India is presently reeling from the second wave of Covid-19. I’m sure you’ve read about this already. What is the remedy for the many ills facing my country, I wonder.
What is the remedy?
I watch helplessly as thousands of my fellow citizens struggle
To get treatment
To get admission into hospitals….
There are even queues to cremate the dead.
Horrific scenes of patients sharing a bed
Of oxygen cylinders being taken away to be given to powerful people
Of mothers crying for their sons to be seen by a doctor
Of sons falling to their knees to plead for help
Daughters struggling to gather money to pay hospitals
Requests for lactating mothers to feed newborns whose mothers have died
Of doctors and nurses struggling to make do with limited resources
Doctors breaking down because their hospitals have no more oxygen and the patients will die on their watch
Cremation ground workers and priests not getting a break as the bodies keep coming in….
This is worse than war.
This is a human tragedy created by hubris and ineptitude
A government that came to power on a hate agenda
To rid this multicultural land of every non-Hindu
Intolerance and corruption is what has brought us to this.
And yet even now, the government is only bothered appearances
About keeping the image of the Prime Minister intact
Busy lying and in one State, throwing people in jail for even asking for oxygen!
What is the remedy?
How do we regain all we’ve lost
Not just lives, not just families
But our humanity?
How do we move towards kindness and tolerance
Is there any hope, any remedy?
This post was written in response to Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday prompt – Remedy
Fight back. Help. Share. Show love and compassion. Stop keeping quiet. Use our voices without fear, because really how much worse can it get? It is exhausting, I know , but if we lend each other our shoulders and not give up or give in. Just like soldiers marching to the beat of the truth, keep helping, keep humanity alive. Evil feeds on fear. It’s time we stopped allowing that fear to rule us.
Spot on, Sunita. We all need to do our bit fearlessly. When I read about the young man who has converted his autorickshaw into an ambulance, I realized that the poor are showing us the way!
There are no “powerful people” without those they claim power over. Vote them out. Shame them out. They will learn, without help from anyone, that death cannot be cheated and cares little for money. Taking resources from the poor will not save them when the virus ravages their bodies. And those they displace – those are their healthcare workers’ families and friends and neighbors. Kindness is all we have in the end, and some don’t even have that.
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By showing each other kindness…i know right now it’s silver lining but can’t lose hope
Yes, that’s what we can do, Ruchi. Reaching out to those in need with kindness and sharing resources.
Corinne, may I read this during prayer time in worship tomorrow? I hesitate to call it “Joys and Concerns.” Please let me know. Not sure about the time difference, but I will look for your response before I leave for church about 9 a.m. est
Yes, please do, Michelle. Would be grateful.
Got it, thanks. getting out of my jeans and into church duds. Blessings, Michele
What you have described is horrific Corinne. There are no words of comfort that can be said. It sounds like war. Is it mostly the poor who are suffering or is this killing across all economic levels? I’m wondering if poorer people are vulnerable from poor nutrition. I assume it’s killing rich and poor though from what you said about oxygen being taken away. May you continue to stay safe and I hope you can somehow protect yourself from the horror of what you are experiencing. None of us anywhere should be complacent, we are all on the same planetxxx
I totally agree with every word you’ve written, Corinne. The situation is worse than war and the government apathy and indifference has only led us to this day!
We must keep the fight on. You, me and the common man who’s now the saviour despite being a hapless victim himself/herself! We have nowhere else to go except to stand by each other and do whatever we can do.
The one remedy—to remove all the corrupt politicians from the country is nothing more than wishful thinking at this point!
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