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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

24 Jun 2020
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PM to perform Bhumi Poojan of Ram Temple virtually

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was keeping away from Ram Janmabhoomi issue after taking over as the PM due to the matter being in the Supreme Court, is likely to be part of Bhumi Poojan ceremony in Ayodhya virtually. UP CM Yogi Adityanath will be present in Ayodhya in person to perform necessary rituals. It is likely to happen in the first week of July.

Last week senior VHP leader and the person involved with Ram Janmabhoomi movement Champat Rai met with the PM requesting him to join the Bhumi Poojan, the PM apparently accepted the proposal but due to distancing norms in place, he is likely to perform it from Delhi itself. Centuries-old dispute over Ram Temple was settled by the SC ruling the disputed site in favour of Ram Lalla (child deity) Virajman.

The committee responsible for the construction of Ram Temple wants Bhumi Poojan do be done before July 15 as after that days are not good to start any auspicious work as per Hindu belief. Leveling of the ground and other activities are going on in full swing in Ayodhya with the CM giving full assistance to the construction work.

The PM might not be present in Ayodhya but he will mentally and virtually be present during the entire Bhumi Poojan ceremony and he will address people on the occasion as well. 

17 Jun 2020
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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

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PM to perform Bhumi Poojan of Ram Temple virtually

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was keeping away from Ram Janmabhoomi issue after taking over as the PM due to the matter being in the Supreme Court, is likely to be part of Bhumi Poojan ceremony in Ayodhya virtually. UP CM Yogi Adityanath will be present in Ayodhya in person to perform necessary rituals. It is likely to happen in the first week of July.

Last week senior VHP leader and the person involved with Ram Janmabhoomi movement Champat Rai met with the PM requesting him to join the Bhumi Poojan, the PM apparently accepted the proposal but due to distancing norms in place, he is likely to perform it from Delhi itself. Centuries-old dispute over Ram Temple was settled by the SC ruling the disputed site in favour of Ram Lalla (child deity) Virajman.

The committee responsible for the construction of Ram Temple wants Bhumi Poojan do be done before July 15 as after that days are not good to start any auspicious work as per Hindu belief. Leveling of the ground and other activities are going on in full swing in Ayodhya with the CM giving full assistance to the construction work.

The PM might not be present in Ayodhya but he will mentally and virtually be present during the entire Bhumi Poojan ceremony and he will address people on the occasion as well. 

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PM tries to make crisis into opportunity yet again: Announces Rs 20 lakh cr stimulus

By IndianMandarins 13 May 2020

In the longest address so far, the PM has given a roadmap not only how to fight COVID-19 but how to survive this pandemic on economic front as well when he announced a special economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore. This is nearly 10 percent of the GDP of the country. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman would provide every detail of this special economic package. But in the PM’s speech, there are some important takeaways:


1) India looking for ways and means to become self-reliant. To understand it better, when COVID-19 crisis erupted not a single PPE kit was manufactured in India, only a few N-95 masks were available. Today, two lakh PPE kits and two lakh N-95 masks are manufactured in India.


2) Self-reliance of the country will have five pillars -- economy, infrastructure, technology-driven system, vibrant demography and demand.


3) Economic package will amount to Rs 20 lakh crore that is nearly 10 percent of the GDP.

4) The PM has urged people to be 'vocal about local' in this hour of crisis. He also asked people to buy more local products.


5) The PM also talked about supply chain linking to local products and market and making them so huge that they even grow to compete in international market.

All these announcements were made by the PM after seven-hour long marathon meeting with CMs of several states including Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal most of them seeking an extension of the coronavirus lockdown.

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Shah’s illness and his differences with Modi: More into the virtual world than real!

By Vinod Kumar Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan 09 May 2020

This is something that has been in the air for quite some time about the schism between PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the later suffering from some very critical ailment. Many tweets and news video clips did rounds in social media even in the last couple of days.

 

Shah on Saturday (May 9, 2020) released a statement saying that “rumors about his ill health are wrong.” He further stated that he was “completely healthy” and is not suffering from any disease.

 

Actually the recent tweet by one independent journalist and political activist Vijaylakshmi Nadar about Shah was not only in a bad taste but also surpassed every limit of journalistic ethics and civic decency when she tweeted wishing his illness to end conclusively and that is something she wants to celebrate. There were many cohorts to Nadar.

 

It goes on with PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah falling apart and Shah might be divested from Union Home ministry anytime the PM finds suitable. This speculation has been rife for long and even faces stepping into the shoes of Shah have been discussed in social media and by Youtubers who named from Nitin Gadkari to Ajit Doval to Yogi Adityanath to many other for the coveted post.

 

To put it in perspective, the entire media fraternity failed to get even inkling of the news that S Jaishankar will be inducted in the cabinet as an external affairs minister in Modi’s second term as PM. So when will cabinet reshuffle happen and who all will be the new ministers and if Shah will be replaced is known to only and only Modi. There should not be any confusion about it.

 

Now, one must understand that Modi-Shah stayed together in their thick and thin and the most important aspect of their long-lasting understanding has been that Shah never crossed Modi’s path and did that much only whatever was asked him to do. So differences emerging between them is nothing more than speculation and wishful thinking of Modi-Shah detractors who are checkmated by duo’s moves.

 

Though, there are certain arguments that endorse their differences like he became more popular after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and passage of triple talaq bill in Parliament. Both the leaders were not on the same page as far as NRC is concerned and spoke in different voices on the issue. Moreover, the passage of CAA has brought to Shah in the league of Sardar Patel rather some say he will go down in the history books as the best home ministers the country ever had.

 

Hold on! Shah was made to stay at former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Ashok Road residence on Modi’s intervention, he was made general secretary of the party with the blessings of Modi and brought to the government from the party as he knew that only he can execute his plans without any if and but and in toto with Rajnath Singh’s tenure proving to be a complete dud as Home Minister.

 

Amid all these talks, some activities are visible as generally, Shah avoids even informal interaction with media unless it is mandated, necessary, and asked by his high command (Modi). Ever since speculation about his ill health started doing round, his picture about meeting with Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh delegation was released in media and also he expressed his concern and grief about laborers behind mowed down by the goods train and now his statement.

 

He is working till late at night every day. So one caution that must be mentioned that sometimes eerie silence like this leads to some storm herein some political storm!

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

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Communication deficiency defines Congress’ crisis?

By Rakesh Ranjan 20 Apr 2020

Of late Politics in India has become a game of perception besides a few other things but any political establishment failing to understand this very fact is bound to fail in its objective. Perception comes with better communication skillsets.

Any political establishment has its own sets of strengths and weaknesses but the real skill of its leadership is to make propaganda of its strength and sidetrack its weakness. None of the political parties is an exception be it the BJP or the Congress or any regional party.

The most important case in the point here is PM Modi’s immense and untiring capability of striking chords with the masses of the country that becomes BJP’s strength eclipsing the party’s other weaknesses. On the other hand, lack of communication skills and strategy are Congress’ biggest deficiency that eclipses all its core strengths that the party has. It is also not true that the Congress has any dearth of such leaders but the issue is whom do you showcase.

India thinks, understands and communicates more eloquently in Hindi or in any other regional Indian languages or dialects. Masses are able to relate themselves with the BJP as Modi speaks Hindi in his Gujarati accent effortlessly and similarly most of its leaders do the same whereas most of the Congress leaders who are chosen to connect with the masses fail to strike chords with them rather their elitist appearance and disconnect with the ground driving masses away.

The BJP leadership appears to echo aspiration and sentiment of the ground whereas Congress’ leadership, even though they talk facts in an articulate manner fails to connect with the masses. Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka that most of the young budding leaders and back-room boys of the Congress carry the elitist paraphernalia around them making people hesitant to reach out to them and so their failure to connect with the masses is bound to happen.

Congress appears to have been taking less effort in firming up its communication strategy whereas the BJP puts in constant effort to keep its communication strategy strengthened be it on issues, individuals, timings and communication mediums, etc.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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New ordinance: Modi’s masterstroke?

By IndianMandarins 06 Apr 2020

Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved an Ordinance in which allowances and pension of all MPs will be reduced by 30% for a year. MPLAD fund too has been temporarily suspended for two years which would now go to the Consolidated Fund of India in the fight against coronavirus.

Following the decision Union Home Minister Amit Shah also thanked President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Governors for voluntarily deciding not to take 30 percent of their allowances for one year.

If one goes by the reactions of a large section (including social media) of the society Union Cabinet’s decision is being seen as Modi’s master-stroke. The decision once again catapult his popularity among the masses. Probably the decision also decodes Modi’s intent to meet former Presidents, PMs and some other leaders including CMs.

At one end it is being seen as if Parliament of the world's largest democracy stands together in these challenging times. But on the other end a large section of taxpayers and the public is welcoming the move for reasons in public life. There are also who believe that most of the funds were either improperly utilized or remained unutilized. There is a section that might say it will impact development in the far off areas.

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COVID-19: India requires a multi-pronged strategy, 21 days lockdown and beyond

By IndianMandarins 26 Mar 2020

Dr Manish Ranjan, 2002 batch IAS officer, emphasises that India is a country with more than 1.35 billion population and hence tracking and treating each infected person requires a robust public policy and its effective implementation. In addition to massive measures of Central and State governments the fight against COVID-19 pandemic requires active participation from individuals and community as well. Moreover, more than 190 countries all over the world are struggling to find the ways and means to tackle this exponentially growing monster. While researchers and laboratories are busy finding the most effective combination of medicine and vaccine to get rid of the virus, public policy leaders are doing the best in formulating policies and ensuring implementation amidst ever-transforming scenario of this public health hazard. In his latest address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a three-week lockdown throughout India starting March 25. But the big question remains: what after social distancing of three weeks?
The state and district level administration should ensure the implementation of all social welfare schemes, public distribution system, and cash transfer effectively on time. The establishment of hotline communication between the Centre, state, and the national level health organisations is the key to fight the pandemic. 
Indian drug companies can shed their differences, collaborate and learn from the German biopharmaceutical company, to demonstrate strong national character at this unprecedented time of crisis and pressure.
Indian companies may also share their know-how with each other to discover medicine and vaccine quickly. In addition to this Government may also announce an economic package for sharing the economic burden of the wage-bills of small and medium enterprises so that workers are not laid off. Besides, it will ensure that these enterprises too do not bear the brunt of recruiting and training their employees once the economy is restored.
This period may also be used for global collaboration and diplomacy. Once India fulfils its needs of manufacturing the testing equipment, it may lend these facilities to countries suffering enormously. New credit line may also be initiated with weaker economies to steer a soft approach towards global diplomacy.                                                                            
(Dr Manish Ranjan is pursuing Masters in Public Affairs at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, California, USA, ).

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COVID-19: UN applauds India's lockdown initiative

By IndianMandarins 25 Mar 2020

The UN Resident Coordinator in India, Ms Renata Dessallien has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategy of nationwide 21-day lockdown to curtail the coronavirus pandemic. She also commended the PM’s call for social distancing, an important step that is expected to help flatten the curve.“The UN system in India is fully mobilized and ready to further step up its support to the Government of India to fight COVID-19," she said. 
On 24 March, Ms. Dessallien, along with WHO Representative to India, Dr. Henk Bekedam, met the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and appreciated the government for its “early and robust response” to tackle the pandemic head on.

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