Small steps back to normal . . . Mahouts with
their elephants wait for tourists that so far are few and far between
at the historical Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India that reopened
on June 16, 2021 after authorities eased some restrictions in the
ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.
COVID Devastation of India
(New Delhi, June 21, 2021) —Why do we still seem to be
living in denial? The second COVID wave that struck major metros and cities—in
fact, the whole of India—taking away near and dear ones does not
seem to have jolted us.
Why else would we not press the accelerator
Why else would India media keep on suppressing
The second wave took away relatives and
friends. A cousin with a 10-year-old daughter passed away simply because
he could not get oxygen and proper medical care. A
nephew could not perform the last rites for his mother. And there are
But there were leaders – both from
the government and the opposition – who went about holding election
rallies that saw thousands.
To top it all, the government allowed the
Kumbh Mela – simply because it happens to be the largest Hindu religious
The Mela saw the gathering of millions,
of course without adherence to COVID protocols. Most treacherous of all,
it now appears that the COVID tests that were done for the Mela were fake.
Strange are the ways that our government
The delay in vaccinating the large Indian
population has resulted in confusion and apprehension.
Worse our leaders continue to remain in
denial about preparations for the second wave, the deaths due to COVID
and the oxygen fiasco.
Repression Drives Fake Media
Perhaps, what is more saddening is the manner
in which our leaders want to brush off the hard truths about the economy.
We have a huge number of unemployed, inflation is staring us in the face
and petrol prices are around $1.50 per litre (Rs 100). But our leaders
say that it is a temporary blip. And if anyone was to comment or write
the truth, it is viewed as anti-national and often a term in jail.
Tweets Tell of the Hell
The frightening condition of India has erupted
in Tweets like:
“I must confess I'm not surprised
anymore. I've lost whatever little hope I had of our country and countrymen.
Personally I believe no government can help us get out of the absolute
ruin we are in.” (@AnindaManna1969).
Or, the West Bengal Finance Minister saying:
“Putting tax on life-saving drugs is criminal, this government
is totally unaware of the people's needs.” (@DrAmitMitra),
and “Unemployment at its worst in nearly 3 decades. 230 million
Indians pushed into poverty. Does India’s post-#Covid19 situation
threaten #Modi’s political hegemony?”
Hope from the Heavens
The silver lining, however, has been air
Air cargo has delivered, despite aviation
being the worst hit.
Not a day passes without us being informed
that vaccinations have reached some Tier-2 or Tier-3 airport.
Air cargo in India has a potential that
suddenly almost overnight is being recognized in almost every quarter.
Blue Dart, for example, has been facilitating
the transport of oxygen concentrators amongst other essential COVID relief
medical equipment across the length and breadth of India.
As Balfour Manuel, Managing Director, Blue
Dart pointed out:
“Blue Dart continues to use its fleet
of Boeing 757 freighters and resources at its disposal to play a key role
in transporting O2 concentrators and critical medical supplies within
the country; through our scheduled and International charter flights,
ground network; supporting individuals and corporations alike.
“Through out this cruel pandemic,
our people, have demonstrated their ‘Can do’ attitude standing
true to our value of customer-centricity.”
More Home Work Deeper Into Summer
Now it's July – and hopefully more
of the country’s businesses will open up.
We hope and pray to see less dependence
on physical offices.
Work from home has become a lot sophisticated,
thanks to technology.
And although cargo entails a lot of physical
contacts, technology will be able to cut down the physical presence at
offices during dispatches. This shift to technology will help the industry
stakeholders to move to block chain and AI and become even more efficient.