Center, RSS pushes for positivity to offset criticism of Covid

At party level, efforts are being made to counter criticism of the Centre’s handling of the crisis.

New Delhi:

Amid massive domestic and international criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the second wave of Covid, a large concerted push for positivity has been planned, sources said. A three-pronged strategy seems to have been initiated by the Bharatiya Janata party, the central government and even Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the BJP.

Last week, central government officials, including deputy secretary ranks, were forced to attend a workshop, sources said. Its objective would be to improve communication and highlight the positive work done by the government to deny any criticism of the management of the Covid crisis.

The official Twitter handle for Prime Minister Mann Ki Baat’s monthly radio address also mentions that the powerful message of positivity needs to be communicated.

Union ministers also tweeted such efforts as the Oxygen Express movement and stories and articles about raising government awareness at the time of the pandemic.

At the party level, too, efforts are being made to reverse or counter any criticism of the central government’s handling of the crisis.

In the most recent example, criticism of Acting Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the Congress working committee was met with a clearly worded letter from BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda.

In his four-page letter, Nadda listed how the government distributed ventilators purchased under the PM Cares fund and how concerted efforts are being made to deal with this crisis. The letter was accompanied by a strong counterattack against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

RSS is not far behind. We learn that RSS is going to host an online event called “unlimited positivity”.

This event will feature lectures and speeches by top motivators, religious gurus and even leading industry players. The theme will be on spreading positivity.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is also expected to address the nation as part of this positivity campaign.

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