[WSMDiscuss] COVID-19 Pandemic- What Could Explain Mishandling and Callousness?

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Fri May 29 19:18:28 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! Ever sincethe COVID-19 pandemic lockdown was announced the fate of teeming millions wasdecided in a manner befitting their low status thereby marking out them fordiscrimination and exclusion in the most blatant way in contemporary times. 


What could explain‘Mishandling’ and ‘Callousness’ by the Government of India and respective StateGovernments barring few which stood apart from the rest? 


We have theConstitution, Law, Parliament, Government, different Organs of the Government,Judiciary, Independent Media and a vibrant Civil Society. But we neither have‘Due Diligence’ nor ‘Accountability’ in our system. 


And this is not thefirst time and not even the last time when we are witnessing incompetentgovernment machinery which simply cannot handle any pandemic or disastersituation. 


Perhaps we are stillsearching for an answer? Or shall we say ‘Mediocrity’, which breeds not only ignorancebut also arrogance, as a possible explanation for this inbuilt ‘Mishandling’and ‘Callousness’? And where does this ‘Mediocrity’ come from? Has ‘Mediocrity’got something/everything to do with the Brahmanical caste system? 


Do pass it on toothers in your circle/network. 


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“The fleeing labourers are caught in an unusual combinationof crises” 

MukulikaR in Conversation with Uma Chakravarti 

ICF,May 27, 2020 

“The fleeing labourers are caught in an unusual combination of crises” 

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“The fleeing labourers are caught in an unusual combination of crises”

The historian talks about the plight of the labouring class, the actions of the state, and more.






With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi  


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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