“…There’s no point debating if the number of deaths is actually more or less.”
Thus spake the esteemed Chief Minister of Haryana, the state just down the road, home to Gurgaon, our big, shiny, tower-block-y, 21st century city.
The translations from Mr. Khattar’s original Hindi vary slightly, but the essence remains.
The dead are dead.
“…Whosoever has died will not come back to life by making clamour… We will make all efforts to ensure that everyone is saved. The deaths are less or more, there’s no meaning entering into a debate…We are making all necessary arrangements, it’s a pandemic and no one knew about it. Did you or we knew about it? “
That comment of Mr. Khattar’s – “it’s a pandemic and no one knew about it” – is almost Trump-esque in its self-serving simplicity.
Actually Mr. Chief Minister, lots of us knew about this pandemic which has, I remind you, been raging for over a year now.
And please don’t forget, Mr. Khattar, that it was your very own BJP colleague and our esteemed Prime Minister, Mr. Modi, who told us all over a year ago, in March 2020, that India would defeat Covid in 21 days.
And, interestingly enough, just 2 months ago, it was your very own BJP party that hailed Mr. Modi for defeating Covid:
“The world was speculating over how India with its vast population and limited healthcare infrastructure would face the challenge…A year later, as the BJP holds its National Office-Bearer meeting, it can be said with pride that India not only defeated Covid-19 under the able, sensitive, committed and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi but also infused in all its citizens the confidence to build an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. The party unequivocally hails its leadership for introducing India to the world as a proud and victorious nation in the fight against Covid19.”
And yet here we are.
Biers lined up because crematoria are full.
The world flying in supplies to help this “proud and victorious nation” (as per the BJP).
Pilgrimages are, apparently, still going to go ahead this summer.
You read that correctly.
2 major pilgrimages are apparently likely to take place in the coming months.
The Amarnath Yatra:
“The governing body of the annual 56-day Amarnath pilgrimage to the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas may have last week temporarily suspended the registration of pilgrims in views of a surge in the Covid-19 cases, but it is yet to take a decision on cancelling it, officials said on Wednesday.“
And the Char Dham, which will take place in the same state that is currently holding the Kumbh Mela.
The Kumbh finishes at the end of this month, I think, and then they will segue into their next big gathering, in just 2 weeks.
If I were a medical professional, hearing unbelievable news like this, this might well be the time that I’d just jack it all in.
While the world is sending us meds and oxygen and equipment to save us, we are still going ahead with religious gatherings.
I expect I’ll get the usual sh-1-t from the usual suspects, for saying all this.
On Twitter this morning some man called me “a special idiot” asking “stupid queries”, so if by any chance this polite man (no idea who he is) also reads my blog, I’ll be in for some more gratuitous insults.
There is too much horror, too much jaw-dropping stupidity, too much insensitive lying to cover everything in one post.
But let me end with a comment from our esteemed Health Minister, Dr. Vardhan, and I quote:
“India is better mentally and physically with more experience to beat COVID-19…”
Tell them, Dr. Vardhan.
I’m sure they’ll agree with you.
And, final word for today.
Despite being called “a special idiot” on Twitter for querying why the government’s vaccination registration app wasn’t working as scheduled this morning, I have now successfully registered the remaining 6 people in our household who are eligible for vaccination
They are in the system.
No date for their vaccination.
But they are in the system.
After a rough day, I’ll take that as a win.
Stay safe, everyone.