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A Decision at Hand: Saving Lives Vs Saving Livelihoods amidst this pandemic.

Updated: Sep 12, 2021

Deliberating and elucidating upon the economic effects of the COVID-19 Virus with special emphasis on Financial Reforms, Arushi Sethi opines from the All India Political Parties Meet, Colloquy 2020 Model United Nations, held on the 11th April, 2020.


2020! And its time if you find one fearing a trepidation, or shivering, the terror of being trapped by an evil, it won’t take you long to hunch. Because COVID-19 is our new all-time bulletin! With the utter responsibility of obligating the best for the economic front on their shoulders, the leaders of our country are striving to choose between the major dubiety of ‘saving lives’ or ‘saving livelihoods’ amidst this pandemic. On the 11th of April, 2020, the second edition of Colloquy 2020 was in session.   With an opening statement from Uddhav Balasaheb Thakerey, the discussion took its first step with the leader extending his earnest gratitude towards the Governor of India for the measures being taken to tackle the economic disturbances so caused. Further, slamming an allegation on Mr. Thakerey, Jaganmohan Reddy drew the attention of the committee towards the utter failure of the government of Maharashtra in eyeing the lock-down with the Wadhawan family on a journey with 23 other people relishing a trip to Mahabaleshwar when everyone was trapped indoors! The committee proceeded with Kanhaiya Kumar’s stance over the failure of the Modi Government to provide relief to 2 crore farmers as the PM Cares Funds could never reach them. Moreover, to bring up a quiver of practicality amongst the claims, Arvind Kejriwal opined his approach on the ill-thought-outs of the Centre as he challenged,

“Where in the Disaster Management Act of 2005 is it preached that in a bid to overhaul a pandemic, lighting lamps and thumping utensils could be a way.”

Withstanding and contradicting, on the other hand, Nitin Gadkari alleged Delhi Government by stating the absence of any step taken to vacant the Shaheen Bagh gathering when India witnessed its first COVID patient.

“Amidst the currently drowning economies of countries like China and USA, India should be an opportunist, focusing on the industries of Aviation and Entertainment”, was the standpoint brought forward by the Home Minister Amit Shah. He further deliberated upon the steps initiated by the Central Government as he mentioned, “Moreover, the nation has started increasing the MSP for the agricultural sector, providing cheap credits to the Small and Micro Industries and maintaining a liquidity ratio in the Banking Sector.” Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, elaborating upon the legalities of the matter, unveiled about the steps that will be taken if citizens do not follow the lock-down. “The police is working their best to impart seriousness among the natives. And if, a citizen is found violating the lock-down, strict and immediate action will be taken against him under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.” Although working on a motley of ideologies, the leaders of the nation, representing the citizens of the nation were together bidding their approaches towards taking the best possible measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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