, as India struggles to contain growing cases, the sidelining of expert advice has become a trademark of the Modi administration’s response to the novel coronavirus," wrote Krishnan.

It is apparent that Modi’s government discarded any suggestion of meticulous planning and execution, settling on a scrambled, knee-jerk response that caused economic and social chaos. To understand what good planning, communication and execution can achieve, Modi needs look no further than Kerala, which reported the highest number of cases when the pandemic began. It has now destroyed the curve, with only four dead, a mortality rate of 0.79%, compared to India’s 3.4%: up to 93% of Kerala’s Covid-19 patients have recovered, compared to India’s 23%.

Instead, India currently struggles to comprehend a flurry of, often contradictory, orders and directives from Delhi, the confusion increasingly evident, as India tries to balance the imperatives of reviving a declining economy and holding down infection and death. The government's current struggle to achieve that balance is a consequence of previous blunders, which began with a four-hour notice for a national lockdown, stranding migrant workers nationwide without jobs, money and eventually food. Despite claims made to the Supreme Court that a couple of million workers were being cared for, Modi outsourced moral responsibility, asking India's people to "look after" those in need.

Narendra Modi lights a lamp on April 5. — @PMOIndia via Twitter
Narendra Modi lights a lamp on April 5. — @PMOIndia via Twitter

40 days of inaction

No trains or buses were organised for workers who wanted to return home but either could not or were not allowed to. The first trains started running after 40 days of pointless inaction, during which time workers in crowded accommodation risked infection, which they might carry to relatively unscathed rural India — up to 80% of positive cases are from urban areas. In Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party government cancelled the trains, after real-estate companies complained there would be no workers, just when construction was about to restart. After a storm of criticism, the decision was rescinded. In some cities, bitter workers said they would not return after being spurned in their time of need. As I write this, migrant-worker unrest is rife nationwide.

Companies hoping to restart must struggle against a tide of arbitrariness that passes for governance. Many district collectors and police officials operate like local satraps, interpreting the rush of government notifications as they will. "Covid-19 notifications," writes Rahul Jacob, "have rained down like an unseasonal monsoon downpour." He points to 600 from Delhi and 3,500 from the states, quoting the think tank PRS Legislative Research.

Many companies, including those run by the government, say they cannot or will not obey government orders to pay workers during the lockdown. Unemployment has risen to record levels. Modi has urged employers "to be kind", but his government has done nothing — as many countries have — to reimburse or in some way assist companies in keeping employees paid, even if partially. Nothing has been heard from a special economic task force since Modi announced it on March 19. There was silence, too, on an economic stimulus package, except from the government’s chief economic advisor who said this week that "there is no free lunch".

Meanwhile, Modi’s government is pushing ahead with a grandiose INR20,000 crore project to build a new parliament building and redesign New Delhi’s Central Vista (instead, the Rajya Sabha announced spending cuts — of INR80 crore). In easier times, emotion and grand political statements may distract voters and pay handsome electoral dividends. In a crisis, they are noticeably poor substitutes for governance, subject as they are to diminishing returns and administrative anarchy.


This article originally appeared on Scroll.in and has been reproduced with permission.

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Mihir Lahiri
May 11, 2020 12:03pm
Starting today 300 trains will be taking the migrants back home.
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Jagyaseni Biswas
May 11, 2020 12:03pm
State authorities have taken steps to make sure the migrants are off roads and railway tracks after accidents.
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Raghav
May 11, 2020 12:04pm
The curve is coming down.
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Anti-Corruption_Pakistani
May 11, 2020 12:07pm
It is extremely difficult to find out the truth and ground realities, as Modi's government and vast majority of media are working together to distort the news and confuse public through various fake news. But they forget that truth cannot be hidden and will eventually come out soon. Be prepared for big surprises very soon - this is why Abraham Lincoln said that "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time". (Note: I regularly advocate my impartial views against injustice, inequality, oppression and nepotism without supporting any of the political parties. My family, country and people's well-being are far more important to me than anything else - be aware of fake ID's!).
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Ahmad
May 11, 2020 12:19pm
Now let’s see the logic less and pointless defense of Modi and BJP by our neighbors. Like me, anyone who has studied pre WW2 Germany can see strong similarities between then Germans and now Indians.
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Hani_Layyah
May 11, 2020 01:42pm
Pandemic couldnot beat the fascist regime of RSS backed BJP when it comes the podium of treachery and violence. .
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Hani_Layyah
May 11, 2020 01:45pm
The only differnce beween covid and prejudice/hatred of BJP is that former is invisible and less contentious than latter one. .
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Hani_Layyah
May 11, 2020 01:46pm
Instead of corona quarantine, Delhi should have hate quarantine. .
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Parvez
May 11, 2020 02:02pm
The truth matters little ...what matters is that the people want to believe what he says....so he says what they want to believe.
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Salman UK
May 11, 2020 02:10pm
@Ahmad, agreed!
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Sairbeen plus.
May 11, 2020 02:12pm
@Raghav, The curve is yet not flattering sans down. The unilateral mismanagement at the outset is just horrible and frustrating. A glaring example of mismanagement seen by the whole world. The margin of only 4 hours to vacate metropolitan, and strict lockdown, the highhandnesses of Police, the returning masses of families exodus were never witnesses, since partition. The labors were not provided conveyance at all, moving along highways on bare foot, beaten by police to move away from roads, the crowds moved towards railways track and began walking parallel to railways lines, anybody died was left there,and caravan remain moving, nothing but walking, children cried being tired, but beaten by parents to carry on, as time was moving fast every week was like a month, but still majority on march after 45 days past. Some Philanthropists did help these destitute by food menu of boiled rice with some lental, that’s it. All is not well in India, nor India is incredible, that’s proved.
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M. Saeed
May 11, 2020 02:12pm
Falsity, thy name is modi.
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M. Saeed
May 11, 2020 02:15pm
@Raghav, see, if your Corona-graph page is placed upside down?
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Mighty Indian
May 11, 2020 02:32pm
Modi is 100 times better than failed IK
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Dr.Kurji
May 11, 2020 02:48pm
Excellent Analysis. Sadly all the Modi mantra of Tali and Thali...... Cannot hide mismanagement and criminal negligence.
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bhaRAT©
May 11, 2020 02:53pm
An eye opener for bhakts. A ‘smoke and mirrors’ expert playing tricks!
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jatinder
May 11, 2020 02:53pm
Anything in the circumstances would seem to have failed , both on the personal as well as collective front. The enormity of the situation itself demanded to "sell hope". Things can always be done in a better way " Retrospectively " . I am sure there will be critics in the days and months to come too , as Covid is not over. No one is perfect
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bhaRAT©
May 11, 2020 02:58pm
@Sairbeen plus., True to fact but most will deny reality.
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SATT
May 11, 2020 03:01pm
For Modi it's India first.
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Parminder Arora
May 11, 2020 03:05pm
For some, even if Modi brings heaven on earth, he is not good enough. Unlike a confused PM across our western border. PM Modi has been decisive. He has done the best under the circumstances inspite pf many who tried to undermine his efforts..
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bhaRAT©
May 11, 2020 03:27pm
@Mighty Indian, Truth has hurt. Keep sulking!
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Guest
May 11, 2020 03:32pm
why are u evaluating NaMo's performance? It is upto us to decide he did good or bad. His goverance is for us to follow n support
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Jjacky
May 11, 2020 03:36pm
Vaccine and Antidote will be Made in India. Please dont import this vaccine and antifote from India when it will be ready.
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Citizen
May 11, 2020 03:46pm
How does it make difference to Pakistan?
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MG
May 11, 2020 03:47pm
Other than one or two countries like S Korea, India is the country who handled the Covid so well. ....
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Mahesh
May 11, 2020 04:01pm
@M. Saeed, Look at your own back yard.
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Abbey London
May 11, 2020 04:18pm
International media is full with India's efforts and outreach albeit some news of excess police highhandedness, by and large India's efforts have been much lauded.
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Vigilante
May 11, 2020 04:48pm
Truth has been one of the many casualties in the reign of inept Modi government.
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Jawwad
May 11, 2020 05:34pm
India has learnt the show off tactics from North Korea.
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T-man
May 11, 2020 05:44pm
@Mighty Indian, 100% true
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Loans Corner
May 11, 2020 05:46pm
When will polio be gone ?
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Kumar(Varanasi)
May 11, 2020 05:46pm
Everything is not Modi's fault as he couldn't prevent all these heart rending tragedies which are so common in India due to wanton carelessness of the victims themselves .
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Kumar(Varanasi)
May 11, 2020 05:47pm
People are way too careless, Public in India is too fatalistic, that's why they care two hoot even for their own safety, believing what is destined would happen anyway .
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bhaRAT©
May 11, 2020 05:49pm
Footage showing half a dozen dead bodies lying on beds next to Covid-19 patients in hospital has horrified people and exposed how India’s much vaunted health system is struggling.
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bhaRAT©
May 11, 2020 05:51pm
@Mighty Indian, Truth is bitter. Keep sulking!
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A shah
May 11, 2020 06:15pm
Thank you Modi ji
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Ramana
May 11, 2020 06:54pm
@Mighty Indian, yes
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imran
May 11, 2020 07:15pm
This pandemic has confirmed the fact that most governments around the world are being led by leaders (mostly men) who have absolutely no business leading their nations. The level of incompetence exhibited by these so called leaders is shocking.
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sri1
May 11, 2020 07:53pm
@Mihir Lahiri, "Starting today 300 trains will be taking the migrants back home" As if, they care. Any criticism, however minor, is like a gold mine. We will see by and by, won't we.
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RationalBabu
May 11, 2020 08:26pm
@Ahmad, have you made any effort to study post 1947 Pakistan? So what went wrong?
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RationalBabu
May 11, 2020 08:41pm
@bhaRAT©, why don’t you guys check the reality at home first?
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RationalBabu
May 11, 2020 08:42pm
@Jawwad, thought that were your friends!
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Goodfellas
May 11, 2020 09:14pm
Pakistan is the same as India with its Issues
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Brijkishore dubey
May 11, 2020 09:17pm
India has selected his pm for 2024 as Modi...
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Gopal Patel
May 11, 2020 09:46pm
India is better governed than most of Asian countries.
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Vivek
May 11, 2020 09:55pm
@Ahmad, Germany is now one of the Top economies of the world
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Sami
May 11, 2020 10:19pm
"there were no migrant workers on the road any more" Yes most of them perished on way back home!
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Anuj Sharma
May 11, 2020 11:01pm
Great nation, great leader, salute Mr. Modi
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Secularist
May 11, 2020 11:03pm
The only truth is that no-one has an understanding of the cause and developmental path of this pandemic. Not one organization or party or country knows what the ideal solution is. Every nation is muddling thorough strategies, statistics, and the solutions are highly suspect. Whether it is Xi Jinping or Modi or IK or Trump or Putin - not one of them is above reproach. While it is the role of a free press to identify mistakes in policy making and implementation, it also has a duty to highlight the successes. Sheer, undiluted cynicism never solved a problem. On the contrary it damages the morale. It is rather sad that Indian and Pakistanis are keeping scores as if this was yet another T-20. A tragedy is tragedy. It is high time that we count our blessings and thank all the frontline workers for their contributions.
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P Setra
May 11, 2020 11:09pm
Modi and his government have a history of lying to courts and to people, even under oath. He is an established accomplished con man and a crook having to regard for interests of poor.
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Ann Al Floss
May 11, 2020 11:15pm
@RationalBabu , There's no reality when you live in an alternate universe.
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Khangul
May 11, 2020 11:19pm
@Vivek, not because of Nazism.
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Sudhir
May 12, 2020 01:14am
Just check the percentage of effects of this epidemic. It's effects in India far less than other countries.
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Manoj
May 12, 2020 01:25am
The govt and people have to work as a team. I'm believing the govt. It's been hard but it would be harder if I didn't listen to the govt. True, they could have done better. But then, even citizens could have done better as well.
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bhaRAT©
May 12, 2020 03:35am
@Abbey London, "International media is full with India's efforts and outreach" Can you give even one example??
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schali
May 12, 2020 03:53am
@Hani_Layyah, You have been very loving and peaceful. The whole world knows about how you are focused on development and not destruction.
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MSP
May 12, 2020 04:42am
@Hani_Layyah, what quarantine should you people use in Pakistan
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MSP
May 12, 2020 04:47am
@Jawwad, you are seeking attention
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Tamikselvan
May 12, 2020 05:31am
Sad to write but more Covid-19 areas are unfortunately spreading more in Muslim populated areas in Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and in Bengaluru. When people don’t take precautions it affects them and others too.
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Theseus
May 12, 2020 06:06am
Peoples should have been brought back or moved around when there were less than 500 cases nationwide (just before lockdown). Now infection is high in hot spots and the virus will be carried to places where there are no cases, or places like Kerala where virus was completely mitigated after months of hard work. Great plan!
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Ajay
May 12, 2020 06:26am
It's biased. Even if the writer would have googled it, he would have get more authentic material to write.
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Ramesh
May 12, 2020 07:23am
Would this medium dare to show the realities at home?
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Dinesh
May 12, 2020 07:28am
@Dawn. Baseless and inaccurate allegations?
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Sri
May 12, 2020 07:33am
No one is perfect. Handling 1.3 billion people is not a joke. About style without substance that the reporter is referring to had an impact to bring awareness among the masses especially the uneducated.
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Kristen
May 12, 2020 08:22am
All states in India are not the same. Northeast India is doing excellent. kerala haf only a couple of virus clusters and learnt along the way.Larger states have a different problem level.
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KJ
May 12, 2020 08:31am
As they say, misery needs company... that is what you guys are resorting to...
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Akil Akhtar
May 12, 2020 08:51am
India is good at making garbage look like gold.......and fooling the world.
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Krishna Rao
May 12, 2020 09:08am
UN and many world leaders gave thumbs up bo modi for huge task of handling 1.3 billion people but offcourse we should learn democracy and governance from Pakistan
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Parosi
May 12, 2020 09:13am
He is bigger con artist than Trump. In this day and age hatred can win you a throne, no wonder why corona is around us
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WhatsInTheName
May 12, 2020 10:18am
No leader and no country has any better response to COVID than what India is doing. But, Modi has the most daunting task with worlds largest, diverse population and saving lives & economy both. U.S, South Korea, Israel, Australia - all engaged with India to develop vaccine. They have trust on India and its leadership.
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naveen Kini
May 12, 2020 11:10am
Never heard about this author. Seems he writes only for Pakistan media.
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Patel D
May 12, 2020 03:00pm
Lit candles and awe-striking jets streaked overhead in USA with good publicity in media and was spirit booster. No one has a slightest thought that this was choreographed to distract people. The Corona has no vaccine or medicine and the nature is taking its toll. So in the mean time a spirit boosting is scientifically proven to be healthy. If the author could not find substance, then it is his prerogative. But extrapolating this to criticize government is ignorance and insensitive.
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Balakrishna
May 12, 2020 03:10pm
Fact is migrant workers have been neglected and the apathy is very visible. we need voices which speak for the weak.
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Tajammal
May 12, 2020 03:23pm
@Mighty Indian, Please erase 1 from 100 then it will be true.
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Chang
May 12, 2020 07:24pm
I am a social researcher in an Asian University. My research includes social changes in India. In India, the majority is turning around and demanding it's share of equality of rights and that upsets the status quo and challenges many existing views. Yes, the majority is demanding to be treated fairly and equally. For example - a religious community was allowed to make annual pilgrimage at discounted rates and subsidized by the taxpayer. The majority community never received any such benefit in the last 70 years.
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Vijay
May 12, 2020 09:09pm
Modi is doing greta.
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Ahmed
May 12, 2020 09:27pm
Indians know what Modi has done. How can a Pakistani assess his performance whether he has been decisive or not ? Modi has been doing his best in the given circumstance.
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Rajan
May 12, 2020 09:46pm
Indians have unwavering trust in Modi. You can write all you want.
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Debasis Dasgupta
May 12, 2020 09:52pm
It is unfortunate that, due to fear of short supply of food and other assistance from state govt. a few hundreds of migrant labours took desperate step of covering thousands of kilometers by walk to reach their home during lockdown period. But these hundreds of migrant labours together with 7-8 lakhs who were fortunate enough to get train/bus provided by the govt. for their coming back constitutes merely 1-2% of total migrant labours in India. So to give it a grim picture is nonsense. In a country of 130 crores, these sort of minor incidences may happen.
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Ravi Sankar Katragadda
May 12, 2020 11:35pm
@bhaRAT©, never heard of this footage, any specifics, believe it's not your imagination.
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BK
May 13, 2020 09:03am
@Balakrishna, As a responsible citizen, have you done anything about it?
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mr.netizen
May 13, 2020 09:06am
Tough decision are always bitter in nature but it is required when nation wanted it. This is what Modi govt took.
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prince
May 13, 2020 09:14am
The world, WHO praised modi and Indian government for taking prompt action of lockdown and saving million lives, providing medicines, etc...... We don't expect what small portion of media thinks? Yesterday 20 lakh crores package for economy, Modi is on right path........
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DAN
May 13, 2020 09:23am
@Ahmad, there is only one country which does not recognise Israel. Stop talking about news and nazis.
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Sunny
May 13, 2020 09:29am
Managing magnificently this Chinese given Pandemic in populous India PM Modi established himself as a World leader. Helping friendly nations with medicine and kits to fight Corona and India being the leader in developing drug for Corona virus, has earned immense respect.
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Daanish
May 13, 2020 09:43am
Modi is a con man, who will be remembered in history as the Gorbachev of India,who divided India ended like USSR.
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Kumail Ahmad
May 13, 2020 10:16am
the article about modi and his government is worth reading. thanx
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Kumail Ahmad
May 13, 2020 10:16am
@Hani_Layyah, nice
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S d sharad
May 13, 2020 10:21am
He is our elected pm, & 130 crore Indians stand solid behind him...
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raj
May 13, 2020 10:44am
Stimulus worth 20 lakh crores, that's what a PM does for the country.
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raj
May 13, 2020 10:48am
At $266 billion, the stimulus value in dollar terms is higher than the GDP of 149 countries such as Vietnam, Portugal, Greece, New Zealand and Romania. It almost equals Pakistan's annual GDP of $284 billion.
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Manmohan J
May 13, 2020 10:58am
@Anti-Corruption_Pakistani, Some wise man said, it's easy to point fingers at others, but sometimes we should see within ourselves.
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Saif
May 13, 2020 11:00am
and the package of 300 billion USD for India from Modi.
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Prof. (Dr.) Vikas Chawla
May 13, 2020 11:26am
@Parminder Arora, True
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Prof. (Dr.) Vikas Chawla
May 13, 2020 11:26am
@Rajan, True
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Hani_Layyah
May 13, 2020 11:40am
@schali, yeah, atleast we are not slaughtering unarmed women and kids in Kashmir. .
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laalrangka
May 13, 2020 12:09pm
remember : Frances Moore Lappé
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Iftikhar Husain
May 13, 2020 01:25pm
All is well Mr Modi.
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kaly
May 13, 2020 01:27pm
One of the best PM,India ever had....
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
May 13, 2020 01:34pm
Even amid the fastly increasing, rapidly expanding and every growing coronavirus pandemic, lies, deceit and deception are the real hallmarks of racist Modi and his fascist R.S.S. and BJP cronies.
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Fida
May 13, 2020 01:59pm
Modi and Imran, both failure in their respective country. Both brought nothing but misery to the common people. A pakistani education minster just pointed out the reason lockdown is not appropriate for Pakistan is because we have to open work for daily earner and we can't feed all the poor of the country. So Mr. Minister, where did all the money which came in billions dollar from overseas went into whose pocket.
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Vivek
May 13, 2020 02:04pm
@Hani_Layyah, slautring . Are you sure you know it's meaning
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Vivek
May 13, 2020 02:05pm
@Daanish, take care of Blochistan and Sindh first
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Li-N-Ja
May 13, 2020 02:38pm
Those who have basic knowledge of administration should know that it is the responsibility of the provincial government to take care of the labourer or poor residing there, irrespective of their origin. The word lockdown means no movement of vehicles and individuals other than essential services. It was the responsibility of the provinces to see that the poor people should get food and shelter so that they should not be compelled to think of returning. So the provinces should be blamed for failing to stop the migration and providing food and shelter. These poor laborer contributed to the prosperity of the same state and when time came to take care of them, the provinces failed to provide basic needs to them.
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Reader
May 13, 2020 02:43pm
For the benefit of this uninformed writer: 83% Indians have voted in favor of Modi's handling of this crisis.
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AM
May 13, 2020 03:03pm
Package worth of Pakistan's GDP with details will be tabled today, do watch it.
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Suppan
May 13, 2020 05:34pm
Anyone can comment on the strategies adopted against this unknown enemy, COVID-19. Could lock down have been announced earlier? Yes, at the cost of economy. Could the Government have arranged for transporting migrants to their native places in March itself? yes. At the cost of spreading COVID-19 to villages. Could the implementation of Lock down been better? Yes. Had the public understood and cooperated. Tablighi gang is the classic example of defiance. At least 30 % of the infection could be ascribed to these covimbeciles. Why strong action was not taken against them? Yes our so called Liberals and Lutyens would have raised a hue and cry. Some balancing was done and will have to be done. One can go on.. Yes definitely Government could have acted better. Because there is always a better way of doing things
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Amir
May 13, 2020 05:42pm
Meanwhile yesterday this modi has announced 266 billion dollar package for its population guess seone has to see the real mirror now
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Skanda
May 13, 2020 07:10pm
If the migrant workers were allowed to reach villages without a health check up as is being done now, community transmission would have happened and the lockdown would have been of no use. Immediate and early lockdown and shelter in place for migrant workers was the right choice. Migrant workers, like we can all understand, wanted to get home to their villages or towns rather than being in shelters in cities where they had suddenly lost jobs. But if they were to access the interiors of the country early on, covid wouldn’t be rising at a linear pace but at double the pace that it is now.
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TruthMatters
May 13, 2020 09:13pm
Let the bashing begin... of the truth by the bhakts. Wanton disregard for the poor and the masses by their CM turned dictator is beyond criminal.
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natarajan
May 13, 2020 09:14pm
@Anti-Corruption_Pakistani, Okay, we will read your comments and find out the truth.
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Rahul
May 13, 2020 09:16pm
@Hani_Layyah, No one hates anyone in India based on religion, caste or creed.
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Rahul
May 13, 2020 09:17pm
@Jawwad, Please no need to be envious. India is a country on the rise.....period.
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Rahul
May 13, 2020 09:19pm
@SATT, Exactly. He is a true patriot. Son of the soil. Everything he does if for betterment of India. Hope he leads India for several more terms.
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Mumtaz
May 13, 2020 09:24pm
@Mihir Lahiri, Migrant works are already on the move so those 300 trains will have little benefits now.
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AB
May 13, 2020 09:50pm
Govt is not only paying to their regular employees, but also paying to casual / contract workers.
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Prapur
May 13, 2020 10:15pm
Kerala can’t be compared with whole India. Scroll reporters are very very incompetent. Kerala has no major industries to employ its own residents. Most Keta lites are working either in other states or out of country. Keralians who were trapped, brought back from Wuhan China by central government where as Pakistani students were watching them helplessly.
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Prapur
May 13, 2020 10:18pm
Scroll needs to get their facts right instead of blaming highly populated country like India. Jamat has big hand in spreading COVID in India. They were the one who spread in many parts of India and gone underground instead of being tested, quarantined.
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Vamsi
May 13, 2020 10:46pm
@Sairbeen plus., How do u know this ?
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Raj
May 13, 2020 10:56pm
If something works in Kerala state then the credit goes to state government. If something does not work in other state then the criticism falls on central governement! This defies all logic.
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Tns
May 13, 2020 10:57pm
Pm modi is doing well deserved to all indian and international across the world, we all Indians proud with
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Khan
May 14, 2020 01:17am
@SATT india has gone for a six
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Zak
May 14, 2020 01:41am
'Companies hoping to restart must struggle against a tide of arbitrariness that passes for governance.' Modi, a leader of no substance. Chaos reigns.
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Zak
May 14, 2020 01:42am
`In a crisis, they are noticeably poor substitutes for governance, subject as they are to diminishing returns and administrative anarchy. Administrative anarchy. Aptly put.
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Zak
May 14, 2020 01:42am
Good article. Stay safe.
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Zak
May 14, 2020 01:43am
@Raghav, 'The curve is coming down.' Ya, Modi's.
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Iqbal
May 14, 2020 02:06am
None of your leaders are 5% as efficient as Modi and all of them are abysmally corrupt no comparison with corrupt free PM of India
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redi
May 14, 2020 04:25am
260b USD. Now count the zeros, neighbour.
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RAja Raman
May 14, 2020 04:49am
@bhaRAT©, Arrogant Modi is Thousand times better than incompetent IK. IK is clueless about the situation and lacks spine to take a descision.
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Rangarajan Raghavachari
May 14, 2020 06:18am
@Anti-Corruption_Pakistani, Pl worry about Pakistan ! You are in for a shock on multiple fronts ! India is a open book unlike China when 450 million what's app users will real time circulate videos and audios ..Nothing can be hidden like ironbrother ! The checks and omissions many times project a worse position which is not true on ground ! It is the reverse in Pakistan ? Isn't it !
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Rangarajan Raghavachari
May 14, 2020 06:30am
@Ahmad, For India the best is yet to come ! Don't waste a crisis is the focus last 100 days and corporates have conducted millions of Webinars and e learning creating 82% increase in Digital traffic since March 22,nd..Converting problems into opportunity and innovation and products is the focus..A 266 billion USD stimulus aimed at vulnerable sections is what Govt has done.So much of food and support provided across the country by thousands of philanthropists and industrialists not reported by media which is mostly negative critical of govt whatever is done! Half the country is kicking already and rural areas are full with granaries ! Urban clusters will lose patronage and satellite cities 40 to 60 km from metros are now the toast in real estate and the focus has shifted to middle from premium segment ! Exciting times and new business created by Covid !
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Rangarajan Raghavachari
May 14, 2020 06:59am
@Tamikselvan , TJ infected Muslims in mosques and their families,then neighbours.In TN ,third most affected and highly urbanised and industrialised 92% infections due to TJ ?
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Sri
May 14, 2020 07:35am
@Sami, excelent! you are a genius and Pakistan has talent.. bravo!!!
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Ram
May 14, 2020 07:47am
It would have been prudent if the author has done a comparative analysis between countries such as US, UK, EU, India, SK and singled out Modi if he has failed. The style and actions of Modi have actually created awareness among class and mass to face this virus situation. Remember Many MNC research cos have tied up with Indiato produce Covid vaccine on large scale, that sums up health care infra. Guys kindly Google for pharma infra and medical tourism. Please give India credit as they are handling 1 billion when others with .1 are struggling.
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Bilal
May 14, 2020 07:49am
@Mihir Lahiri, Too little too late. Damage is already done. If you still want to defend Modi then no hope for you and India.
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Bilal
May 14, 2020 07:51am
@Mighty Indian, Empty slogans can’t beat the reality and truth. Millions of poor migrant workers are the stark fact what Modi did.
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DAN
May 14, 2020 07:52am
@bhaRAT©, too lazy to google or don't you have it
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Bilal
May 14, 2020 07:52am
@Mahesh, whatever it is, Our backyard is 1000 times better than your backyard.
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Alih Kazmi
May 14, 2020 07:57am
@Rahul, So why are people burnt alive in India so often?
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Alih Kazmi
May 14, 2020 08:00am
@Reader, So they had elections in India regarding Corona Virus?
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Reviewer
May 14, 2020 08:44am
Modi is decisive but his actions are not well thought out by good advisors and are not implemented well by inefficient bureaucrats.
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Ankita Bahatwal
May 14, 2020 08:49am
first thing first, health is on concurrent list of indian constitution, where states and center both can enact. blaming center alone is of no use. In a pandemic, law and order also comes into play. so if state govts empowered local babus with more authority it is for the safety of society. if they would not act like satraps, then rate of infection shall be higher. Like in Odisha, sarpanch was given the power of district magistrates. Like Kerala, Goa is also successful in containing Covid-19. the article didn't mention about Goa, why? writer better know. The popular belief in India is that, all the state govts along with central govt is doing the best they can, to control it. period
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Singh
May 14, 2020 09:03am
Why Modi announced sudden closure of India? He makes all his decisions with sudden announcement without considering the consequences. Rich Indian stayed home and had no issues, poors including migrant workers had to face real Covid-19 epidemic, millions started walking hundreds of miles, captured (Like fugitives) and quarantined in death camps with thousands in one place, hundreds died and many were raped or looted. This was a peaceful time, no war with Pakistan on horizon, an advanced notice of 48 hours would have helped millions, instead this sudden announcement created incarcerated camps for hardworking and poors of India, this announcement help spread of Covid-19 more than the community acquired dissemination of virus with millions cramped together. Modi exposed millions to virus, him and his administration failed again and people of India have to face consequences of poor, under-rated decisions. Modi India will never recover again, there is need for urgent change of CEO India.
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Anti-Corruption_Pakistani
May 14, 2020 09:04am
Hi all, taking lessons from our Eastern neighbour and its worth PM, our confused PM should atleast take measures to lessen the distress of common Pakistanis. (Note: I regularly advocate my impartial views against injustice, inequality, oppression and nepotism without supporting any of the political parties. My family, country and people's well-being are far more important to me than anything else - be aware of fake ID's!).
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Laila
May 14, 2020 09:50am
@Guest, Dawn is a Pakistani news mddiz, yet many of the commentators are Indian both on Pakistani and non-Pakistani articles. So why can't we Pakistanis comment on your government and its failures or criticize NM? I don't follow your logic.
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Ankita Bahatwal
May 14, 2020 09:55am
@Mumtaz, if migrant workers are on the move, they can catch the train from the nearest station, where they are. it should not be that hard.
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K Srinivas Rao
May 14, 2020 10:31am
Believe it or not , first Covid19 vaccine will be invented in India .
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Mon
May 14, 2020 11:04am
@Sairbeen plus., All is well in Pakistan?
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DEV
May 14, 2020 12:55pm
Looking at India's size, population and demography, Modi govt has been successful in containing the spread of virus. Lots of lives saved now he is working hard to save the livelihoods. Where there is a will, there is a way for sure. Good luck to him and India.
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ravi
May 14, 2020 03:17pm
@Bilal, Modi announced the economy package the size of Pakistan GDP i.e. 267 Billion USD that's the power of Modi.
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TruthMatters
May 14, 2020 10:27pm
@Chang, The same minority community that’s been relegated to the slums and ghettos Of India and has been the target of community lynchings with police either in tow or egging on the miscreants or forgetting to bring their guns When responding to riots in Muslim areas on the orders of the Hindu Reich, I mean, the central BJP govt. Not to mention the subjugation of Kashmiris for 7 decades through rape and torture of Women and children serving as instrument policy in the NW and elsewhere in India, followed by countless denials by the govt in the media and then by majority apologists and others like yourself trolling a Pakistani newspaper, no less. Unlike TOI or The Hindu, Dawn publishes honest articles about the Pakistani govt´s failings and even the plight of the minorities including Hindus. And many, if not all, Pakistani Readers express sympathy and advocate urgent action for the minorities. The same cannot be said about Indian Hindus. How shameful and hypocritical!!
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Reviewer
May 15, 2020 05:57am
Looks like Dawn is the most popular e-paper for Indians as well.
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Krishan Chand
May 15, 2020 07:14am
Theoratically may be U r right, but Modi govt is succeeding roaringly firing on all cylinders in all areas.
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INDEPENDENT
May 15, 2020 07:21am
Pandemic will rise unless India change its stance towards minorities. Inequalities, injustices, atrocities..... of the fascist regime of RSS backed BJP will pay the price.
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INDEPENDENT
May 15, 2020 07:24am
Pakistan has done far better work in combating COVID-19 than India. Pakistan is rising.
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Laila
May 15, 2020 07:30am
@Iqbal, "corrupt free PM of India" ? I really hope you are not being serious.
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