One of the obvious strategic moves made by the Central govt has been that Home Minister Amit Shah has been mostly away from the public gaze. It is not difficult to guess why. We know that the opposition suffers from pathological, chronic hatred towards Narendra Modi. Not much can be done about that. But, they break into absolute hysteria of hate when they see Amit Shah. After all, he has crushed most of them in elections.
At this moment, we need full cooperation from opposition Chief Ministers. So it is PM Modi who has to be the face of India’s fight against the virus. The one among the duo who is perceived as more “accommodating.” Which is hilarious, because the two act in absolute coordination. But whatever helps the opposition sleep at night…
So far, things have gone okay. Opposition ruled states have been just as responsible and proactive as BJP ruled states. I keep saying this without any reservation: India has done a good job. Every single state.
But now there is an emerging spot of bother. We always knew who was the weak link. Who is going to manage Didi’s temper?
Who will explain to Mamata Banerjee that this is not the time for silly jousts with the Center? This is not Army or CBI that she can do some grandstanding, shore up her political base and throw all sorts of tantrums. The situation in Bengal is serious. Attempts to delay or cover things can literally knock out the nation itself.
The Central government has also sent teams to 3 other states : Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. By the way, while each state has its challenges, I think central teams were sent to 3 other states at least partially to stave off the impression of any specific targeting of Bengal.
Nobody is targeting Bengal. But who will convince Didi? She is obsessed with proving that she is a person of many talents, from the arts to politics. To be fair, she is. But fighting Corona with anger is not one of her talents. The bureaucracy in Bengal has learned to work around her tantrums. But the virus won’t make any accommodations for her.
Videos like these are simply terrifying. Sadly, I know exactly what TMC is going to say. That Modi has planted agents to pose as contacts of Coronavirus patients in quarantine wards. And that all this is a BJP conspiracy. In fact, we will be lucky if Didi doesn’t say that the whole pandemic itself was planned by BJP.
I’ll just give you one example. Bengal’s handling of the situation has been so alarming that even the New York Times wrote an article criticizing it. Imagine how bad things would have to be for the NYT to write an article about India and not blame Modi. A personal friend posted it on Facebook. In the comments, an “intellectual” jumped in and wondered if BJP’s Locket Chatterjee and Dilip Ghosh had got the article published in the New York Times.
In other words, myth is ruling over reality. Who could be this ridiculous as to think that NYT is getting its orders from Dilip Ghosh? Apparently, wild theories like these have lots of takers…
A few days ago, another video went viral in Bengal. A TMC MLA had been distributing food rations to the poor. There were some complaints about the food being rotten when it was distributed. A news channel asked her to explain and she retorted… how do I know if BJP has put frogs or snakes inside the food rations I distributed?
The license to engage in such wild conspiracy theories is coming from the very top, from “Nabanno,” the seat of the government in Kolkata.
Sometimes, playing the blame game is a must. Because Didi isn’t listening. I honestly don’t know what options are available at this moment. Putting Bengal under President’s rule would lead to large scale protests, which is the last thing we can afford at this time. And she is determined not to let Central teams inside Bengal, nor any information to go outside.