So why did they delete tweet? Are foreign missions hoarding oxygen? NZ High Commission @NZinIndia
must make public statement if any NZ diplomat or NZ staff posted in Delhi is down with @COVID19 and @MEAIndia did not respond.
In absence of statement we must assume it is hoarding. Image
But for whom is @NZinIndia trying to "arrange for oxygen cylinders urgently"? Who needs them?
Was @MEAIndia contacted? Image
Did @NZinIndia open its gates? The New Zealand High Commission must tell
1. Whom did they ask the oxygen for?
2. Did they contact MEA prior to public appeal?
3. If yes, what was MEA response?
[I won't even ask where are IYC folks getting O2 in Delhi even as ICUs are running dry.] Image
So does @NZinIndia High Commission have a "critically ill" patient on its premises? Is the person a #COVID19 patient?
Unless the New Zealand High Commission clarifies, confirms or denies, we must presume this was an SOS call aimed at hoarding oxygen. Image
Official statement by MEA @MEAIndia on oxygen issue viz foreign missions in Delhi. Please see last sentence: Image

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4 May
My father passed away this morning. He was #COVID positive.

नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावकः। न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुतः॥
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His last days were on a hospital bed, on oxygen.
He spent his working life setting up oxygen units at hospitals. His work at PGIMR Chandigarh in mid-1960s drew attention of Tatas. He shifted to Jamshedpur where he set up O2 unit at TMH and other hospitals. It was his passion.
My father was rarely home. My early memories of him were of endless tours of outstation hospitals to install, check, repair O2 lines. He and his labour gang would rush out at odd hours to attend to leaks and blocks. The phone at home would usually receive urgent calls from TMH.
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Point of departure between Indira Gandhi and AB Vajpayee was Jana Sangh’s demand for immediate recognition of Provisional Govt of Bangladesh.
ABV and BJS fully acknowledged Indira Gandhi’s role in liberation of #Bangladesh. So did PM @narendramodi in Dhaka. Read
India’s support to Mukti Bahini was covert. India took in 10 million refugees fleeing Pakistan Army genocide. Indira Gandhi launched a global campaign. India’s military intervention began Dec 3 and ended Dec 16 1971. #India immediately recognised #Bangladesh.
Untold story of 1971 is how #USSR dilly-dallied over backing #India on #Bangladesh Liberation War. Kremlin and CPSU were split. There was great hesitation in Moscow as many did not want to upset US-Soviet detente. #US was backing #Pakistan and ignored genocide.
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Jana Sangh rally in support of recognising Bangladesh 25 May 1971. Courtesy: AP Archives.
Do share freely.
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'Scholarship' is not about turning up your nose at documents that exist beyond your charmed little circle of know-alls. Govt of #Bangladesh in this citation acknowledged the role of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as president of Jana Sangh in supporting #Liberation War.
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Congress did not rally behind 1991 reforms. A Congress intellectual now close to Nehru Darbar had floated the line that the reforms would serve India's 'Coca-Cola Class'. Media went to town over undisclosed IMF conditionalities. Congress lost elections in State after State. 2n
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More. A digital free speech activist, who receives handsome foreign funds, sat in on meetings to help Congress/UPA Govt justify its patently unjustifiable ban. Later, he had the gumption to tell me how he had fought tooth and nail. Which, of course, was bunkum. I told him so. 2n
When confronted about the ban in Washington, DC by prominent mediapersons and lawmakers, India's then Ambassador to US brazenly justified the ban. The diplomat's colleagues in MEA were appalled. 3n
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