Why I used to be not shocked when quarantined Coronavirus sufferers ran away!
I requested Udai, my colleague, to take these footage utilizing my telephone, whereas I used to be driving the brand new Tata Harrier round Pune final week. Using with out helmets is a common situation in a Pune, which apparently has a wealthy biking tradition. I might by no means perceive why the bikers right here typically do not put on helmets, even when it does not get as sizzling as Delhi. I needed the photographs for my social posts on street security, however out of those, one image stood out, which made me write this weblog. This image underlined the irony of street security in India. A boy on a two-wheeler, not carrying a helmet however a medical masks.
In India, we lose round 1.5 lakh individuals on the road every year. Roughly 400 lives are misplaced every single day. About 17 lives each hour. By the point you end studying this weblog, one Indian would have misplaced his or her life. That is what the determine suggests, which by some means, I do not know why does not scare most of us Indians. It isn’t as of we do not worth our lives, we do, in reality. Loads. Not solely this life however life after too. Then?
It’s a paradox. We Indians do not take pleasure in journey sports activities a lot, racing is simply too harmful, motorsports a taboo. I’ve met so many Indians who’re frightened of flights, of heights. However, we hear “jaako raakhe Saaiyaan, maar sake na koi” type of sayings solely whereas justifying our foolishness on the roads. Future is invoked to justify carelessness, recklessness. So, when quarantined coronavirus sufferers ran away, I used to be not shocked. Heard about individuals hiding their signs, individuals who saved assembly individuals and the individuals who continued partying did not shock me. Including to this record is the most recent case the place Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor too has been examined optimistic for COVID-19. Apparently she had developed flu-like signs 4 days in the past however reportedly attended round three events in Lucknow. Some media experiences are even claiming that the movie star hid in rest room to keep away from screening on the airport. And now, a number of celebrites and a few outstanding politicians have adopted self- isolation. Clearly, we’re not a tradition of precautions; not when we’ve got to make an effort.
Nearly like that younger biker with a masks. I’m not certain if he truly understood the chance of COVID-19 or it was only a formality. To not evaluate however to offer a context, coronavirus has claimed round 10,000 lives in the previous couple of weeks whereas driving with out helmets claims 100 lives, every single day. Sure, day by day. However, we’re nonetheless a careless lot. Even after new motor automobiles act, elevated penalties and the whole lot.
That’s the reason I used to be not shocked. Not shocked when the sufferers ran away from quarantine. Or, when individuals come again from coronavirus hotbeds tried hiding it. Simply the way in which I’m not shocked effectively to do padha-likha professionals making an attempt to run throughout the Noida-Better Noida Expressway every single day, with their headphones and laptop computer baggage on. The expressway with a velocity restrict of 100 kilometres per hour. Or an Activa rider coming from the other way, leaping pink lights. Fortuners and endeavours going all the way in which in reverse lanes to overhaul. They do not shock me anymore. They roam round with ‘above the regulation’ type of perspective, each regulation of the land and pure legal guidelines of physics. We imagine that we’re invincible, nothing will occur to us. That’s the reason we hold forwarding messages within the household Whatsapp group- how Indians are resistant to viruses like coronavirus. That’s the reason sufferers took it so flippantly. The way in which we take street demise numbers even when governments, media, visitors police, NGOs carry on repeating them.
We cannot evaluate tragedies. However, we are able to analyze our response, our perspective. That is the perspective of carelessness and indifference. Precaution is an alien idea for us.
I’m not penning this weblog simply to criticize the careless lot, that is additionally about my religion in these Indians who took it critically. Reported themselves, stayed indoors, practised self-quarantine. Individuals who put on each helmets and masks. We want extra of these.