"The India-Bashing Should Stop": Anand Mahindra Points To 'Mumbai Model'

The industrialist shared a report that said hospitals in Japan’s Osaka, a city similar to Mumbai, are running out of beds during a fresh wave of COVID-19

'The India-Bashing Should Stop': Anand Mahindra Points To 'Mumbai Model'

Anand Mahindra has said that Japan should try the "Mumbai Model" to curb Covid cases.

As Japan battles a fresh wave of coronavirus infections, industrialist Anand Mahindra has urged authorities there to follow the “Mumbai model”, saying everyone must understand that the virus can only be defeated if we mount a collective effort to “heal the world together”. The Chairman of Mahindra Group also asked people to stop “India-bashing”, suggesting nothing of value can be added to the fight by doing so.

Mr Mahindra has regularly spoken on social media about the pandemic and given suggestions or retweeted ideas that others should follow in these tough times. On Tuesday, he shared a report saying that hospitals in Japan's Osaka, a large port city and a commercial centre similar to Mumbai, are running out of beds and ventilators during a fresh wave of the pandemic.

A number of people lauded Mr Mahindra for speaking out against those only criticising and not giving any constructive suggestions.

But there were many who disagreed with the 66-year-old tycoon and said criticising a government should not be equated with criticising the nation.

Learning from the first wave last year, authorities in Mumbai made several improvements to their approach to tackle the second wave. They went for centralised bed allotment, including some private hospitals, and anticipated oxygen shortage, and arranged storage facilities.

They created a dashboard for regularly monitoring the situation and followed that up with patients and those who recovered via their “war rooms”. This refined approach to manage COVID-19 spread has been lauded by many people, including Mr Mahindra. Here's what he tweeted earlier this month:

Coronavirus cases in Mumbai started to peak in February. On April 4, the city recorded its highest single-day surge of 11,206 new cases. But since the beginning of May, the city's COVID-19 caseload has started to decline. On Monday, Mumbai reported 1,057 new COVID-19 cases, a decline of 374 cases from the day before.

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