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TIME TO RIDE THE DRAGON (VIRUS)

The increase of COVID 19 cases and deaths are indicative of exponential rise of COVID 19 in India. But is it a situation to become pessimistic? I am afraid not. There are dangers, but if tackled properly we can ride the dragon and get the Indian elephant to outclass it. For this we must seize the opportunity that the world is presenting before others grab it. Amongst all the nations in the world that are affected, if we look at the total cases and deaths per million people, India with figures of 51 cases per million (10 lakhs) and 3 deaths per million fares way down. The detractors quote low testing for these figures but for their information even in other countries testing is done of cases that report to hospital or are suspected of being infected with corona. In fact even the routine deaths in India have come down. So technically if India was badly infected we should have seen rise in number of deaths, which has not happened.

COVID-19 GEOPOLITICS AND THE UN

Inarguably, Covid-19 is the most momentous crisis that has afflicted the globe — striking at the very roots of globalization which, despite hiccups in recent years, had generally been the constant refrain of most nations of the world since the end of the Cold War. The League of Nations, which came into being after World War I, had failed to produce remarkable results towards collective security and disarmament. However, UN appeared to be doing a shade better although, with no disciplinary powers, it lacked the competence to whip errant nations into line, this impotence being exacerbated by the brazen and often unethical and immoral use of veto powers. However, it still commanded respect and benefitted from voluntary contributions in terms of men, money and material from member nations as well as donations from private entities.

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