Covid-19 in India: A Modi-made Disaster?

Experts claim that India may have been able to avert the Covid-19 disaster had Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government prepared effectively for a second wave.

By April 2021, India had become the global epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. Experts claim that India may have been able to avert the Covid-19 disaster had Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government prepared effectively for a second wave. The social, economic and political consequences are predicted to be far-reaching. Many Indians have lost loved ones. Moreover, the level of devastation wrought by the second wave of Covid-19 to the Indian economy is expected to make a rapid recovery unlikely. Though recent state election results evidence that Indian politics is still coloured by the identity politics and Hindu nationalism that first brought Narendra Modi to power, whether that alone saves him in the next General Election remains to be seen.

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