ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Grief, the Burden of Being

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Driven by a compelling need to unburden an unbearable sense of grief, this is also a supplication for divine mercy in these calamitous times. It is about the moral impoverishment of an ancient society and wanton abandonment of empathy, which is the essential condition of our coexistence.

A nation ravaged by a surging pandemic and the accompanying hopelessness, despair, destitution, sickness and death is numbed by the scale of human misery. The vastly understated official figures of daily deaths at 3,800 with over four lakh new cases every day and rising, with a positivity rate of 36% in the national capital, tell a story of pain and ineptitude. With less than 2% of the nation’s population adequately vaccinated till date in a country of 1.4 billion people, our flailing and floundering response as a nation to an unprecedented catastrophe will be etched in public memory as an unpardonable sin by those entrusted with the destiny of the nation. The enormity of the challenge notwithstanding, and granting the bona fides of those in power, their interrogation on the touchstone of “Raj Dharma and Rashtraneeti” is inescapable.

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