Hyderabad: The Kumbh Mela is being held at a time when the country is facing the second wave of COVID-19, and thousands if not lakhs of devotees are coming to take part in the congregation. However, hardly any TV channel is raising this public health issue.
Most of the film personalities are also maintaining a silence on this issue. However, film producer Ram Gopal Verma has turned out to be one of the few voices of reason, and raised this issue, calling it an “corona atom bomb”.
In one of his tweets few days ago, he wrote, “the Delhi Jammat super spreader of March 2020 is like a short film compared to today’s BAHUBALIian KUMBH MELA ..All us Hindus owe an apology to Muslims because they did back then when they dint know and we did this one year after we fully know”.
In another tweet, he wrote, “What you are seeing is not KUMBH MELA but it’s a CORONA ATOM BOMB ..I wonder who will be made accountable for this VIRAL EXPLOSION”.
Last year, after the first outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, all TV channels targeted the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Delhi. Those who were found at the Markaz were called “super spreaders”, and many of them faced public castigation as well. The police also arrested the members and filed cases against them in various cities. However, one by one, each one fell flat on its face.
It may be mentioned that at the onset of the pandemic, no one knew the severity of the disease. But now when it is obvious that the pandemic its taking lives, and is severe, the centre, for reasons best known to itself, had given the nod to let the Kumbh Mela take place. For the event, millions of people gather from different parts of the word and congregate. .