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Handling virus, and aberrations

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Handling virus, and aberrations

Keki Daruwalla

IT is not too difficult to be critical and carping of state policies or actions. But tackling an unprecedented human crisis in a diverse country with its tangential pulls, interests, lobbies is a tremendous task. Managing the crisis, limiting the deaths must have been quite a feat. Managing all this while keeping to constitutional and democratic norms is even more difficult. Political agendas remain what they are even if we are in a sort of national struggle against a killer virus. But then, we are asking for the moon.

In these difficult times, we need to burrow inwards. We have to focus on our faults rather than look outwards and pat our own backs, since there is no one else to do it. Just thumping our chest and saying we have done better than say Italy or UK and America is not of much use. That 20 lakh crore oration has already been forgotten and later it was hinted that it included a miasma of other promissory notes issued by the government. Our only panacea seems a lockdown, no one can think beyond it. Could I add something really dismal? Suppose that hoped-for vaccine never comes? Suppose the Holy Grail, forgive the mixed metaphor, remains remote, a UFO that evades us, vanishes into the unknown. Humanity is, as a species, resilient. After all, we wrestled with the Black Death without a vaccine and the Justinian Plague much before it. Incidentally, the Black Death, which took away 150 million lives, also emanated from China.

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