From the times when we as “Humans " were created by Almighty , we started to evolve ourselves on multidimensional grounds like for the purpose of better living , better health and better food. All these factors agglomerated which ignited the spark called greed and desire. Greed and desire we believe has dual consequences that is progression and regression. It leads to progress and development if taken positively but if a fine line is crossed, it also leads to devastation concomitantly.
For a nation to be called a progressive one, the blood and idiosyncrasy of its youth has a vital role to play. If youth has greed and desire for a constructive goal, that leads to competition which in turn leads to efficiency and hence a way for a progressive nation. If greed or desire is just for the human satiety, it leads to equal devastation of nature and mankind and the best example is Covid19 hovering over and currently proving as a global apocalypse.
Well, if we talk about the chronology, as time passed, this greed and desire intensified exponentially in our society. It finally took its shape in the form of rupee, region and religion. These 3 R's proved to be both beneficial and detrimental.
For a society to progress, these are considered as backbones, but now they are used as tools and are responsible for the present derogatory status of our society and hence mankind. A cohort of people at times make religion as a tool to fulfill their desires and likewise rupee and region for their personal benefits.
Protecting and defending the territory is ok, but spending major part of the economy for its defence at the cost of depriving its health sector is not a wise step too. If people living inside the territory (region) are not well then for whom are we going to conserve and defend that territory? It has been roughly analysed and estimated that the amount it will require eradicating malaria from the world is equal to the cost of one aircraft carrier approximately.
But as we know, nature loves symmetry, when all these infringed activities by us got beyond our control, nature had to intervene and for that we believe COVID 19 a miniscule particle, is Almighty’s envoy to teach us a lesson and this lesson we have to learn and propagate to our posterity. If we turn the pages of past, we will find that the earliest humans were selfless creatures in the sense that they had just to “hunt and survive” without nose-diving in nature.
Just observe, we match that epoch now although we have facilities around us but we don't have access. This pandemic era although taught various things mostly egalitarianism, patience and inclusive social behaviour.
Egalitarianism, in the sense, that this virus affects without any distinction of race, religion, colour and creed in a similar way as other infectious agents but it has manifested a sense of equality in the society. For instance a rich becomes infected, he will not go for any special treatment within or outside the country nor will he be given any kind of immunity or privilege, so all lie in the same queue.
This depicts the equal treatment to all and other is patience which is of utmost importance. Staying inside the mansion and circulating in a vicious cycle for such a long period is really exemplary and it resulted in commingling of our society.
But what we are doing is worth pondering .We are injecting hatred and stratifying the society from our homes. We even didn't spare our family where we have lost the subjectivity. Being educated, we are engaged in fratricidal strife. Hence we have lost the sanity and humanity, more importantly the credibility of being “Ashraf Ul Makhlookaaat” meaning the most honourable creatures. What we are facing today is the outcome of our sinister activities with nature.
I am surprised what will happen tomorrow when this calamity will vanish and we have to face each-other? Instead of blaming the whole mankind we are busy in blaming and targeting the section of the society and for that we are finding ways and reasons to blame. This distinct and communal approach is intensifying day after day.
However, sadly, this is nothing more than a brazen barrage of prostrations and incorrigible behaviour of man but on the contrary, in previous times of pandemic like plague, pox etc, they followed egalitarianism concept. Some realities have only marginally changed over the last century. The nature of the administration has drastically transformed from the colonial government to a democratically elected one. Back in 1918, when deadly Spanish flu started to engulf the world, in India it was not different. A Hindi poet “Suryakant Tripathi” popularly known as Nirala wrote that “Ganga was swollen with dead bodies”.
While exposing the deep vulnerabilities that existed across colonial India, the flu left some long-lasting effects as well. The British found them incapable and incompetent of handling that crisis on that scale. So a lot of local and caste organisations collectively mobilised themselves to assist relief efforts. Such grass root organisations had existed across India for a while but the flu united them across the country for a single cause.
Everyone was treated equally without any identification. The time is not far when racism, fascism and solecism will land the whole mankind in trouble and we won't be able to stem the tide of God’s wrath.
It’s high time to introspect and act wisely by political, communal, and Ideological unification and that is the need of an hour and we should use our economy wisely. Let’s forget our region, let’s follow our religion and let’s utilise our rupee for the real purpose.
Remember together we fight, together we win.
Authors are Post Graduate Scholars at FVSC &AH, Shuhama, SKUAST-K.