Speaking Of Asia Ep 1: Do not mock India, learn from its Covid-19 troubles 9:26 mins Synopsis: Join The Straits Times' associate editor Ravi Velloor, in this series of podcasts based on his weekly columns on Asian issues, as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent. Ravi argues that while much of the global media has focused on the shortcomings of the Indian government, he sees this as a hybrid, with the effects of the coronavirus as an act of nature - made worse by human errors and emotions, complacency, power play, religion and class issues, and of course, utter misgovernance. He covers the following reasons for India's seeming Covid collapse as the world watches on: 1st factor: The complacency virus (2:50) 2nd factor: Why and how the Indian elections became coronavirus super spreader events (4:19) 3rd factor: How an ancient Hindu bathing ritual in the Ganges that takes place every 12 years, became another super spreader event (5:53) 4th factor: Only about 2% of Indians vaccinated with their second shot (7:03) Paying tribute to the real heroes of India's underfunded and collapsing health sector (8:00) Read Ravi Velloor's columns: https://www.straitstimes.com/authors/ravi-velloor Produced by: Ravi Velloor (email@example.com), Ernest Luis and Fa'izah Sani Edited by: Adam Azlee Subscribe to our Asian Insider Podcast channel to follow our various shows each week and rate us on your favourite audio apps: Channel: https://str.sg/JWa7 Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWa8 Google Podcasts: https://str.sg/Ju4h Spotify: https://str.sg/JWaX Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Ravi Velloor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaviVelloor Read & subscribe to the Asian Insider newsletter: https://www.straitstimes.com/tags/asian-insider Discover Asian Insider Videos: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnK3VE4BKduMSOntUoS6ALNp21jMmgfBX --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa7 Green Pulse Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaf Health Check Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaN ST Sports Talk Podcast: https://str.sg/JWRE Life Weekend Picks Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa2 #PopVultures Podcast: https://str.sg/JWad Bookmark This! Podcast: https://str.sg/JWas Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: https://str.sg/J6hQ Discover BT Podcasts: http://bt.sg/podcasts Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.