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Covid-19 changed the world? 6 old issues that plague India even amid pandemic

A lot of discussions are there about the pandemic changing the old world order and bringing a new one. New normal has set in, people are learning to live with the pandemic, following new norms of living and are often debating how we can’t get back to the old world.

It’s true that the world has changed forever. The lives of millions of people have witnessed havoc changes in just past few months. However, certain old wounds of the world don’t seem to heal even amid this pandemic and continue to go on unabated. In this article, we will talk about those issues by highlighting some recent untoward incidents.

Here are six incidents which prove some  old issues continue to plague India even amid this unprecedented health crisis

1. Sexual assault against children

A 14-year-old girl, a Covid-19 patient, was sexually assaulted by another patient at a quarantine centre in India’s capital New Delhi. The accused, 19, and his accomplice even filmed the crime that took place inside a bathroom of the quarantine facility. The accused duo have been arrested. The quarantine facility was hailed as the world’s largest for its 10,000 beds capacity by the Delhi government but such an unfortunate incident took place in it.

We already know how domestic violence and child abuse have soared in this lockdown period across the world. India is no exception. And this incident proves violence against children in unabated even in this Covid-19 crisis.

2. Havoc floods in the Northeast

Surprisingly despite over 100 death toll, the floods of Northeast India never manage to catch the Centre’s attention. Floods in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya or any other states in Northeast is an annual crisis. The pictures of widespread devastation of lives and livelihoods come to the fore every monsoon but the situation remains the same. Even in the time of corona.

Even former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who last year went to Kaziranga National Park to shoot a documentary expressed his concern about the Assam floods. But the state never receives any government measure to get rid of this annual calamity permanently.

According to a report by the HT, over 46,000 people have been displaced by the deluge and were taking shelter in 457 relief camps in 16 districts. A total of 1.2 lakh hectare of cropland has been ruined. Though Bihar and Meghalaya are also reeling under floods, but Assam’s is an annual calamity that strikes without a fail.

3. Establishment of Ram temple

A virus doesn’t pick and choose between Hindu, Muslim or people with any other religious backgrounds, but our country is still holding onto old faiths and unscientific explanation. Therefore, Madhya Pradesh’s protemSpeaker can easily declare that establishing Ram temple in Ayodhya will bring an end to this pandemic crisis. “He (Lord Ram) had reincarnated for the welfare of mankind and to kill demons at that time. As soon as the construction of Ram Temple begins, the destruction of the Covid pandemic will begin too,” Sharma was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. No doubt every citizen should have the freedom to practise their religion but proactiveness of the state and central governments and elaborate arrangements for the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Ram temple to the Ram Janmabhoomi complex in Ayodhya on August 5 during a global health crisis raises concern. Such proactiveness of the governments would have brought better results to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country instead.

This proves that things have somewhat remained the same in India since 1992 when Babri Masjid was demolished and the infamous riots began. Here religion still scores over science or healthcare.

4. Tug of war over Rajasthan’s rulership

Even amid this serious health crisis which has already claimed 32,000 lives and still counting, our leaders are busy with petty politics and power play. Who will grab the chief minister’s post in Rajasthan? This issue has been grabbing headlines simultaneously with any Covid-19 news for the past couple of weeks. The usual Congress-BJP mudslinging over who is responsible for the political crisis in Rajasthan is on even with nearly 15 lakh infections in the country so far. Which camp will ultimately have the last laugh, Ashok Gehlot or the Congress rebel Sachin Pilot, is still an issue considered by many as more important than Covid-19 crisis. Politicians will be politicians, even though a health crisis crippling common people’s lives.

5. Political violence in Bengal

This is another old malady of India, political violence and loss of lives owing to conflicts between various political parties. Even Covid-19 crisis couldn’t bring any change or stop to this issue in Bengal, notorious for its political violence. The extent of such violence is even rising as Assembly elections of Bengal will take place next year. Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed his concern about the issue to Home minister Amit Shah recently. Dhankhar also expressed his displeasure over the Bengal government and alleged that the chief minister failed to take care of the law and order situation.

Various districts of Bengal are witnessing clashes between the ruling TMC supporters and BJP followers. Social distancing or face masks don’t even exist there and cops are mere spectators. To know more click here.

6. Theft of natural resources

We all know that Northeast India is full of natural resources. Coal is one such high-priced natural resource that is being illegally procured and transported from Meghalaya even during this pandemic. The issue is nothing new but another old malady of the country. And it still goes unabated. Two persons were arrested recently for transporting coal illegally from Meghalaya. Last year, the names of some political bigwigs got involved into this. However, no measure has been taken to put an end to this. Similar is the story of illegal transportation of cattle via the Bangladesh border from the Northeast states.


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