May 7, 2021


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The loss of elections in West Bengal may have sparked protests over the handling of the Modi COVID crisis

Voters in West Bengal have returned the incumbent Prime Minister, in what has been described as a well-publicized verdict on the COVID crisis in India. Mamata Banerjee, And her regional Trinitarian Congress (TMC). Defeat for Modi Party a Huge campaign There have also been significant attempts by the BJP, but also at home and internationally to alleviate criticism of the second wave of COVID abuse.

Linn Despite evidence of an increase in the number of diseases across the country in June 2020, the BGP government lifted the curfew. This allowed for huge election rallies and religious festivals Kumb Mela – Criticized as “the most widespread event” at home and abroad. The result is more than 20 million confirmed COVID and more than 222,000 deaths.

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And across India – with the growing number of people being treated at COVID Hospital, it puts health services at an unprecedented level – ordinary citizens and health care providers Turn to Twitter And other social media platforms to provide support for medicines, oxygen cylinders, hospital beds and other needs.

Critics at home and abroad

These problems have led to a major investigation by the Modi government around the world. Several major international newspapers have published articles accusing Modi of mismanaging the crisis. One in particular In Australia – Australia’s most influential national broadcaster – The “crisis” is due to “arrogance, nationalism and bureaucratic incompetence,” according to the Indian High Commission in Canberra. Sent a note Request to publish a complaint to the article editor. The article was previously published in the English Sunday Times.

Critics of Narendra Modi say refusing to cancel elections in West Bengal has led to high COVID deaths in the state.
EPA-EF / Pranabjoyoti Deka

But if he does not silence his critics abroad, the Modi government is taking all possible steps to suppress the opposition at home. Twitter has been widely criticized for deleting a number of important tweets following a legal request from the Indian government. Government Information Technology Act 2000Authorities order access to public information to protect “India’s sovereignty and integrity” and to maintain public order Prohibited tweets included Messages from a lawyer, opposition leader, filmmaker and Oxford law student.

At the end of April, a young man took to Twitter to talk about looking for oxygen to help his grandmother caught up It is dealing with a large number of daily issues in Uttar Pradesh, North India. During the colonial period, he was charged with “fear.” 1897 Epidemiology Act.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh’s BJJ Prime Minister Yogi Aditana recently threatened to seize property that spreads “rumors” about oxygen shortages. “There is no shortage of bed, oxygen and life-saving drugs in the region,” he said.

The action taken on Twitter is as follows Similar steps were taken During a large-scale farmers’ strike earlier this year. as if Strong criticism Writer and filmmaker Ruchi Joshi writes in the Indian Telegraph: A false image of a working democracy ”

Defective image

The crisis threatens to weaken the carefully crafted Modi image. Linn In 2014, he was elected prime minister of the Hindu nationalist wave, based on a business-friendly platform, but Hindu supremacy also spread widespread social divisions in India. Modi and his team have taken pains to associate the Indian public image with Modi and his government.

This means that some Moody’s followers have been encouraged to interpret legitimate political criticism of the BGP administration as a criticism of the Indian nation. BGP’s social media supporters often use phrases such as “anti-national” and criticize the government.Go to Pakistan”, An old trope is often fixed BGP Muslim Critics.

Logs of logs burn on small platforms around a large open-air hall.
The death toll has risen sharply in India over the past few weeks.
EPA-EF / Diviakan Solanki

Based on the variability of the public sentiment, there was a very recent variation of this strategy The government demanded unity Disagreeing views expressed by citizens are socially divisive and dangerous.

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Meanwhile, in a speech to the nation on April 20, Modi sought to impose on individuals the responsibility to take action. In it Maan ki baat “I ask my young colleagues to form small committees in their communities, communities and apartments and to help others follow COVID’s discipline,” Modi said. “Once we do that, governments will not need to create control zones, block overtime or lock up,” he added.

As an Indian journalist Rana Ayub wrote at the time Magazine: “At this critical juncture in history, the Indians have been left to fend for themselves.” Probably a result of the weekend’s election in West Bengal is an indication that Indian voters are starting to do just that. Like a famous Bangladeshi song, Niger Gan Modi, who was released before the election, warned Modi: “It’s a word from you, not a word from you. We can think for ourselves what is best for us.