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Lockdown flattened the wrong curve — GDP instead of Covid: Rajiv Bajaj tells Rahul Gandhi

In a virtual interaction with Rahul Gandhi, Bajaj Motors MD Rajiv Bajaj also said India turned West instead of looking East for its lockdown model.

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New Delhi: The lockdown has had a grave impact on businesses as well the emotional well-being of people, Bajaj Auto managing director Rajiv Bajaj told Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a virtual interaction, a video of which was released Thursday. 

“The lockdown flatted the wrong curve — not the infection curve, but the GDP curve,” Bajaj said. The managing director of Bajaj Auto is considered one of the most influential people in the country’s business sector. 

He also described India’s lockdown as “draconian”, “impervious and airtight”. 

“All my friends and family from across the world have always been free to step out, to take a walk, to go and buy something they require, to go and visit someone. So in terms of the social and emotional aspects of this lockdown, they seem to have been in a much better place,” he said.

The interaction is part of a series of interviews that the Congress leader has been conducting with experts regarding the government’s handling of the pandemic. 


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We looked West instead of East for lockdown model’

Calling the lockdown “draconian”, Bajaj said India looked at the West as a model, instead of the East.  

“We don’t care as much for TB, or pneumonia or diarrhoea that kill so many in India,” he said. “But the coronavirus struck at the heart of the developed world. When the rich and famous get affected, it always makes a bigger headline.” 

Bajaj added that being an Asian country, he would have expected India to look at other Eastern nations than at Italy, France or Spain, which aren’t the “right benchmarks”.  

“Whether it is in terms of inherent immunity, temperature, demography, predisposition to thrombosis. Everything that the scientists and doctors have spoken of, we should never have been looking there (East),” he said. 

Bajaj also criticised the police reaction to those seen as violating the guidelines. He said if people aren’t wearing helmets, there is hardly any action against them. 

“On the other hand, if someone steps out for a morning walk without wearing a mask, you are caning them, making them do exercises in the middle of the road to humiliate them,” Bajaj said. “Where is proportion in the way we are treating our own people, where is the compassion?”


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Economy needs a mood elevator’

Speaking about the economy, Rahul Gandhi said he sent out a couple of feelers to people in the government to understand why businesses aren’t being given a stimulus. 

“Most responses said that If we give a handout to our labour now, bigad jayenge. They will get spoilt and they will not come back from their villages,” Gandhi said. “The other was that we might send a wrong message to the international community who we will need to invest in us.”

In reaction, Bajaj said Indian economy needs a ‘mood elevator’. 

“India cannot save itself, it has to sell itself out of trouble. We have to get demand going again, we have to provide something that lifts the mood of the people,” he said. 

On the question of India being traditionally a tolerant and open country, Bajaj said it needs to mend how things have become recently. “I think yes, in terms of being tolerant, in terms of being sensitive, I think, India needs to mend a couple of things,” he said.


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14 COMMENTS

  1. SPEAK IS IMPORTANT AGAIST EACH WRONG ACTION OTHER WISE WE DESTROYED PEACE AND BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP, PROSPERITY, IN NATION,

    PROUD IF BRAVE HEART LIKE WARRIOUR WHO ALWAYS SPEAK TRUTH AND STAND WITH TRUTH ,

    WELCOME MR BAJAJJ WHO HAVE DARE WITHOUT FEAR TO SPEAK EACH WRONG THINK HAPPEN ,

    NEVER FORGET GOD IS BIG PLANNER WHO GIVEN BRAVE HEART LIKE MEN WHO STAND AGAIST DEVIL AND UNJUSTIC PEOPLE ,

    ( HONESTY AND JUSTIC IS BIG GIFT FROM GOD TO REAL MAN ( REST OF DEVIL ) WHO NOT RESPECT AND STAND WITH RIGHT PEOPLE )

  2. Two entitled dynasts gossiping. Now that Sweden has the fifth highest mortality rates per million in the world, Shri Bajaj is completely silent about his support for its COVID management model.

  3. Gosh! A dynast who believes in homeopathy and is an AAP supporter, talking about the economy!

  4. these guys dont seem to know how world has responded to COVID-19 including East.. Had we not taken social distancing seriously, we would have suffered more in India. Economy – this is slways an issue with Modi government

  5. Rajiv Bajaj has forgotten to tell Pappu that Lockdown has flattened the outcome of opposition parties conspiracy projects to weaken PM Modi. The biggest sufferer of lockdown is Congress’s esteem which is all time low now. Businesses including Bajaj group will find solutions but Congress has no clue to respond to lockdown. More Pappu and Pappi open their mouth, more they make people laugh. It’s right time for Pappu to leave politics and join a comedian club.

  6. Whole sale lockdown didn’t give us any extra benefit that would not have accrued from rigorous basic public health measures like quarantine and isolation, prohibition of assembly etc. This is the truth. In a democracy we must welcome differing views.

  7. Absolutely right!! The whole country has been taken as granted….people are made hostage…hijacked….with a ill timed…ill calculated and most importantly …by some inefficient politicians and administrators at center.The leader does not bother to listen to any suggestions and thinks always “He is right” !! Arrogance…highhandedness ….immaturity has flattened the country.

  8. Or did it? Mr. Bajaj may not be aware of what an exponential curve is but India was spared of that! Anyway, we all know what Mr. Bajaj has been upto with his views since a few months now!

    • I think it’s fair to assume that Mr Bajaj would know a thing about exponential growth through managing a multi billion dollar empire than a nobody like you commenting without any credentials on his abilities.

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