The extreme outburst of COVID-19 dreadfully unleashed its havoc globally, engulfing both rich and the poor. Resulting in disruption of a global stature, the disease has not spared even the developed countries. The dedicated medical staff all around the world are working relentlessly, and must be applauded for their limitless sincerity and hard work on the battlefield for fighting the disease, saving lives and fending the infected.
My evoked emotions urged me to use my voice in the craft of writing to the utmost, so as to give a little concern even in a small manner. Knowing about the outbreak that has been growing day-by-day has made me more vigilant, careful and aware of my surroundings. Avoidance of media paves no way because, by the end of the day, the scenario comes back flickering in my head.
The best escapism is to abide by the rules declared by the Government. Trying my level best, I remained inside and avoided people and public places as much as possible. This enabled me to spend more time reading books, jotting down some thoughts, and taking care of my beloved mongrel. The racism faced by people from North East India never ceases to slip off my mind.
In these bleak moments, why are communities from the North-Eastern region of India being mistreated and provoked under the name of Corona? Our features may exhibit a different outlook regarding our tradition and culture than that of others, but the inception of an outburst of the COVID virus is neither from our region nor any of our states. Does it make us lesser ‘Indians’? Our ‘chinkiness’ is not an outlook to be savagely discriminated against. Imposed opinions cannot demarcate our identity. Such imbecile actions should be completely mitigated. We may have small eyes, but we open them widely in seeing the world with our own uniqueness, value, and pride in our culture.
My state Mizoram follows exemplary measures to abide by the rules of the lockdown. The stupendous performance of the local task force is the driving force that binds the society in equality and unity, supplying urgent needs regardless of anyone’s stature. Even non-residential communities are not spared from being famished. ‘Tlawmngaihna’, a humble act of laying our life before others, truly prevails once again. Though churches are closed for the time being, worships and devotions are conducted sincerely in our own homes. Yes, unity is our blazing strength.
Religious communalism is one crucial factor that ought to be erased in the whole scenario of India during these undesirable hours. Likewise, if atrocities prevail, the outcome would only be disunity in our fight against the disease. As prevention is better than cure, it is important to abide by the safety measures and respect each other’s religious background in unison.
The lockdown moments have taught me the value of so many things I had taken for granted on my walks on Earth. Now is the perfect time to reflect and meditate about the simple things we have missed out on. Together, we can build a better atmosphere!
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