NEW DELHI, May 18:
Underlining the need to adopt new ways of living in Corona times, Vice-President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu has suggested a 12-point framework to deal with this new normal.
Learning from the lessons taught by the pandemic so far, he stressed on the need for new attitude towards life and humanity amid indications the virus was likely to stay for longer than previously calculated.
On Sunday night, soon after the announcement of lockdown 4.0 with restrictions substantially relaxed, Mr Naidu wrote a detailed 1,539 word article on Facebook, dealing at length on the philosophical and moral issues thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic and the way life needs to be lived henceforth.
“…What affects one person anywhere affects everyone everywhere, be it the disease or economy,” the article says, its main thrust being that life can’t be lived in isolation and the virus outbreak highlighted the inter-connectedness of lives.
The 12-point new normal of living during the Corona times favoured by Mr Naidu includes: Living in harmony with the nature and fellow beings, Knowing that safety and security of lives are interconnected, Rationally analysing the impact of every movement or action on the spread of virus, Not responding impulsively to the situation and instead living in confidence keeping faith in science which can come up with a solution to the problem, Strict adherence to the behavioral changes ushered in so far like wearing mask, maintaining physical distance and ensuring hygiene, Preventing stigmatisation so that the infected volunteer for treatment, Checking disinformation and prejudices against fellow citizens as carriers of the virus and Replacing the sense of collective helplessness by the spirit of the virtue of living interconnected with shared destiny.
The Vice-President also urges the media of all kind to disseminate correct and scientific information about the virus and the disease instead of presenting them as a catastrophe.
Citing examples of life ‘Before Corona’ and ‘After Corona’, Mr Naidu notes that the outbreak has shaken the fundamentals of living by oneself and highlighted the need for living in harmony with nature and fell ow humans. “The invisible microbe once again proved that life can change very quick. It brought into full play the uncertainty that can co-sail with life,” he wrote.
While the pandemic has raised questions about the meaning and purpose of life, including the nature of relationships with fellow beings and moral issues connected with the current pathways of development given their impacts on nature and equity, he was of the opinion that “the virus has highlighted the consequences of economic fault lines in societies created by development pathways in terms of the impacts.
Uncertainty continues to haunt the people. Uncertainty is the known source of anxiety which can lead to psychological issues. How to deal with this problem? To stay calm and be confident and adopt a new normal of life.”
He stresses that the corona challenge is more a civilisational issue than that of individual lives and new norms and ethos of living should be evolved to save the present civilisation.
Mr Naidu welcoming the new relaxations for lockdown 4.0, refers to the people living with HIV virus that had no vaccine for long time by changing habits and urges the people to learn to cope with Covid-19 by changing habits and attitudes towards life and fellow humans, if the virus stays with the people for longer than expected. (UNI)