Vaccination drive has started all over the world, including in India. We should all be proud to be a nation where vaccination has commenced along with the major counties of the world, most prominently US. And we should salute those who have done this proud to us – Serum Institute that’s manufacturing covishield under licence from University of Oxford and Astra Zeneca at its Pune facility and covaxin by Bharat Biotech at its Hyderabad facility. These two companies have given India a head start over those countries that are looking up to manufacturing countries for their share. India has a large population of its own and covering the entire population with vaccination is not going to be an easy job, but simultaneously India will have to do philanthropy to fulfil the requirements of other countries, especially the friendly ones. This we all saw when at the personal request of President Trump, India diverted its home supply of hydroxychloroquine to US, a gesture that earned India a worldwide goodwill.
It’s most unfortunate that this proud moment for the country is not being celebrated and instead this issue is getting quagmired in needless political controversy! As a nation, we seemed to have forgotten all the good things! We are critical of aarogya Setu, do not feel confident about India’s own vaccine, are unhappy with the way government is tackling the economic aftermath of Covid 19 etc. But the worst is that we do not even celebrate valour of Indian forces – whether it’s surgical strike or our brave heart’s befitting response to Chinese aggression!
We as a nation seem to be hitting the new low as far as divergence of views is concerned – we don’t agree on farm bills, on article 370, on love jihad, on Ram mandir, but more worryingly on the acts of bravery of our armed forces. Let’s not fall prey to this political gimmick but remain united as a nation. Let’s worry about our farmers but celebrate the country’s vaccination drive.