Narendra Modi is dealing with an exceptional crisis. No PM has had to face such a situation that has impacted every part of India and every aspect of life. If a family member is seriously ill we get shaken. Here, his 130 crore people are at risk.
Some are saying lock-down should’ve been earlier. Some are saying Army should’ve been called. Some are saying intelligence failure while some say you appease. Everyone, who may or may not know anything has retrospective opinions but NONE has to bear the responsibility of 130 cr people. Only he has to!
If the lock-down doesn’t succeed then he gets targeted. If it does still he gets targeted because the economy is hit. If he didn’t call for a lock-down then he would’ve been hounded for lethargy even if it had kept the economy going. He is always at the receiving end.
You call for a nation of 130 cr to stop work. For the poor to risk going without food. The rich cry their earnings have stopped and their lifestyles thwarted. Middle-class says ‘you’re not doing enough to help us financially.’ Again, primarily criticism.
A 70-year old man bearing the weight of 130 cr people and expectations many times that without flinching, without digressing, without leveling accusations at other, and without giving excuses. Yes, it is his responsibility, but he too is human. The pressure is unbelievable.
Despite all that he does with single-minded concentration for the nation, something that is unparalleled in our history, he never once asks for praise. One after the other he’s dealing with India’s core issues, and then to add to his problems comes the Corona!
This thread is simply my thoughts. I felt that if I were in his shoes I’d be terrified at the daunting problem we are facing. I’d honestly not want to be in his seat. Would you?
I simply thought of thanking Narendra Modi for his alertness, his humility, and his pragmatism.