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Reality of Lucknow’s Covid funerals stands in stark contrast to UP govt’s claims

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‘Dead bodies all over’: Lucknow funerals tell a story starkly different from UP govt’s claims

On 15 April, Yogi govt’s health bulletin said Uttar Pradesh recorded 104 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours. But Lucknow alone saw 108 funerals that day, and this is just at crematoriums and not cemeteries, reports Jyoti Yadav.

Top officials earn Modi flak — ‘should have been better prepared’ to handle 2nd Covid wave

The dressing down came at a meeting chaired by PM Modi last week to review the status of preparedness to handle the Covid surge in the second wave, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

Over 2 dozen IAS officers down with Covid, putting strain on already stretched civil service

The second Covid-19 wave has hit the Indian civil service hard, with many top policymakers in the central government out of action after getting infected by the virus. Many of these officers, especially in the health ministry, had been at the forefront of handling the pandemic, reports Sanya Dhingra.

Modi govt got blinded by first wave success praise as corona waited to strike

When the world began to bedazzle by India’s defiance of dooms-day predictions, it made Modi swell with pride, writes Zainab Sikander.

PM Modi’s speech was short – on answers that Indians demand of him during second Covid wave

It is one thing to lose territory in Ladakh and convince the public that it was China that got a thrashing. It is quite another to convince we have done our best to those running from hospital to hospital, writes Yogendra Yadav.

As Modi govt faces up to Covid disaster, BJP learns a tough truth — the virus doesn’t vote

Till February this year, Narendra Modi and the BJP were congratulating themselves on having avoided the tsunami of Covid. Now India is a hare in headlights, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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  1. Have you done proper research ? A good report should tabulate data properly. Are these deaths covid related ? People can die of other causes & cremation can be delayed also. Do your research properly.

  2. India’s mortality rate is 7.2. (means 7.2 deaths per 1000 Population per year irrespective of covid)
    1.3 billion/1000*7.2=9.36 Million per year –> 25643 deaths per day on an average.

    With 2700 deaths crematoriums will be overloaded? Everyone is lying about deaths. It puts both the center and state govt in a bad light.

  3. for media, covid exists in some states and not in other states like Chattishgadh, Maharashtra. even Shekar Gupta does not mention or talk about these states

  4. Nothing succeeds like success. Sadly, there is another side to that, Nothing fails like failure. Fudging of deaths due to Covid is taking place on an epic scale. A journalist from Kanpur posted that more than 450 funerals took place on a recent day, against an official figure of just 3. The drought of oxygen that occurred in Gorakhpur’s government hospital is now happening in Delhi. India has a time tested administrative structure. Not Singapore, true, but it responds to natural calamities, tasks like elections and census. Samajh mein nahin aata, how even that is being crushed.

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