By D N Singh
What should it be called, penny wise pound foolish! We are not ready at all to learn from the past.
Wisdom In Hindsight
Kumbha Mela failed to bring back the reminiscences of last year. 2.34 lakh cases in the last 24 hours on Saturday. How did Mela be, in the first place, given a nod? After all that happened now, there is an appeal to make it symbolic.
Why not it be suspended with immediate effect? Are faith or religious rituals more important than lives?
It had been over a week that voices are being raised that the political rallies for the Assembly polls were one of the major factors for the spread of infection.
While brainstorming is on to decide whether elections’ campaign to be taken to virtual mode, on Saturday the cities in West Bengal were agog with elections meetings and few roadshows for the sixth polling!
It is at a time when the fifth polling in WB is going on. Roadshows attracting people blistering in this April hot summer to play cheerleaders to the ‘ netas’.
Penny Wise Pound Foolish!
That’s why it fits into the adage ‘penny wise, pound ‘foolish’. Nothing can bring about a change towards combating the virus when the places are under night curfew and the days are free for all made by the political parties who want to vote. Realizing the gravity of the spread, now the Election Commission should have been advised to immediately put a halt on all public meetings and roadshows. But they have to go by the rule book come what may.
The only stark reality is the tendrils of smokes coming out of the crematoriums. And sadly, there too is a heavy race for their turns to be cremated.
What a paradox! In hospitals there is a shortage of beds or oxygen, for people who want to remain alive, on the other hand, the ones who died are waiting for their turn to go to the heavens.
180 Post Vaccine Deaths
India had played a pioneering role in the last spell of the Corona spread, but this time all those commonsense and caution have been consumed by political greed.
One step forward and two steps backward is the reality of the country today. Reports about 180 deaths after two doses of vaccination fail to scare us even.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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