Global wellbeing expert Deepak Chopra told CNBC he was “devastated” and “heartbroken” over the Covid-19 crisis that is currently gripping India and said he believed the country had handle the situation much better.
Chopra, who was born and raised in New Delhi before continuing his medical education in the United States, hopes lessons have been learned from this.
“I think India could have done better. I think, as usual, political ideologies and conflicts and interest groups have made the crisis worse,” he said.
“India could have done a lot better and I hope they learned it, we all learned a lesson because, you know, there is no stopping Indians from traveling the world and what happened in India is going to be happen elsewhere if you’re not careful, “he added.
“A very big mistake”
Chopra told CNBC that his responsibility “ultimately rests with influencers and politicians and leaders for making the rules. And I think it was a very big mistake to allow the Kumbh Mela and all these religious gatherings for political purposes only. “
India has faced a deadly second wave of the Covid-19 virus in the past few weeks. According to the Johns Hopkins University, the country has reported over 27.5 million Covid cases and nearly 326,000 deaths.
Deepak Chopra, co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and founder of the Chopra Foundation.
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Chopra is not alone, and many have criticized lawmakers and vaccine suppliers in the country. Prime Minister Modi defended the government’s vaccination strategy, telling ministers in April that “those who are used to politics should do so … I have faced various allegations. We cannot stop those who are” determined to make politics. But we are committed to the service we will continue to do, “he said, the Times of India reported.
He also noted that an earlier peak of infections was controlled last September at a time when vaccines were unavailable and case tracking and tracing and mass testing had been relied on.
Pandemic “worsened our mental well-being”
Chopra, a global leader in integrative medicine and meditation, spoke about the release of a new free 21-day meditation experience with multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, activist, and entrepreneur Alicia Keys.
The meditation “Activating the Divine Feminine: The Path to Wholeness”, published on ChopraMeditation.com during Mental Health Awareness Month, aims to “Restore Wholeness and Bring Peace and Healing”.
Chopra and Keys believe that there is an imbalance in the world of male and female energy today regardless of gender that needs to be addressed.
“Healing is ultimately the return of the memory of wholeness, and when we are not balanced with both masculine and feminine energies within ourselves, that imbalance is reflected in what we see in the world,” said Chopra.
The wellness icon, who is also the founder of the Chopra Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on research into wellbeing and humanity, also told CNBC that mental stress remains “the number one pandemic in the world”.
“Something is wrong with our humanity right now as we are not concerned with mental well-being and mental hygiene,” he said.
“Everything from climate change to pandemics to mass migrations and environmental degradation, to weapons-grade killings, wars and terrorism is actually a result of psychological stress, stress, anger, hostility, fear. So we have to deal with that. This is an emergency. ”He continued.
He said the global pandemic only “made the situation worse”.
“The global pandemic has worsened our spiritual well-being, it has worsened our economic well-being, and it has spawned some ugliness like racism and bigotry and hatred and prejudice and conflict,” he said.
“Everywhere in the world I see there are not only Republicans and Democrats here, but Protestants and Catholics, Muslims and Jews and Arabs and Israelis and Indians and Pakistanis, then you are explaining your own insanity,” he added.
When asked what individuals can do to make a difference and what he thinks is the solution to all of these global problems, Chopra said, “If you want to change the world, start with yourself.”
“Perform an act of kindness today … when we do all the acts of love in action and reach critical mass, the world will be a different place, ”he told CNBC.
– CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to this article.