Insightful newsletter of Drishtikone - Issue #4
Today let us discuss about COVID-19 and how it is impacting.
corona virus reality check
As India’s cases near 60,000 mark, everyone is worried in India. And many have started talking about doomsday scenario. And of course, about the statistics by the government not being correct. Look at these numbers of Deaths/ 1 Million of population. India is nowhere near the rest of the countries. So, if people are taking the other countries as the benchmark, they have to realize the miracle that the Modi government has pulled off. For those who think the death numbers are wrong - they need to follow their logic through. It takes 500 kg to cremate a body. So if India was off by a few thousands, then we are talking of several tons of wood that would be needed. As long as you do not find the extra bodies on the roads. So, whatever number you propose, back it up with the wood that would have been used to cremate them! You see, you cannot simply shoot out nonsensical theories without taking that theory to its logical end.
Figures from worldometer
In the history of disaster management, one of the tools that will form the basis of many future case studies is aarogya setu. Its a mobile app from the Government of India, which connects people with health services. And, it has been extremely successful. Pathbreaking use of mobile technology.
Since its launch on April 2 this year, over 96 million people have registered with the Aarogya Setu health care application, which has become the fastest mobile app to reach 50 million users globally . The Aarogya Setu has helped the government with its twin objective – “whom to test” and “where to test more” in its battle against COVID-19.
In a country as complex and difficult to move around and take stock of things, this app has been like a god send for tracking hot-spots and managing them!
pampered press losing out
In these last few months, the news media has been losing money big time. This industry has suffered a loss of Rs 4,000 − Rs 4,500 crore in March and April itself. The advertisements have dried up. So the newspapers represented by Indian Newspaper Society (INS) is asking the government for a stimulus.
At the rate of a monthly loss of Rs 4,500 crore, the newspaper industry may lose Rs 3,15,000 crore in the next 7 months, INS tells government
This is an opportunity and harbinger of change in the media industry in India. Old institutions, which have become sick and corrupted in newspaper industry will collapse. And, they should. For, they are no longer serving the function that they should have been doing. Now, the newspapers and media is an extension of those who want to disrupt the society. In the coming days we will share a detailed post on media bias and also how we need to stand up to enable the new situation to be a harbinger of a world of well-being.
Palghar lynching was one of the worst things anyone could have witnessed even on a video file. We all did. Shameful thing is that it was all orchestrated where politicians, police and many Breaking India forces collaborated. The sheer dastardly nature of the whole episode is disturbing. Now, we come to know how the bodies of the two Sadhus and their driver lie desecrated.
Every day, new revelations are being made in the Palghar mob lynching case. Still, there are many questions which remain unanswered
fate, destiny and self effort
India was the only land, where we were told by our Sages that you and you alone are responsible for whatever happens to you. No God is responsible for that. That is why we were told that what happened in our lives was “our karma”. There is no interventionist God. It is important to read what Lord Ram’s Guru - Sage Vasistha - taught him about fate, destiny and self effort.
Some interesting nuggets from Vasishtha’s Yoga: - IN this world whatever is gained.. is gained only by self effort; where failure is encountered it is seen there has been slackness in the effort.
How could we have forgotten these important lessons and slipped into a mindset, where we were waiting for miracles from God? A God, whose existence has not been confirmed by any space probe or telescope scanning the Universe. Because the Dharmic understanding of God was very different. That is why the words we chose were also done carefully. Go through this basic but important differentiation.
Except for the megalomaniacal jokers on this planet, no one has shown up saying he is god.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - RW Emerson
Therefore, choose wisely on what you want to manifest in this world. And work towards it.
lede and the nutgraf - making sense of daily clutter
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