In the ADR survey that we had discussed in detail last year, healthcare was the second biggest priority for people across India, across demographic groups. Voters indeed know their priorities right. Yet, this is the word cloud of issues that Republic TV, India’s most patriotic news channel discussed about during the election. Pakistan, Robert Vadra were some of the urgent topics. After that we heard a lot about Kashmir, Mandir and then CAA/NRC. I am sure Arnab Goswami must have owned the liberals many times during this period.
While we were distracted by all the hot button topics, Indian healthcare was not getting the attention it deserved. Today there are few hospital beds left in major Indian cities due to COVID-19, and our doctors, especially resident doctors and nurses are overworked and underpaid. Tax payers are running from hospital to hospital in Delhi to save the lives of their loved ones. Imagine if ours was a civil polity where the people‘s concerns were actually heard. Where a primary priority of our government was also health capacity. And where people were not dosed with talking points that politicians and their surrogates wanted you to talk about.
People love conspiracy theories, and so here is a real conspiracy theory for you: you are being mind controlled by those in power through the black mirrors (TV, smartphones) every single day.
They shape your agenda, when their agenda should be shaped by you.
Personal blog. Views expressed are my own, expressed in personal capacity.