A lion and a bear pounce on a fawn. Unwilling to share the prey, they begin to fight. Eventually, both are too weak and wounded to move. A fox which has been watching this from a distance sneaks up and makes away with the fawn.
As India wages war against Covid-19, it is also facing another kind of pandemic – non-stop attacks from Western media determined to offer simplistic portrayals of events despite the country’s relative success against the virus.
Badly unprepared for the havoc that could be wreaked by a major surge in Covid-19 cases, India has taken this deadly pandemic as an opportunity to begin mending its inadequate medical infrastructure and to build new capacity.
One in three people who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in India have contracted it at a common source: a gathering of a massive and mysterious Islamic organisation named Tablighi Jamaat (TJ).
It was long, irritating, and refused to go away. A 30-second public service announcement started appearing on each of India’s 1.28 billion mobile phones in early March, warning about the coronavirus threat and how to prevent it.
Epidemics hold no sex appeal for politicians. For a terror attack, an economic blockade or a flying enemy missile, others can be blamed — but if you mismanage the outbreak of a killer virus, voters will only blame you.
Two decades ago, the late nuclear scientist and youth icon published his 2020 vision of a freer, more developed and stronger India. 2020 is here. We examine how much of his dream has taken shape on the ground.