By D N Singh
Looking at what is happening in the poll-ready five states, and specially in west Bengal, it lulls us to believe that, everything is fine with the politicians but down below it is different where the common men live.
Who straddles between the hopes aired by campaigners and an anachronism of greed from all around.
It needs no further elaboration that Corona is back and with a vengeance this time. Media remains engaged airing the urgency of preventive measures but we have already surged with a whopping number of 30k plus cases and very likely the number shall shot up if the cluster of rulers remain unmoved by the deadly spread of the new strains.
Election campaigns go in full gear where one can notice a multitude in thousands or lakh jostling with each other in this sweltering heat. Not a miniscule can even be seen with the masks, let alone physical distance.
As if their all cheerleaders hired for the events where the thousand are constantly under the occupation of the monster called, Corona.
While, in contrast, it could be seen the leaders on the dais with masks, and keeping the reasonable physical distance. Because, they suppose themselves more worthier creatures than the teeming population listening to the utopian narratives of leaders.
What is so indispensible about the other extravaganza taking place in Cricket stadiums, with a jam-packed madding crowd going insanely euphoric after each boundary hit.
Cant the executives, ministers or health harbingers see that naked reality of mental apartheid ? Yes, they can, but it is again a question of class difficulty at a time when the entire world is under a new threat.
Because cricket involves huge revenue, no matter you watch it there or in unsafe enclosures like clubs or hotels.
Even out on the streets, at shopping areas or inside the shopping malls, roadside eateries, how the guidelines are being given a ruthless hoot to invite a derisive tomorrow.
Elections are to be conducted and businesses have to run but, why can’t it be ensured that, how people should conduct themselves. Does it mean that, the leaders refuge to look beyond their noses or they simple enjoy the followers do clap to their rhetoric unmindful the demon in disguise i.e Corona.
Saudi Arabia under lockdown, UK one month lockdown, Tanzania total lockdown, Germany 4 weeks and Italy followed so and experts have warned that the 2nd wave is more deadly than the first one.
It can only remind a history from 1917-1918 when Spanish flu killed millions and the it has not died altogether even after 100 years almost despite the vaccinations then after.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
This is the personal opinion of the author. The views expressed in this write up have nothing to do with the www.prameyanews.com