‘The pandemic was like a speed brake on a highway’: 15 quotes from India’s COVID-19 journey

Released in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature of YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles from the past week (see previous issue here). This special compilation series focuses on the fight against COVID-19 in India.. Please share these quotes and excerpts with your networks and check back in the original articles for more information.

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As the world has recovered from the pandemic, we have witnessed a significant resurgence of students seeking higher education in international locations. – Amit Gainda, Avanse Financial Services

This important push [in online learning] it was mainly due to the COVID-induced lockdowns, the demand for edtech infrastructure from traditional educational institutions and the general shift towards digital in society. – Nishant Chandra, Newton School

Since the pandemic, it is clear that professionals have created a resilience bank, and we are seeing it in their response to face next year. – Nirajita Banerjee, LinkedIn India

In an increasingly interconnected world, we must ensure that our communities are resilient and have equal opportunities to protect themselves in the face of a crisis. – Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare

India is a land of opportunity and there is a wide reach in the Indian market which is conducive to business growth especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. – Aurelia Menezes and Abhilasha SG, King Stubb and Kasiva


It is very difficult to remember and re-remember those difficult times. The tears roll. How does it feel if the designated salary is suddenly reduced or not received at the end of a month? – Ganapathi Agnihothri, Chitra Santhe

This repeated activity, without interacting with the outside world and staring at the concrete structures, began to show its impact in week two. That’s when I decided to break the cycle and decided to stay positive, with the best medicine without a prescription. – Kayal Vizhi, Chitra Santhe

There is strict cost control in place due to learnings from the COVID-10 pandemic. – TV Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital

It was a baptism of fire, given COVID and recent challenges within our business. – reed hastings netflix

COVID-19 put additional pressure on healthcare systems, disrupted global supply chains for essential products, and pushed overstretched care providers to breaking point. – emf

The country has gone through a transition in attitude and was at its best during the COVID pandemic when we saw our own vaccines being made in India. – N Chandrasekaran, Tata Sons


COVID-19 has revealed and brought to mind something that many have said over the last 70 years: we need hybridity in systems. – Alok Nandi, Architempo

According to the United Nations, human activity has altered nearly 75% of the Earth’s surface, squeezing wildlife and nature into an ever smaller corner of the planet and increasing the risks of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. – Pamela Srivastava, Shiv Nadar Foundation

With demonetisation, GST and now COVID, there has been a lot of uncertainty in the manufacturing sector. – Sagar Gupta, Ekka Electronics

The pandemic was like a speed switch on a highway. He taught us to slow down, to control, to manage, to reorganize, to plan. – Manjunatha (‘MANZz’), Chitra Santhe

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