Indian leaders worry about their image, not oxygen: Human Rights Watch

Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said leaders in India facing the Corona epidemic are concerned about their criticism and image rather than the lack of oxygen and other medical supplies.

She said that the people or non-governmental organizations in India are trying to help the corona patients, there is no shortage of people seeking help.

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She said, the government has tried to increase the medical supply, but still things are not reaching the hospitals.

Meenakshi says that when the government is criticized for these failures, the government has expressed its displeasure over it and the officials have mocked any advice given in this regard.

According to her, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta said in court during a hearing regarding lack of oxygen, “Let us try together and do not always be like children crying.”

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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reprimanded the suggestions of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and accused his opposition Congress party of spreading lies about Corona.

Dismissing allegations of lack of oxygen and anything else, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath threatened to confiscate his property by imposing National Security Law (Rasuka) against any complainants, including health workers.

India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had a heated discussion with the opposition leaders regarding emergency supplies in foreign embassies.

Meenakshi Ganguly said that in India, around four lakh people are getting infected every day and more than three thousand people are dying, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to ensure that his image is not tarnished.

Many people have said that the Modi government has completely failed to handle the Corona epidemic. Many people have also objected to what are the priorities of this government.

India’s vaccine manufacturers have promised to give Corona vaccine to the world but now they are unable to complete the supply.

Meanwhile, Adar Poonawala, the CEO of the vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India, has said that he had to leave India due to the threat. 

He also said that if he had said that during the elections, due to the large rallies and religious events of the Hindus (Kumbh Mela), there was a spurt in spreading the corona, then his head would have been put to death.

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Meenakshi said that the international fraternity should help to overcome the shortage of medical equipment and other goods in India and ensure vaccine.

The Supreme Court of India has already warned that if any police officer takes any action through social media on anyone who makes a complaint, it will be considered contempt of court.

However, the Indian government has been denying these allegations. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath even said that there is no shortage of oxygen in the state.

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