India showers its hospitals with flowers in an empty gesture

The Indian armed forces put on a show by showering hospitals with flower petals to thank doctors, nurses and emergency service workers who have been at the forefront of the country’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Indian Navy formed a human chain to spell: “Indian Navy salutes corona warriors.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown until May 17.

Comic depicting the hypocrisy of India’s gesture, AFP 2020

This gesture has been met with severe criticism against the government. The lockdown left the majority of the workforce with no food, no income, no transport and no PPE. Many question why the government is wasting resources and money on such displays instead of ensuring that Indians do not die of starvation.