New Delhi: The coronavirus crisis was back in the spotlight Wednesday. NDTV 24×7 discussed India’s Covid-19 curve, which has yet to flatten. But the most disturbing report came on India TV that had a horrific and disturbing tale from one of Delhi’s hospitals.
Aaj Tak was still concerned about the death of a Kashmiri Pandit village head in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag while ABP New was fixated on Congress’ Rahul Gandhi.
India TV’s horror tale from Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jan Pal (LNJP) Hospital turned the spotlight on the healthcare crisis in the capital.
In the video, a patient in the hospital’s Covid-19 ward was lying on the floor, with no clothes on. Anchor Rajat Sharma said, “Ye itna dardnak tha ki iski raw footage bhi main aapko nahi dikha sakta. (This was so painful that we could not even show the raw footage)
“Wo ward ke floor pe pada raha, maut kareeb tha, par usse uthake ke bed pe lane ke liye bhi koi nahi tha,” (He was lying on the floor, death was near but there was no one to pick him up and place him on the bed) he added.
More footage from the ward showed a dead body that was left unattended near three other patients. “Aisa lag raha ki ye hospital marizon ko maut baat raha he,” (It seems like this hospital is handing out death sentences to patients) said Sharma.
Visuals from the hospital also showed dead bodies lying on stretchers in the corridors.
On NDTV 24×7, Sanket Upadhyay asked a pertinent question — “When will India flatten the #COVID19 curve?”.
Dr. Sanjay Nagral from Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital was more worried about the “slow rise in [Covid] deaths” in the city.
“Mumbai is particularly worrying because we’re hitting the monsoon…there’s a huge load on the healthcare system when dengue and malaria come up,” he said, raising fears.
Pankaj Pandey, Health Commissioner, Karnataka government, said, “The most important thing right now is to avoid a surge of cases”.
He added, rather ominously, “The real battle begins now.”
Mumbai’s coronavirus battle was also front and centre on India Today.
In an exclusive interview with Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, Rajdeep Sardesai was keen to know how the battle had changed the young Thackeray, politically.
Was he an “accidental politician” or one who “worked 24/7”? Thackeray took it in good humour and said, “My father told me not to change because if you change, then that means you are not the person the people elected”. Sage advice.
On Aaj Tak’s ‘Dangal’, the question of the hour was – ‘Kashmiri Panditon ko insaaf kab?’ (When will Kashmiri Pandits get justice)
This referred to Monday’s killing of a Kashmiri pandit sarpanch (village head) Ajay Pandita by terrorists in Anantnag. Pandita’s daughter Sheen Bharti was a part of the debate.
Anchor Rohit Sardana asked her a rather tonedeaf question — “Kya aapke papa ko isiliye mara ki wo sarpanch the ya iss liye kyun ki wo Kashmiri Pandit the.” (Was your father killed because he was the village head or because he was a Kashmiri Pandit?”)
An emotional Sheen said that her father used to receive threats but was undeterred in serving the country — “Kya mein umeed rakh sakti hu ki kuch insaniyat hai logon mein, kuch madad karenge insaaf dilane mein” (Can I hope that there is still humanity in people and they will help us in getting justice?)
One of the panelists, Sushil Pandit, a social worker from Kashmir, accused the government of spending crores of rupees on security, all in vain. “Sarkarien croreron rupay kharch karte hai air ticket, treatment, security pe, par jo jaan hateli pe leke ghar wapas aata he uske antim sanskar ke liye ek sarkari bayaan nai aaya.” (The government spends crores on air tickets, treatment and security, but there is not even a statement to bear the costs of the funeral of someone who is killed.)
Sardana asked BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia — “10 mahine ho chuka he Article 370 hataye hue, aapne kaha tha ki ab Kashmiri panditon ki ghar wapasi hogi, ye aakhri parivar tha.” (It’s been 10 months since Article 370 was revoked, you said the Kasmiri Pandits could return home, this was the last family).
However, Bhatia only kept repeating that ‘mein aaj politics nahi karunga’ (I will not do politics today).
“Sawal unse kijiye jo kehte ki humarai sena jyada nagarikon ko marti he aantankiyon ko kam,” (Question those who say that out security forces kill more civilians than terrorists) — was Bhatia’s rather useless reply.
On ABP News, Rubika Liyaquat had her eyes trained on Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and his alleged ‘insensitivity’ to the India-China issue. In the past few days, Gandhi has been asking questions of the Modi government about the standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. His latest tweet questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence.
The Chinese have walked in and taken our territory in Ladakh.
The PM is absolutely silent and has vanished from the scene.https://t.co/Cv06T6aMvU
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 10, 2020
Liyaqauat, in turn, questioned Gandhi’s insensitivity — “Sawal ye ho jata he ki wo sarkar par sawal utha rahe he ya sena par sawal utha rahe he.” (The questions is if he is questioning the government or the Army)
Congress’ Supriya Shrinate turned the tables on Liyaquat and asked — “Kya Modiji 2013 mein sena par sawal utha rahi the ya elected govenrment par utha rahe the.” (Was Modiji questioning the Army or the elected government in 2013?)
Times Now was still on about the chargesheets filed in the Delhi riots case by the Delhi Crime Branch. However, anchor Navika Kumar had to face some personal attacks on her ‘Delhi Riot Fact-Check’.
She asked lawyer Dr Farrukh Khan, “Probe is fair, but why fake Islamophobia?” She was referring to allegations that the police was only concentrating on Muslims involved in the riots.
Khan shot back, “For you Navika, it may be Hindu and Muslim, but not for me as a lawyer. I will not differentiate between them”.
Khan added, “Navika ji, I understand that for defending Modi government you have to cross the border lines…”
At this point, Kumar lost it and launched into a tirade almost iconic as Arnab Goswami. “If you only have taunts and charges at me, then we will lose the subject we are discussing…if you want to speak on the issue, make your point now,” she said.
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