02 August, 2021

In Corona’s Crosshairs

In Corona’s Crosshairs

Coronavirus cuts through political divides. And then cuts like the political scalpel.  As several leaders—including Union ministers—are hospitalised or are in home quarantine, another political drama too has gone viral. And it all began when Union home minister Amit Shah, and later Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, fell ill.

Senior Congress leader  and former MP CM Digvijaya Singh tweeted that Shah and Chouhan have been afflicted for “ignoring the beliefs of Sanatan Dharma”. BJP leaders hit back at Singh for mocking those infected by the virus.  Singh, however, didn’t explain for what sins his party colleague and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah tested positive. Then came the news that Rajya Sabha MP and former chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi too has been tested positive. But the news turned out to be fake. Gogoi denied it.

These dramas came in between a steady rise in the number of positive cases in India, with the number now over 19 lakh, the third highest in the world after the US and...

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