My Authors
Read all threads
Prime minister of makes an emotional speech to ask people of India to stay home on a Sunday. He asks them to do it for the country and do it for him (because, you know, he has always gotten whatever he has asked for). So far so good 1/n
In the same emotional speech, he copies the Italian model of people expressing solidarity with doctors & health care workers. The difference? Well, in this case, it is happening because of the urging of a great leader. He reminds everyone that this is a sign of patriotism. 2/n
Well, you know what? Of course, people want to show their patriotism. The great leader asked them to stand in their balconies and bang plates & utensils to orchestrate a thumping tribute. Unfortunately, not everyone has balconies. Plus, people want to show their patriotism. 3/n
To prove to their dear leader that they are patriotic & they support him, they did not just stand in balconies. They came out on the streets in the form of large processions to show their love for the leader & patriotism for their motherland. They chanted #GoCoronaCoronaGo 4/n
So, women came out in what @Akib_2 refers to as "thaali yatra". They love their leader and would love to show their committment to fighting #Coronavirus -- by rallying together and chant Corona away! 5/n
#Covidiots, says, @sneheshphilip.

But, as @Profdilipmandal says is, it should be referred to as the Gujarat Model of #IndiaFightsCoronavirus: "Make speeches, create a frenzy, and make blind followers lose sight of what is at stake."

#CoronaVirus #India

And, of course, gems like this one shared by @PoMoGandhi are circulating at breathtaking speed in all kinds of WhatsApp groups. #IndiaFightsCorona
As @Akhucha and @ProfSrilaRoy said, we Indians are also among the most racist people, a trait that surfaces in times of crisis. #IndiaFightsCorona…
Authoritarian leaders are good at creating frenzy; they can create a sense of fear (or not) depending on whether it serves their ulterior goals. Someone said (please tag,if you know) that one wishes that people feared Coronavirus as much as many pretend to fear Muslisms. #Empathy
We must start a conversation on universal empathy, which is the only sanitizer that will erode what @BAPSA_JNU refers to as the "epidemic of Indian racism". We can pull through this only with a combination of 'physical distancing' and 'social solidarity'.
None of this is only about the socially & politically marginalized groups/regions. Hate & bigotry undermines every conceivable institution. It threatens independent media. #IndiaFightsCorona #India | Scribes returning home assaulted by police… @the_hindu
Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh.

Enjoying this thread?

Keep Current with Prakash Kashwan प्रकाश कसवाँ

Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!