The government faces a Dharama Sankat: controlling the disease, containing the cost of the cure

It is a difficult choice. For one thing, it would be unwise to let the coronavirus infection spread. So while hard, it seems like a sensible course of action: it will stop life, but presumably it will prevent people from becoming infected. But on the other hand, what about the millions who lose their livelihoods, who are pushed to the brink of hunger?

This is a real Dharam Sankat for the government. Experts at the International Online Conference on Covid-19, organized Thursday, agreed that a prolonged blockade was not the answer. The government should gradually start lifting the world's tightest blockade to save India's economy and its people, given the information currently available on the number of cases, the death rate and the irreversible implications of a prolonged blockade.