Since the nationwide lockdown
was introduced, there have been many reports of police excesses. Many such reports involving Madhya Pradesh police have pushed the department into a corner. Now, to raise awareness about Covid-19 and brush up its image as a sympathetic force, the Bhopal police has launched an interesting campaign. It has penned a song talking about the challenges for people and the possible solutions. The song has gone viral. Now the department is ferrying local DJs from colony to colony who play the song and follow it up with a short message. Two such vehicles have been deployed to spread information about the virus and the precautions people must take.
Political outfits in West Bengal seem to have deployed their creativity in full force to spread awareness about coronavirus
and ways to fight it. The Left-backed Students’ Federation of India’s (SFI’s) Jadavpur University unit has come up with a "Lockdown
Comic" that urges people to reject unscientific approaches to deal with the virus and consult doctors in case anyone develops symptoms. Days ago, the ruling Trinammol Congress released a caricature of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also party head. In it she is seen standing on some sort of a boundary wall and confronting the coronavirus
head on. The caption read: “People in Bengal are safe because of pehredar (guard) Mamata.” Some criticised it as a political gimmick ahead of the civic body elections, which have been postponed in view of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the much-anticipated Assembly elections next year.