In the holy month of Ramadan, as the Muslims around the world were observing fast and offering prayers, horrifying series of incidents were reported from Afghanistan. On 12 May 2020, in Kabul, at 10 a.m., three militants stormed the maternity ward of a hospital and killed at least 15 people. Among the dead were medical workers, a police officer, and mothers with their newborns waiting to see the light outside the hospital.

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करोना-जनित संकट की मार को और अब ज्यादा न सहने के फलस्वरूप अपने-अपने ठिकानों से घर-गाँव जाते और रास्तों में फंसे मज़दूरों का मर्मान्तक हाल लगभग हर चैनल अपनी लच्छेदार/भावपूर्ण कमेंटरी के साथ इन दिनों दिखा रहा है। शायद अपनी टी-आर-पी बढाने के लिए।

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The poor of the world have a nasty habit of disturbing the even tenor of ordered life, the status quo; they threaten the peace and calm when it is least expected of them. As if it was not labour enough for the governments, in centre and in the states, to have evacuated several lacs of those better off Indians by aircrafts and ships, this problem of migrant labours leaps up.

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A very eminent professor of economics at Cambridge, of Indian origin, with whom I conversed once or twice, tweeted to an absolute excess on the disproportionate focus on Covid-19, quoting the number of deaths from other causes to make his point. So, I engaged him one day. It was not its capacity to kill, but the anxiety on account of instant contagion, that has brought down this world.

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The closing lines of The Plague by Albert Camus's "the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen-chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks, and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day would come when, for the bane and the enlightening of men, it would rouse up its rats again and send them forth to die in a happy city," just about sum up the attitude of a medicalised society which treats all of germs , pathogens , microbe , lonely, lost strands of RNA are its sworn enemies.

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After nearly two months in the bunker cutting off all social contacts, we are told 3,506,924 people (at the time of writing) got infected with coronavirus worldwide. This has claimed the lives of 247,473 including those of 65,000 in the USA alone. Nearly 1,125,255 patients (32%) recovered, but the pandemic has taken a huge toll on all aspects of people’s lives.

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समय को इस सृष्टि की सबसे अनुपम और बलवती वस्तु माना गया है। जब समय यानी वक्त बदलता है तो इंसान को राजा से रंक और रंक से राजा बना देता है। इसके कहर से बड़े-बड़े राजा-महाराजा तक घबराते हैं।

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The unprovoked yet violent attacks recently carried on a team of doctors and paramedics on duty in Indore and other places in the country must be condemned by all quarters in the strongest possible words. Furthermore, to set a precedent and send across a strong message, a quick and stringent action on part of the government must be taken against those erring hoodlums.

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