Covid-19 A journey of Global Confusion.

­­­­­­­­­­Life has never been as confusing as it has turned out to be with the Covid-19 pandemic. It came in as a short-term manageable virus not until it was declared a pandemic by the WHO; and the world was set ablaze with skyrocketing numbers of covid-19 patients in china and later this spread caused lots of worry to global inhabitant who were caught up in a junction without sign posts.

Newton’s third law of Motion States that, “For Every Action there is an equal and opposite Reaction”. The Corona Virus pandemic attacked us viciously and brought untold destruction, killing thousands and wrecking businesses while leaving many economies on the brink of collapse. That was the action. The world in this case, made a reaction to this attack by enforcing lockdowns, putting quarantines, applying social distance, sanitizing, washing hands and we are now looking for vaccines and possibly a cure for this COVID-19. Unfortunately, the world’s reaction to the pandemic attack came too little too late. In many instances applied wrongly and because this reaction did not give back an equal force in the opposite direction many lives were lost and economies destroyed.

The Covid-19 journey is long and full of confusion. Many experts have been flip flopping in their opinions and theories of management. The World still awaits a thorough post Mortem of events, and consultants have a big task ahead of delivering on Human behavior & its management.

Part -1- lockdown phase Drama.

The initial phase of the Corona virus attack was an ambush on the world and on life itself. Confusion prevailed everywhere as to what remedies should be taken to contain its spread.

The health priorities in many countries were caught in between their Political and Economic agenda. Nations had to choose to pursue politics and economics without suffocating the Health needs of her population.

Announcements were made and guidelines issued, for people to wear face masks, and as countries began to order them by the millions, there was an immediate shortage of masks around the Globe. Then some countries started issuing fresh Guidelines saying there is no need to wear masks unless you are a Health worker or in close contact with a patient. Then after a few more weeks, we were all told that nobody can go out of their home, without wearing a mask. Different advisories were issued by different health experts at different times on mask specifications and we noticed the variations from country to country. Opinions were changing faster than a Chameleon changing color. It was total confusion.

In some countries like India, handling of movement of Migrant labour during the Lockdown showed the confusion at its peak. Confusion never came to an end, over arranging food & shelter, for migrant workers, or arranging transportation to move them to their homes or allow them to walk for 500 km journey towards their home. The confusion was in its threesome capacity. Now after 4 months of pandemic, the shortage of migrant labour is felt in many parts of the world.

Medical System around the World has its own unique story. While Government hospitals & Government health workers were busy fighting Covid-19, the private hospitals & doctors of other faculties in most countries were protecting themselves under lockdown. In many countries, a person suffering from any other diseases or ailment was not able to get the right treatment. This subject of neglect of other disease and patients has hardly been touched or talked about by governments, around the world.

The effect of sneezing was always a question of debate, as to how far the droplets can travel. The debate of one meter to two meters is still ongoing, Is Corona Virus air born or not, is another point of debate in the media to date.

Lack of Transparency from most of the countries, around the world has been observed. Except for a few Western countries, most of the others never accepted publically the shortage of PPE Suits, Masks, ventilators, availability of Beds, Test Kits, Testing Labs or funds. Also, the declaration of statistics, related to Covid-19 has been so much controlled by many countries, to suit their agenda.

Countries that were talking about enough stock of testing Kits, were doing least number of tests. Now another theory has surfaced “stop chasing the virus, focus on those critically ill”.

Good to blame WHO, but the country’s own Experts were also not playing their timely role, they should have played. May be confusion prevailed among them as well. We all waited for the Pandemic to be declared by WHO, as if it was not the duty of each country to protect themselves.

China locked Wuhan from the rest of China, but world did not lock itself from China. Airport Health checkups around the Globe either never took off, or were initiated very late with halfhearted approach. There is no single rule for International travelers and people are confused.

The declaration of Launch dates of Vaccination & medicines is the race among country leaders & pharmaceutical companies around the Globe. How confused is the common man, about the availability of Treatment & Vaccination?

Declaration of Economic Stimulus was for the economy, or for people, or for voters or countries just followed the herd theory. The real implementation needs to be watched, if it matches with the announcements made and if it benefits the Economy.

In many parts of the world, Covid related SOP’s were issued for the general public but were not suitably issued for frontline workers, as there was shortage of PPE & Masks. Hence, use of PPE & Masks were never made mandatory for these frontline workers.

Lockdown policy was adopted halfheartedly. Delaying the Pandemic through lockdown was also a theory debated around the world. But difficult to see its real effect in any country.

Part II- unlocking the Lockdown, Drama.

Many of the infected Countries opened their sky for Domestic Flights without any provisions of Quarantine but were reluctant to open International flights without Quarantine policy. Meaning countries around the Globe which have either recovered or had less infections can bring Covid-19 but the Internal cities which are Highly Infected, will not transmit Corona virus due to this opening of Domestic Flights. The confusion between Home Quarantine and Government controlled Quarantine was seen in many countries.

When Herd Immunity concept was for the first time talked, we all rejected it, but now what is this unlocking phase? The talk of second wave of Corona attack is another theory to be seen.

Asia, & many African countries have seen less impact of Covid-19 & Governments are taking credit of this as it was due to their accumenship. Time will find the reason for it. Of course, theories like Hot weather, BCG Vaccination, Immunity Level of people are also arguments being debated.

As students say, back to school, – for the first time in our life, the whole world is saying, Back to work. We need to, get the economy moving.

The community, the Business, the Government, altogether need to get away from confusion & need to develop, a roadmap, to see, that our economy, bounces back & lives are saved.

The Art of handling life, during and after the Pandemic, will decide, every country’s economy and every business future. It is the leader, of the country, community, and corporate who will make a difference, and lead us to success. One thing is true about all the mixed messages and confusion; i.e we all have a part to play.

Let us take this, as an opportunity, to become, more resilient, for absorbing such shocks in future.

RAJESH CHAPLOT.

(The Writer is a Uganda based entrepreneur and recipient of the highest Civilian Award from H.E The President of Uganda and also, the Highest award for Non-Resident Indian from H.E The President of India)

6th Chartered Accountants Exam Centre Inaugurated In Uganda !!

The application process of CA November 2020 examinations is open now, and candidates can apply before August 25 to appear for the exams. Moreover, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has added more test centre in the list of ICAI test centres 2020 that was earlier shared. Now, there will be more than 300 test centres for ICAI 2020 that is scheduled to be held from November 1 to 17, 2020. 

The ICAI exam, also known as CA exams, is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for aspirants of Chartered Accountancy profession in India. The exam is conducted at different levels as per the CA courses. For being certified as a Chartered Accountant, candidates have to qualify in all the levels of ICAI examinations.

The CA courses at ICAI are as under: 

  1. CA Foundation course examination (4 papers)
  2. CA Intermediate examination (8 papers based on New Syllabus and 8 paper based on Old Syllabus)
  3. CA Final examination (8 papers based on New Syllabus and 8 paper based on Old Syllabus)

The ICPAU is responsible for: (i) setting and maintaining accounting and auditing standards; (ii) setting licensing requirements for accounting firms, and issuing and renewing licenses; (iii) issuing practicing certificates to qualified members who wish to practice accountancy; (iv) maintaining a register of practicing accountants; (v) setting initial professional development and continuing professional development requirements and regulating practical training; (vi) establishing ethical requirements; (vii) monitoring the conduct and performance of its members, including quality assurance reviews; (viii) investigating and disciplining members for misconduct and breach of professional standards; and (ix) advising the government on matters of financial accountability.

Welcoming Our New Indian High Commissioner Shri. Ajay Kumar..!! Presenting a Frame Showing Holi Celebration in Uganda ..!!

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Shri A. Ajay Kumar joined the Indian Foreign Service in the year 2001 and he is currently posted as the High Commissioner of India to Uganda.

During 2003-2006, Shri Ajay Kumar was posted as Third Secretary between 2003-05 and as Second Secretary [Info] & Head of Chancery during 2005-06 in the Indian Embassy in Tehran. Thereafter, he returned to India and served in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi as Under Secretary dealing with Pakistan during 2006-08

He served in the Indian Embassy in Bahrain from 2008-2012 and thereafter in Tehran from 2012-14.  He served as India’s Ambassador to Iraq from May 2014-November 2015. Later he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Canberra, Australia (2016-17).

Shri A. Ajay Kumar thereafter has served in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi in the Indian Ocean Region of MEA as Joint Secretary (IOR-II) prior to assuming his charge as Joint Secretary (DPA-I).

 Shri A. Ajay Kumar holds the graduate degree in Political Science and L.L.B. degree from the University of Calicut in Kerala.

Shri A. Ajay Kumar (IFS:2001), presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry, has been appointed as the new High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Uganda.

Rajesh Chaplot Receives the Highest Civilian Award (Golden Jubilee Medal-Civilians) of Uganda

On Occasion of the celebration of Liberation day of Uganda, H.E President Yoweri Museveni has presented the Highest Civilian Award to Mr. Rajesh Chaplot.

Rajesh Chaplot is an Indian Entrepreneur living in Kampala, Uganda. He is currently the CEO/GM and Director of Various Corporate entities in Printing, Packaging, IT, Real Estate, Metal & Aluminum Fabrication. Mr. Rajesh Chaplot is also holding Business advisory positions in organizations such as Indian Business Forum (Uganda), Institute of Chartered Accountants (Uganda), Private Sector Foundation, etc.

He also, plays Business Advisory role for HE The President of Uganda (PIRT).

He was also holding various social positions of various charitable organizations like Indian Association Uganda, Rajasthani Association, Miss Uganda Foundation Board, Kabbadi Federation of Uganda etc.

Some of the major accomplishments of Mr. Rajesh Chaplot includes;

  • Formed & launched the Indian Business Forum in Uganda
  • Spearheaded the launch of the first-ever Indian content Magazine in the National Newspaper of Uganda, New vision (Indi Vision)
  • Spearheaded the celebration of Diwali festival with HE The President of Uganda at the State House since the year 2012.
  • Vice-chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the visit of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi
  •  Formed and launched the chapter of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of India (Uganda)
  •  Part of the India Africa Summit at New Delhi with HE the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
  • Founder chairperson of Jain International Trade Organization chapter in Uganda
  • Undertaken various charitable/sports/cultural/education/health projects during various social positions in Kampala

He has also been recently recognized by the Government of India by awarding him with the Highest NRI award Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, 2019 by HE. The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

Mr. Rajesh Chaplot has been awarded & recognized by the Highest Award of the Country where he was Born India (Janam Bhoomi) & his workplace I.e. Uganda. (Karma Bhoomi)

Rajesh Chaplot Speech during Hon. Lok Sabha Speaker OM Birla’s Uganda Visit

Rajasthani’s have been known for giving India, Businessmen with excellence, over a period of more than, last one century.

Gujarati’s have spread, all over the world in the 19th & 20th Century. And grew economically, while in the same period Rajasthani’s spread all over India & grew Economically.We as the Rajasthani’s and with the support of leaders like you, need to promote the Rajasthani’s Business houses, all over the world.
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Hon. Speaker of Lok Sabha Shri OM Birlaji.,H.E the High Commissioner of India, to Uganda. Shri Ravi Shankar.
Chairman Rajasthani Association, Mr. Sachin ShahAll advisors of Rajasthani Association.Hon. Sanjay Tanna,
Chairman Indian Association, Secretary General, Indian Business Forum,Chairwoman Indian Women Association.All present Distinguished Guests.And last but not least the Beautiful Ladies in Rajasthani Attire.

A Very Good morning to you all.

Hon. Shri Om Birlaji, it is my proud privilege to welcome you to this country and, among your own people from Rajasthan.We the Rajasthani’s feel proud of you and we congratulate you on the very, successful and Historic 1 session of this parliament, under your Leadership.

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for Giving me the time to see you in your office at Parliament on 9th August, 2019. This was the First time; I have put my foot in Parliament.
I wish I would also get a term in the Parliament soon with your blessing Sir.

Let me brief you on some interesting facts about Uganda.Uganda is among the only few countries in the world, where the First Speaker of Parliament, was of Indian Origin. He was Hon. Mr. Narendra Patel. It was my honor, to host him few years before, when he visited Uganda after many years of stay in UK.

Ugandan Parliament, has been represented by, two more persons of Indian Origin, Hon Sanjay Tanna and Hon. Parminder katongole. Hon Sanjay Tanna was member of Parliament of Uganda, for consecutive two terms.
As an Indian Association Chairman in the year 2012, I also had the privilege to host Hon. Mira Kumar, the then Speaker of Lok Sabha of India. And now today, I am standing here to welcome you Sir.

Hon. Sir, now let me elaborate, few propositions of us.

1. There are approximately 3 Crore NRI residing in approximately 208 countries. From centuries, NRI have been making tremendous contributions, to their Janam Bhoomi, while serving in their respective Karan Bhoomi.

For all the past 70 years, NRI was a neglected Community as far as Government of India is concerned. But since 2014, Hon Narendra Modi, have started personal interaction with Indian Diaspora around the Globe & this has enhanced India’s Image High Internationally, as well as back home.
NRI cannot be considered as Brain Drain for India, we are assets for India, which never depreciates.

Since 2014, we have seen and observed, the shift in the Government policy towards NRI. Today we feel that Government thinks and cares about us directly or indirectly, we are Ambassadors of India, and play a significant role, in India ’s Foreign Diplomacy. We NRI’s have always kept, India’s Flag High, in all circumstances. We also play important role, in bringing FDI into India. The amount of saving, we all NRI bring back in India, as Foreign Exchange, also has its own impact.

With all the contributions, we as the NRI feel strongly, that we need to contribute to our motherland, politically or in policy making and hence we propose, two (2) Rajaya Sabha seats, to be reserved and nominated, from NRI Community around the world.

Currently 12 seats in Rajiya Sabha are Nominated by the President of India for their Contribution to Art, Science, Literature and Social service.

Also, there are 2 seats reserved for Anglo Indians in the Lower House in India’s Parliament.We strongly feel, that a strong contingent of 3 Crore people, around the Globe, also need a good representation, in the Parliament of India.

To give examples, there are some countries in the world, like France and Italy, who have representatives of their diaspora, in their parliament.

Having said this, about NRI representation in India, we also wish and put our strong case, to get first representative from Uganda to the Parliament of India.

2. Also, we have noted there are many political appointee positions, we have back at home in India. Even some, High Commissioners, are appointed directly. We strongly recommend, some NRI Representation, in such political appointees.

Now one request for our Ugandan Brothers,

3. Uganda National Sports Authority, have recognized recently, Kabbadi Federation of Uganda. But due to, lack of Funds, this Sport of ours is not able to take off properly. National Team of Uganda Kabbadi, has been selected and formed. But it needs some support, and I strongly feel, that Government of India, needs to support this Traditional sport of ours to, prosper in Uganda.
We need your Advice Sir.

Promotion of Art and Culture.

4. Government of India establishes The Indian Council of Cultural relations Centre (ICCR) Centre, in many countries outside India.

30 thousand NRI residing in this country, called Pearl of Africa, request your good office, to help us in the allocation one such. ICCR Centre in Uganda, from the Government of India.

5. Two Humble request for Rajasthani Association, Uganda

a) Sir, in the next session of parliament, we wish to bring a small delegation of fellow Rajasthani’s from Uganda to see and watch the proceedings of the Parliament from the visiting Gallery.

b) We have been hearing about Rajasthan Foundation, a Government entity in Rajasthan for promoting Rajasthan and Rajasthani’s outside Rajasthan. We need your advice as how to get support from this foundation or from any such other NGO for Rajasthani Association Uganda.

End Part.

With this wish list of us, we wish, your visit to Uganda, a great Success.
We in Uganda say, whoever drinks water of River Nile, will visit Uganda again.

So, see you again soon.

But before I leave the Podium, I need to Thank our High Commissioner H.E Shri. Ravi Shankar in your presence for helping us and guiding us in arranging this Breakfast meeting of today.
Also, would like to Thank him from our heart for all his support to Rajasthani Association and its members during his past 2 and half years of his Tenure.

Jai Hind.


Receiving Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award from the Hon.President of India

he Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Honour/Award) is an award constituted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India in conjunction with the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-Resident Indian Day), to honour exceptional and meritorious contribution in their chosen field/profession. The award is given by the President of India.