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Ramachandra Guha Misfires; Slammed For "peddling South Africa As Example To Shame India"

Ramachandra Guha on Sunday attacked the Central government over its handling of the exodus of the migrant workers - an attack that appears to have misfired

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha on Sunday took to Twitter to attack the Central government over its handling of the exodus of the migrant workers - an attack that appears to have misfired.

Guha in his tweet wrote that PM Modi "alone", bears responsibility for the "enormous suffering" of migrant workers. As part of his broadside, Guha made to draw contrast with South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, calling him one "who thinks before he acts" and citing that he gave several days notice to allow migrants to return home before a lockdown took effect. 

'Shameless sinister propagandist'

Guha was responding to a news article where Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke about migrant issues. However, Prasanna Viswanathan who is the head of 'Swarajya' called him "Shameless sinister propagandist" for peddling South Africa as an example to shame India. 

South Africa had announced its lockdown almost simultaneously with India.

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Vishwanathan, to emphasise his point, shared a video by US broadcaster ABC News which shows "thousands of people waiting in miles-long lines on the outskirts of Pretoria for food aid amid South Africa's lockdown." In another tweet, Vishwanathan said, "It is tragic few thousand poor migrants were left to fend for themselves by few state governments. But that does not mean millions were taken care of too. (sic)"

The government on Sunday announced an additional Rs 40,000 crore allocation for the rural employment guarantee scheme to help provide jobs to migrant workers returning home. Announcing fifth and final tranche of the economic stimulus package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the allocation for MGNREGS is being increased by Rs 40,000 crore over and above the Rs 61,000 cr budgeted earlier.

Additionally, the Railways has mounted its Shramik trains initiative at a war footing, returning lakhs of migrant workers to their home-states depending on request for trains by the states concerned. The Home Ministry has also ordered to block states from allowing migrant workers to travel back home on foot, as they have made to do since the start of the lockdown by undertaking arduous journeys.

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