During this time of stress and lack of adequate social contact, it is important to count our blessings too. There are lessons in this lockdown. Hopefully countries will spend more on health and less on arms.
Twitter has suggested fact checking two of President Trump’s tweets and it makes the headlines of most papers and now President Trump is issuing an executive order to remedy the situation including possibly shutting down Twitter (“Twitter hides Trump’s tweet for glorifying violence,” May 30, Gulf Today).
Two interesting developments have taken place during this phase. First many companies have started distribution units and vans to deliver their products directly to consumers’ homes.
The plight of migrants in the wake of the sudden lockdown imposed in India is deplorable. It is a colossal failure on the part of the central government that has put the migrant community to such unbearable hardships (“Migrant woman delivers in bus, twins fail to survive,” May 26, Gulf Today).
The scientists at University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group have expressed concerns that they may not be able to complete their research since the virus is diminishing in the UK. The Oxford scientists group should consider commencing simultaneous trials in Africa, at Kenya and in Asia, say India, where the virus is yet very strong. The trials should go on.
Domestic violence has been prevalent ever since the evolution of apes into man. Thus, to call our society civilised is an outrageous lie. In his book ‘If This is a Man’, Primo Levi writes that in the absence of the very laws that man himself has made, man himself would have created ruckus and committed every imaginable crime — murder, thieving, etc. (“Russian women stuck in lockdown hell as abuse surges,” May 25, Gulf Today).
The column about Afghanistan and the shredded social and economic fabric due to war paints a bleak picture. It paints hopelessness and gloom and makes one wonder about the trivialities that causes us to fret - which new car to buy, which school is best for the kid, etc. While here in Afghanistan our counterparts have to think of war and the Taliban, the tussle for the presidential chair and the ensuing power and security for life and family (“New truce could change Afghan blues,” May 23, Gulf Today).
The news of Pakistan International Airlines’ flight that was coming from Lahore to Karachi, and crashed near the port city’s airport in the densely populated area of Model Colony, is so painful and shocking (“Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97,” May 23, Gulf Today).
The city of Mumbai now represents a very grave challenge in India’s fight against COVID-19. India’s financial capital has 25,500 cases, with 882 deaths, as of Saturday. The state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, has been recording around 2,000 new cases per day. Maharashtra state now accounts for 35 per cent and Mumbai accounts for 21.5 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in India. So, the situation is very crucial, particularly in Mumbai city.