New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat slammed negligence displayed by all sections of the nation following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to the prevailing surge of coronavirus.
"After the first wave, we all became negligent. People, governments, administration. We all knew this is coming. Doctors had warned us. Still we were negligent," the RSS chief said today.
"Now they tell us a third wave could be here. So should we fear it? Or have the right attitude to fight and win against the virus?" he said as part of the 'Positivity Unlimited' series of lectures organised by the RSS to infuse confidence and positivity among people as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Calling the pandemic a “challenge for humanity”, Bhagwat said India has to set an example for the world. “This (COVID-19 pandemic) is a challenge before humanity and India has to set an example. We have to work as a team, without discussing merits and demerits. We can do it later. We can overcome this challenge by working as a team and speeding up our work,” he added.
He said that the country needs to be united and work as a team in these testing times, instead of pointing fingers at each other.
“We have to stay positive and take precautions to keep ourselves COVID negative in the present situation,” he said.
He further added that it is not an appropriate tome to point fingers and all should avoid being insensitive. , “There is no pessimism in this office. We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They don’t exist”.
"The cycle of life and death will continue…these matters cannot scare us. It is these very circumstances that will train us for the future," he said. "Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. The courage to continue is the only thing that matters."
Meanwhile, India has reported 3,26,098 COVID-19 cases that took the tally to 2,43,72,907, while 3,890 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 2,66,207, according to Union Health Ministry data.