Describing the failure to contain the second wave of Covid pandemic, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said the Government, Administrations and people did not take the pandemic seriously and dropped the guard after the first wave. “We are facing this situation because all of us – the general public, Government and administration – dropped the guard after the first wave. Doctors were indicating but we became complacent. That’s why we’re facing this problem. Now there are talks of the third wave but we don’t have to fear but prepare ourselves,” said Bhagwat at a lecture series ‘Positivity Unlimited’.
Calling the pandemic a “challenge for humanity”, Bhagwat said India has to set an example for the world. “This (COVID-19 pandemic) is a challenge before humanity and India has to set an example. We have to work as a team, without discussing merits and demerits. We can do it later. We can overcome this challenge by working as a team and speeding up our work,” he said.
The RSS chief said that this is not an appropriate time to point fingers and all should avoid making irrational remarks.
RSS Sarsanghchalak said the country should stay united and work as a team in these testing times, instead of pointing fingers at each other. Asking people to “stay positive” and take precautions, the RSS chief also warned leaders to avoid making “irrational statements” in current circumstances. “We have to stay positive and take precautions to keep ourselves Covid negative in the present situation,” he said.
The RSS chief said that this is not an appropriate time to point fingers and all should avoid making irrational remarks. Citing England’s situation in World War II when everything seemed going against it, Bhagwat said a quote was written on the then Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s desk which read, “There is no pessimism in this office. We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They don’t exist”. Similarly, he said, in this situation “we can’t give up on courage. We need to also have steely resolve.”
Describing the fight against COVID-19 as a “test of patience”, the RSS chief said this period will also test the good qualities of Indians and said that “success is not final; failure is not fatal’ the courage to continue is the only thing that matters”. Mohan Bhagwat’s full speech can be viewed at the YouTube channel of RSS.
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