NEW DELHI: The Indian authorities on Monday issued a pointy rejoinder to Rupert Murdoch-owned ‘The Australian’ for an article headlined “Modi leads India into viral apocalypse”, calling it “baseless, malicious and slanderous… written only with the sole objective of undermining the universally acclaimed approach taken by the government of India…at this decisive moment.”
The article initially appeared in The Times of London, additionally a Murdoch paper, and was reproduced in The Australian. They are among the many world media magnate’s three primary newspapers, together with The Wall Street Journal.
The letter, despatched by the deputy excessive commissioner of India in Canberra, accused the paper of not “bothering to check the facts of the case with any of the authorities in the government”. P S Karthigeyan, after detailing the measures taken by the Modi authorities “starting with the longest and strictest lockdown in the world to the largest and fastest vaccination drive”, went on to explain India’s “much acclaimed Vaccine Maitri initiative to send 66 million vaccines to 80 countries and also to supply medicines and PPEs to 150 countries” which “probably saved hundred (sic) of millions more around the world.”
“While our scientific neighborhood continues to be taking a look at attainable causes for the sudden surge in infections, together with the function of infectious new strains that got here from outdoors India, the article has surprisingly rushed guilty the surge on the restricted election marketing campaign by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and one non secular gathering,” the letter mentioned.
The Times-Australian article mentioned the warnings of “public well being consultants… fell on deaf ears as Modi and his acolytes preached a message of triumphalism and exceptionalism. India had ‘defeated’ the virus, Modi instructed the World Economic Forum…Just final month, whilst infections surged, Harsh Vardhan, the well being minister, assured Indians that the nation was ‘in the endgame’ of the pandemic. He lauded Modi as a ‘vaccine guru’ and ‘example to the world’.”
“Even as dying and despair stalked the nation, Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party rejected lockdown and solid forward with mass gatherings. …The election rallies and Kumbh Mela competition turned out to be super-spreader occasions — as public well being consultants had warned,” the article mentioned.