Put together a complete ignorance of world affairs, a heighted sense of importance, and a deep-seated inferiority complex, and what do you get? Liberal Indian journalists.
The Print’s Shekhar Gupta today mocked Indian states for imposing night curfews to fight Covid. “There’s a new addition the list of The Great Indian Absurdities. It is the latest competition among the states to impose night curfews to fight Covid,” he tweeted. “Only the Indian establishment could’ve conjured up a link between the virus & the night,” he gloated.
As it turns out, what Shekhar Gupta calls an absurdity are hardly an Indian phenomenon — they’re being used the world over.
Just last month, France had gone under night curfew to fight Covid. “A week ago night curfews were introduced in Paris and eight other French cities. Now 38 more areas will have curfews from 21:00 to 06:00,” says a BBC report. “The wider French curfew comes into effect at midnight (22:00 GMT) on Friday, then at 21:00 from Saturday onwards,” the report added.
France isn’t the only country to use night curfews to fight Covid — Italy too had imposed a similar curfew just this month. “Italy to impose anti-virus night curfew,” says an AP report from 4th November. “Italy’s prime minister has signed a decree to enforce a nationwide night curfew from 10:00 pm on Thursday to stop the resurgence of coronavirus, media reported,” the report says. “The curfew will run from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am across the country,” the report adds.
Germany has imposed night curfews too. “The German capital has implemented a nighttime curfew in response to a dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases,” a DW report says. “All businesses, including bars, restaurants and late-night shops now have to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. starting this Saturday until at least October 31. Businesses that violate the curfew can expect fines of up to €5,000 ($5,900),” it continues.
But all this didn’t prevent Shekhar Gupta from not only mocking night curfews, but also using them to target governments across the country. This is emblematic of today’s “journalism” in India. The first priority, it appears, is to criticize India: accuracy, correctness and basic logic be damned.