‘The pandemic has made people question many inequalities in society’ – 30 quotes from India’s fight against COVID-19



Launched in 2014, HistoryCocks is a weekly column of YourStory, with notable quotes in our articles from last week. This special compilation series focuses on India’s fight against COVID-19 (see last week’s post here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and come back to the original articles for more information.

The Saline Gargle RT-PCR method should be implemented nationwide, especially in resource-poor areas such as rural and tribal areas. – Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, MSME

Technically superior air ambulances can change the course of treatment for critical patients while reducing the number of lives lost to diseases such as COVID-19. -Prabhdeep Singh, StanPlus

Technology can help increase the capacity of health care providers many times over. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of the technology by patients and providers. – Vikas Chauhan, HexaHealth

In India, the uncertainties and vulnerabilities caused by the pandemic have caused people to turn to familiar traditions to prepare physically and mentally. – Kaninika Mishra, ‘The Quotient Indic’

The pandemic has led to the realization that science is important for our future. – Hari Pulakkat, ‘Space. Life. Question’

The unprecedented disruption of a classroom due to digitalization brought on by a pandemic presents a rare opportunity for schools to adopt hybrid learning models and improve student learning outcomes. – Divya Venkatavaraghavan, Lightrock

The pandemic has forced children to learn at home in front of their computers. It also allowed parents to compare teachers in schools with teachers in online edtech companies. – Aneesh Bangia, door open

Even after the pandemic is over, technology will continue to play a central role in the education segment, both for learners and educators. – Gala Ketan, Navneet Education

Our research suggests that gender gaps in online learning have narrowed during the pandemic, even as gender employment gaps have widened. – Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera

In many ways, [technology] has catalyzed the development of innovations in education, and it is imperative for us to reinvent education and keep pace with these innovations. – Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog

Professionals seek to expand sectors and skills to remain relevant in the changing job market. – Amazon India

The pandemic has allowed more one-on-one time without the distraction of 100 other things, so use it wisely. – Srikripa Srinivasan, Dell

Interactions in the office can lead to better creativity and a better connection between people, which is essential for any high growth business. This is where a hybrid workplace fits in. – Pravanjan Choudhury, Capillary Technologies

With telecommuting at an all time high, it has become imperative for managers and businesses to make sure their teams have everything they need to get the job done. – Arjun Gupta, Courseplay

The pandemic has shifted consumer psychology in a direction where people prioritize their needs over their wants. – Alex Chung, NEXSTGO company

The aspirations of users are changing day by day, and their personalities have also most certainly been changed, due to the difficulties caused by the pandemic. – Anupam Kulkarni, iauro Systems

The pandemic has changed people’s habits. This propelled digital adoption as TV channels were shut down and people, who were tired of watching COVID-19-related news coverage, also sought entertainment from more digital sources. – Divya Dixit, ALTBalaji

The purchase of physical books has declined and Kindle reading has increased, but not to the same extent. – R Gopalakrishnan, ‘A biography of innovations’

Buying a house has become a prerogative for millions of post-COVID-19 Indians. – Kanika Gupta Shori, square yards

70 percent of Indian retailing is what we call “value buying”. Upon exiting the pandemic, we expect the value segment to grow from about $ 90 billion to about $ 215 billion. – Manoj Muthu Kumar, Kearney

India’s express courier industry processes over 2.8 billion parcels per year, growing rapidly at a 19% CAGR year-on-year. The pandemic and online retail continue to accelerate demand. – Prashant Jain, IAN

The courage and innovation of SMEs in a time of great change has been a triumph. It is also a testament to the perseverance and creativity of SMEs and the communities in which they operate. – Arun Kumar Parameswaran, Salesforce India

E-commerce and all other forms of online work have emerged as an alternative to meet consumer demand during the crisis, but they are not a panacea for all the employment challenges facing our country. – Sabina Dewan, JustJobs Network

The pandemic has been a watershed moment for businesses, especially those that have to do with e-commerce in any form. – Ashvin Chadha, Anicut Angel Fund

Every company that survived was smart enough to adapt. Many companies have adopted D2C, online delivery and even WFH. – Suresh Narasimha, CoCreate Ventures

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of D2C brands online, and we are seeing supercharged growth with a focus on everyday convenience. – Utkarsh Biradar, Flat heads

During the pandemic, the process of meeting people couldn’t happen and most other forms of lending had gone digital, but home loans as a product are not so digital. – Pramod Kathuria, Easiloan

The insurance industry is expected to grow rapidly due to the hard lessons learned during the pandemic. The old ways of doing business are already overturned by a technology-driven approach. – Saransh Garg, Nova Benefits

During the pandemic, we saw the need to develop technological solutions that allow logistics companies to experiment with new business models to meet demand for groceries and pharmaceuticals. – Himanshu Gupta, Shipsy

I believe we have discovered that humans are much more resilient than anyone thought possible. – Keel Hunt, “The family business”

Businesses have responded to COVID with great urgency and remarkable flexibility, accelerating approvals of CSR projects for the timely procurement of essential medical supplies, working in tandem with central, state and local governments. – Bhomik Shah, CSRBOX

Rural unemployment has always been a major concern even before the pandemic. With the downturn in business and manufacturing, the situation deteriorated further. – RP Yadav, Genius Consultants

The pandemic has made people question many inequalities in society and find ways to create better lives for everyone. – Kamal Dutta, Skillsoft

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