Heroes, a lot overseas but a few within. India’s COVID-19 second wave is a true revealer!

It has been 13 months since COVID-19 has hit India. Lives are at risk, the Indian marketplace has been shattered, exams are delayed, medical facilities are inadequate, enormous local businesses have been shut, and as a result country’s economy is suffering an exponential downfall. With hardly some penny in the pockets, people are managing their livelihood fighting the pandemic as a superhero each day.

India needs a full-fledged solution to defeat this evil virus. The support from the Indian Government is crucial at this stage — especially where the constraints of the second wave are so lethal. However, the central government prioritized the West Bengal elections, ignoring the responsibilities smartly.

The saying, tough times reveal true colors, has again proven a blessing in disguise. Right from a single helping hand to the overseas contribution, there are merciful souls who have helped India once again during this pandemic. Let us know these personalities and praise them for their good deeds.

Aussies offer support

Pat Cummins, one of the no. 1 bowlers as per the ODI rankings, donated AUD 50,000 (approximately INR 28.5 Lakhs) to the PM Care fund for the purchase of oxygen supplies.

Brett Lee, following his teammate, donated 1 Bitcoin worth INR 40.2 Lakhs for India’s fight against coronavirus the other day. Taking to Twitter, Lee wrote,

India has always been like a second home for me. The love and affection that I have got from the people of this country both during my professional career and even after my retirement, holds a special place in my heart. It saddens me deeply to see people suffering due to the ongoing pandemic.

He even praised Pat Cummins for his goodwill by tweeting,
Well done Pat Cummins for the initiative yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Australian Government is ready with PPE kits, ventilators, and oxygen cylinders with air transport for us.

Canada at rescue

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in agreement with the minister of health, Patty Hajdu, decides to support Indian in its COVID-19 fight with CAD 10 million (approx. INR 60 Crores). The funds will be provided to Canadian Red Cross and will get transferred to the Indian Red Cross society.

Trudeau has also been serving his countrymen with legal PR status for CEC and PNP programs—not completely shutting down the EE program despite hazardous situations. However, the entry for FSW and FWT streams hasn’t resumed.

Russia-the inoculation partner

Vladimir Putin promises to send 3,00,000-4,00,000 units of Remdesivir vaccines to immune us from COVID-19. The production of these units has completed successfully. However, there’s an ongoing patent issue with the US-based drugmaker Gilead Sciences. The delivery will resume once the issue is sorted.

Other countries pledge together for India

A total of more than 40 countries including the above-mentioned, US, UK, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Switzerland, etc. have entangled together to fill the gaps of insufficient supply of oxygen, vaccines such as Remedisivir and Favipiravir, raw material for making vaccines, ventilators, PPE kits, and other relief materials acting as a shield.

Indian aristocrats on duty

It is impossible to get the Indian economy sky-rocketed and welfare protected without Reliance and Tata industries. Once again Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata have stepped forward with the extraordinary efforts to fight COVID-19.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani has been coordinating with Jamanager’s oil refinery industry to produce 100 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) on daily basis. The produced lifesaver is being transported from Gujarat to Maharashtra via railways. However, the produce isnot enough to fulfill the average level of oxygen demand. In response to this, Mukesh Ambani and team have now started producing 700 metric tonnes of oxygen every day — supplying to Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Supreme Court applauded for the tremendous efforts being put here. Ms. Dwara before Justice Chandrachau tweeted:

Its an eye opener for me as an administrator to see how Reliance Industries Limited Jamnagar has produced LMO and now it has gone up by another 700 MT

Apart from this, Nita Ambani has requested the company officials to build a 1000-bed hospital with oxygen supply at Jamnagar, Gujarat — I had thought Mukesh Ambani left Mumbai to enjoy holidays in Jamnagar.

Last year, The Tata group pledged for raising INR 1,500 Crores to fight COVID-19. This year, Ratan Tata and his company officials are currently supplying 300 tonnes of oxygen to various states of India each day.

Apart from this, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has lauded other leading industrialists of India (including above) such as Jindal Steel Chairman Naveen Jindal, Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal, Indian Oil Chairman Madhav Vaidya, Bharat Petroleum Chairman K Padmakar, SAIL Chairman Soma Mondal, and Sajjan Jindal of JSW Steel as each one of these is contributing in their own way for the welfare of India.

Cricketers joining the battle

The Jaydev-Dhawan-Pooran trio is the new Amar Akbar Anthony of India. Each of these players has decided to be a part of the COVID-19 battle by contributing in their way.

Jaydev Unadkat, Saurashtrian by birth and a medium-fast pacer of the Rajasthan Royals franchise has uploaded a video on Twitter declaring his share. He decides to donate 10% of the total IPL 2021 salary for the essential medical sources to the needy once. He even introduced his family to ensure the donation reaches the correct doorstep. During the 2021 auction, he has been retained to RR at the base price of INR 8.40 Crore. RR sponsorers and team management gather over $1million (INR 7.5 Crore) for immediate support to people.

Players along with the team owners and team management have come forward to raise funds and have been working along with the Rajasthan Royals’ philanthropic arm Royal Rajasthan Foundation (RRF) in partnership with the British Asian Trust (BAT)

-Rajasthan Royals

Nicholas Pooran, West Indies batsman and Punjab Kings player joined too by donating a portion of his IPL salary. In fact, the Punjab Kings team association has pleaded to provide funds for oxygen concentrators across the country.

Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman of the Indian Cricket Team and the IPL franchise, DC, with an expression of sincerest gratitude for the country announced to give away INR 20 lakhs and other surplus amount received from all post-match individual performance awards that would be received from the IPL 2021 tournament towards Mission Oxygen — a group of 250+ young entrepreneurs who’ll gather funds for oxygen concentrators and then donate it nation-wide.

To get onto this flow, Sachin Tendulkar donated INR 1 Crore as a kick start to the noble cause. However, in my opinion, this contribution is way below average compare to the love Sachin Tendulkar gets from this country.

However, there is no official news or insights from majestic cricketers like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Virendra Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Saurav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, etc. to step forward and join this rally for helping the nation. Possibly they might be too busy with their advertisement shoot.

But the glam light hasn't lit

There is too much disappointment the country faced with the Bollywood industry as the film stars are busy vacationing their past time even when the current situation is writing death sentences every minute.

To stay in the headlines, stars such as Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Kartik Aaryan, Shilpa Shetty, Sunil Shetty, Siddhant Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, and Urvashi Rautela are running awareness campaigns on social media for the sake of situational engagement. Some of these have delivered a few oxygen concentrators to the hospitals in the past, just to be protected from being a victim of whimsicality.

Apart from Sonu Sood, being the only frontline fighter, all the Khans, Kapoors, Kumars, and Bachchans have taken their hand silently off from indulging in a direct contribution to the country — merciless people.

To conclude, we do have heroes within and overseas who are slogging day and night with a true patriotic feeling for India. Overseas contribution to us is immense but some within this country are selfish, practical, and careless. And as a result, we are suffering a lot despite offering respect and love to the personalities. This is the time to choose between the heroes and villains who live with us.

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