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[gujarat samachar epaper today in gujarati]How Modi & Shah managed to turn Gujarati media, intelligentsia into critics

Time:2021-08-12 05:34:40


  Another multi-edition Gujarati newspaper, Divya Bhaskar, reported that as many as 1.23 lakh death certificates were issued in 71 days this year while government registered only 4,218 COVID-19 deaths during this period. How did the others die? The newspaper also pointed out that 58,000 death certificates were issued between March 1 to May 10, 2020 last year while this year the number of death certificates were twice as many during the same period.

  That the government has been under reporting deaths from COVID-19 became obvious also from ground reports by local Gujarati newspapers about mass cremation and burials of the dead bodies carried out following the coronavirus protocol in the cities and towns of Navsari, Valsad, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Bhuj.

  According to a survey conducted by Divya Bhaskar, based on interviews of relatives of the deceased, hospitals have been denying them medical reports that give details of the cause of death and the line of treatment.

  It was mainly because of the reports appearing in newspapers that the Gujarat High Court took up suo motu a PIL on the COVID-19 pandemic and criticised the state government for fudging the number of tests, availability of medicines, hospital beds and for red-tapism in admitting critical patients.

  The newspapers have also been unsparing in publishing reports about black marketing of life-saving medicines and medical Oxygen cylinders by people having links with the ruling BJP.

  State BJP chief C R Patil’s gimmick of distributing 5,000 vials of Remdesivir injection from the party office in Surat to people who were given token by the party workers was also widely criticized by the newspapers, some of which called for his arrest.


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