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The Unforgivable Indian COVID blunder

Updated: Jul 31, 2021

Image : 2020 April , Delhi

When it all started in INDIA in the beginning of 2020 , we never thought that it can enter inside our home and start killing our loved ones . When the government announced multiple lockdown , we cried and pleaded that we do not need a lockdown , we Indians are smart enough to take all precautions . Let’s open the economy .

It was not new to us that if a catastrophic situation like what we are facing in April 2021 happens , we are not ready . Not only we , but counties like USA UK Italy France reached their saturation point when they hit the second wave . They had the best healthcare in the world , nothing hidden .

When government announced the first unlock , the head of states and central government mentioned that COVID is here to stay and the COVID situation in India is proportional to the precautions we are taking . They gradually opened the theatres , schools , parks , Restaurants , pubs , tourism and places for worship .

They started with 50% capacity , we were also performing good . The fear of COVID was then Fresh in our heart & mind . When the whole world was facing the second wave of COVID , we were watching how the system in those counties were giving up . Ten of thousands of us were dying across the globe everyday .

By the time we were moving towards the festive season , we almost stopped taking any care . Card parties , festival parties , market hopping , hill station trips were few of the most common pictures with 100’s of likes On social media . Unfortunately when our friends were uploading these pictures and sharing the stories , we were also not complaining but we were clapping for them .

If government and Health Care is wrong this time then have someone courage to accept that we were wrong that time . If government had one year to prepare themselves for this day , we also had one year to prepare our self .

As soon as Goa , Rajasthan , Maldives and Dubai opened their tourism , we didn’t foresee that one Day buying one oxygen cylinder will be much tougher than getting visa and air tickets for these places .

The day government opened the wine shops before ensuring that kids should be safe in school after reopening , we all should have understood the intention of all the governments , they need money .

When election Commission of India announced the Bihar elections , was it really tough to understand that for the rulers of India , our life has slid to the last priority in their list ?

The honourable courts of India , who comment on each and every topic couldn’t see the crowds in rallies , people on beaches ?

The whole system was like this since inception , but we trusted them more than ourselves during pandemic .

By the time we reached December and moved towards 2021 , forget about taking precautions , we stated making memes on 2020 and Covid .

Pic : taken from google

We were so casual about Covid that during the wedding season of 2020 and 2021 , we were dancing , smoking, drinking and meeting with 500 others in a closed wedding halls . Wearing mask was not so tough when it comes to save your life , but then we used to give the logic of our supreme immunity . Really ? 20 friends jumping in same swimming pool and uploading selfie on Instagram .

Seriously? wasn’t that our fault ? Wasn’t it was also our responsibility to name and shame our friends and relatives for the carelessness just like we are naming and shaming our politicians ? Why this double standard ?

While writing this article, I have an anger inside me for all of you including me .

When government implemented mask challan (fine) , we criticised the government, police and sometimes shouted on police . We as a society must take the responsibility for this mess .

This is a phase and it will go , but its also sure that 3rd wave will come . And we will get good time to prepare ourselves before that . Let’s see how we fight the Covid next time .

We are a country of 1.3 billion people , we can’t change everyone , but even if we change ourselves , we can change the system .

Elections will keep on coming , they will keep on calling you to rallies , but no one has forced you to join them . Expecting anything from our politicians and system is same as taking to a stone . When there were 1000 cases in India , we were washing our hands 20 times a day and when it reaches to 90000 in one day , we were making the plans for new year eve with 10 other fiends .

I pray for all those who lost the battle against Covid and pray to god that their families get the courage to move ahead in life without their dear ones . From the core of my heart I salute the doctors who against all the odds are trying their best to save us .

It’s better late than never , save yourself and your family , be a hero . Coming days will bring smiles and joy in our life , but it will come with a cost of discipline and restrictions in our life .

“Let’s mask up INDIA”

image : New Delhi , May 2020

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Antara Goel
Antara Goel
20 de abr. de 2021

Sir, I completely agree with your viewpoint. However we cannot ignore the carelessness displayed by the government at a crisis like this. Constant crowded rallies, kumbh mela, and many such religious activities are being promoted without any regards to the situation at hand. They’ve shut down all the education and business institutions. If anything, these 2 are the least covid prone places because of their management and operating systems. How can we expect india to progress at the hands of such irresponsible leaders? If we’re gonna obey everything they throw at us I don’t think India will ever become a powerful nation. I feel it’s time we as citizens raise our voices against such reckless acts and put an end…

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