What I don’t get about news channels is that they show you that a village inhabitants lost their homes and hearth and did not get even food for days, etc. but they do not show even the courtesy of making them the food available for even one time???? “Get out of your hypocracy. Government is good to be blamed but you neither have any humanity. What’s so difficult in providing food to about 40-50 people when you carry loads of your cameras, machines and other bulks alongwith your whole team in big vehicles?? You reach them before anybody else for channels that earn millions of bucks, cannot you lend a helping hand even for a small fraction of neccesity?? Get paid later on by the government but don’t be that shallow..”
And hats off (sardonically) to both the central and the state governments for not having good enough disaster management skills.
I think it will be better to extend lockdown but with better measures.
According to me, agricultural and industrial production should be increased by first of all, testing the lower strata of population i.e. daily wage workers for COVID-19 by the government and giving them temporary jobs in these two spheres where manual power is lacking these days while making the middle class strata stay under lockdown and imposing a special revenue on upper strata income on profit making after a certain income level.
I know it’s difficult to take such steps as the population is huge but it still can be done rather than staying disorganised during lockdown and yet extending it, putting all the pressure on the same very few frontliners. Moreover, final year medical students can also be encouraged to help by granting them stipends particularly for working in hospitals in lockdown days, and some people from the general public can be given responsibility for carrying on the duties of police (under the supervision of police, of course) specially for the purpose of keeping gathering of people anywhere under check.
I know India has a mixed structure of socialist and capitalist economy more tilted towards capitalism but socialist measures are the need of the hour.
A few of these steps have already been taken; I hope it can help.
Soo jagah muh maar ke
Kis muh se idhar aaoge?
Jab main chli jaungi
Fir mere liye bhi pachtaoge.
They did not listen,
They never could..
Not that they were deaf
Their hunger was more important
They ran together in hundreds
Having no hearth to live in
Didn’t strike their mind what they could
And keeping a distance from their brethren
Was what they should.
Grief of death was big
Grief of living was bigger to contain
You live in beautiful houses
Spending time in luxury
You can understand that perception
It’s hard to feel their pain.
And then karma said,
“That one, in the end, suffers,
Who try to separate true lovers.
That one, in the end, feels played,
Because of whom people felt betrayed.
That one, in the end, repents,
Who used others and didn’t consider their sentiments.
That one, in the end, loses,
Who gave a soul bruises.”
I asked Karma who those people are,
Karma said, “I will show,
I won’t tell you though,
In time you will know,
Who played you,
Who betrayed you,
Who was your true friend and who was your foe,
And just in case you won’t know,
I have your back as in life you go.”