Corona Virus - Unwarranted Panic and Pandemonium

This is a letter that I sent to the PM and other leaders.

Date       : Monday, 06 April 2020

 From      : Mathew Thomas

+91 9449020401

To: The PM and All Political Leaders, Scientists and Government Officials of India


I am a retired soldier, scientist and engineer. I am writing this letter to share some suggestions which would help combating the pandemic of Coronavirus and get our economy going again. These suggestions are from two Indians, both in the United States, both highly respected in their respective fields and successful.

 The first is Dr. Shiv Ayyadurai and the second is Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. Dr. Ayyadurai has a PhD in Bio Engineering and four other degrees from MIT. He is a successful entrepreneur and the inventor of Email for which, he holds the copyright. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya is an MD and PhD, both from Stanford University and is currently Director, Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging, Stanford University (2011 - Present), apart from other positions.

 Dr. Ayyadurai has suggested that instead of lockdowns, governments should direct all effort towards rapid improvement in immune health. He has given a detailed protocol 3- step process for this, in a letter to the President of USA. Dr. Ayyadurai’s letter to President, USA. (Please right-click on the link, copy and paste it on your browser toolbar to access the letter.) 

 I earnestly request the government and all concerned leaders and citizens to study his process for combating Coronavirus and implement it. To implement the process in India, government would have to use, public authorities, like Registrar of Census, Revenue officials who issue ration cards, and invite corporate public and private and NGO sector participation. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya has questioned populations tested and suggested antibody tests to know the total number of people infected. According to him, PCR tests will only reveal number of people having the infection when tested. 

The link to a video interview where he gave this advice is here. (Double click on the link, a dialogue box will open. Copy the URL of the link and paste it to your browser toolbar to access the video)

Try below link, if this does not work.

 Yours truly,

Mathew Thomas


Why Janata Curfew?

The PM called for a "voluntary" curfew. 

What is a curfew? 

The Meriam Webster dictionary says, "A curfew is a regulation enjoining the withdrawal of usually specified persons (such as juveniles or military personnel) from the streets or the closing of business establishments or places of assembly at a stated hour".

So, it is a regulation. Only governments can issue regulations. People cannot. The name is deceptive. Its "voluntariness" is like that of the Sham ID Aachaar, which this website has been campaigning against for a decade. 

What purpose does it serve? 

Is corona virus infectious only on Sundays? Is it not as effective on other week days? 

Can't intiatives like, sanitizing public transport vehicles and trains be done? 

Can't health checks for the most vulnerable of the people - the undernourshed, those who live without sanitation or even drinking water, be organized free of cost? 

Can't mandatory health checks in factories. hotels and IT or other companies be done?

Can't government meat at least part of the cost? 

Can't basic hygine in restaurants be improved?

What is the origin of curfew?

During the Middle Ages, houses in European towns were often made of wood and were close together, and fires could quickly spread from house to house. To prevent this, people were required to put out or cover their hearth fires by a certain time in the evening. A bell was rung as a signal when the time had come.


The janata curfew has put the cover on the hearths of millions of nation's people - not to prevent fires, but to stoke the fires of hunger of the poorest of poor millions who eke out a living by hard labor from dawn to dusk and return to their slums by evening or late night after a bite from the roadside eatery on the way home.


"And what is the purpose of this gimmikery?", one may ask, without ever getting answers. 

If it is for show-casing a strong government and its leader acting with firmness and decisiveness, then it is a sad way of demosntrating such prowess. In fact, it reveals ignorance of how to combat the epidemic. 

Just look what Canada and Singapore have done. 

Instead, apart from providing for economic revival - a committee has been formed to decide on economic measures! Reminds one of the committee to combat famine. By the time the committee comes up with solutions the people for whose benefit it was set up would be dead and the committee could take credit for the solution. 

Strangely, an unthinking bureaucracy and many in the population are carried away by such tomfoolery that they do not pause to examine any of the issues in the problem or the gimmick. 


"Janata" Curfew?

Call a rose by any name; it would still smell sweet. What is a "Janata" curfew? One called or organized by Janata - ordinary people? One would imagine so. However, if it is curfew imposed by a call by the PM which, bureaucrats interpret as an order, (remember a king's cry, "Oh who would rid me of this man?" and what his loyal servant did to the poor man.) and proceed to threaten people with dire consequences including penal prosecution and imprisonment, then it is no longer the janata's curfew, but the order of a king who is the Law. The police commissioner has threatened, as reported by a leading English daily, to arrest those who are out of their homes on Sunday and argue with the police. 

Arguing with the police is a crime in Orwell's "Animal Farm". I did not think it is in a democractic India.

Remember, the Sun King - Louis, the XIV? - "I am the Law". 

Here's - pasted below - my open letter to the Police Commissioner of Bangalore.

Is the "Janata Curfew" compulsory or voluntary?

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Saturday, 21 Mar 2020
Hello Sir,
The 'Deccan Herald' quotes you as saying that "People will be arrested if  they are found on the streets."
This is "Being more loyal than the king"!
People may have to go to hospitals or bury the dead or attend to the sick and invalid - home care - etc. 
Are you leaving the discretion to cops on the road?
Did the PM say that the "Janata Curfew" is compulsory? 
Is the corona virus infectious only on Sundays? 
Will or can the PM or you stop people from coming out on ALL days? 
Sections 269 and 270 of IPC are applicable ONLY " if a person does an act - in this case going out of his house - which he knows or has reason to believe to be likely to spread any disease dangerous to life --" Or if he does so malignantly. 
What reason would a person have to know that he is likely to spread a disease? Unless he knows that he is infected and he is out there willfully spreading diseases? In the case of corona virus, the incubation period being two weeks the person will have NO symptoms before that. 
I am sure that you have been misquoted. 
Please correct it and kindly give publicity to the correction to avoid unnecessary harassment by police.

 Please follow the link below for the news story in the 'Deccan Herald" of Saturday, 21 Mar 2020