- Govt was warned early about potentially dangerous COVID-19 variants
- Large gatherings continue for weeks after, unabated
- By early-mid April, key officials believe large scale lockdowns required
- Days later, PM Modi publicly argues against lockdowns
Jan 26, 2021 • 7 tweets • 5 min read
Tractors have begun streaming out of Singhu border near New Delhi, where thousands of farmers have been protesting for two months.
Police has stood aside, so far.
#tractorParade #FarmersProtest #RepublicDay2021
The farmers have stopped just ahead of the Outer Ring Road. A number of them want to go straight. A large contingent of police, backed by water cannons and tear gas launchers, are imploring them to go right, as per a planned route.
Jan 25, 2021 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
How does India deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to a health worker in a remote tribal village with spotty mobile connectivity?
@DashJatin, @dansiddiqui & I travelled to Odisha's Koraput district, just as India's vaccination prog started.
This is Pendajam, a tiny tribal hamlet in the south Odisha highlands that is home to Reena Jani, a 34-year-old ASHA worker, who was among the first wave of Indians to be vaccinated against COVID-19 earlier this month.
Sep 29, 2020 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
With troops amassed at the border with China and no sign of a drawdown, India is now pushing hard to blast and smash its way through the Himalayas.
Earlier in Sept, @dansiddiqui & I travelled to a road construction project in Ladakh.
Our report: reut.rs/2G9v53h
This is the 283-km-long Nimmu-Padam-Darcha highway, along the Zanskar river.
When completed, in an estimated three years, it will be the first road to provide all-year connectivity to Ladakh.
The region is currently cut off for several months each year because of winter snows.
Sep 16, 2020 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
Since tensions escalated with China this summer, India has moved thousands of additional troops to Ladakh.
That's been backed up by a massive military logistics operation.
Below: A C-17 lands.
In recent months, the military has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh - more than 150,000 tonnes, via two highways and a fleet of large transport aircraft.
You can spot two below.
Sep 2, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The death of a Tibetan member of an Indian special forces unit in a mine blast near the site of a border flare-up with Chinese troops has offered a rare glimpse into a little-known group of elite, high-altitude warriors.
The solider - part of the little known Special Frontier Force - was killed and another commando critically wounded in the blast near the shores of the Pangong Tso lake in the western Himalayas, three Indian government officials and two members of his family told Reuters.
Sep 1, 2020 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
A story on the $13 (or less) device that is helping Delhi fight the coronavirus.
Delhi’s govt has so far distributed pulse oximeters to more than 32,000 people for free, putting them at the heart of its home isolation plan.
The home isolation plan was devised in May, when the city's COVID-19 cases started spiking and hospital beds running short.
“If we hadn’t done this, there would’ve been no room to even stand in our hospitals,” Delhi’s health minister @SatyendarJain told me in an interview.
Aug 17, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
This is the story of Ashish Kumar.
Until late March, he was making boxes for Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
Now, he is jobless and stuck at home - among the millions of young Indians whose lives have been upended by the virus.
It had already built up by 1pm, when we got there.
Police used tear gas and smoke grenades but struggled to disperse the crowds, as both sides hurled stones and turned a wide boulevard into a rock-strewn battle zone, about 11 miles from where Trump will meet Modi tomorrow.
Feb 24, 2020 • 8 tweets • 5 min read
This is a thread of strange, wonderful things spotted during the #TrumpIndiaVisit - that's just about to kick off.