Terrorism and pandemic are two diseases which do not leave anyone untouched where and whenever they strike. Terrorism has been prevalent since long, but a vast majority has not bothered as they have not been directly affected. The reason being people relate terrorism to only killings, kidnappings, and extortion etc.
Terrorism – the side effects
The major side effects of terrorism are lost sight of. The restrictions on travel, the multiple checks one should go through everyday even in Malls. The taxes the government imposes to cater for additional security not just of national leaders but also in affected regions directly affect the taxpayers. The cost of every item a common man buys is affected by the prevalent terrorism.
The populace at large has not behaved much differently in response to the COVID induced pandemic. Not a single individual has been left unaffected by the virus. While everyone has not been infected by the virus, but the side effects have not left anyone untouched. As the numbers of those affected increased there was so much hue and cry all over. Every NEWS channel was only talking of COVID and the deficiencies in Government actions. Rightfully so as education, the economy, health, and the relationships, you name anything, everything was adversely affected. Lakhs have lost lives and livelihood the world over. The students are one of the most affected community with no surety of when the schools/ colleges will open. They are missing out on the valuable lessons of life they are exposed to through interactions in schools/ colleges.
The virus has not left single life unaffected. But as soon there were signs of slight improvement in situation caution has been thrown to the winds. The laid down COVID protocol is being carelessly flouted.
Discipline matters most….
The casual attitude of the people helped terrorism to firm its foot in the country. Now the same ignorant behaviour is helping the virus to stay on longer. All efforts put in by the government and the concerned departments will be put to nought if people do not behave and understand responsibility.
The security forces compensated for the carelessness exhibited by populace with their disciplined approach and controlled terrorism. However, nothing such will happen if the people continue to behave irresponsibly in case of the pandemic. The virus will spread unabatedly and every human will be affected. The virus will show no mercy and the doctors and the other government departments despite all the good intent will not be able to prevent the deaths and the other side effects.
It is high time that the people understood their responsibility and exercise discipline in life. They themselves will have to take on the blame for the resultant adversities if they continue to behave otherwise. Terrorism & pandemic, both can only be eradicated with public cooperation.