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Opinion | Tale of Two Indias – Where Kumbh is Allowed, Jamaat Event Maligned

·1-min read

In this episode of 'Yeh Jo India Hai Na…', The Quint's Rohit Khanna asks, 'yahan Kumbh Mele ko coronavirus se special protection mili hui hai kya?!' 1 crore Indians defying COVID protocols willfully – putting themselves, their families and friends in danger of contracting the virus. 35 Lakh people took part in the Kumbh Mela​ Shahi Snan​ on 12th April. Why did we target 3,500 members of the Tablighi Jamaat​ a year ago? Why did we jail them for months and why were they abused by government-aligned media? Why did the government that allowed 35 lakh people to attend Kumbh in a day, say in court saying that only 20 Muslims should be allowed to pray at the Nizamuddin Dargah at any one time? If we have to tackle the COVID-19 Second Surge​, if we truly want to save lives and our economy, we can’t cite faith and give events like the Kumbh Mela, a free pass.