Today, Raghuram Rajan, the former governor of the country’s central bank commented on the surging COVID-19 cases in India. He cited that the surging cases have revealed complacency after last year’s first wave. Adding to it, he said that it has also portrayed a lack of foresight and a lack of leadership.
Addressing the issue, he slammed the government and said that it should have been more careful with the matter. “If you were careful if you were cautious, you had to recognize that it wasn’t done yet,” Rajan said. Comparing the situation with Brazil he cited that the COVID-19 situation in Brazil should have been an example that the virus could come back and ‘potentially in more virulent forms’.
He mentioned that last year as the nation was witnessing fewer cases, it had assumed that it had finally overcome the deadly disease. As a consequence, he added that the government had re-opened everything.
Rajan also condemned the vaccine crisis prevailing in the nation. “As our country had a victory over the first wave of COVID-19, it assumed no to swiftly manufacture enough vaccines for its own population,” he said.
In 2013, Rajan had been appointed by the previous government to lead the Reserve Bank of India. Gradually, he became an outspoken critic of Modi’s administration after it took office during his tenure.
Presently, India is grappling with the second wave of COVID-19. The nation is witnessing over 4 lakh daily cases with more than 3,000 deaths. The surging figures have led to a crisis of medical aids such as oxygen supply, vaccines, and other necessities.