Thank you my dear friend Isaac, for your well considered views on my article “ World Economic Crisis Due to Covid- 19 —Apocalyptic Warning.”
The saying, “In the long run, we all are dead” is that of the renowned Economist John Maynard Keynes, who lived through the 1929 “Great Depression “. It simply points to the urgency to take remedial action to get over the grim and precarious economic and financial situation. It is a plea to the policy makers to take immediate steps to alleviate the sufferings of the unprotected, with no jobs, and hence no income — not to wait for eons. In a typical bureaucratic set up, decision making is delayed: by the time some thing is put in operation , the affected people could be in their graves stone cold. I was just trying to point out the urgency for cash transfer to the jobless people to buy food and other essentials as a stop gap measure.
I don’t see any rainbow in the sky above at the moment only the threatening dark clouds. The sun may come, but many may not be there to warm themselves thereof. Like every body else I too live in hope, and to like to have a rose garden along with the sun shine.
I am no fairy with a magic wand to make every distressed Cinderella a beautiful princess and her Prince Charming waiting for her with a wedding ring. I am a realist who doesn’t want entertain false hopes; I have my share of warts in my being. I am a frail old man, ineffective and powerless. I just try to do my duty as a citizen of our country.
I learned my economics from a way-side fruit vendor, “ bhyiah “ , who told me, when I complained of increased price of “ chikkoo”; “sahib, ye cheeze sub lok ghathe nahim, sab lok ghayega to, apko a dham me nahi milega “ (“ if every one eats this fruit, you won’t get it in this price”)
According to the medical experts world over Covid – 19 will be with us for some months to come at least. If one virus go away, another may emerge in its place.We cannot shut our eyes and pretend that all is good; but adjust ourselves suitably. The effects of the pandemic 1918 Spanish Flue are still with the world.
It is high time we stop to be excessively greedy. The acquisitive mindset scarifying human values and plundering of nature should cease . The marauding of the earth’s resources upsetting the fine balance of nature will have to end. The denuding of the forest cover of Amazon region is a grim scenario. Our children and grandchildren will be the worst sufferers if we don’t mend our ways.
My doctor son, one of the WHO expert panel members, warns me day in day out to practice social distancing meticulously and tells me that the everything coming from outside including milk sachets should be washed with soap to get rid of Coronavirus and not to touch the packets delivers by Amazon at least for three days. Since self and wife are pretty old and alone, never to venture out side. Any one with even a iota of common sense cannot believe the rantings of Trump and his bizarre views. He fulminates against everybody and every thing under the sun. People doubt his mental capacity. The President of Brazil is another such character.
Yogasana is most useful for the potbellied well-to- do to let out their “gobar gas” accumulated in their stomachs. A person who is forced by circumstances to be out in the hot sun since the crack of the dawn to make a living, does not have the equanimity to be relaxed and do pranayama. One cannot acquire immunity by quack remedies. Never ever go to a swimming pool with others, for some more months. Be satisfied with the bathtub at home. Meditation does not guarantee immunity. It is good for hypertension. Drinking cow urine, eating cow dung may not help, but could be dangerous. Nowadays cows do not get grass to eat. Have we forgotten the Mad-cow decease? Jumping into the Ganga and swallowing its water full of human waste will be the sure way to get all sorts of water borne deceases.
We all have seen the gut wrenching scene of a mother in the “savasana” posture and in “nirvana” on a railway platform and her young child desperately trying to wake her up. Was the man found dead in the toilet of a train for migrant workers left this world because he failed to practice “hatayoga”?
We are living under the encircling gloom. Some of us may survive by sheer luck and not by pluck. I don’t like to be a prophet of doom but cannot wish away realities.
I don’t see any beam of hope at the end of a short tunnel.
Immediately. Neither am I God Almighty to set everything alright, but a frail old man. I don’t want to be the bearer of ill-tides , but I don’t see any other option; l know mine is a “cry —or is it a whimper? — amidst the howling winds of the desert wilderness. So help everyone God, if any, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear?