A Commendable Job

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A Commendable Job

Swapnil Bharali | March 21, 2020 12:28 hrs


Besieged as the world is by an invisible microbe with advanced European countries resorting to lockdowns in its battle against the Coronavirus, the steps taken by the Indian government with the country’s Prime Minister leading the charge in combating the Covid-19 is eminently laudable. 


The trickle-down effect of the same has been the compassionate but tough stance taken by the state government led by health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma whereby Assam continues to remain at Stage 1 of the pandemic. The phase-wise step-by-step closure of places where people normally tend to gather – the bars, pubs, salons, government offices et al – is what was needed to create the proper awareness about the gravity of the situation among the masses. The latest announcements or rather decrees that demand that all passengers in public buses have to be seated and cannot travel standing, the postponement of all exams beyond 31st March etc are bold and laudable steps that people need to accept without conditions.


The government can do only so much and in this instance it has been doing a lot. It is now for the people to accept the demands and requests of the government with full cooperation and without casting aspersions. Also, the situation demands people to be more aware and properly informed of the danger that is threatening the existence of humankind and not be cynical of the efforts that the government is putting in. It is to be clearly understood that March 31 is the observation date and not a day after which life will return to normal. The future is clearly hazy – no pun intentions here. A lot more disruption in normal life should be the honest expectation of everyone and learning to be socially distant just has to be accepted.


Having said this, here is a word for the cynics who, despite their enormous knowledge, education etc continue to display foolishness publicly – yes on Facebook! Posting photos of enjoying parties and being in gatherings make such people targets to be shunned and not “liked.” Beyond this, comparing Covid-19 to other contagious diseases like leprosy only reflects foolishness that was previously not expected of them. In this age of information at finger tips, it is imperative that every person on earth is informed and aware of what needs to be done and not done.


The peril is for every human; it needs to be driven home!

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