After listening to Prime Minister Modi’s address to the nation today, I am more scared of deadly cororonavirus. PM has advised us to lock down the nation by clamping down ” Janata (people) curfew and called upon people to observe it on March 22 from early morning (7 AM to late evening (9 PM). Not only this Prime Minister wants we should clamp down self curfew right from today.
It means we should confine to our house and work from home. And after observing the self-curfew we should siren thanks to those (medical and other workers) who are working tirelessly to fight coronavirus.
And above all, we should avoid visiting doctors and if needed emergency services, should talk on phone. “Sankalp (vow) and sanyam (patience) are the key word PM Modi has suggested to fight deadly virus.
What does it mean? In clear words nation has been forewarned of an impending war. Fighting deadly virus like Corona is more than a war. And like war, nation has to be get prepared for it. It also means government of the day have admitted, it can’t fight the deadly virus on its own. As the coronavirus is very deadly when transmitted through community, well prime minister formula may work. India, right now is at stage 2 of coronavirus outbreak. It means we are not at great risk as European countries are.
Well self-curfew for fighting a killer virus is measure what Thomas Robert Malthus suggested to control the population. Malthusian Theory of Population is based on balance between the exponential population growth and arithmetic food supply growth. He believed that a balance between population growth and food supply could be established through preventive and positive checks.
As population doubles in 25 years, the food supply grows at a slower rate than the population. Ultimately, The shortage of food supply could decrease population. The disequilibrium in food supply and population growth would result in people not getting enough food even for survival. People will die due to lack of food supply.
And Malthus believed that Nature has its own ways of keeping a check on the increasing population. It brings the population level to the level of the available food supply. The positive checks include famines, earthquakes, flood, epidemics, wars, etc. When humans fail to control excessive population growth, nature plays its role.
So should we leave the control of killer coronavirus to “Sanklap and Sanyam” as suggested by PM Modi? PM has himself admitted that virus is going to be pandemic. So friends apart from “Sanklap and Sanyam”, country need to fight this pandemic. virus on war footing with timely medical facilities including testing. In a highly politically surcharged atmosphere, Prime Minister address could be seen as govt’s helplessness to fight the deadly virus. Majority of country’s population are not as awakened and they get scared even over small warning,