Rajdeep Sardesai says Rahul Gandhi was ‘probably’ the first politician to raise Coronavirus alarm. Read the truth here.
The primary objective of Rajdeep Sardesai’s tweet seems to have been gaining political mileage from a huge tragedy. This is a time of crisis. However, journalists have been more concerned at taking a jab at the ruling party. Instead of reporting facts.
Rajdeep Sardesai says Rahul Gandhi was ‘probably’ the first politician to raise Coronavirus alarm
Rajdeep Sardesai created huge agitation on social media. The fuss is about his recent tweet in which he claimed that Rahul Gandhi is ‘probably’ the first national politician to warn about the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic. He also implied that the nation would have been in a better position if the former Congress president was taken seriously rather than being mocked.
As it is, the Government had begun taking it seriously long before Rahul Gandhi spoke out on it. In fact, India Today had produced a report on Government’s action to combat the virus. This report was published on 21st January, twenty three days before Rahul Gandhi spoke about it. Also, Rajdeep Sardesai is is the consulting editor and anchors a show on India Today.
“The Civil Aviation Ministry has directed seven airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata to make arrangements for screening of passengers arriving from China in the wake of outbreak of an infection caused by a new strain of virus there”, said the report.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) read,” The MoCA has directed for all logistics support and arrangements to be made immediately with regard to screening of passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong at the identified airports — Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin apart from three airports at Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata identified earlier.”
Thermal screening of passengers was included in the action plan of January. Also, thermal cameras were set up at specified airports. The MoCA had asked it to be implemented immediately and strict adherence by all authorities involved.
The report also mentioned that the Union Health Secretary had written to States and Union Territories. This was to review the preparedness. And also, to strengthen their core capacities in terms of medical requirements.
Quite evidently, the Government of India had begun preparations. Also, had implemented adequate measures to combat the crisis.
In the aftermath of the Delhi riots, Sardesai also tried pinpointing the blame on Kapil Mishra. He said that Mishra was responsible for the communal violence that broke out in the capital. The locals being interviewed however said that Mishra had not said anything wrong. After Amit Shah’s rally before the Delhi elections, Sardesai said that Shah had not spoken on matters such as schools, electricity or hospitals. He said that Shah’s only focus was on issues such as Article 370, Pakistan, CAA and Ram Mandir. After citizens pointing out that Amit Shah had actually spoken on the matters, Sardesai deleted his tweet.