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Itdoesnotrequireanyhigherwisdomtoknowthatthereisconsiderablerisktopublichealthduringmassivereligiousgatheringsinthemidstofapandemic.Yet,ittooksomeproddingbytheSupremeCourtforUttarPradeshtocanceltheannualKanwarYatra.Theyatra,inwhichKanwarias,devoteesofShiva,makeapilgrimagetocollectwaterfromtheGanga,wasnotheldlastyearduetoCOVID-19.Thisyear,itwasscheduledtostartonJuly25.UttarPradeshChiefMinisterYogiAdityanathappearedkeenthatthepilgrimagebeheldthisyear,andhadconvenedameetingonJuly9todiscusspreparationsandsecurityarrangements,alongwithputtingmeasuresinplacetoavoidthespreadofCOVID-19infection.However,theCourtwasperturbedbyreportsoftheplantoconducttheyatra,resultingintheinitiationofsuomotuproceedings.Disagreeingwitheventheideaofa‘symbolicyatra’indeferencetoreligioussentiment,theCourthadreiteratedaprinciplethatisbeingobservedinmostplaces:theideathatthehealthofthepublicandtheirrighttolifeareparamount.“Allothersentiments,albeitreligious,aresubservienttothismostbasicfundamentalright,”theCourthadobservedonJuly16,whilegivingtheStategovernmenttimetillJuly19tocalloffthegatheringsonitsown.TheUttarakhandgovernmenthadearliercancelledtheyatrainitsterritory,rightlyheedingwarningsbyexpertsthatsuchlargegatheringsposedamajorrisk,amidstfearsandexpectationsofathirdwave.UttarPradeshwashelpedbythevariousKanwarSanghsthatofferedtoavoidtakingouttheyatrathisyeartoo.DespitethefactthattheorganisationoftheKumbhMelaearlierthisyearwasseenasresponsibleforasurgeininfectionsintherun-uptothedisastroussecondwavethatoverpoweredthecountry’shealthsystemforweeks,therearesectionsthatbelievethatritualsandgatheringsassociatedwithreligiousfaithmustbeallowedwithsomerestrictions.Theremaybeacaseforrelaxationsaimedateconomicrevivalandrestorationofnormalityinmostpartsofthecountry,buttherereallyisnonewhenitcomestochoosingbetweenreligiousrightsandtherighttolifeandsafety.TheeasingoflockdownrestrictionsforthreedaysinKeralatohelppeoplecelebrateBakridisacaseinpoint.Ithasattractedjustifiedcriticism,asanyrelaxationafteralongspellofseverecurbswillhavetobebasedonascientificassessmentofthenumberofdailyinfections,therateofpositivityandsignsofabatement.KeralaisoneoftheStateswhosedailynumbersarecausingconcern,andtheeasingofrestrictionsdefieslogicandfliesinthefaceofscience.TheStategovernmentwillbehardpressedtoexplainitsdecisiontothetopcourt,whichwillquiterightlydemandmuchmorethanaroutineclarificationthattherelaxationswereaccompaniedbyinstructionsformaintaining
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