Covid in India: Why is the government playing down the crisis? - BBC Newsnight

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As India continues to struggle under the weight of its second wave, why is the government playing down what's happening on the ground and forcing social media platforms to remove virus critical posts? Please subscribe HERE
In Delhi, crematorium staff are working night and day to deal with the dead, makeshift pyres have been built and oxygen supplies are being sold on the black market.
Relatives are buying fridges in order to store the bodies of their loved ones and doctors are treating those dying on the streets outside their hospital doors.
Attendance at religious festivals has been encouraged - with national newspaper advertisements - and political rallies attracting thousands.
Now those criticising Modi's handling of the pandemic face being silenced on social media, or told they are unpatriotic if they speak out.
One newspaper editor told BBC Newsnight the government has continually played down or hidden the death toll and infection rate.
But how can India solve a problem its own government has insisted for so long wasn’t so bad?
The BJP's National Spokesperson Gopal Kagarwal, LSE Prof Shakuntala Banaji and Twitter’s former Head of News, Politics and Government in India Raheel Khursheed speak to Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.
Aleem Maqbool reports.
#Coronavirus #Newsnight #BBCNews
Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.


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  • At the end of the interview when he said "my pleasure", that is the time he was most truthful to himself, i.e. my pleasure that this ordeal in front of the camera is finally over.

    bob bobbob bob3 दिन पहले
  • He has a tough job. I don't envy him.

    bob bobbob bob3 दिन पहले
  • Im from Mumbai, India. India is a flailing state heading to become a failed state. The Prime Minister is single handedly responsible. Absolute absence of planning, PM trying to save his image rather than peoples lives. Nero's fiddling is dwarfed when compared to Modi's!!

    Vintage SellerVintage Seller3 दिन पहले
  • The audacity to say "Your information is completely incorrect"

    Afreen RahmanAfreen Rahman3 दिन पहले
  • their govt is more concern to save their image than saving their people

    Satria NugrahaSatria Nugraha3 दिन पहले
  • Why is Twitter not going to a court? money...can smell the blood of partisan posting!

    Sudhir ChopdeSudhir Chopde4 दिन पहले
  • Oh someone one has real bones. #newslaundry #ANI #NDTV #editorji #lalalntoop #scoopwoop #BBC

    Pratyush ChowdharyPratyush Chowdhary4 दिन पहले
  • How is BJP any different than CCP, and any other Indian party for that matter, why so many hypocrites you ask, because we don't have good, decent, responsible and competent options our next options are equally worse if not more, so does that mean among 1.3 billion people there are no decent enough people to lead the country? there are, but they have lost all thier hopes, any hope alive is a bad hope it only gives you more suffering, neither do they care or need to care because they are better off in the devloped world doing amazing work ( landing a rover on mars, leading American technology industry, and many more stories that haven't seen the day's light ), so essentially India had to choose between bad or the worse for 70 years of independence, ( sadistic smirk ) this country was never independent, it is still ruled and ravaged by incompetent, utterly disgusting, illiterate fools shamelessly calling themselves politicians who kept India off its prosperity and well being. Also, some people of this country share the blame equally, believing in cows and a million gods, none of whom came to save them from dying on the streets, more than the medical experts and they have a total and compete disregard for science and technology, the irony is such that, people who went to school to learn science and technology merely see them as a means of getting misrable Jobs or getting worthless, meaningless grades. One Noble Sikh volunteer said it best, And I paraphrase, It's not humans dying here, it's the death of humanity, India deserves a better class of leaders, leaders not merely for the sake of being leaders, but to librate India, but unless the fundamental mindset of people of India change it's only a matter of time before history will repeat, I must emphasize the importance of change in poverty /scarcity /ancient /delusional / petty mindset that India needs liberation from, or sure enough history will repeat itself, unfortunately our voices will not be heard, those who will dare to raise voice against all this tyranny will be silenced, nor do our voices matter, the outcome of all of this and I can totally imagine that everything will go back to as it used to be, and the unfortunate story repeats, I have lost all my hopes for a decent India, no wonder my friends wanted to leave for good and forever, now I understand why. Nothing ever changes here, I hope you my friend never come to know how helpless and devestated poor people here are feeling it's like not wanting to live another moment because you can't take it anymore, because you have been tourmented to a great extent. Anyways poor and middle class people of India will die like pests there might be some noise ( the usual blaming another ) but that's about it, Let India be a cautionary tale to the people of earth. I wish you health and happiness.

    Pawan NirpalPawan Nirpal4 दिन पहले
  • 6:14 mentioned 13,000 new cases April 6th 2021? I think he missed the 1 in front making it 113,000 new cases. This fool should have gone to Specsavers as should Godi

    Jshdhdyjf JdjfhfyyeneJshdhdyjf Jdjfhfyyene4 दिन पहले
  • Ind govt or God didn't put a gun to their head to attend rallies, river dips, festivals and general stranger's snot licking contests. This is ignorance. Bring back police brutality in India

    Jshdhdyjf JdjfhfyyeneJshdhdyjf Jdjfhfyyene4 दिन पहले
  • Reporter: Your democraric government can handle criticism, can't you? Politician: No no, this is not the right perspective. Social media must comply with our rules. 😒

    Shehzaadi SShehzaadi S5 दिन पहले
  • Rubbish India government !!!!

    simonyip paulsimonyip paul5 दिन पहले
  • fake news created by the liberals

    Wenxing HuWenxing Hu5 दिन पहले
  • I wish Gopal Agarwal gets that he knows the pain..

    Aarthy PratheepAarthy Pratheep5 दिन पहले

    Anu AnshadAnu Anshad5 दिन पहले
  • #resignmodi

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    Bernadette StephensBernadette Stephens6 दिन पहले
  • His answers are irrelevant. Seriously.

    Waliya JawaliWaliya Jawali6 दिन पहले
  • Modi = Trump

    Lam rofLam rof7 दिन पहले
  • Even here, you are talking politics. everything is politics

    P. FilmsP. Films7 दिन पहले
  • These Media pieces are just designed to support the Real Lie, which is the Scamdemic.

    Echad Lev ShtimEchad Lev Shtim7 दिन पहले
  • dear BJP spokesman..... go and have one more drink and sleep.

    moses davidmoses david7 दिन पहले
  • Democracy has only strengthened Capitalism and Bureaucracy. Shame on the Government.

    moses davidmoses david7 दिन पहले
  • wow that guy talk like we have brain made up of clay

    OverClockOverClock7 दिन पहले

    George VargheseGeorge Varghese7 दिन पहले
  • Atleast with this the cockroaches from Shaheen bagh has vanished. Let's pray for this pandemic to get over so that we can impose CAA, CAB and NRC as earliest as possible.

    sab jisab ji7 दिन पहले
  • This Indian Govt. has failed the people of India, Mr Modi and Mr Shah are so greedy that they just want to win elections even when they are in power. People are dying everywhere and the GOD will never forgive these murderers…Don’t want to see them in power again …BJP has ruined us as a nation on all fronts be it economically or socially

    Rakesh KumarRakesh Kumar8 दिन पहले
  • They want to reduce them, this is their plan.

  • Where is EU disinformation report now? This person himself is now talking about disinformation in the natural disaster, Pakistan was facing it in the very heart of humanity imposed war on Muslim world.

    iftikhar ahmadiftikhar ahmad8 दिन पहले
  • I think this is India’s internal matter and other nations shouldn’t interfere.

    Omer WasimOmer Wasim8 दिन पहले
  • Its censoreship. We have lost freedom of speech.

    manipuri street preaching endtime prophecy & gospelmanipuri street preaching endtime prophecy & gospel8 दिन पहले
  • Dey have no shame at all. Shame BJP

    Faizan KhanFaizan Khan8 दिन पहले
  • This bjp guy is from the original basket of deplorables

    anu Saranu Sar8 दिन पहले
  • That communication director is a blatant can actually see it in his body language

    arbjarbj9 दिन पहले
  • Keep up the good work BBC!! Stfu BJP spokesperson 😤

    Japheth FinnJapheth Finn9 दिन पहले
  • India should have banned all passengers coming from UK. 95-98% cases in India today are kent UK variant

    SS9 दिन पहले
  • These BJP are a bunch of jokers. I hope you can see the reality now.

    Jagsher DhaliwalJagsher Dhaliwal9 दिन पहले
  • Indian govt has no concern for or care for the ppl of india. Elections cud b stoppd. Our govt is hungry for power. Our PM is of BJP party not a PM of the country. They r liars.

    rosy gomesrosy gomes9 दिन पहले
  • BJP IS DENIAL IN INDIA. Please help us out from modi

    Kushagra GangwalKushagra Gangwal9 दिन पहले
  • Shame on my prime minister

    Ganesh PatilGanesh Patil9 दिन पहले
  • spokes person is getting stammered when they are speaking the can you deny the fact that BJP continued to go for rallies regardless of covid cases rise? shamm on you idiot shame on you BJP.

    yashwanth yadavyashwanth yadav9 दिन पहले
  • become like china.

    Jarrod YukiJarrod Yuki9 दिन पहले
  • Carelessness and not working on Urgency, negligence especially for the middle class and poor citizens of India by the Indian government. No government has any right to make their citizens loss their lives in abundance!.

    Jigmet libraJigmet libra9 दिन पहले
  • Get well soon india

    selvakumar chinnukanselvakumar chinnukan9 दिन पहले
  • Please please I Beg nd request 🙏you the international media (Western media) .... please Raise the issue of Indian corona apocalypse at the world level .. Because Indian Media is now no more...😭😭😭 My Indian brother and sister are going to die 😭 ...But no one dare to raise the questions to the Indian government...😶😭

    Manu RanjanManu Ranjan9 दिन पहले
  • #ResignModi

    Shabnam MukhtarShabnam Mukhtar9 दिन पहले
  • They shouldn’t have let the Indian people Celebrate Kumbh Mela festival. Millions of people attended just 3 weeks ago... obviously there was a super spreader there. Now all those people who attended the festival have returned home and spread the virus to their families. 😢

    G R A C E YG R A C E Y9 दिन पहले
  • why its govt to be blamed either central or state ....people behave very is it possible to control 130 crore people...PM yelling from last year wear mask ...obey rules...

    Gokul BadadeGokul Badade10 दिन पहले
  • Loved the interview with BJP spokesperson. International journalists won’t capitulate to your internal propaganda

    Shivam SharmaShivam Sharma10 दिन पहले
  • India need international and UN intervention...

    noobmasternoobmaster10 दिन पहले
  • All social media handles circulates hate campaign divisive politics speaks out venom against particular community, then there is no violation or regulation. Because they are the one who propagates. Now they can’t take it. Hypocrisy.

    Zoheb SiddiquiZoheb Siddiqui10 दिन पहले
  • Such a shame - instead of boosting healthcare system providing resources to needy, governing authorities have their own priorities. What strategies and planning has been done for this pandemic since a year? How many new hospitals, ventilators, paramedics and other essential medical resources have been added? People are just left to die on roads, hospitals by governing authorities only because of the their callous attitude. It’s a shame.

    Zoheb SiddiquiZoheb Siddiqui10 दिन पहले
  • Thanks @BBC for caring so much and trying to get the facts out. The government only loves their image and their political seats. Wish they would love the country as well

    mohammed thaha jkmohammed thaha jk10 दिन पहले
  • This is how the centre under PM is taking revenge from the people of Delhi for not choosing them.

    Akash VikalAkash Vikal10 दिन पहले
  • BBC should call Rahul Gandhi to actually understand what is happening, RG always talk based on facts

    Infinite FutureInfinite Future10 दिन पहले
  • The BJP spokesperson is out of his senses....what kind of explanation is this ?? I am glad the international media is questioning this foolish arrogant BJP Govt. and asking for explanation for such horrendous incompetence. This Govt needs to be put down by global level. The countries around the world are thriving to help India. And the Indian PM and HM were doing their dirty political rally and putting 1000s of crores for election campaign and not giving a damn for the nations covid crisis.

    neha amreenneha amreen10 दिन पहले
  • This year has certainly not been a normal one. But then again, as science journalist Ed Yong elegantly put it, “Normal led to this”. #ppkedu support🇮🇳

    Motivational TrafficMotivational Traffic10 दिन पहले
  • Basted. Shave on this guy.and gov of india. This spoke person is gready and false. Shame shame . Modi spoke person and pm.

    Kiranjeet SainiKiranjeet Saini10 दिन पहले
  • BJP spokesperson=Puppet #shameonBJP

    Parindita HazarikaParindita Hazarika10 दिन पहले
  • Keep burying your small head in the sand won't you.

    Shine loekShine loek10 दिन पहले
  • CGTN: China 22:30, 01 - May - 2021 Over 40,000 oxygen generators are underway from China to India: Ambassador to India CGTN Chinese companies are stepping up production of at least 40,000 oxygen generators ordered by the Indian side and striving to deliver the required medical materials to India as soon as possible, said Sun Weidong, China's ambassador to India. China has supplied more than 5,000 ventilators to India since April. "We will continue to provide support within our capacity to the Indian side to save more lives," Over the past year or so, Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in India have provided more than 70,000 face masks and 7,000 boxes of Chinese patent medicines to compatriots in India through the distribution of "health kits" and "epidemic prevention kits," according to the ambassador. CGTN : news April, 29 2021 China sending medical supplies and 25,000 order of Oxygen Concentrators some already arrived to India. Since this April, 2021 China has supplied more than 5,000 Ventilators, 21,569 Oxygen Generators, 21.48 Million + Masks , 3,800 Tons of Medicine, to INDIA. China help India more than other country.

    Alexander LeeAlexander Lee10 दिन पहले
  • A married couple is healed from Covid-19!

    Lois BanksLois Banks10 दिन पहले
  • All these questions, we Indians wanted to ask to the Government.Thanks to BBC news

    lincy anishlincy anish10 दिन पहले
  • First step to solve any problem is recognising there is a problem, and how do you expect BJP/Modi to solve your problem when they denying anything going wrong in the country saying it's fake and false.

    Junaid SyedJunaid Syed10 दिन पहले
  • Down with bjp

    F PF P10 दिन पहले
  • My friend is in Delhi he said it’s dire. I have friends. Even if I don’t watch bbc.

    F PF P10 दिन पहले
  • Modhi resign pls ASAP

    F PF P10 दिन पहले
  • BBC Anchor is talking to a BJP JOKER... Who doesn't even know to talk😂😂😂

    Shreesha RaoShreesha Rao10 दिन पहले
  • I lost 20 brain cells.

    StephenStephen10 दिन पहले
  • When you are looking for a vicious pathetic film villain, Gopal Agarwal is the guy,

    Mathias WeitzMathias Weitz10 दिन पहले
  • Talking about copy content from different handles, when Rihanna tweeted about farmers protest all paid Bollywood and cricketers did the same they copy and pasted, hypocrisy?

    vk7428vk742811 दिन पहले
  • Bjp dude is saying no one knew that 2nd wave is coming. Just a reminder Rahul.Gandhi was screaming year ago

    vk7428vk742811 दिन पहले
  • My heart goes to people of India. Alarming to see what is happening in the biggest democracy in the world, seems human rights and human life in crisis, hope some higher authority like WHO and United Nation step in.

    vk7428vk742811 दिन पहले
  • Yesterday I got sick but it wasn’t from the virus I don’t know how I got sick but I just don’t know and I can see the virus because I have healthy eyes

    Janelyn YmasaJanelyn Ymasa11 दिन पहले
  • I always wear a mask and I stay away from the virus and I stay healthy every time

    Janelyn YmasaJanelyn Ymasa11 दिन पहले
  • I wear a mask every time and I stay away from The virus and it’s not good

    Janelyn YmasaJanelyn Ymasa11 दिन पहले
  • Yes, I'm from Mumbai and I'm truly ashamed of my state government.

    999911 दिन पहले
  • There are people in india posting videos on youtube saying it's all BS. Once again Trump back in 2015 told you all that the main stream media news was fake and all you sleepers don't see it. Pay attention wake up this once again is fake fake as hell. We are at war with the deep state this is a digital war and us patriots are trying to wake up all the sleepers. Don't be fooled by the fake news they have been doing this to you for decades. The time is now to wake up the vaccines and people dying is total BS. We are watching a comedy movie. The more people we wake the more scared they get. Spread the love and joy and pray that this ends soon.

    Panda BearPanda Bear11 दिन पहले
  • Stay positive, stay strong. Better days are on their way.

    Manoj KumarManoj Kumar11 दिन पहले
  • I for many years was also under the impression that India was a democratic country. This video has now proved to me that she is not.

    Frances KronenwettFrances Kronenwett11 दिन पहले
  • This is the worst government I have ever seen

    Ravi GowdaRavi Gowda11 दिन पहले
  • Indian media and law enforcement controlled by MODI fascist government ...any one raise concerns on the governance question ...those stamped as "Anti INDIAN" :)

    Shiva KannanShiva Kannan11 दिन पहले
  • Hoping the world will rise against the fascist rulers of the world

    Saithalavi Koya T KSaithalavi Koya T K11 दिन पहले
  • India now controlled by Fascist ...Most of Modi friends and party members owns medical contracts and prices are played....even Supreme court criticised this still no change. Hardcore Headless RSS fools guide the country to it's worst

    Shiva KannanShiva Kannan11 दिन पहले
  • Now in India it is authoritarian rule

    Saithalavi Koya T KSaithalavi Koya T K11 दिन पहले
  • The biggest democracy in the world yet can't look after it's people

    Leanne SmithLeanne Smith11 दिन पहले
  • Thank u BBC I see real journalism I m from India occupied Kashmir Covid situation is very worse here .... responsible only only our illiterate prime minister

    shahid khanshahid khan11 दिन पहले
  • Stop the elections and start serving your people, do your job modi

    Leanne SmithLeanne Smith11 दिन पहले
  • When you call "sewer" instead of "severe"🙄...

    Sara RaufSara Rauf11 दिन पहले
  • This time CCP stand with BBC’s report🙈

    PETER XUPETER XU11 दिन पहले
  • No modi bkhat supporters seen in this comment section ironically.

    Sherlyn FernandesSherlyn Fernandes11 दिन पहले
  • This is what journalism is . We need to learn questions from here and omit more drama 😒

    P17 Saloni JainP17 Saloni Jain11 दिन पहले
  • I wish to see the Indian media talking about it....the way she did

    Fatima QutubFatima Qutub11 दिन पहले
  • 6:32...lie,lie,lie The supreme court pressurized the election commission to stop the rallies

    Fatima QutubFatima Qutub11 दिन पहले
  • My theory is Modi manipulated the number of cases after the election. The spokeperson is literally only playing dumb and acting defensive.

    Jane NieJane Nie11 दिन पहले
  • These people aren't dying of covid. There's something else going on here. Something sinister that the government knows about. The truth will start coming out.

    iblockpuncheswithmyfaceiblockpuncheswithmyface11 दिन पहले
  • Please, make your channel wide in india so every indian citizen can get the real news. About india

    Arjun DevArjun Dev11 दिन पहले
  • Manoj Ladwa is so cool and composed..and shameful..haw can a citizen smile on the current condition while speaking about the conditions in your country..

    Imran GhayasImran Ghayas11 दिन पहले