Shooting from the Hip
Reminiscent of his demonetization effort in 2016, on 24th March 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appeared on TV and declared an immediate nationwide curfew. No one was to be allowed to leave wherever he or she happened to be. All flights, trains (after 167 years of continual operation) and road transportation came to a complete, shrieking halt.
Stranded in India… [PT]
Tens of millions of people — myself included — got stuck wherever they were.
People were not allowed to leave their homes, not even for grocery shopping, the latter of which was amended after a few days when the government realized that people needed to eat. In a country of 1.38 billion people, the initial policy was a shot from the hip, without any consultation or planning, as if prepared by primary school kids.
Hunger Games, Day-27, India; The irony is that it is the poor who have done slightly better are the most vicious towards the poor. It is women who are most misogynistic. Having been given a blank check, those somewhat better off are putting to action all the sadism they have. pic.twitter.com/4IVXX8qKCV
— Jayant Bhandari (@JayantBhandari5) April 19, 2020
Those, particularly the poor, who ventured out to get food, were ruthlessly beaten by police.
Hunger Games, Day-8; Hundreds of millions are desperate. Lines are growing. In economics, this is a sign of shortages. So is “Price gouging”. In the dystopia of India, beating up shop-keepers is believed to relieve shortages. In a police state, the police also becomes the judge. pic.twitter.com/AWRPFzSHrD
— Jayant Bhandari (@JayantBhandari5) April 1, 2020
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