January 24, 2021

Coronavirus: Is social distancing an oxymoron in India?

Health experts and governments across the world have been advising people to practice social distancing to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In India too, we are constantly being told to avoid physical contact and maintain a distance of at least one metre from others.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has talked about it repeatedly in his nationally-televised addresses to the citizens.

“If you want to tame the spread of the coronavirus, the only way to do it is to break the cycle of transmission by practicing social distancing,” he said.

Millions of people are following his advice, but what transpires every now and then makes one wonder if social distancing is an oxymoron in India.

Some of the violations are, of course, driven by despair – for instance, when thousands of migrant workers turn up at the railway or bus station in the hope that they may be able to find some transport to return home.

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