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COVID disaster in India: causes and consequences

India has become the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The country's clinics are overloaded, there are not enough hospital beds, medicines, and oxygen for ventilators. People die in hospitals, at home, or just on the street. More than 40 countries have expressed their readiness to provide India with the necessary assistance. At the same time, at the height of the pandemic, elections are being held in many states of the country. The press strongly criticizes the actions of the Indian government, and also writes that you can not leave the country in trouble.

The source of the threat is mass events!

The newspaper Corriere Della Sera writes about how exactly the case went to disaster:

“One of the reasons why India — where, as it seemed, collective immunity was achieved between January and February — suddenly found itself in a situation of a disaster, experts believe the long election campaign, which began in late February and ended only a few days ago. ... So, for example, on April 6, 800,000 people attended the speech of the Prime Minister of Fashion in West Bengal — and only a few of them were wearing masks. Major sporting and religious events have also played a role — such as the India — England cricket match in Gujarat, which attracted more than 130,000 fans-or the ritual ablution in the waters of the Ganges on the occasion of the Kumbha Mela festival, which was scheduled to last from 14 February to 27 April, but was ended 10 days earlier due to the pandemic.”

The death of people from lower castes does not concern the authorities

The Hindu nationalism of the Prime Minister of the country opens the way to a misanthropic policy, — writes The Times:

“Narendra Modi's lack of seriousness about the danger of the spread of Covid-19 is also explained by the fact that the upper castes, who are considered to have racial superiority, will survive this crisis relatively well, while the poor from the lower castes are left to fight the disease themselves — with minimal or no medical care. ... It is believed that these people do not make any contribution to the economic or intellectual development of the country, and therefore it is quite possible to do without them. According to this logic, these people are so burdensome for the country that it would be better to get rid of them altogether.”

A planet split in two

The Corona crisis is exacerbating the gap between countries, " Le Temps notes:

“If even countries with economies in transition, such as India and Brazil, are in such a helpless situation, then what will become of even poorer states? ... Some calculations show that the collapse of the health system, the economic crisis, and social unrest can cause new migration flows. ... The psychological danger of splitting the world in two and the long-term consequences of this trend should not be underestimated. We, who live under the “protective hood” of our developed countries and perceive the world around us accordingly, risk losing sight of the challenges that all regions of the Earth face equally. And if the virus divides our planet into separate camps, then who will fight such a central — and common — disaster as climate change?”

It is no coincidence that so much aid is coming to India

As Corriere del Ticino points out, the tragic figures of COVID statistics in India should serve as a warning to all of us:

“If we continue to perceive them with the distance with which we experience dramas that do not concern us personally, it will mean that we have not understood much of what we have experienced over the past 15 months. The figures coming from India could be an ominous omen of what awaits us in Europe. It is no coincidence that the West — perhaps for the first time since the beginning of this global catastrophe-is now acting as a united front and offering its help to India.”

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