Doing The Wrong Things At The Right Time.

I am not a great fan of Tony Blair but, this quote from him resonates with me in our current pandemic situation.

India is in the midst of a rampant second wave of the pandemic and unfortunately this has coincided with state elections in some of our states as well as the Kumbh Mela.

Our politicians have been holding rallies in the states that went to the polls and attendance was simply mind-boggling. Likewise, the Kumbh Mela saw huge crowds of people taking the holy dip and this too was scary.

As I was writing this post, I also came to know that the Government of Kerala has regretted their inability to cancel this year’s Thrissur Pooram.

From these huge gatherings, people could become carriers of the pandemic and contribute to further aggravating the already severe conditions in our country. Hospital beds and oxygen are in short supply as well as shortage of vaccines.

I for one am appalled at the lack of civic sense shown by our leaders as well as common people who have allowed tradition to overrule common sense.

“Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.”

~ Friedrich Schiller.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 4 On 1 blog posts where Conrad, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been suggested by me. Please do go over to the other two blogs to see what they have to say on the same topic. Thank you.

22 thoughts on “Doing The Wrong Things At The Right Time.”

  1. The lack of common sense shown throughout this pandemic boggles my mind. I could not agree more with your comment about common sense and tradition. Your country seems to be having a very rough time of it right now.

  2. I too, echo your sentiments.
    When people complied, it appeared we were getting control but then they (some people) wanted to do their thing and WHOOPS! There goes whatever inroads we were making. Scary times my friend, scary times.

  3. Indonesian government has announced to eliminate Eid al-Fitr homecoming this year although Indonesia is a country that has the largest Muslim population. Maybe the government has taken a lesson from your country.
    By the way, the Covid-19 has passed its first birthday in our earth but still not back to home 🙁

  4. Sorry India having such a problem with Covid-19. Other countries, including my U.S., may well face the same problem in the future if more care isn’t exercised here. Do stay safe!

    1. Thank you Joared. Yes, but there also seems to be some silver linings in the form of reports of levelling off and higher rates of recoveries than deaths and registrations flowing in.

  5. What we’ve been seeing from India and Brazil is truly terrifying.

    I’ve been appalled here at the vaccine hesitancy. It is so bad that some vaccination clinics had way more vaccines that they have people coming in to get the shots. That would be a great thing if we had a significant majority who had been vaccinated. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

    I don’t know if it’s people being fearful, macho, or just plain ignorant, but it’s frustrating.

    The only good thing is that the rate if infection from COVID is relatively low.
    Mike recently posted..Warmer, heat, & shots

    1. Who can explain human foolishness? In our case, the message is not being received where it is most needed due to ineffective communication tools available to reach such vast numbers.

  6. I am very saddened to see what is happening with the pandemic in India right now. I so hope the surge is short lived! It is truly tragic.

  7. The COVID-19 situation in India worsens every day and I’m glad you were able to tie it into this topic. Insightful post as always.

    1. Thank you Sanjana. It is not all gloom and doom however. There are positive developments too but, our media does not give sufficient importance to it. Good news is not news.

  8. The pandemic situation in India is horrifying – huge infection rates and people dying for lack of proper treatment such as oxygenation. As you say, it’s extraordinary that massive public gatherings are permitted when clearly they could result in many more infections. I hope India manages to get the virus under control before too long.

    1. Nick, it is not as bad as it sounds when compared on a percentage to population basis. Our death rate as a percentage to population is still lower than the West and our recovery rate is higher too. Our population being so large, the numbers are frightening.

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