How does it feel when any body part gets severely injured? Does it affect the whole body or it doesn’t bothers at all?
Well, it does. It does because at the end be it your hurt hand or leg, the body is completed when everything comes together in harmony. Hence, the hand automatically tends to support the hurt leg, so that it doesn’t faces much pressure!
Same is the case with a nation. A nation is a complete body in itself and each of its state plays an equally important role in determining the well being.
So how can we all remain ignorant regarding the deplorable situation in Kerala due to floods. Right?
Kerala faced the brunt of an unprecedented flood, which has almost brought the state to a standstill. An anguished tweet put out by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan summed up the crisis: “Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223,139 people are in about 1,500+ relief camps.”
Undoubtedly, the trigger was excess rain and This deadly impact of extreme weather got exacerbated when it intersected with the fallout of continued environmental neglect.
This tragedy, with the benefit of hindsight could have been avoided or at least mitigated. This is not to play a blame game—as some immature politicians are already doing—but it points to a larger lesson that can be learnt. It is a collective failure over decades.
Several assisstances have been proposed warmly by the government as well as the citizens. In a relief to taxpayers in flood ravaged Kerala, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the last date of filing income tax returns (ITR) till 15 September. Kerala’s government has announced generous compensation for flood victims.
To get the economy back on its feet, the government is also providing interest-free loans of ₹10 lakh to small-scale businesses devastated by the floods, besides personal loans of up to ₹5 lakh for a female member of a household for home repairs.
The social media is abuzz with people in support of the move, and some prominent people are already pledging money.
After nearly two weeks, the flood waters have finally begun to recede from the worst-affected regions in Kerala. Onam, probably the biggest festival in the state, came and passed almost unnoticed by the distracted populace. While the threat from water is abating, the state is now bracing to cope with the aftermath: protect against epidemics that often accompany natural disasters of such epic scale.
The obvious first step is to ensure better preparedness to deal with such inclement situations and, in this, the dharma is forewarned is forearmed.
Solutions have to be weighed in terms of the risks associated with trade-offs: like environment vs development. At the moment this debate is framed as an either-or; this is a zero-sum game. The time has come to introduce an element of nuance in this debate. Maybe one option is to introduce sustainability in the assessment of any initiative.
Regardless we can ignore nature’s latest warning only at our own national peril. Time we rise above our petty differences, arm ourselves with the resolve that “yes we can” and walk the talk on “India First”.
More care and concern is needed when the wound starts getting better inorder to avoid infections or injuries; i.e. though at present Kerala is growing out of this trauma but the dark clouds still prevail. The state still needs our support! Please make sure that ‘God’s own country and the countrymen’ maintain it’s glory and beauty.