Pyres of our beloved don’t cease to subside, the air of our nation stands composed of sorrow, helplessness, prayers, ashes, tears, rivalry, ignorance and violation. The number of deaths are totting up, yet we stand unanswered of the question— “Where did the country go wrong”? Over the last few days, I have heard a vast number of people attending to the hearsay and brushing up the blame on politicians, bureaucrats, policies and everything that pins it on the government, Indubitably it all went adrift. The ferocity of this second wave has generated debates across the globe.
Certainly, the current cycle has added to the panic but is it just the authorities we must question or is it time we plunder into our mistakes? We owe every second of our breath to someone out there who is breathing their last in the hospital ward, home, pavements, rickshaws or maybe in someone’s arm. Yet, we continue to disobey, defy and violate every protocol we are to adhere to.
Exactly an year ago, Uganda President Kaguta Museveni in a public speech said, “In a war situation, nobody asks anyone to stay indoors. You stay indoors by choice. In fact, if you have a basement, you hide there for as long as hostilities persist. During a war, you don’t insist on your freedom, you willingly give it up in exchange for survival. During a war, you don’t complain of hunger, you bear hunger and pray that you live to eat again. During a war, you don’t argue about opening your business. You close your shop (if you have the time) and run to save your life. You pray to outlive that war so that you can return to business”. His words of wisdom is the maxim we must observe. Today, the fight against COVID-19 is no less than a war. A war where the best we could do for our survival is to swallow our pride and stop feeding our ego. The unity amongst the population, against the unanticipated crisis is the need of the hour.
In the recent past, Samajwadi party president, Akhilesh Yadav refused to take the vaccine jab calling it a “BJP vaccine”. The pity show, where the vaccination drive and safety operations are being arrowed up with political statements, was looked down upon. Politicising the efforts of scientists, doctors, workers and using this situation as a tool to attain power is the most sordid trick to rule upon. Thousands of dead bodies are piling up in crematorium and the last thing the nation wants is its political leaders dismaying the vaccination drive and urging their followers to do the same.
The frontline healthcare workers, security officials and volunteers are all risking their life to curb the rapidly increasing cases, the best we could offer them at this standpoint is a unanimous stance on the fight against the disease. Recently, the District Magistrate of Tripura, carried out raids at two wedding and the video that went viral gathered a lot of flak alongside some appreciation from the people. The bureaucrat was criticised for his demeanour and was demanded to be suspended. Carrying out a wedding ceremony in junctions imposed with Section 144 is a conscious violation of the law & order. Yet, a civil servant losing his calm is being highlighted as the critical point of discussion. The officials who are putting them and their family’s life at risk by being deployed at infected areas are bound to lose their temper at some point of time. Even the videos of doctors and nurses breaking down are going viral, but what we tend to do is watch them sitting cross legged in our sphere of comfort to diss it or discuss it with our families merely to forget about it later. The plight of the people who are fighting battles to protect us shouldn’t be looked at with disdain.
Yes, the Modi Government has failed in its actions and initiatives. The Vaccine Maitri can be called a ‘redundant effort’, when the country herself was at the death’s door. The government was on a 14 months hibernation to have not anticipated the second wave and drawn a call for action. The misplaced priorities – election rallies, net zero, religious events, celebrity’s death are the silk eye mask that left the government unwary of what awaited them. Now, we must all buckle up for the third wave by masking up and adopting the covid norms to curtail transmissions. The Vaccination drive for people aged above 18 years has started in many states. After certain glitches people are able to register themselves on Co-win platform and Aarogya Setu App which can be used to easily book appointment slots, for vaccine shots. It is essential that we all participate in this drive for our own good and stay away from any hearsay. It is not mankind against mankind instead it should be mankind against Covid-19. This is the only approach which can safely sail us through the storm our global community has been caught up in. It’s a shame if we still seek power over humanity and continue to feed on the deaths our country has succumbed. The fight is far from over and it shall not be over until we swear to voluntarily adopt safety measures for the sake of ourselves. As mundane as it may sound but this is the only way out.