India’s BJP Gets Schooled by Oxford University for Misquoting Its Index

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Last week, Indians woke up to good news regarding the effectiveness of their government in terms of coronavirus. A few days later, the same news wasn’t good anymore, rather it was shared for mere point-scoring.

The ruling party, Bhartiya Janta Party’s (BJP) Twitter handle posted the news that India has secured 100 out of 100 marks on the COVID-19 Government Response Stringency Index developed by Blavatnik School of Government at the Oxford University. 

The ‘full marks’ underline Modi government’s proactiveness, seriousness, and swiftness in implementing effective lockdown.


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Here’s the tweet:

While it is a great achievement to score full marks, there were no “marks” as the index only states the strictness of the measures taken by a government. It doesn’t represent the ‘appropriateness or effectiveness of a country’s response’. The developers of the index, Blavatnik School of Government, were quick to respond to the tweet, saying the index should not be misinterpreted.

In its blog, the research institute wrote:

A higher position in the Stringency Index does not necessarily mean that a country’s response is ‘better’ than others lower on the index.

The tweet has triggered plenty of replies. Let’s have a look at a few:


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