Be it television, newspapers or the internet – every source of information is full of news around the Coronavirus pandemic. The sheer number of people infected with this virus, let alone the number of people who have succumbed to death, is terrifying.As countries with much better healthcare systems and much lower populace than ours lay in tatters due to the pandemic, a burning question arises: How does India need to deal with Coronavirus?
The Indian government has taken calculated steps at the right time in order to prevent the virus from spreading beyond control. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, enlisted some steps which could be taken on personal and community level; he declared complete lockdown in India, effectively reducing the number of people physically interacting with each other.
However, various news channels have reported people paying no heed to the government’s warnings and advisories. Many are still roaming around in a carefree fashion, as if nothing has happened.
Others are coming out of their houses to see how it feels to take a stroll on an empty road, among closed shutters, with not a soul to be seen. It is people like these who pose the greatest challenge for the country in its fight against Coronavirus.
Saharasri Subrata Roy, in a recent message to the citizens of India, discussed in great detail how these people are putting not one or two people, but entire neighborhoods at risk of catching the deadly virus. In his letter, Subrata Roy Ji called out the negligent people for their actions, and said that no force from the beyond can save such people’s lives if they keep on ignoring the safety measures listed by various health experts and the government.
In his letter, the Sahara India founder also discussed the importance of adopting safe practices such as covering face while coughing or sneezing, washing hands with soap at regular intervals, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, maintaining social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and strictly following the directives laid out by the government.
Just like Saharasri said, it indeed is the duty of every citizen of India to be aware of their responsibility. We all need to stand against orthodox views and prevent such views to be circulated in any form of media.
While the government it fulfilling its duty to protect the residents of this country, the authority might need to take some drastic steps if people continue being careless and refuse to cooperate.
Not just our country, but the entire world is going through a really difficult time right now. As responsible citizens, it becomes our first and foremost duty to cooperate with our government in this fight against the pandemic.
Ensuring the health and safety of oneself is just as important as ensuring the health and safety of the community. Since there is no definite cure available to treat this infection, the best way out is to practice social distancing.
Stay at home, eat healthy, and be safe.