I born in this India?
Every morning you wake up with hope that
soon fritters away when you look at the newspaper, your WhatsApp group
chats that speak of yet another death and extended family members, friends
and acquaintances falling prey to Covid-19.
There is, perhaps, no family that has remained
I lost a dear cousin and another in a few
days. Added to that was the fact that the first cousin’s son and
daughter-in-law along with their two kids also contracted the dreaded
sickness. The son had to be sent to hospital and later ICU.
A niece – bright young lady –
is still in hospital having spent quite a few days in ICU.
A photograph that continues to haunt is
the one of a crematorium with literally hundreds of covid corpses on fire.
And the other that haunts most of us are
those of long queues for oxygen.
Where in the world do we find relatives of patients running around for
There is, however, a silver lining if I
may call it that.
It is the spirit of us Indians.
Within days, social media was buzzing with
news about help – with ambulances, oxygen cylinders, drugs, plasma,
food and much, much more.
This, at a time, when we did not see any
government or governance.
Even today, we seem to have been left in
an India where no one knows what is happening. The economy is not doing
well at all, Covid cases continue, though they look like they have been
arrested and lockdowns continue. Amidst all this, the government has launched
an ambitious project—the Central Vista Redevelopment Project in
The cost of the Central Vista Redevelopment
project, which also includes a Common Central Secretariat and the Special
Protection Group (SPG) building, has been estimated to be around US$2.8
billion spread over four years.
Do we need this right now?
Well, that is ‘my India’ today!