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Going vocal about local

The Aarogya Setu app is undoubtedly the biggest local produce during the corona crisis, but it may not be celebration time yet

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PM Narendra Modi | Coronavirus | Lockdown

Nivedita Mookerji 

Nivedita Mookerji

Encouragement for being self-reliant is no doubt worthy of praise. But we should not mix self-reliance (or shunning over-reliance on China) with going local.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his lockdown 4.0 curtain-raiser address, celebrated all things local during the Covid-19 crisis, while urging citizens to go vocal about local. That brings us to these questions: Has India actually been self-reliant during the pandemic? And, is local the best way forward? As mentioned by the PM himself, we had a very short supply of N95 masks initially and no personal protection (PPE) kit was ...

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First Published: Wed, May 13 2020. 23:08 IST
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