Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Home News Reports ‘Thank God this didn’t start in India’: British think tank expert mocks India on...

‘Thank God this didn’t start in India’: British think tank expert mocks India on coronavirus outbreak, praises China for ‘controlling it well’

“If the coronavirus outbreak had started in India, things would have deteriorated even further”, Jim O'Neill said

Even as the world is struggling to cope up with the massive coronavirus outbreak which has sickened more than 1,25,000 people across the globe, the chair of the UK think tank Chatham House, Jim O’Neill, on Wednesday made derisive remarks against India saying that if the coronavirus outbreak had started in India, things would have deteriorated even further. Jim claimed that the “quality of Indian governance” is not a patch on the way the Chinese dealt with the epidemic.

Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe”, Jim heaped praises on the Chinese model of containing the virus that has so far claimed about 4600 lives globally, with more than 3000 deaths in the Mainland China alone as per the official Chinese government figures. However, analysts suspect more number of death than the official number since Chinese state authority is notoriously known for withholding crucial information detrimental to its global standing.

“Thank God this didn’t start in somewhere like India because there’s absolutely no way that the quality of Indian governance could move to react in the way that the Chinese have done, that’s the good side of the Chinese model, and I think you could probably say the same about Brazil too,” O’Neill said while ridiculing India’s ability to clinically restrain a rapidly contagious pandemic.

The former chief economist at Goldman Sachs, Neill’s assertions about India betrays his lack of awareness about India’s galloping progress in the field of healthcare and its resilient traditional practices that have prevented deadly epidemics from spreading their baneful claws in the country. Besides being one of the largest suppliers of generic medicines globally, India has also displayed remarkable dexterity in containing fatal diseases such as the pneumonic plague that broke out in the city of Surat in September 1994.

After the initial panic that is usually associated with the outbreak of a lethal disease, the government swiftly recouped and stopped the spread of the disease by identifying cases and providing them with antibiotics. It also ordered the sterilisation of cargo, clearing of ports infested with rats and spreading of insecticides over vast areas. Within months, the plague was stemmed and Surat emerged as a leader in public healthcare.

Read: Coronavirus high alert: India on lockdown till April 15, govt suspends all tourist visas for travellers

In addition, India has an array of time-tested traditional practices that serve to strengthen its competence in containing deadly contagions. India has staggering crowds in events such as Kumbh, Jagannath Yatra etc. Temples and other places of worship where a legion of people throng on a daily basis are filled with rats and other rodents but it still ducked from being the epicentre of contagions like SARS and coronavirus.

While Jim fawns over China’s exemplary measures to control the transmission of coronavirus, it is an irrefutable fact that the novel coronavirus emerged from one of the noxious streets of markets in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, with the cause of the zoonotic contagion residing largely in the deeply problematic Chinese practice of wildlife trade that had earlier caused a similar epidemic SARS in 2002-2003. However, China evidently failed to acknowledge the gravity of the problem then and allowed its lucrative wildlife trade to flourish, endowing the world with an even pernicious pandemic.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Is Serum Institute really making a huge profit and charging discriminatory price from states for Covid-19 vaccine? Read details

Serum Institute had offered GOI a discount for 1st 100 million doses, it will not be making huge profits from states as alleged

‘Remdesivir is not magic bullet, 85 percent of Covid patients do not need hospitalisation: Top doctors issue advisory

Doctors from AIIMS, Narayana Health and Medanta issued advisory amidst rising number of coronavirus cases.

TMC, Kashmiri Journalist and propagandists found posting fake images and videos amidst Covid-19 crisis

TMC's campaign handle 'Banglar Gorbo Mamata' was found spreading deliberate lies and fake news during the Covid pandemic.

Moneycontrol deletes report, NDTV brazens out misleading reports on oxygen export after central government calls out malicious propaganda

After central government slammed media for spreading falsehoods about oxygen exports, Moneycontrol takes down its report

India becomes the fastest country in the world to administer over 13 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses: Centre

India becomes the fastest country to administer 13 crore COVID-19 doses.

Nashik: Oxygen leaks from tanker, 22 patients dead as ventilators were stopped

The incident occurred at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik.

Recently Popular

No masks, abuses and ruckus: How a Shiv Sena corporator abuses power to threaten doctors on duty

The doctors of Bhagwati Hospital have threatened to resign after being humiliated by the Shiv Sena corporator.

AAP supported farmer protests hampering war against Covid-19, oxygen supplier writes to GOI saying tankers delayed due to roadblocks by protestors

Inox Air Products said that they are facing delays in Delhi while transporting oxygen due to road blockades by the farmer protestors

Journalism: The new performance art

With the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists have screamed "Beware of the Ides of March" to anyone who would listen - Barkha Dutt for example.

IIT Kanpur Professor predicts COVID-19 to peak in May, dismisses claims of Kumbh and poll rallies being responsible for spread

The IIT Kanpur professor said that since the election rallies and the Kumbh are held in open spaces, there are few chances of it spreading the COVID virus

Understanding the hate factory: How Rohan Joshi and his hateful post against Hindus gives us an insight into the ‘liberal’ mind

Comedian Rohan Joshi tells Bhakts, "I have nothing but contempt for them and nit a shred of empathy" as he mocks Coronavirus deaths
- Advertisement -


Connect with us