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The times they are changing!

INDRAMANI ADHIKARI
Barang, Lower Tumin,
East Sikkim

As humans, we expect good times to prevail throughout. We think we deserve it, and once adversity strikes, we are taken aback and find it difficult to cope with it.  What Corona Virus has perhaps taught us is that the ideal path would be celebrating life amidst challenges! 
Sikkim has never been so horrified before. People are often heard comparing the present situation with the September 2011 earthquake. However, from what we have been experiencing in the last one month, this invisible virus seems much more worrisome than the earthquake that caused so much devastation.
The Corona Virus has shaken the entire world. Everything has come to a standstill and perhaps this will have a huge impact on the global socio-economic scenario. In a move to counter Corona disaster, India has had to call for a complete lockdown affecting all personal, social, business and office operations, baring lifesaving essential activities. 
On the contrary, the natural world has emerged as a winner. It is, as if the birds and animals are enjoying their best days under the blue sky and have no fear of their usual predators, who seemed to be acting as the ones regulating their lives. The creator is the happiest one today, we guess! 
The invisible Corona has taken over power of all nuclear scientist and administrators world over. America, Europe, Japan and the Arab countries have all been defeated by this virus.  India, the land of spirituality is not an exception too and techniques like the Sudarshan kriya and Kapal Bhati have begun to find more and more takers.
 In a span of four months this global pandemic has taken over 1.2 lakhs of human lives across the world and yet there is no known medicine except maintaining social distancing and living in isolation. There is no clue as to how it really broke out either. The silent killer has jeopardized world economy to a point where it would be difficult to bounce back soon. For India it has been speculated by thinkers that it will push back India by some 10 years. It seems we have to rethink over our model of development. Also, it is not an easy task to manage human activities in a vast country like India where people’s conscience is driven by variety of factors often compelling them to rise against dignity and their own life. However, this is a time to pay deepest homage to all Social, Scientific, Industrial and Political thinkers, Farmers and common individuals who have made today’s India and support each one beginning form home to person at different levels of decision making.
Amidst the peak of these uncertainties, India has to move on and so is with Sikkim. Here, the State Government has taken the best path to put its administrative system on its role.  To fight the menace, several frontline warriors have been identified and trained. Facilities in support of these fields are put in place and mechanisms are devised to address challenges. Yet, the unforeseen challenges are looming large. The only hope is that people of Sikkim are disciplined and loyal to nature. The fact that only solution the authorities today have against this disaster is to advise one stay at home. This is no time to panic, yet everybody has to maintain certain decorum in their day to day business be it at home or public places. The safety measures put forth by state administration are the best available options to make our lives better and perhaps a lesson for humanity in this testing time.
As we stay at home and show solidarity towards the state administration, our sincere gratitude are also there with all field level health workers, medical practitioners, people working for supply of edibles and other essential commodities, defense, police, emergency service personnel, farm producers, drivers and transporters, personals form electronic and electrical arena, food and civil supplies, agriculture and cooperation, PHE and sanitation,  Home, IPR, Press  including  social media personals, volunteers of different SHG, NGOs and all other facilitators who  are working tirelessly to reach out to us with minimum daily needs and happenings. Though, it is a very well understood fact, that it is equally challenging for them to face the crisis from the front at ground zero.  Today they are frontline warriors of COVID pandemic and a part of global army towards mitigating the disaster. Let this team spirit implant more love amongst all section of lives and make this earth an even better place to live.
Always use a Mask, Hand Sanitizer and maintain social distancing. Stay Safe!
 (Views expressed are personal)

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi