RSS (Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh) Chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that the present COVID-19 crisis in India is due to the collective complacency of the people, government and the administration after the first wave last year. 

Bhagwat said that despite warning signs, the government, the administration, and the public, all lowered their guard after the first wave of COVID-19, which led to the current crisis in the Country. 

“After the first wave, we all lowered our guard, be it the general public, the government, or the administration. The information (about a second wave) was there, doctors had been hinting at it, yet we lowered our guard. That’s why this crisis is upon us,” Bhagwat said. 

“There is talk of a third wave, but we will not be scared. We shall stand like a rock facing strong waves and win,” Bhagwat added. 

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Bhagwat further cautioned against the use of Ayurvedic medicines for treatment of COVID-19 or spreading misinformation without any scientific examination. 

Bhagwat said: “Ayurveda is proven science. There is a tradition behind it and it backed by reasoning. But so many things are said in the name of Ayurveda. Someone may benefit by something at a personal level, but it may not be applicable to all. It can’t be until it is tested against prolonged experience and scientific tests. So, it is important to be cautious about using such remedies.” 

He underlined that science and truth are the ‘foundation’ for a strategy to tackle the second wave of COVID-19. 

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“India has to unite right now, not weigh in faults and good deeds. There will be ample time for that. Azim Premji spoke about increasing the speed of our efforts. How will this speed be achieved? When all the people work together as a team. It doesn’t matter that we have woken up late. On the strength of unity, we can move forward with speed, covering all backlog,” Bhagwat said. 

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