India’s true menace: the Hindutva virus
INDIANS are struggling to find time to bury their dead due to the devastating effects of the second wave of Covid-19. The crematoriums in the state capitals are overflowing with dead bodies.
People are dying without oxygen and basic medical support. Cities like Delhi and Mumbai are struggling to cope with the rising number of infections and deaths.
These deaths and destitutions are products of a defunct BJP government led by Narendra Modi.
Given that door-to-door vaccination led to the complete elimination of polio in 2014, India has the resources and institutional infrastructure today to mobilise against the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Modi government’s lack of political will has led to a disastrous situation. The misguided priorities, unscientific nature, ignorance and arrogance of Hindutva politics have contributed to the havoc created by coronavirus.
The Indian government is grossly mismanaged today by the medieval Hindutva leadership, which has no humanitarian vision. The health and wellbeing of the people are not a priority.
Hindutva politics provided patronage to different religious and political mass gatherings that fuelled the spread of coronavirus, while a shortage of medical infrastructure, hospitals beds, medicines, doctors and nurses contributed immensely to the growing number of deaths.