A deadly wave
A virulent second wave of the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the lives of Indians, ravaging city after city and city after city. More than 15,000 people died in one week. The second most populous country on the planet has also witnessed the highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day since the pandemic hit it last year.
India’s health care system appears to have been overwhelmed. We witness heartbreaking scenes of people lying on footpaths, main roads and hospital corridors with their loved ones, desperately calling for help. Indian Prime Minister Modi has described the wave as the contagion storm but it appears he has not made enough preparations to deal with the impending calamity.
The Indian Prime Minister has been accused of allocating a colossal amount for the construction of the parliament building and a jet for himself amid the ravages of the pandemic which has not only affected millions of Indians but has also deprived a large population of the Southeast Asian country of livelihood. Modi’s election campaign in West Bengal has also been criticized; it is believed to have also contributed to the worsening of the situation. Many accused him of neglect and indifference to the plight of the population. His critics blasted him for sacrificing the interests of the people to appease the corporate sector and big business.
A number of Modi’s critics believe the country’s poor have been killed twice – first economically and then physically. When contagion hit the country last year, millions of daily bets and working poor were left at the mercy of circumstances. The government announced an unplanned lockdown leaving these workers stranded, forcing them to travel hundreds of kilometers, and even thousands of kilometers in some cases.
The government’s failed attempts to deal with the situation have created immense hardship for people living on the lower strata of social stratification – but instead of softening their mysteries, the government has come up with a bailout that has largely gone benefited big business and big business.
Even the looming specter of death and destruction could not deter India’s ruling elite from fighting with Pakistan and China, spending billions of dollars in the unproductive sector of the economy. When the leaders of the right-wing Hindu parties were busy making threats against their sworn enemies Pakistan and China, the greatest enemy of the Indian people reared their monstrous head, but the Indian nationalist leaders were not interested in solving the problem. by taking drastic steps to improve. the failing health system. Instead, they struggled to cooperate with giant arms companies in an effort to obtain deadlier weapons and military hardware that could do little to save the lives of tens of thousands of people who perished. during the pandemic, and there seems to be no respite. existential threat.
The situation in India also revealed the hypocrisy of the advanced capitalist countries which imported vaccines from the South Asian country but failed to provide the necessary assistance which could have helped to prevent the dire situation that arose. in the past. about months. It is also surprising why the Indian decision did not stock enough vaccine for its own population when it was the center of vaccine production around the world.
Indian rulers could have used the logic of the Western political elite who obtained orders for their own people, forcing companies to prefer states where production took place. India is the world’s largest producer of the vaccine and it should have had at least enough vaccine that could have prevented large-scale deaths. But as the Indian ruling elite was more interested in serving the interests of international business than in making efforts to alleviate the hardships of its own people, it did not set such conditions effectively. Although he is now trying to secure a substantial number of vaccines, such belated actions cannot right the wrongs that have already affected millions of people.
In this situation, many Pakistanis have shown magnanimity of character. Despite the anti-Indian sentiments that have been stirred up here by right-wing clerics and organizations, we have seen many Pakistanis express their sympathy to their Indian brethren. The Edhi Foundation has offered its services to India. The government has also sent a good gesture by offering aid and relief. Even Pakistan’s religious leaders have shown solidarity with the Indian people by praying for their health and well-being. It bodes well in the midst of the storm of hatred and warmongering.
The pandemic has made it very clear that it is not political hostilities that pose an existential threat to humanity, but disease, natural calamities, environmental degradation and our indifference to indicators of human development. In recent years, India has left the UK behind in military spending, becoming the fourth country to invest heavily in this unproductive sector of the economy that rarely benefits ordinary people in all countries. .
The South Asian country is also one of the greatest powers in conventional warfare but, while the UK has vaccinated a large number of its population, India’s percentage in terms of population is insignificant. The ruling elite sitting in the corridors of power in New Delhi at first showed indifference to the plight of the people and then turned to complacency to appease big business.
Superstitious Hindu leaders also complicated the situation. Instead of asking the government to take swift action to deal with the looming threat, they have come up with bizarre solutions to tackle the pandemic. The government’s decision to allow religious gatherings has also proven to be catastrophic, but unfortunately it is the ordinary Indian who is most affected by these government decisions.
The way the Indian state of Kerala has dealt with the coronavirus indicates that the Indian people have the capacity to overcome this natural disaster, but it is very unfortunate that those who try to invest in human development are challenged by it. corporate elite of the country of Southeast Asia.
Kerala is believed to have one of the best human development indicators in India. Some estimates suggest that it is the most literate state in the largest democracy. Its health system is much better than that of other regions of the country. The Indian ruling elite and its subordinate corporate media are fiercely anti-China. So they would never try to learn anything from this country. They have no positive opinion on Communist Cuba which also defeated the pandemic. There is therefore no question of learning anything from this small island country which benefits from one of the best human development indicators in Latin America.
But Kerala is part of India. Modi and his annoying henchmen may have political differences with the people who run the government in the South Indian state, but they could still learn from them the policies that helped the Communist government overcome the crisis. The state is also ready to help. It is time for the Indian political elite to accept this and also agree to take the help of any country that could help the Indian people in these difficult times. Recalcitation on the part of India’s ultra-nationalist Hindu rulers will only add to the woes of the Indian people who are groaning under the mighty tentacles of the coronavirus.
The writer is a freelance journalist.
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