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Coronavirus Doesn’t See Race, Religion, Caste Before Striking, Says PM Modi in an Article on Linkedin

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Inclusive India

New Delhi, April 19— Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted an article on Linkedin.com on Sunday addressing the youths and professionals to think innovatively to take India ahead post-Coronavirus pandemic. With reference to the pandemic, he also said: “Our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood.”

“It has been a topsy-turvy start to the third decade of this century. COVID-19 has brought with it many disruptions. Coronavirus has significantly changed the contours of professional life. These days, home is the new office. The Internet is the new meeting room. For the time being, office breaks with colleagues are history,” wrote the PM in the beginning lines of 1150-word article.

He said he has been in touch with people and different sections of society and taking their feedback on fight against Coronavirus or COVID-19 through videoconferencing.

He counted some of the schemes like Jan Dhan bank account that he launched in 2014 as said they have now come handy to help the needy in the current situation.

“Today, the world is in pursuit of new business models. India, a youthful nation known for its innovative zeal can take the lead in providing a new work culture. I envision this new business and work culture being redefined on the following vowels,” wrote the PM and explained his ideas under Adaptability, Efficiency, Inclusivity, Opportunity and Universalism.

“The need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable. Doing so would mean that even in a time of crisis, our offices, businesses and commerce could get moving faster, ensuring loss of life does not occur. Embracing digital payments is a prime example of adaptability. Shop owners big and small should invest in digital tools that keep commerce connected, especially in times of crisis. India is already witnessing an encouraging surge in digital transactions.”

Explaining his idea under Inclusivity, the PM wrote: “Let us develop business models that attach primacy to care for the poor, the most vulnerable as well as our planet. We have made major progress in combating climate change. Mother Nature has demonstrated to us her magnificence, showing us how quickly it can flourish when human activity is slower. There is a significant future in developing technologies and practices that reduce our impact on the planet. Do more with less. COVID-19 has made us realise the need to work on health solutions at low cost and large scale. We can become a guiding light for global efforts to ensure the health and well-being of humanity. We should invest in innovations to make sure our farmers have access to information, machinery, and markets no matter what the situation, that our citizens have access to essential goods.”

Writing under the subheading of Universalism, the PM asked people to be united and spread brotherhood when fighting against the Coronavirus.

“COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or border before striking. Our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood. We are in this together. Unlike previous moments in history, when countries or societies faced off against each other, today we are together facing a common challenge. The future will be about togetherness and resilience,” said the PM.

His point on unity and brotherhood is significant given the hateful debates on TV channels and hate campaign on social media against the Muslim minority after the end-March incident of Nizamuddin area in Delhi when hundreds of participants of a Muslim congregation were found to be infected with Coronavirus. Several hundreds others who came in contact with them in different parts of the country also got infected with the highly contagious disease.