Modi must not extend lockdown. Economy won’t survive on ventilator for long  

written by R Jagannathan. added over 1 year ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

india 2019-ncov contagion    

First, while the advice of the health establishment cannot be dismissed lightly, the political demands from states for extensions are partly self-serving. Politicians love a pandemic for many reasons, and the main one is that they get to play benevolent uncles to the masses by doling out this freebie or that. Additionally, a lockdown shifts unprecedented power to the bureaucracy and law enforcement agencies, which makes politicians feel safer on their political perches

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