There are so many funeral pyres burning throughout India, trees in local urban parks are under threat for use as kindling.
Officially, more than 350,000 new Covid cases a day are being recorded in the country … more than 400,000 on Saturday … but the REAL Covid toll is estimated at MUCH higher; and the number of deaths in the country from Covid topping 3,000 daily.
Even given the nation’s burgeoning population of almost 1.4 Billion, those numbers are a staggering tragedy.
But no one who has watched how India has handled the pandemic recently should be surprised.
Initially, the anti-Covid fight in India went quite well: there were many, hard TOTAL lockdowns (like in Europe and the UK), followed by strict social distancing and masking requirements … all of it strictly enforced.
And it worked: India’s Covid rate substantially declined by late 2020.
But then came the new 2021 Covid surge and a weary population, incompetent government, irresponsible religious leaders organizing huge festivals, month-long mass protests by thousands of farmers; and, all kinds of other almost weekly ethnic/political demonstrations at the drop of a na’an … with unmasked thousands pushing together, shoulder to shoulder, feeding the virus easy victims.
And Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP government made the situation even worse!
” In March, 50,000 fans watched a cricket match in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. A month later, thousands attended Modi’s political rallies and tried to wash the virus away en mass at the Kumbh Mela festival at group bathing events in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers,” the Daily Beast reported.
Modi has been addressing HUGE election campaign rallies … one reportedly attracting 800,000 supporters: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210307-huge-crowd-fetes-india-pm-modi-at-rally-for-key-state-poll.
Imagine the reaction in Canada if Prime Minister Trudeau or any of our provincial Premiers did something like that during Covid!
A free press would have a field day with that … except in India, Modi has savagely curtailed, subjugated much of the media, including shutting down “critical” TV channels. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/world/asia/modi-india-press-media.html.
Under Modi’s government, several journalists have been arrested … eight alone in January, all charged with “sedition”, which carries a possible life sentence, for covering a protest that turned violent and allowing one dead protestor’s families accuse the police of killing him. (Read the full story here: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/modis-war-on-the-media/.
India’s hospitals can no longer cope: people are dying on the sidewalks around them: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/india-covid19-pandemic-social-media-1.6005433.
The sad truth about India’s mess … and Modi’s disgraceful encouragement of virus-spreading activities is still being told … outside India: https://www.thedailybeast.com/india-pm-modi-calling-for-people-to-go-vote-in-west-bengal-despite-bodies-piling-up-from-raging-pandemic.
And India’s failures offer lessons for Canada … and BC.
Innocent people in India … workers, family members, shopkeepers, street vendors, transit workers … were infected by “Covidiots”, as BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth refers to Covid scofflaws: people who refused to wear masks; refused to self-distance; and, refused to limit gatherings and massed together in huge numbers.
Think of how many family members, neighbours, co-workers, transit riders, shoppers, seniors in BC too have been infected by anti-maskers, beach partiers, protesters and rally participants and organizers who contracted Covid and then directly or indirectly spread it to others.
A friend who rides Skytrain several times a week from Vancouver to Coquitlam, outside rush-hours, also tells me on almost every train, there are still people without masks (or masks hanging under their chins) … but he has NEVER seen Transit Police aboard or on the platforms enforcing the “Masks Mandatory” rules.
What greater PROOF does BC need than India’s tragedy to see/understand the TRUTH: crowded gatherings, failure to social distance and not wearing masks spread Covid?
So WHY is the NDP government, instead of going after large-crowd events … the REAL offenders … targeting/restricting/banning individual liberties and activities in BC?
Large groups are the PROBLEM the government, health officials and the police should target for enforcement: the beach party crowds; 4/20 rally celebrants; protestors who mass shoulder to shoulder to support Indian farmers; anti-pipeline demonstrators; climate activists who converge together to block roads and traffic, and those attending other crowded social/ events … and all their organizers/promoters.
But little or nothing is done!
Instead, the law abiding public al around the province are being hammered with arbitrarily imposed restrictions and punishment, while the REAL Covid spreaders, the REAL scofflaws, the REAL culprits keep getting free passes!
New “ORDERS” announced Friday by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth empower the RCMP to set up highway Health Region checkpoints and demand your driver’s licence, where you are going, why … and they will turn people back from all those activities listed above because Big Brother doesn’t deem them “ESSENTIAL”.
And the RCMP will be be allowed to issue tickets of $230 and $575 to those who disobey.
The NDP fight against Covid snares ordinary citizens who follow the rules, stay in their limited bubbles, wear masks and merely want to go fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, boating or to their own cottage or cabin, keeping well away from others … out in the countryside … instead of going after the REAL culprits.
To Hell with Canada’s Charter of Rights and its guarantee of freedom of “mobility”!
Governments MUST target a very specific EMERGENCY threat before over-riding Canadians’ civil rights under the Charter; and the latest NDP government Order tramples the rights of too many and goes too far!
But because Dr. Bonnie Henry wants it, and the NDP government backs it … the compliant, complacent BC media haven’t even raised a peep.
While the REAL scofflaws … Farnworth’s “Covidiots” … continue to mass together, party, hold rallies and SPREAD THE VIRUS, totally unhindered!
There is no justifiable Covid reason for the BC government to impose wholesale mobility restrictions on citizens who will not be going anywhere near large gatherings, hotels, resorts, dining or shopping areas.
People fishing from the banks of the Fraser River, boating on Pitt Lake, camping in the woods, or travelling to their own cabins … all perfectly healthy, stress-relieving outdoor activities … well-distanced from anyone else, do not constitute a Covid threat.
So why are they being targeted, turned around and threatened with heavy fines by the NDP government?
While the REAL offenders … organizing and participating in large crowd activities … get a free pass!
The anti-travel Order MUST be amended to restore the RIGHTS of those who are innocent … and following the guidelines!
To STOP the spread of Covid, enforcement should be directed against the large groups I’ve mentioned.
And the thousands allowed to gather, picnic, play volleyball … in VERY CLOSE quarters at city parks and beaches … like English Bay, Kits Beach, Spanish Banks … with almost no one wearing masks?
Surely they are a MUCH GREATER risk for spreading Covid than someone gone fishing or camping.
(Pass it on: Forward this link to others to help raise the issue of WHY the government is restricting the rights of those who follow the rules …while doing little or nothing to stop the REAL offenders: India Shows Mass Gatherings, Failure to Social Distance Spread Covid … So Why is BC SCAPEGOATING Those Who Go Fishing, Boating, or Camping? | Keeping it Real… (harveyoberfeld.ca)
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