Losing Scribes to Covid-19
India is fast losing working journalists to Covid-19 and crosses 100 mark till date where theglobal tally hits 1180 scribes in 76 countries. The country lately starts losing around three journalists every day. Brazil continues to be the worst affected country with 181 media corona-casualties followed by Peru (140) and Mexico (106), stated the Switzerland based media rights & safety body Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). India, which witnessed the death of nine journalists due to novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments in the last three days, is just behind of Mexico with 101 casualties since the pandemic broke out in March 2020. The nation with a billion plus populace comes far ahead of Italy (52 dead), Bangladesh (51), USA (47), Colombia (47), Ecuador (46), United Kingdom (28), Dominican Republic (27), Pakistan (25), Turkey (24), Iran (21), etc.

Expressing apprehensions that the situation may worsen for the safety of journalists on the ground due to the corona-pandemic, Blaise Lempen, general secretary of PEC , advocates for adequate compensations to the victim families. He also emphasizes on early vaccinations to media workers so that they can perform their duties as corona warriors after the doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, etc without endangering their lives. Even after the launch of a massive corona-vaccination program covering around 13 million Indian citizens India till now in the backdrop of around three million reported infections every day mounting its cumulative Covid-19 cases to over 16 million (total casualty crosses 190,000).

Reported names of recent corona-victims include Shailesh Raval (Gujarat), Sopan Bongane, Ashok Tupe, Motichand Bedmutha (Maharashtra), P Tataiah, Chandrashekar Naidu, Srinivasa Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Ashish Yechury, Chanchal Pal Chauhan (New Delhi), Chinta Naga Raju, Ramachandra Rao (Telangana), Govind Behera, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Karunakar Sahu, Naresh Behera (Odisha), Jodu Chutia (Assam), etc.

"India has the probability to increase the number of media corona-victims as a number of States went on under-reporting about the actual figures because of various reasons," commented PEC's country representative Nava Thakuria adding, in many cases even the established media houses had not reported about their own corona-positive cases to avoid unwanted interferences from the authority under the health protocols.
T Navajyoti

Modi Must Resign
The whole world is now criticising Mr Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) run "government"!

Even after such catastrophic failures and criminal negligence, if people vote For this criminal party BJP, then the future will judge those Indians the way History sees the "loyal" citizens of Nazi Germany!!!

Seven years of this cruel administration has brought India to: "Alas, poor country! Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot.

Be called our mother, but our grave, where nothing, But who knows nothing, is once seen to smile; Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air Are made, not marked; where violent sorrow seems A modern ecstasy. The dead man's knell is there scarce asked for who, and good men's lives Expire before the flowers in their caps, Dying or are they sicken."

We can't think of better words to describe the unspeakable/unnecessary suffering that this criminal administration has brought to the people of India.

And there are many affluent Indians living in USA, who, shamelessly support the present Indian Government and Bharatiya Janata Party. They are also responsible for this ongoing tragedy.
Sudeb Mitra, USA

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