Remember the time when 2020 was welcomed with memes like “THIS WILL BE MY YEAR!”
Well, four months into the new decade and the world is under the grip of extreme paranoia, courtesy COVID 19.
People across the world seem to be engaging in heated debates about the various conspiracy theories as to how mankind reached this state of absolute chaos. In the end, the meme loving folks all boil down to amusedly suspecting the acquired palates of a certain group.
While the virus serves is a source of panicked discussion among many, there is a section of the population for whom the bigger concern is just to survive the lockdown.
Imagine waking up to a world where your medical certificate is more important than your passport for traveling across the world.
Sounds like a Rip Van Winkle moment right?
Until you hear a renowned Foreign Policy Analyst harp on how globalization has been taken for granted and that this pandemic will affect the attitude of global citizens.
“De-globalization will intensify”, said Fareed Zakaria in an interview with India Today.
The concept of such documents becoming the need of the hour soon doesn’t seem to be just baseless fallout then, does it?
Thus the question that comes to the immediate forefront during this uncertainty is – What kind of a world will we wake up into, once the pandemic passes over?
Will This Lockdown Change The Way We Interact With Nature?
Mankind had engaged themselves in a race of achieving heights without paying much heed to its effects on the other spheres of the world. Capitalist interests had blinded the masses to an extent where they chose to ignore Nature and its other elements that inhabit the Earth.
In the last one year itself there were more than 300 natural disasters registered globally.
In fact posts across various social media platforms have talked about this virus being Nature’s way to claim what it rightfully deserves.
A report by CNN mentions the drastic levels to which pollution has dropped in the capital city from “91 micrograms per cubic meter on March 20, to 26 on March 27”.
Cases of animals entering the cities from the forests have been reported across the country.
So finally, is there a light at the end of the tunnel for Mother Nature? Maybe once this viral storm passes over; there is hope for humans to be in peaceful-coexistence with the other realms of the planet.
Will The Temporary Measures Be Confined Only To This Period Of Pandemic?
Extensive use of advanced technology has helped governments to keep a track of this disease to a great extent. Some of them include extreme use of surveillance tools, as officials prioritize health over privacy at this hour of crisis.
Yuval Noah Harari’s article on ‘The World After Coronavirus’, however, gives us an interesting take on the status of these measures in the near future.
“Temporary measures have a nasty habit of outlasting emergencies, especially as there is always a new emergency lurking on the horizon” he says.
So the big question that looms over our head now is that will the Government use these measures (more so sensitive data) beyond the period of emergency for their own benefits?
If it were to be so, we are possibly heading into a future where each step and action of ours gets recorded, making a gross invasion into our privacies.
The only current measure that should be continued even post this pandemic is reinforcing the healthcare infrastructure and add renewed focus to it.
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How Will The Economy Be Addressed?
The pandemic has exposed the country’s healthcare systems to a gross reality as to where we stand – the need for an immediate increase in the investments in this sector. However, healthcare isn’t the only sector which has been facing the extreme wrath of this virus.
The economy globally has been hugely compromised because of the sudden shutdown. In the upcoming days, India will have to face an acute recession as cash flow has come to a sudden halt.
The GDP growth per day is going through an estimated loss of 50,000 crore rupees per day.
In a country like ours, where 85% of the economy is catered to by the unorganized sector, the sudden displacement of the migrant workers can become a cause of huge concern, for there is no certainty as to when they would be able to go back to work.
Despite, these alarming situations, the measures collectively taken by the RBI and Government to infuse liquidity in the economy and ease the burden off its citizens has been lauded across the world.
Manufacturing, service, retail, supply-chains – all sectors have been acutely affected.
This will certainly have its rippling effect on the earnings and grossly muted demand.
Thus, time will decide the course of India’s economy post the emergency blows over.
A solution seeking debate that might arise (an intriguing one too) is that – will a probable practice of de-globalization then give birth to a culture of inward-looking economies?
We have all gotten engaged in a rat race to make a place for ourselves in this immensely competitive world. An uncertain hiatus in between could either make us introspect that lifestyle and slow down or rejuvenate us to come back with a greater enthusiasm.
After all 1.3 billion people resuming their lives after a complete standstill of three or more weeks is bound to change the courses of history.
While the virus in all probability will limit the activities of a global citizen, it will knit the world together with sentiments of brotherhood and togetherness, just like Michael Jackson’s song stated – “Heal The World, Make It A Better Place.”
The world post this interlude will no longer be a continuation of its precursory image. We will turn on a new leaf.
What remains a question is how we view it- using the same old lenses of the past, all cleaned and repaired or using a brand new pair, giving it a fresh start?
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Sources: CNN, India Today, Financial Times, The Guardian
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Loved the article. The author successfully captures three major domains and instills her thoughts and conveys her apprehensions through facts. Interesting references and data have also been used to grasp the attention of the reader while simultaneously conveying the greater concern. Good work.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-researched and insightful peice. It packs so much and is yet a breezy read.
The Jews created Jesus and then, Paul made the fiction of Christianity and the Church,which was hijacked by the Jews to suit their agenda.Capitalism is a byproduct of Christianity and the Jews have used an atheist PRC, to strike a blow at the basic values and freedoms of Capitalism – vide the COVID.It was the Jew who created the N-B and C weapons – it is their payback.-as those who killed the Jews were Christians or Quasi Christians
COVID is an attack on Capitalism – whose fragility is the intellect of the masses – who are as dumb as conventional Christians.In essence, Jesus turned the world upside down,w/o knowing so, and w/o anticipating the success of his followers,in espousing the causes of the dregs of society (like the Indians and their clones in South East Asia).The Bhakti Cult and Sikhism of Nanak is “a wannabe Jesus cult” – and if the lost 20 years of Jesus,were spent in India,with Hindoos – that would be worst cardinal sin on sentience – thereby fulfilling the curse of Hindooism.dindooohindoo
If it all started with a Chinese eating some bats and sea food,in Wuhan – then cremating dead bodies is a non-starter – except in DU casings.Who believes the sea food story ? Where is Patient ZERO ? It is a bio-experiment or an accident from a bio weapon lab in PRC – to prove to the world – that IT IS THE ONLY NATION IN THE WORLD WITH A VIABLE MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN.PRC can Auschwitz any SAR or part of PRC, in paramount national interest.The Chinese have destroyed the Indian Nation and in part, the West – with a 100 USD virus – and the US satellites and the CIA could not spot the unusual agglomerations in Wuhan !
Indian Banking and industry are doomed in 1 stroke,and agriculture will soon follow, in a few months. Chinese manufacturing and energy infrastructure is strategically spread all across the nation and all across the sea coast.
Like I said,in my post,as above
The Hindoos still think they are the best in the world ! dindooohindoo
A nation of 1.2 billion,is doing 20,000 tests in ONE DAY !
ONE DAY !
These are the normal tests, and NOT the rapid tests !
The clowns still do not have the rapid test kits !
A nation of 1.2 billion should do 1,00,000 tests a day ! The Indian PM has allowed the diversion of the kits to the USA
Net Result – Millions of Indians with antibodies – have had the antibodies exited and infected millions more – of which there is no record,and no quarantine !
Even if the antibodies are detected – it is now,too late – as the carriers would have infected millions,by now
In addition,an “assumed immunity” is no guarantee of re-currence,and is a certain fatal extermination.It is a certainty with the Indians.
It is all the Disaster of the Chaiwala. Numbers manipulation.Indians cannot do creative and innovative maths.
They are only good to clean toilets.
The Chaiwala is trying to keep the numbers low – by not testing,and also, by testing “normal clowns” – to keep the infection ratio at half the world norm.All nations have the same ratio – just a pure chance ! Creative Maths !
Like Demo – this will also blow up !
The infection ratios and numbers will keep rising.
It is a complete destruction – and permanent.
Within 30 days – food riots and looting will start and the military will be on the streets – and will fail.Military on the streets,is the time for PRC and Pakistan to strike. If Pakistan falls to COVID – even economically, they will take down Hindooossthan !
And the Biggest Disaster – Ramadan – Will “Indian” Muslims rely on Allah or the Chaiwala or the rented Muslims working for the Chaiwala ?
Industry = Doomed
Banking = Doomed
Mudra = Completely Doomed
Agriculture = will also be doomed – as there will no labour and logistics across the supply chain.
Will the Indian Dindoo Muslims and other minorities , resurrect their insurrection ?