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Stop Communalising India’s War Against COVID-19

IT News
Imphal, April 2

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has stated that the meetings of the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi  which spread coronavirus was an irresponsible on the part of the Jamaat  leadership to have organized the meeting in mid-March when  restrictions were already in place about size of gatherings. The left party also questioned on how the authorities allowed a second gathering on  March 2O-21.
A statement said that the  CPI (M) condemns the efforts and the campaign in social media to give this a communal color and to target a community. The Coronavirus  does not differentiate on the basis of religion. All efforts to  communalise the issue must be rebuffed. All big gatherings, social,  religious and political, that have been held in many parts of the  country after the March 13 order prohibiting assembly of more than 200  people must be investigated thoroughly. Those attending must be traced  and tested. We must learn from South Korea and Singapore in  meticulously tracing all those attending large congregations,  isolating them after aggressive testing and containing the community  spread of COVID-19. India today has a very low testing rate i.e. 241  times lower than South Korea. This must be rectified urgently.
This is India’s war against COVID-19. All efforts to communalise this  fight will only undermine our early triumph in containing the virus. 
This would be self-defeating and all efforts must be made by the  government to end the spread of such dangerous communal polarisation.
The PB appeals to all not to fall prey to provocations and strengthen  our united efforts to defeat this pandemic.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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