By D N Singh
Perhaps, none has imagined that, so fast and so fierce fully many would make the painful departures from the world. And that too because of the Coronavirus, which has in last almost 15 months have become a menace that keeps the entire world perplexed.
Millions in the country have given in to the intransience of death triggered by a virus. Which was, perhaps, born of an occasional alliance of mischief or the nature ushering in a cataclysm of deaths.
Deaths have become common. In this dangerous and unpredictable firestorm of infections and the state of Odisha has suffered bereavement as never before. Almost from every field people have succumbed to the pandemic.
Three thousand five hundred lives have already gone and many more are battling in hospitals. Petrified by the fears, many can be seen forced to indoors.
Among the most recent shocks have been the death of IPS, Debasish Panigrahi, who battled till the last breath.
And who knew the Gujarat cadre Odia IAS Guruprasad Mohapatra would make such a hasty departure.
Fate is controlled by the providence but all human endeavors fail sometimes before that.
A man with the magisterial delight of glory, Raghunath Mohapatra, craftsman, also failed before his last dream came true in the shape of the second Sun temple. He too lost to Covid.
Look at the turmoil of fate, the devastation of the pandemic did not spare his two sons and the entire dreams and aspirations of a family were brutally foreclosed.
The sinister virus which, perhaps, enjoys an inconceivable power of deception took away the lives of many. Popular politician Bijayshree Routray who survived the stings of the virus but died in post Covid complications.
Not out of fun or frolic but, under a tremendous pressure of work and curiosity to know the truth, the journalists who know that an infection is an imminent possibility, enter into the sordid taverns for news with an unconquerable passion, allowed themselves to be carried away and so many died of the Covid.
So far, according to one estimate, we have lost about 55 journalists to Covid in both the phases, who deserve salutations.
Victory Being Alive!
Now we are in a circumstance when there cannot be a greater victory than being alive.
It may be medically correct but, the very practice of not handing over the dead bodies to relatives who died in Covid did appear a very uncharitable so far. However, it was heard that, recently the bodies are being handed over to the families.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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