Getting vaccinated before attending classes not mandatory: Karnataka Dy CM
July 1, 2021: A day after announcing that all students studying in higher education courses in the state will be vaccinated within 10 days, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Thursday clarified that getting inoculated would not be mandatory for students to attend classes in colleges.
Mumbai: Moms Unite To Question COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy, Want Freedom To Choose
19 December, 2020 "Qualms about schools making vaccines mandatory also resonated with speaker Sapna Chhetija... she said, "It is important that we know there are two sides to a vaccination story. Sometimes, we are shown only one side, which may be profitable to certain corporates. There is the attitude - 'do not question, you are just a patient'. In case of an adverse reaction, you are just a statistic'...Sunita Singh said that she was speaking, "to create awareness worldwide. I say to all mothers to not believe blindly. They should pay attention to all developments for their children's future and to uncover the truth for others."
Indian government prepares to counter vaccine scepticism
16 December, 2020 "A press conference was organised on Dec 4 in Mumbai by Awaken India, a collective of citizens who advocate the use of naturopathy against Covid-19 and argue that the country's low death rate from the illness does not justify measures such as mandatory testing and vaccination of the entire population."
मुंबई में कोरोना वैक्सीन ट्रायल से पीछे हटे कुछ वॉलंटियर्स, दूसरी खुराक लेने से किया इनकार
15 December, 2020 अवेकेन इंडिया के ऐक्टिविस्ट फ़िरोज़ मिठीबोरवाला ने बताया कि “हमें लगता है कि इससे काफ़ी नुक़सान होगा. अभी तक के ट्रायल के जो नतीजे आए हैं उससे वैक्सीन के लिए भरोसा नहीं बन पाया है. लोग कोरोना से ज़्यादा वैक्सीन से डर रहे हैं. मैं लोगों से यही कहना चाहूंगा, दबाव में ना आकर ख़ुद फ़ैसला करें. जब तक आप पूरी तरह संतुष्ट ना हों वैक्सीन ना लें, मैं नहीं ले रहा हूं.''
BMC readies campaign to tackle anti-vaxxers in Mumbai
14 December, 2020 "The anti-vaccine voice is rising, mainly through social media. Some groups say they believe the novel coronavirus-19 is a laboratory-generated entity created by pharmaceutical companies for profits...Closer home, a panel discussion on why a vaccine is not required required for Covid-19 was held at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh this past week."
87 Per Cent Indians Say They Will Take COVID Vaccine If It Were Made Available, Reveals Study
11 December, 2020 "News reports over the last few days have been worrying, referring to the Covishield vaccine participant, a 40-year-old Chennai-based man, who had allegedly suffered an adverse reaction, and was admitted to the ICU, where he was battling neurological complications..the man's family claimed that he had been "assured" that the vaccine was "safe".."Instead of assuring the family members, Serum Institute went ahead and slapped a R100 crore defamation suit against them," says Mithiborwala, adding that the lack of legal liability and accountability of pharma companies was disturbing."
Mumbai: Is A Vaccine Even Needed For COVID, Citizens Group Question
05 December, 2020 "Public health and safety require utmost caution and informed consent of citizens. I don't understand why we're talking about every single person being coerced into taking an experimental vaccine that has been produced in just a couple of months. If the vaccines being produced do not guarantee that people won't get COVID or its spread can be stopped, then what is the point of taking it?'
Mask Off: COVID-19 denial spreads to India
01, December 2020 “By compelling people to wear face masks or get vaccinated, the government is in violation of Article 21, in addition to contravening the Nuremberg Code and international human-rights law concerning informed consent. The conduct of the government has, in fact, been criminal.”
Green Groups, Anti-Maskers In Support Of Farmers' Stir
28 November, 2020 "The three bills destroy the independence of Indian farmers and facilitate the monopolisation of our food supply in the hands of global agri-business giants and their billionaire counterparts in India. This will make it easier for global powers to play politics with food. We are also against GMO foods that lack long-term safety studies and don't live up to their promises."
COVID-19: Mumbai's Anti-Mask Stir To Reach Delhi In A Week
28 November, 2020 "It [today's gathering] is about the fake death reports of Corona. It's about wrong data which shows that every person who died in hospital was because of Corona. Also, there are millions of people who are totally healthy without using masks and sanitisers. The lockdown has devastated the life of every Indian citizen, especially the middle class and the poor. In short, most Indians have lost a lot — their jobs and savings; they've been beaten up by the police for simple mistakes and scared of Corona."
Mumbai: Activists Gather To Discuss How Dissent Is Being Crushed In Guise Of Pandemic
22 November, 2020 According to Mithiborwala, the COVID-19 crisis has been put in play by big Pharma companies that are "far more powerful than governments." He said: "We have been witnessing the emergence of a biotech industrial complex, which is basically a totalitarian and surveillance-based fascist state.".. Lastly, Mithiborwala believes that the current lockdown being implanted in the national capital amid rising COVID-19 numbers, is targeting the national kisaan and mazdoor movement, to prevent them from carrying out their demonstrations against the recently-passed farm bills.
COVID-19: Mumbai's Anti-Mask Brigade Wants No More Lockdowns
02 November, 2020 "The rising number of cases is based on tests that are highly unreliable according to many experts all over the world. Doctors have criticised the Indian Council of Medical Research's guidelines that are very broad, and doctors have the liberty of putting COVID-19 on death certificates even when the people have tested negative. Faulty tests and broad death classification guidelines have created the illusion of a pandemic."
‘To hell with this corona’: the mask slips for India’s Covid-19 sceptics
21 October, 2020 "New study finds a little less than half of Indians wear masks in public, even as experts warn a spike in infections looms for the festival season. Amar Singh Azad, a 71-year-old doctor in north India, has not worn a face mask since March, when a surge in coronavirus cases led to a national lockdown. While the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends the use of masks in public as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19, Azad is doubtful this will have any effect."
Inside India's Anti-Mask Movements: Why These People Don't Believe in Masks, Vaccine for Coronavirus
06 October, 2020 "A total lockdown is no way to fight a pandemic, it should have been targeted lockdown. You don't shut down the entire economy. There was no need to shut down the entire country, and the rural economy. This lockdown has shown a massive transfer of wealth to the upper section of the society on one hand, and growing unemployment, and joblessness on the other. The working people are all suffering,"
Anti-CAA ‘protestor’ spearheads anti-mask protests in Mumbai amid coronavirus pandemic
04 October, 2020 "The protestors questioned the mandatory mask-and-vaccine policy. They demanded that the government should end the lockdown. According to the protestors, they have the right to choose the treatment they want to get, and there should be no compulsion on them to get tested for the Covid-19 infection in any case."
COVID-19 Denialists and Anti-Maskers Are Gaining Momentum in India
20 August, 2020 "The novel coronavirus, he said, is not real. He said wearing a mask cannot protect people from the virus and that it’s not the virus that kills, it’s the fear of psychosis. He insists the novel coronavirus is a hoax created by the media and the pharmaceutical industry."