Writer seeking metaphysical fulfillment by publishing meditations and ruminations about the world.
I am a Techie turned Business Analyst who found his true calling as a writer this journey spanning 12 years has been incredibly rewarding.
Already a Functioning Anarchy, India risks a Slow Descent Into Madness
India faces perhaps the biggest test since its Independence and Partition in terms of convergence of social, political, and economic crises. With its economy in the doldrums, and its healthcare infrastructure found to be pitifully and worse, disastrously incapable of handling the brutal Second Wave, and with its politicians busy holding elections and pulling down governments, there are no dearth of crises that the country faces. Indeed, the term Functioning Anarchy, that was once used by Western media to describe the country, is now back in vogue, looking at the present situation.
We need Smart Globalization with a Glocal Approach
The Covid 19 Pandemic has slowed down an already weakened globalization process. Much before the Pandemic struck, nations worldwide were turning their backs on globalism and began to pursue nationalistic and by extension, populist policies. See for instance, the rise of strongmen authoritarians like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Erdogan, Bolsonaro, and Viktor Orban, who espoused Nation First rhetoric. Indeed, one of the reasons for Trump’s victory was the widespread, though largely factually incorrect, feeling that globalization has enriched the Few and left the Many impoverished.
We Are All Junkies Now!
We are all junkies now. With our never ending quest for instant gratification and the endless dopamine hits that give us transient highs and then leave us wanting for more, our world with its advanced gadgetry and technological excellence has turned us all into something akin to drug addicts in search of the kicks. It needn’t have to be this way. Technology was supposed to liberate us from the humdrum of existence and usher in an egalitarian utopia. Instead, it has enslaved us and made us willing to surrender everything from our privacy and security to our mental and emotional wellbeing at the altar of complexity and and a race to the bottom capitalist profit seeking machine.
Elites Added Layers of Complexity! Now, They are Unable to Manage It.
Complexity is killing us. Right from the laws that govern us to the institutions which enforce them and the courts who adjudicate on them, our world has become so complex that it is virtually (literally as well as figuratively) impossible to comprehend and manage the mindboggling complexity that is so endemic in our lives. What more, even those who claim to understand complexity and have a grip on how to manage it flounder when confronted with solving problems that arise from complex systems.
Why Is India Unlocking in a Hurry?
India is opening up, and how!! Right from Unlocks that open up all sectors of the economy to permitting large congregations for religious festivals, and allowing weddings and other social activities, there is nothing left untouched by what I call The Great Unlock. Indeed, it is hard to remember that the country was in the grip of a vicious and brutal Second Wave of Covid Infections just a Month ago and that the system came close to collapse.
The Indian Economy Went From Bad to Worse. It Would Take a Miracle for it to Recover.
--- --- The Indian Economy was in the doldrums even before Covid struck. A hasty and ill advised Demonetization knocked the sails of a healthy economy and put it in the hospital. An equally botched Goods and Services Tax nationwide rollout ensured that the economy went into the Intensive Care Unit. Now, with the Triple Whammy of Covid, there is no hope for the Indian Economy and it would indeed take a miracle for it to recover. Not that the headline numbers in terms of growth and other parameters of economic progress do not tell the story. Even with the "massaged" statistics, all indicators are in the red and point to a serious malaise in the structural aspects of the economy.
Will We Ever Return to Normal? Or, Is This The New Normal? If So, Will There Be a New New Normal Tomorrow?
The Pandemic has left indelible scars on all of us. Right from our working models to our living arrangements, there is no sphere of life that has been left untouched. Whether it be financial, emotional, psychological, or physiological, the effects of the Pandemic linger. Some of us lost our loved ones. Others suffered from not knowing when this nightmare would end. Be it the layperson or the most powerful men and women in the world, Covid has been a Great Leveler. Moreover, there is no certainty when we would resume our "normal" lives and more importantly, whether this is the New Normal wherein we live precariously not knowing if any of the Delta and Kappa variants would wreak havoc yet again.
The Pandemic has Devastated Humanity. The Silver Lining is that It has Ushered in the Digital Age.
The devastation wrought by the Pandemic caused by the Coronavirus has been immense and all encompassing. Not only was this a health and human catastrophe, it has also resulted in a humanitarian disaster in many countries worldwide. Indeed, the financial, economic, and social costs of the Pandemic have been so humongous and the scars so deep, that the recovery would take a few years or more. Moreover, there is no certainty about the "end point" and whether we would ever return to "normal".