Hoarding and black marketing of respirators and other medical equipment amidst the pandemic is disgusting. Listening to the anchors and correspondents in the media offers little hope. It is a struggle for personal survival and to top it up is the fleeing of the country by the extreme rich and the CEO of Serum Institute in whose hands the production of vaccines lies.
To learn that hundreds of respirators bought under PM Cares Fund have been locked away and never put to use is most distressing. Equally mind shattering is to see individuals engaged in black marketing of respirators. But amidst all these mishaps, there are always the few Indians who have not lost their way in this chaos but offer a ray of hope.
Vinit Tyagi, the CEO of INOX Air Product, the largest producer of medical and industrial oxygen, has his plant working 24/7 and has been leading from front in this Covid 19 crisis. When reminded by a reporter that his sister was infected with the virus and was in intensive care, Tyagi said that he had a moral duty to serve the nation for his family to survive.
The norm today is taking care of oneself and family. Sacrificing for the greater good is viewed as having an ulterior motive. How else to explain the behavior of Indians who criticize the social work that the ISHA Foundation is doing in India and other parts of the world.
Sadguru concluded that these are not critics but people who want to wipe you out of the earth. He went on to call them “leaches who have been sucking the blood of the nation.” Sadguru was responding to a question asked by a member of his audience on dealing with unfounded criticisms. His response was that he did not read the responses to the critics because they were too wimpy. It was then a response was read to him and he was happy to learn that someone can fight back. He said that “if such responses to critics are going to be posted on Twitter, then I am going to read them.”
Sadguru then shared with his audience that Hindus need to fight back and provided several examples. He said that Rama did not hold a bow in his hand for decoration. He said that Rama was a peaceful man but when his had to fight he did so. He cited the case of Shisupal who would always insult Krishna who warned him that should he cross the 99th insult, he would be killed. Shisupal did not heed Krishna’s warning and was beheaded. He said that even Gandhi was at time sarcastic in his responses. He said that Gandhi was asked for his view on western civilization and Gandhi said that “it was a good idea.”
As Hindus we have allowed a few Shisupals in our family, community and the nations to ride roughshod over us. It is time for us to allow the Krishna spirit to take care of such extreme acts that work against the welfare and wellbeing of the community.
Hindu dharma has now been reduced to a Pooja where we appeal to the gods to give us good health, wealth and even their intervention to defeat our enemies. How does the Hindu child deal with culture of bullying in schools? Certainly not by doing a Hanuman Pooja! It would be better to engage your son in a keep fit and self-defense class.
Indians need to heed the actions of people like Vinit Tyagi and make the sacrifice, not to flee the country for North America and Europe. And mind you, I am in support of Angela Merkel not to share the patent because it is going to stifle innovation. Just as western nations have spent money on research to find vaccines, Indians can do the same.
Is money only to buy duck and goat and whisky? In India the rich own private jets, and I welcome that. Why can’t Indians own laboratories to conduct research to find vaccines to cure epidemics? The Indian middle class are head over heels for American brands in clothing, shoes, bags, cosmetics but behind in innovation compared to the west.
It is time Indians come to the realization that they must take responsibility for themselves. Listening to Indian anchors and reporters is like listening to a babe crying. The atmosphere in India is one of personal survival-every man and woman putting him/herself first, demanding that the government must attend to all their wishes. It is not a culture of responsibility where the individual holds his future in the palms of his hands.