EXTRAORDINARY TIMES NEED EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES, BUT WHAT MEASURES?
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist|December 2020
Covid-19 in early 2020 which hasn’t yet been tamed despite near about year-long efforts
BIMAL PRASAD MOHAPATRA

Introduction

During these extraordinary times, India needs extraordinary measures to mitigate the lurking danger attributed to the stealthy invasion of dreaded pandemic Covid-19 in early 2020 which hasn’t yet been tamed despite near about year-long efforts, external threat to her territorial integrity owing to land grabbing hunger of northern neighbor which is world’s second-largest military power and economy while being ruled by an autocratic regime, and internal socio-political unrests thanks to political intolerance towards the ruling party that dares to correct to some extent the historical wrongs – the first of the kind attempt since independence – done to nation’s culture, politics, society, education, ethos, etc. during the centuries-long rule of external forces and hasn’t stopped despite self-democratic-rule of more than seven decades.

Covid-19 invasion and its fall out on politics

To tame the almost settled dreaded new (or one can say unknown) pandemic, the development of vaccine and its fast shot is the only solution. And the development of the same isn’t that easy or is a work of a magician. Every possible scientific effort has been put into service for the development of the vaccine. Apart from the above, the necessary urgent steps to stop the spread of contagion have been made -notwithstanding dirty politics and attack on health workers to sabotage the efforts as seen in Delhi and Mumbai among others during the early days of virus invasion – which have been appreciated by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) among others. Lately, there have been some successes in taming the spread of the pandemic, when developed countries with world-class health infrastructure such as the US and the UK among others struggling, and in the development of vaccines. In this situation, a young politician, who has so far ruled India’s largest populous state Utter Pradesh one full-terms, said, “How can I trust the vaccine, which will be used for vaccination by the BJP? We cannot get vaccinated by the BJP’s vaccine”, and added, “SP will come to power in the state after 2022 elections and everybody would get the vaccine for free.” It looks like Covid-19 is less dangerous than those who see pandemic as a political blessing in disguise.

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