In conversation with Karan Thapar, Professor Ashish Jha has said the Kumbh Mela "shahi snans", when two and three million people gathered together without masks and social distancing, would be the biggest super-spreaders in this pandemic’s history.
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Did they advise the government that mass election rallies, huge gatherings at the Kumbh Mela and cricket matches with up to 60,000 spectators in stadiums was not just unwise but could easily become super-spreader events?
During the UPA era there were Commonwealth Games. In our tenure Kumbh took place in Prayagraj. Both were great opportunities to showcase India at the world stage. While the Kumbh is admired universally, CWG Scam brought shame and was an insult to our athletes.
The set notable records. Emphasis on cleanliness & sanitation was visible. A record was set for most number of people sweeping the floors. Records were also set in the fields of transportation and art. Use of technology for administering the Kumbh was commendable.