Mumbai’s numbers are a ray of hope. From 10k a day to less than 3k is a feat. Don’t forget even the reduced testing count of Maharashtra is well above that of UP. But that’s not all…(1/3)
While a million variables can affect numbers in a pandemic and even the best data is only an approximation, corpses don’t lie. Not sure if my state is hiding numbers, but it certainly isn’t cremating its dead in the streets and landfills. (2/3)
Are things tough? Sure. But we aren’t fining and jailing people for taking pictures. Our leaders aren’t switching off their phones.

For all its flaws, this is one of the last remaining pockets of governance in this cursed nation.

Politics aside, learn while you can, UP.

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22 Apr
Since just the first signs of the second wave, this man has acted out his own worst caricature instead of stepping up to the plate and at least pretending to be a statesman, a word I doubt he’s ever even heard of.
His coolies called a community “manav bombs” over a gathering when his very own government had refused to even acknowledge the situation as an emergency. None of this was without his personal endorsement and you know that.
The same government welcomed—nay, ENCOURAGED—a crowd more than 100 times as big in the middle of a wave killing over a hundred times as many just by official tally, to the single most unhygienic spectacle on Earth. For no reason other than communal appeasement.
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15 Apr
You gave India the gift of mandir politics, and inaugurated no fewer than two episodes of nationwide carnage over it. You watched the nation burn even if your own house burned with it.
Your leader let YOUR kids die because, between life-saving oxygen and Deep Mahotsav, he thought a better use of money was the latter. And you responded with a resounding mandate to this exact brand of governance.
Your leader fed YOUR kids food inappropriate even for beggars, incarcerated those who pointed it out, and you responded with not only cheering him up but trolling and threatening the whistleblower with death.
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13 Apr
Just received this as a forward. Breakthrough treatment for COVID-19, it announces. Very upbeat, very positive. Not sure if our media has picked up on it yet. If not, very sure they will. Soon.
Okay, looks like they’ve already begun. Sure, not the biggies yet but hang in there, they’ll follow. For now, we have a fluff piece in Swarajya Mag, and two others in Mint and Amar Ujala, respectively.
This quick, quick thread is to just help you tame your enthusiasm. It’s easy for pieces like these to toss us into a false sense of optimism, which is exactly what makes a close objective examination an imperative.

Here, I attempt to do just that.
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8 Apr
About a hundred miles from Aurangabad, on NH-222, is a quaint little village called Pathri. Only a few years before the Sepoy Mutiny, the region had been the exclusive domain of various Muslim rulers including the Nizam of Ahmednagar.
The otherwise inconsequential town revived its prominence last year when the Chief Minister extended to it a grant of a billion rupees. Why such an astronomical sum for a town that barely enjoys a spot on the map, much less the minds? Good question, hold on to it for now.
Although poor and nondescript, Pathri's Hindu demography is primarily Brahmin. Not just Brahmins but a very specific subset, Deshastha. And almost all members of this community trace their pedigree to either Yajurvedis or Rigvedis. In short, remarkably homogeneous.
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7 Apr
All I’ve done here is juxtapose their reporting on one superspreader against another. Nothing fancy. Let’s go...

Had to start with the gold standard of journalism. @republic
For some reason, @ABPNews didn’t feel like calling the second one a “masterstroke.” Small mercies.
@aajtak is excited to see Haridwar preparing for the “maha” gathering. COVID? Oh, c’mon, this ain’t no ‘coronawali jamaat,” is it?
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25 Mar
Say the worst comes to pass anyway. Shouldn’t be hard to imagine given our trajectory, so do imagine.

What dya see? Go on, be as vivid as you’d like to. It’s the glorious Hindu Rashtra of India’s pipe dreams. It’s saffron all over. What else?
Remember, it’s not just communal but also incompetent. So while you have majestic temples on every intersection, you also have mile-long lines of desperate panhandlers and weary hobos who couldn’t land a better livelihood, right outside.
Magnificent schools—er...gurukuls—with the best of curriculum India could’ve wished for, reinventing science, reimagining history, and generally redefining scholarship. From Vedic airplanes to dung therapy to bhoot vidya, you have it all under one roof.
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