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Gorakhpur tragedy: In a losing battle against encephalitis, Yogi Adityanath must rise above rabble-rousing

On March 21 of this year, when Yogi Adityanath came to speak to Parliament for the last time, he spoke about the spread of Japanese encephalitis in eastern Uttar Pradesh and took a chicken Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress.

Like five deputies in Lok Sabha, Yogi had been consistent in raising concerns about deadly encephalitis, which resulted in the deaths of a number of children in Gorakhpur recently.

In his last speech to parliament (pronounced after becoming Prime Minister of Uttar Pradesh), he said that he had always raised the question, but unfortunately, those who continue to talk about Dalit and the Muslim communities have not bothered to fight the illness.

Yogi added that the majority of child victims of the disease belonged to Dalit and other minority communities.

Archive the image of the BRD Hospital in Yogi Gorakhpur. Image PTIF of the BRD hospital in Gorakhpur. PTI
The best health care to combat encephalitis has been one of the main tips of Yogi policy.

He often organized demonstrations of various types in and around Gorakhpur, visited the BRD hospital (the only hospital in the city with a department of encephalitis) and met with the families of the affected children.

With the death of more than 100 children, including 42 in a two-day period at the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur, the issue of encephalitis, its prevention and treatment, has plagued Yogi.

Now that he is the prime minister, he can not blame him. Young children are dying in their hometown, either because of the negligence of doctors; lack of medical facilities; the severity of the disease; interruption of oxygen supply; or for any other reason, including the criminal apathy of those who were at the helm in the past.
He will have to take responsibility for the loss of life.

The apathy shown by those associated with state administration and hospitals is appalling. A sort of approximation hake has permeated the system.

Perhaps, Yogi should return to some of the speeches he made in Parliament. He must then apply the same test on it.

If we go through the speeches of Yogi in Parliament, it seems that he has become a non-medical expert on encephalitis. As he is aware of all its nuances and possible corrective measures.

Now he has run the state for six months. It has a large majority in the Assembly. You do not have to spend time, energy and apply your mind to political management. Its time should only be devoted to governance and should remain focused on the problems of the State.

Yogi is also lucky to have her party at the Center. He was elected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah and therefore has the full confidence of his party and the Center. Therefore, the Yogi can not have excuses.

Unfortunately, the death toll at BRD Hospital is a grim reminder that Yogi did not turn his words into deeds.

Although he visited this hospital five times – including August 9, one day before a suspected oxygen supply crisis took many lives – and is well aware that this disease affects children age group 0-15 from July to October each year, did not take any substantive action on the ground to inspire confidence.

These deaths and the habitual attitude of those in the bar shake their conscience.

This can not be a New India, where children are allowed to die because doctors hospitalize the desert; the supply of oxygen is irregular because a babu refused to make payments because his palms were not greased to his satisfaction; or because hospitals do not have the infrastructure to deal with an epidemic such as encephalitis, although this deadly disease is a four-decade phenomenon.

Let us consider the numbers of deaths, quoted by Yogi himself in his various speeches in Parliament: In 1978, Japanese encephalitis affected eastern Uttar Pradesh and caused havoc after the rains, from June to October-November.

A century of business partnership between India and Germany

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce(IGCC) has existed almost from the very beginnings of Germany’s trade with post-independence India. The Chamber has played an exemplary role in promoting and shaping business relations between the two countries. Business World speaks to Dirk Matter, Director, of the IGCC in Duesseldorf. Excerpts:

PKB: Can you share something about the history and development of the IGCC?

DM: The IGCC was founded in 1956 in Mumbai, making us the first bilateral German Chamber of Commerce in Asia, some years before Japan and other countries.

Some Germany firms have a relationship spanning over 100 years with India. For example, Krupp had sold locomotives over a hundred years ago, Bayer has been in India for over a century and bought natural dye in those days. Siemens had laid telegraph lines from Kolkata to London in 1875 and it was the Germans who built the famoussteel plantin Rourkela.

IGCC’s most popular service is business partner search. In the last eight years we have set-up about 200 companies for German enterprises in India. Closely connected with company formation is HR recruitment; when an SME has a small production or distribution subsidiary,an Indian managerisemployed.

We have sponsored trade fairs and the Indo-German Training Center offers dual education for Indian postgraduates in business administration.

PKB: In your 23 years of experience at the IGCC what impressions have you gathered of doing business in India?

DM: The Indian market is an interesting market where industry sectors are still being built—new factories for the car industry and even steel plants—something which is not happening in Germany any more. But there are many companies in Germany that have good expertise in these sectors.

Though India retains the image of a low cost country,
this is no longer true especially in real estate and energy. Wages are still low, but that only for unskilled workers; salaries of highly qualified people have risen significantly in the last few years.The business mentality is different and both sides sometimes find it difficult. We, as a Chamber, try to give a little support in that we offer intercultural training not just to the Germans but also the Indians.

PKB: What’s your vision of the future?

DM: We hope that economic growth will increase again because only that can guarantee that the situation for people will improve. We hope that Mr. Modi’s visit to the HanoverTrade Fair will be useful in putting India in focus in the German media which will help attract more trade with India. The substantial barriers for foreign investors need to be reduced and this will lead to more job creation.This is my great vision for the future.



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