“No need for total lockdown. Unlike in 2020, India is now fully equipped to handle the second wave.”

A nation in distress

India Covid crisis: A relative of a person who died of Covid-19 is consoled by another during the cremation in Jammu, India. (Photo: AP)

How did we get here?

Mistake 1: Unforeseen reverse exodus

Long walk home: Migrant workers walk to their native places amid the nationwide lockdown, on NH24 near the Delhi-UP border. (Photo: PTI)

Mistake 2: Panic repatriations

Vande Bharat Mission: A family in full protective gear is all set to travel to India from the Dubai International Airport. (Photo by Juidin Bernarrd /Khaleej Times)

Mistake 3: Mishandling farmers’ protests

Farmers’ protest: A farmer holds a sword during a protest against farm laws introduced by the government, at the historic Red Fort in Delhi. (Photo: Reuters)

Mistake 4: Pandemic politics

Assembly Elections: Supporters of the Chief Minister of the eastern state of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief, Mamata Banerjee, attend an election campaign rally. Photo by Reuters

Mistake 5: Religion above reality

Kumbh Mela: Hundreds of devotees, including nine top saints, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Haridwar city where huge crowds have gathered to participate in the Kumbh Mela festival.

Mistake 6: Experts’ warning ignored

Commuters walk on a railway platform after disembarking from a train amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in Mumbai. (Photo: Reuters)

Mistake 7: Vaccine vanity

Vaccine Shortage: A guard holds up a notice to inform people about the shortage Covid vaccine supplies at a vaccination centre, in Mumbai. (Photo: Reuters)

From crisis to catastrophe

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