Showing posts from May, 2020

Lockdown 5.0 In Containment Zones, Unlock 1.0 In Rest Of India!

The government of India today announced the 5 th extension of lockdown with Lockdown 5.0 to be in force till June 30, 2020 in all containment zones while listing out a phased lockdown exit plan for other areas of the country. Lockdown 4.0 ends on 31 st May. Therefore, while the national capital Delhi is going to complete a full exit soon with many curbs eased already notwithstanding record spikes of new cases in recent days, the financial capital Mumbai is still in the doldrums with infections and deaths spiraling, and will settle for a fifth extension of a month. However, detailed guidelines for Mumbai, Pune and other hot-spot places of Maharashtra are expected tomorrow from the state government. National directives for other guidelines are to be enforced all across the country. The night curfew is cut down to 8 hours now—from 9 pm to 5 am daily—which will also hold for the entire country. By today’s order inter-state and intra-state movements also become free without the re

India Lockdown: Are We Heading For A Messy Situation?

Disturbing thoughts are invading many minds of the people in India. Has the India Lockdown been somewhat compromised down the line? Have the governments decided to open up too soon? Are the on-going heavy spikes of new cases in several states of the country following the natural graph of COVID-19 spread or have these been the result of the said compromises? When is the migrant workers crisis finally going to end? Has the delay on part of government of India in dealing with the migrant workers caused irreparable harm to our fight against Coronavirus? Unfortunately, answers are not at all forthcoming. We can only look at the developments with mixed feelings of doubt, regrets and trepidation. While India was still within the Lockdown in only its second extension the government of India finally decided to provide trains to shift the migrant workers to their destination states. However, after nearly a month the process is far from being completed with thousands of worker

COVID And Amphan: Indian Contrasts In Crisis Times!

When the extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan hit Kolkata and adjoining districts of West Bengal in the evening of 20 th May, 2020, with a speed ranging from 110 to 133 km per hour the damage could very well be anticipated. West Bengal is not new to cyclones originating in the Bay of Bengal, in fact, three cyclones namely ‘Fani’, ‘Bulbul’ and ‘Amphan’ swept over the state within a span of one year only—from May 2019 to May 2020. However, the force and speed of Amphan was unprecedented in the state as some point out that the areas had not seen such a severe cyclone in 283 years. By late night that fateful day, closeted in the control room of her secretariat in Howrah, Chief Minister Mamata Bannerji, distressed and sad, said while briefing the media online that a few districts of her state and Kolkata were totally destroyed and it would take days to assess the damage apart from the loss of lives. She desperately hoped that the central government would come in with some help as