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Mudda cocks a snook at politicos giving athleticism a shot, speakers believe rural India in dire need of hospitals, doctors, medicines, attention and an overhaul in the system

Friday’s Mudda discussed the government’s inefficiency to bring any relief to the public as far as health is concerned but rather the government is busy with only the branding of its programmes

It had all started with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore inviting Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli to a fitness challenge, who accepted it and, in turn, challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The prime minister accepted Kohli’s challenge. Since then the Twitter users have been trolling Modi for not speaking on serious issues such as the Tuticorin shooting of civilians by the Tamil Nadu police.

Mudda discussed the issue. The show was anchored by Anant Tyagi. The panellists were BJP spokesperson Sanjay Thakur, Congress spokesperson Ajay Verma, Market analyst Sharad Kohli, senior journalist Ajay Upadhyay and APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju.

According to a recent report on infant mortality rate released by the Unicef, India was ranked as 12th worst country to be born in among 52 lower middle income countries. India, although fares better than
Pakistan but was ranked below than its immediate neighbours—Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan. A report released by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute had placed India at 100th rank among 119 developing countries. Global Hunger Index report says that India is worse than North Korea, Bangladesh and Iraq in tackling hunger.

Many of the government’s projects in the past four years have not yielded any significant results; however, the government successfully managed to do the projects’ branding.

When asked about why couldn’t India perform better at these world rankings and instead of focusing on major issues, why was the Prime Minister focusing on Twitter fitness challenges, Sanjay Thakur said that it was wrong to compare India with countries such as Bangladesh because India’s population was much higher than that of Bangladesh. At this point the anchor reminded that India had come down by 45 places after 2014 and it were the children and youth of the country that were hit the most by this performance. The anchor asked Thakur if his party plans to make India fit only through marketing.

Thakur blamed the media for not showing the positive things and only focusing on the drawbacks. To this Sharad Kohli said that if the ruling party focuses more on actual; development rather than branding, it would result in actual positive changes on the ground.  He also said that the Opposition too needs to play a constructive role.

Govind Pant Raju said that the statistics cannot be denied but if the Modi government is inspiring people to adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle then there is nothing wrong about it.”On one hand it is a reality that the health sector in different parts of the country is in ruins including the constituency of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and that the Modi government has failed to deliver as per expectations. But, on the other hand, it is also a reality that the Modi government has worked to create awareness about health there is an urban middle class which it has catered to,” said Raju.

—Compiled by Lilly Paul

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