Tag: #coronavirus

Captive Elephants Across the Country are Starving During Lockdown

The pandemic has thrown light on a haphazardly organized, commercialized system of privately managed captive elephants. Most are used for “blessings” in religious institutions or for tourist rides; when neither can function, the elephants starve.

How COVID-19 Has Busted the Myth of ‘Neo-Liberal Economy’

This crisis has shown us the major loopholes in the neo-liberal system. The private sector, despite its greater efficiency and better resources, has been unwilling to step up to the task. The government cannot wash its hands off of its responsibility to look after its citizens and must take steps to revamp the public healthcare system.

Coronavirus: A Day of Lockdown Inside a Shelter Home

The population of daily wage workers is worst hit by the national lockdown. Neither they have jobs nor a roof over their heads. Out of desperation, hundreds of them walked to their hometowns. Some people were stopped by the police and sent to relief camps. We witnessed a day unfolding the situation at one such camp.

Frightening Increase in Fake News During Lockdown

Multiple cases of thrashing, killing, lynching, denial of Muslims to open their essential items shop or distribute them are coming from villages and towns across the nation. Most of this is due to misinformation and hatred mongering that is going on after the Tablighi Jamaat incident and hiding of the members of the Jamaat. This is coupled with a tremendous amount of fake news- with random old footage of spitting in food items or notes termed as members of the Jamaat who are on a mission to spread “Corona Jihad”. Even prime news agencies such as the ANI is not bereft of propagating fake news, which is having horrible consequences on the ground.

Our Priority: Islamophobia Over Coronavirus

It would not be an understatement to say the Indian media has been extremely biased and unethical in its reporting of the pandemic. When it is time to grill the government about its policies and preparations, the media and the upper-middle-class chose to engage in PR stunts and clapping from balconies. Meanwhile, the amount of troubling news that went underreported is enormous. It was only a matter of time till a befitting scapegoat was found to pin the blame of the outbreak instead of the government taking apt responsibility for the same.

Why Does ‘PM-Cares’ When There is Already PMNRF?

What was the need for ‘PM-CARES’ fund, when there is the already established Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, which has the same objective of dealing with Natural Calamities?

Cuba in the Time of COVID-19: How the Small Island State is Setting Example in the Face of Pandemic

Not only has Cuba shown that it is possible to deal with a crisis despite not having a very strong economy, but it has also earned praise and goodwill by sending its own people at the forefront of the crisis. Its healthcare system, though facing problems over the past few years, nevertheless has created a strong foundation of primary healthcare in a country where most people are poor.

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