Friday, August 19th, 2022 02:21:20

Introspect Don’t Score Self-Goal now

Deepak Kumar Rath
Updated: May 25, 2021 8:48 am

First of all, I pray to Lord Rama to bless the human race, who is suffering for decades from killer viruses. The Uday India family pays tributes to the lakhs of departed souls, who became victims of this COVID pandemic. Hundreds of families are devastated, as many children have lost their parents and many old parents have lost their young sons and daughters. This COVID pandemic does not differentiate between the poor and the rich. When we get a call from anywhere, we are scared now, as an atmosphere of negativity is permeated everywhere. And largely, this situation is created by the media, especially social media. Against this backdrop, what the Congress leader Kamal Nath has said is enough to rub salt to the nation’s Corona wounds. He described Corona as Indian Corona, and added that “hamari pehchan, mera Bharat COVID”. It seems as if the PM of the country knowingly and proudly was working to spread this disease, and therefore, people are dying. How can a former Chief Minister stoop to such a level so as to give a bad name to the nation, which believes in the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam? God save those poor visionary leaders, who are joining hands to denounce Bharat. But, according to my considered view, we must stick to spreading the message of “Nation First”.

It cannot be gainsaid that politics will be done over this issue. For, many politicians such as Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and many more cannot survive in Indian politics on their own merit. Gone are the days when Atal Behari Vajpayee praised Indira Gandhi as Goddess Durga, when she won the 1971 war. Accepted that the Government at the Centre cannot fulfil all the expectations of the people during the COVID pandemic, but where do you find the constructive voice of a united Opposition? Maybe, I have missed the united voice, but have you too? When people were crying for oxygen, hospital beds and the life-saving drugs, and when many children became orphans, the Opposition was just finding faults with the Government. On the other hand, many social organisations, private companies and individuals were lending a helping hand in providing essential medical equipment, medicines and food for the needy people. It would be apt to say that in this hour of sorrow, the whole nation is united and has joined hands to provide solace to the families of victims. No doubt, it was not an easy task to meet the distressing situation. If one compares the population of India with that of other countries, one can gauge difficulties in handling the crisis. But the 24/7 media engaged itself mostly in spreading negative news and overexposing dead bodies and cramped cremation grounds. And taking a cue from this, the international media focussed on presenting the negative side of India during this pandemic. Many people from our own media fraternity lost their lives; many doctors, para-medical staff and security personnel lost their lives. But a section of our society fed on dead bodies by resorting to black-marketing of oxygen, essential drugs, etc.  Hence, it can be summed up that we scored some self-goals.

Be that as it may, it is we the people of India who will stand strong and again we will make it happen to join the broken families. We will support the orphaned children and old parents who have lost their parents and young children respectively. It is time we must focus on restarting our work, fine-tuning strategies for business development and giving a fresh lease of life to those who are badly hit by this dreaded killer virus. We must spread positive messages to our friends and relatives and we must support those who are unable to stand on their own. The social organisations have a bigger role to play to connect the families of the victims with the government schemes. The Government at the Centre and states also have their role cut out to handle this frightening situation. After all, people are observing their actions and they will never forgive anyone who does not stand by them in this hour of gargantuan grief.


By Deepak Kumar Rath


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