The alarming rise in coronavirus cases appears to have prompted lawmakers to pray for divine intervention to avert the deadly disease’s threat. Usha Thakur, Madhya Pradesh’s Minister for Tourism and Culture, was recently seen leading a prayer meet in Indore without a face mask.
At the Indore airport, the minister was seen performing ‘puja’ in front of a statue of Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar. At the ceremony, Airport Director Aryama Sanyas and other staff members were joined by MLA from Indore’s Mhow seat, who were seen clapping and singing before the deity.
Critics say that Ms Thakur has been seen in public without a face mask on many occasions. When asked why she isn’t wearing a mask during the assembly, Ms Thakur told the media that she doesn’t need one because she practises ‘havan’ (ritual burning) every day and recites the Hanuman Chalisa.
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Ms Thakur has previously stated that a 12-hour ‘havan’ of a cow dung cake can sanitise a house.
Last year, a video of Union Minister Ramdas Athawale at a prayer meet chanting “Go corona, go corona” went viral on social media.
The video was reportedly shot on February 20 at Mumbai’s Gateway of India during a prayer session to stop the spread of the coronavirus in China. It also featured Chinese Consul General in Mumbai Tang Guocai and Buddhist monks.
According to the Health Ministry, Madhya Pradesh is one of the ten states that account for more than 84 percent of daily cases.
In the last 24 hours, Usha Thakur from Madhya Pradesh has seen 4,882 coronavirus cases in the state, bringing the total number of infections to 3,27,220. In the county, over 4,000 people have died as a result of the virus.
India set a new daily Covid case record this morning, with 1,45,384 infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total case count to over 1.3 crore. Many states have had to enforce strict restrictions as a result of the surge, which is even steeper than last year’s first wave.
India’s COVID-19 cases have increased by a factor of 13 in just two months, thanks to a vicious second wave fueled by a widespread disregard for safety protocols, which has pushed the country past its mid-September peak of around 98,000 cases per day.
Election campaigns, as well as packed festivals and religious events, have marked the latest coronavirus’s unprecedented revival. People like Thakur should be aware. They should realise that whatever is happening is also a deed of God. Its better to keep yourself safe from COVID By following rules and taking precautions.