[WSMDiscuss] COVID-19 Pandemic and The Need to Fix Accountability

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Thu Apr 29 15:47:15 CEST 2021

Dear Friends

Greetings! The manner in whichCOVID-19 has struck in its second spell, has left millions of people strugglingfor life in India, wherein the Government and society at large remain helplessand non-accountable, as the health system and people at large are trying tomanage things on their own in these hours of crisis. 


It is complete mishandling by theGovernment- both at Centre and in States. How things would unfold in comingdays remains to be seen. 


Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network. Do help people in whatever manner possible. 


It's NotEnough to Say the Govt Has Failed. We Are Witnessing a Crime Against Humanity.

Arundhati Roy, Opinion, The Wire, April 29, 2021 



The politics of India’s COVID-19 catastrophe. 




Of a'Yug Purush' Prime Minister and the Sufferings of Mortals in the Pandemic

RaviJoshi, Opinion, The Wire, April 29, 2021 



Never before in the history ofindependent India has the government failed so spectacularly in its primaryduty of protecting the lives and livelihood of its citizens, as this governmenthas done twice in the last one year both by acts of commission and omission.




India Covid-19:Deadly second wave spreads from cities to small towns

Vikas Pandey andShadab Nazmi, BBC News, April 29, 2021 



India's deadly Covid-19 second wave has devastated big cities like Delhi,Mumbai, Lucknow and Pune. Hospitals and crematoriums have run out of space, andfunerals are taking place in car parks. But the pandemic has now firmly grippedmany smaller cities, towns and villages where the devastation is largelyunder-reported. 




Coronavirushas crushed India’s health system. Patients are on their own.

Joanna Slater,Niha Masih and Shams Irfan, The Washington Post, April 28, 2021 



India’s health-careinfrastructure is buckling as a record-breaking surge of infections exposeswhat experts say are decades of underinvestment combined with a lack ofpreparation by the government for a second wave. The country is reporting morethan 300,000 cases and nearly 3,000 deaths a day, although official figures understate the scale of thecalamity. 




India Is What HappensWhen Rich People Do Nothing

VidyaKrishnan, Opinion, The Atlantic, April 27, 2021 

India Is What Happens When Rich People Do Nothing

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India Is What Happens When Rich People Do Nothing

Vidya Krishnan

The chamber of horrors the country now finds itself in was not caused by any one man, or any single government.




The chamber ofhorrors the country now finds itself in was not caused by any one man, or anysingle government. 




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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