The impact of a second wave on Indian self-confidence
Within the next few weeks, the government will probably manage to get the pandemic under control. But will it be business as usual after that? Will horrific memories of it have a long-term impact on the psyche of this nation?
I lost my younger brother to covid last week. Thousands of others, too, have lost a dear one to the pandemic over the past few weeks. Many of us would have received at least one email or message from a colleague or friend desperately requesting help in getting admission to a hospital, or in procuring some medicine. In the first wave of the covid pandemic, while millions of daily- wage earners lost the means to their livelihood and thousands of them walked hundreds of kilometres to reach their homes, the Indian middle-class, the opinion makers of the country, were not very badly affected by the outbreak. The pandemic was seen as a problem happening far away from us. It was seen as ‘someone else’s problem’. But in the second wave of covid infections, many Indians in the middle and upper middle- class have been impacted by the rampant onslaught of the coronavirus disease. For most of the middle-class, the pandemic has now clearly become ‘our’ problem.
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