Callous, Incompetent: The Modi Regime’s Report Card – By Suhit K Sen
Two things plague India today: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the parivar it is embedded in; and the governments, especially the one at the Centre, the party runs. The party and the parivar are obscurantist, sectarian and anti-democratic; and the governments the BJP runs are characterised by incompetence and chest-thumping.
Between them, they have served up a menu of incompetents that have sunk the economy, exacerbated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with their mismanagement and pushed the nation into an abyss of sectarianism not witnessed since the aftermath of the Partition….
Let us approach the current regime’s handling of the pandemic, as an extreme case of incompetence, callousness and self-aggrandisement, after a small detour. On April 20, the Government of India’s chief economic advisor (CEA), Krishnamurthy Subramanian, said India was perhaps the only country with a large economy to use the crisis caused by the pandemic to change its economic thinking….