Coronavirus in India: A Political Struggle

January 07, 2021, The Liberacy:- Coronavirus in India was far more different than in the world. As the pandemic started to spread, the political struggle in India was at its peak, with the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and now with Vaccines available and the pandemic about to end, India is still experiencing a political struggle with three Farm Bills.

The was just the beginning and the end of the larger events which took place in India during the pandemic that caught the world’s eye and made them look at what India decides.

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1. Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest.

CAA Protest was at its peak when the pandemic was just started in China, and until then, No Covid cases were reported in India. The CAA Protests started after the parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill on 11th December 2019, the violence kicked off with basic questions on the structure of the constitution, and stated that it violates the Secular structure of India and is in complete violation of Article 14 (Right to Equality) of the Indian Constitution.
The government stated that the CAA will NOT affect the Indian citizens, but will only grant citizenship to all the religions (except Muslims) coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Because these nations were partitioned and separated from India in the History stating the Majority Muslim nation and the need to establish them separately.

2. Budget by Finance Minister.

With the first Covid case on 29th January 2020, the Union Budget of India was presented on 1st February 2020, by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, which was submitted to the Parliament of India, and passed on 23rd March 2020.
The budget showed Total revenue of ‚āĻ24.23 trillion (US$340 billion) and Total expenditures of ‚āĻ30.42 trillion (US$430 billion) and this made a deficit of 3.8%.
The budget also estimated the GDP for the coming year to be around 5%, but with pandemic around and a strict lockdown, the GDP eventually fell to an all-time low of -23.9%.

3. Trump visited India.

“Namaste Trump” tour was held on 24th and 25th February 2020. At this point, India already had several cases of Covid. The tour marked US President Donald Trump and his family’s visit to India, which was held at Motera Stadium (the world’s largest Cricket Stadium) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The tour was Trump’s first visit to India, where he was severely criticized for the way he pronounced most of the names, of the people valuable to Indian history.
Trump also visited the Taj Mahal in Agra.

4. Lockdown.

Coronavirus in India took a firm grip by mid-March 2020, and this forced the government of India, led by Narendra Modi, to announce strict lockdowns.
On 22nd March, Janta Curfew was announced. Janta Curfew means, a Curfew led by the People. After an initial warning of the seriousness of the Covid-19 and people banging steel plates on the roads, the major and strict lockdown was declared from 25th March 2020 to 14th April (21 days) for the first phase.
Phase 2 from 15¬†April¬†2020¬†‚Äď 3¬†May¬†2020¬†(19¬†days), Phase 3 from 4¬†May¬†2020¬†‚Äď 17¬†May¬†2020¬†(14¬†days), and Phase 4 from 18¬†May¬†2020¬†‚Äď 31¬†May¬†2020¬†(14¬†days)

5. India-China Standoff.

Coronavirus in India and in the world was a gift from China, doesn’t matter how much the Chinese government denies it. China in the month of May, with another gift to India, started aggressive actions on the India-China border with intentions of taking advantage of the pandemic situation and falling economy. On 10th May, this aggressiveness left 4 Indian soldiers injured, and on 15th June, a major face-off between the Indian Army and the PLA left 20 Indian soldiers martyred and an unknown number of PLA soldiers killed.
Several were captured and released from both sides.
The tensions on the border grew throughout the year, and by the start of 2021, both armies have their tanks marked at each other’s necks on the border.

6. Sushant Singh Rajput.

Sushant Singh Rajput, an Indian Actor allegedly committed suicide on 14th June 2020 in his Bandra house. The family claimed it to be a murder with fingers pointing at his close friend Rhea Chakraborty and her side of the family.
Several arrests were made, including Rhea’s suspecting drug overdose of the actor.
CBI took charge of the case after 3 months, with a request from Bihar Government to the Centre. In its investigation of the case, CBI found the Drug angle and called-on NCB for further investigation.
Taking the lead, NCB made several arrests and questioning several A list actors like Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Sara Ali Khan, and Shraddha Kapoor.

7. Ram Mandir.

After centuries of struggle, the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya finally started to take shape. After the Supreme Court ruling in favor of temple construction on Ram Janmbhoomi, the groundbreaking ceremony took place on 5th August 2020 in presence of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, several leaders from VHP, RSS, and BJP were invited.

Architect of the Temple is Sompura Family and the creators are Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra (Construction by L&T)

8. Kangana Ranaut and Shiv Sena.

Coronavirus in India was at its peak when Bollywood actress, Kangana Ranaut, taking a stand in favor of Sushant Singh Rajput, and against the “Bollywood mafias” spoke about Nepotism. Her criticism took a big shot after her comments, comparing Mumbai with POK. This dragged Shiv Sena in the act with harsh words being exchanged, even against the CM of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, who chose to NOT speak on the matter.
BMC took down the front structure of Kangana’s office on September 09, 2020, stating that the structure was illegal. Kangana alleged that the action was taken by the Shiv Sena controlled BMC as revenge for the truth she spoke.
BMC carried out the demolition even when the court was scheduled to hear a plea on the stay of the demolition.

9. Farm Bills.

Three ordinances were promulgated on 5th July 2020 for the three farm bills and came into effect on that day. In the monsoon session, with expiry of ordinances, the government brought the same ordinances as bills and were passed by the parliament of India on 17th September 2020.
With many misinterpretations of the Bill, many farmers from Punjab and Haryana took to the streets in a protest against the three bills.
Like always, the international community tried to take advantage of it. Leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to take a political advantage to fulfill his vote bank politics.

Farm Bills Explained: Facts Vs Myths

The farm bill protest marked the end of the year 2020 for India with India reporting an extremely less number of Coronavirus cases and two vaccines in hand, approved for full use.

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