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Modi needs emergency powers to rebuild India's health system

Devastation wrought by COVID provides unique opportunity for reform

| India
COVID-19 patients wait outside the casualty ward at a hospital in New Delhi on Apr. 23: the pandemic reveals the reality that had been hiding beneath the bureaucratic red tape.   © Reuters

Karan Mehrishi is an economics commentator based in India. He is the author of "The India Collective: What India is Really All About" and the forthcoming "The Making of Monetary Policy in India: Imagining the Future."

The second COVID wave shook India to its core, giving rise to such levels of mayhem and despair that the central government in New Delhi faced a do-or-die moment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must act now to ensure that such collective suffering never strikes this country again.

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