10 Instances That Show The Tragic Divide Between The Privileged & Poor In The Pandemic

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Income inequality is not new to India, but the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the problem. While the wealthy enjoy their advantages, the middle and lower classes are at risk of losing their jobs and lives.

Listed below are a few recent examples.

1. As India fought the huge second wave of coronavirus, India’s super rich spent thousands of dollars and travelled to the UK and Dubai on private jets.

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Due to the fear of lockout, migrant workers rushed to bus depots and train stations in search of a way out of the major cities.

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2. Celebrities with mild symptoms or no symptoms were admitted to major private hospitals in Mumbai and stayed in beds for longer periods of time.

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Other Covid patients had difficulty finding oxygen beds.

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3. The accommodation and quarantine facilities for IPL players cost crores of rupees.

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While the poor and middle class are denied treatment in hospitals.

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4. Despite the pandemic, the number of billionaires in India increased to 140 this year, up from 102 last year.

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Whereas the number of salaried workers in India fell by 9.8 million.

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5. On the black market, a single vial of Remdesivir can cost as much as 30,000 rupees.

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And the poor dying as a result of a lack of access to a life-saving medicine.

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6. Kangana Ranaut, a Bollywood actress, advises those fighting COVID-19 and surviving on one cylinder of oxygen to plant trees.

Hospitals across India are running out of medical oxygen.

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7. In the midst of a huge increase in incidents, Bollywood celebrities vacationed in the Maldives.

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As indian states enforced limits on people’s movement.

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8. Pooja Bedi, a wealthy woman who took a private boat trip in Goa, urged people to ‘free their minds.’

While the poor begged for their right to live.

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9. Despite being disqualified at the time, a wealthy minister’s 22-year-old relative administered the COVID vaccine.

Owing to a shortage of vaccine at the centres, qualified senior citizens were turned away.

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10. Politicians break COVID rules at weddings and rallies and get away with it.

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Others are forced to live in solitude because no one bothered to wear a mask or obey covid protocols.

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Nothing would put things in perspective if this doesn’t.