Corona Quagmire// Chronology of Religious and Other Congregations till March 22

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

After this exposure (Source:The Wire) of how their governments on Delhi dragged in lakhs of migrant workers and students to a single place in Anand Vihar bus terminus on 28 March, after imposition of lockdown on the 25th, exposing almost all of them to the dreaded virus, as if the miscreants in power were eager to make India a laboratory of death, the right-wingers, some of them well educated, have tried to show the Muslims as the only spreaders of the virus, congregated as they had in a religious congregation at Nizamuddin, New Delhi on the 13th.

The State Government is conspicuous by its conspiratorial silence, even though such irresponsible posts in the social media are absolutely provocative for a communal flareup.

In a moment of such gloom, a former Bank Officer, popular columnist and a tireless conscience-keeper of the people in this province, Mr. Tusarkanta Satpathy prepared a chronology of blatant violation of the lochdown order by non-Muslims till march 22 from Day of the Jammat.

I think it prudent to share his Facebook reply to such a communally blinding post, just to tell my people that the Nizamuddin event need not be singled out in this critical time, when utmost unity, solidarity and concern for each other – irrespective of religion, creed and community – in collective endeavor to face the catastrophe is the need of the moment.

The period from March 13 to 15 is the object of communal criticism that forms the crux of the object of this chronology prepared and presented by Sri Satpathy.

He is copy-pasted here:

1)13.3 to 15.3.2020:- Religious gathering at NIZAMUDDIN, NEW-DELHI on the ocassion of JAMMAT .

2)15.3.2020:- KARNATAK C.M and dignitaries in hundreds attend marriage ceremony of daughter of BJP Chief Whip held in BENGALURU.

3)16.3.2020:- Many highly placed dignitaries attend a party in LUCKNOW, also attended by a Corona+’ve lady.

4)16.3.2020:- HINDU MAHASABHA conducts COW URINE PARTY to cure from CORONA VIRUS ATTACK .

5)17.3 to 18.3:- 40, 000 stranded in TIRUPATI TEMPLE.

6)18.3.2020:- The honourable President of India meets over 100 M.Ps in Rastrapati Bhawan in which a M.P , who had attended the party on 16th MARCH as above after which he had tested +’ve.He had also attended RAJYASABHA Proceedings.

7)22.3.2020:- JANATA CURFEW call of the P.M was observed on this day and at 5.00pm , hundreds thronged roads though the Curfew period was over.

8)23.3.2020:- Sri Sivaraj Singh Chouhan takes oath as C.M of Madhya Pradesh for 4th time after which many , in close proximity celebrate the ocassion.

9)23.3.2020:- Parliament, in session till date ( originally scheduled to end on 2.4.2020 ) is closed attended by many including the CORONA +’ve R.S member.

10)24.4.2020:- P.M announces 21 days LOCKDOWN period w.e.f 25.3.2020.

22)25.3.2020 :- U.P C.M attends a function at AYODHYA with others on the first day of LOCKDOWN period.

But media, particularly NATIONAL level Electronic Media and trolls in Social media start communal propaganda demonizing a particular community w.e.f 30th March vide item no 1 above though they were SILENT on other functions as illustrated above. On item no.1 also, they are SILENT on role POLICE, IMMIGRATION authorities, ISOLATION people in charge as they are ” All the master’s men” ( a la, ALL THE PRIME MINISTER’S MEN by Uma Vasudev after EMERGENCY) and these media persons are of ” HIS MASTER’S VOICE ABIDING ” group.

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