I was pretty sick for the last 10 days and felt that the rest was much needed in the light of the realization I had after prolonged exposure to the TV and health-care infrastructure in this country.
A(H1N1) (Swine Flu)
I’m back from the nasty bout of Flu and cold, have to say this has gained the notoriety these days of being the most ‘dangerous’ thing to happen to anybody.
Since almost everyone in my family was suffering from either minor cold or fever, I had no option but to stay at home and try to discharge my duties of both the family man and a worker in a multinational firm. The most interesting experiences however were saved for my hospital visits and they were disturbing as well as amusing in different proportions.
During my first visit to the local clinic in order to get checked for the symptoms I could easily gauge the tentativeness in the doctor’s gestures. These are the days when you shouldn’t even mention you’re having cough and cold problems to anyone, except a qualified physician. So, back to my story, the doctor was pretty hasty in checking my BP and throat for tell-tale signs of a possible H1N1 infection and the diagnosis was that of an allergy due to exposure of dust and pollens (?)… Now that surprised me a lot as I know for sure that I do not have any such allergies at all.
Nevertheless, I had to take the prescribed medication in order to do whatever it takes to get back to work. As expected, nothing improved after three doses of the pills and nasal spray and I had to move to a much bigger ‘super-specialty’ hospital for secondary consultations.
The scenes here were none too different I must say as the patients were almost certain of getting the magic drug ‘TamiFlu’ prescription the moment they came out of the consultation room. So much was the pressure on the hospital that they had to put a notice stating that they are not in a position to administer or recommend TamiFlu for anyone from the OPD.
The irony was that the mandatory number of beds in general and non-deluxe isolation categories (as directed by the government) were suddenly filled to capacity and only the executive rooms were available for the unsuspecting patients coming in… I couldn’t help smelling fish there but had no option but to get registered as the government hospitals were already brimming with hoards of folks from all around.
The Swine Flu phenomenon has truly gripped this city and almost everyone is worried about getting it from thin air, so much so that one of the colleagues of mine who is self confessed “I don’t give a shit to any threat and I won’t take any precautions, when my time comes I’ll pass…” guy, I could see the fear of the ultimate in his eyes the moment I entered the office premises during all these days. He was the one who vehemently supported my work-from-home stint even though he knew that I’m not the kind to stay at home if it’s not absolutely inevitable.
India, Oh Dear!
Coming back to normal things in life, there was a statement – in fact two — by some very important offices of the government of India. One was about the linkage of discovery of fossil fuel reserves in order to have a true growth from the PMO, and the other, the deputy chairman of the planning commission proclaiming about the worst being over for the economy vis-à-vis ongoing recession.
Then there is this news item about repeated incursions by the Chinese Army into the Indian Territory in the light of a recent observation by some defence strategist that “China would attack India by 2012.” Scary? Hell no! Worrisome? Yeah!
All of the above ring the bells loud enough to take my attention away from the greatest problem facing this country i.e. drought and the impending water problems multiplying into a terrible sociological trouble for India’s future as a unified fedarated nation.
The peak-oil must have been reached by now and we’ve already seen the wars being waged to wrest the control of the remaining regions holding the promise for another decade at the max. China is eyeing that scenario while India is still caught with its petty problems with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal (did I miss naming any neighbour who’s not allegedly brewing trouble for this ‘soft power’?)
With China, I think India has entered the mindset of being a ‘dunno-what’. The 1962 war is history now, but the outcome of that event has dented the historical psyche here.
A big section of our political and media setup is ever so ready to come to the discussion table for anything that happens on the foreign affairs front. The left I think has taken more than just the ideology from the communists in this regard. There are very many newspapers and news channels that are ready to jump the gun at the first newsbyte of India trying to procure new technology. Ahem! the left hand…
The welfare of the starving majority is conveniently put to the fore and vice versa along with the problems facing the education sector as well as the infrastructure.
The NGOs have always been a thorn in the flesh of the law enforcing agencies over ‘human/animal’ rights. Oh, and by the way did I hear a granade hurled by some militants killing two jawans at Lal Chowk… Political parties have thickened the fine dividing line between the double-speak and betrayal; almost everything looks like not working here and still this country is somehow managing to walk amidst incredible adversities.
China has 14000 canons as opposed to India’s 4000, ~4 Million soldiers to India’s 0.8 Million… and the worrying tale doesn’t end here, the Indian Navy is out numbered by a long walk and the IAF looks like PAF before IAF if compared to China’s Air force. It’s true that the wars of future won’t be fought on numbers and they won’t even last longer that a month but to a psyche of a nation these numbers matter and they’re the only indicators of preparedness of a country to safeguard its interests in the event of any aggression or to just plain safeguard the interests. Someone please save this country in whatever’s name!
This is the effect media can have on you if you have to watch the newscasts lying in the bed while you are ill.
Now, as it this wasn’t enough to rob the sleep, comes the news of Pokharan-II being proclaimed a dud by a senior member of Indian scientific community. Stop press – Another one has joined the chorus and this seems to be gaining credibility folks! (Did someone notice I just screamed?) Are we being made to believe that India badly needs foreign technology? Or it’s only I who’s so skeptical here… I should shun watching TV now. Time for yet another pledge it seems.
Get Back to Work Mate
Why am I writing this in the first place? China would attack if it has to.
Inflation would spiral into a nasty byte for the common man.
Drinking water would become more scarce, Punjab would become arid like much of Rajasthan in the years to come for the want of proper water management policies.
Petroleum would become dearer and the middle-class would find it hard to come out of its utopia of fun-life lasting an eternity.
Neighbours would keep sending Jihadies, fake currency notes and illegal immigrants in partnerships with other neighbours.
Kosi would keep breaking the embankments in Bihar year after year. Bihar would keep complaining about the centre’s apathy.
Mayawati would keep erecting statues of herself in whole of UP and will keep asking for more funds for the drought relief.
Mehbooba Mufti and others would keep stoking the communal fire in J&K – media would call it an isolated incident blown out of proportion.
BJP would keep deteriorating to a point that there would be no option for people to vote but to the Congress as it’ll be the only evil left in the fray.
The left would keep harping about India’s needs of ‘not trying to be assertive on the international fora’ lest it enrage some of the bigger neighbours.
The US would keep twisting our arms to force a futile talk with Pakistan and a possible participation in the Afghan war on terror (now that their so-called mandate has expired.)
Indian shuttlers would be denied an international event again because their association fails to meet the deadline of filling up participation forms(!)
We as Indians would keep doing our jobs – fighting over language, region and what not – and go our respective merry ways just like the Mumbaikars did after so many fancy candle-light parades in the aftermath of Hotel Taj attack (how much was the percentage of votes by the way? Was it 43? Or thereabouts…) What the heck!
So, where was I? Well, the logical clock should be updated only in the case of the distributed components having identical document types, the ones having lower value get overwritten to form a unified synchronised system… So refreshing… 🙂
And yes, India won the 5-nation Nehru Cup football again by defeating a sullen Syria in sudden death penalty shoot-out.
To Life! Indeed.