Indian governments have been controlling and mico-managing the lives of residents since independence. The so-called “pandemic” has given governments one other excuse to hold on on this time honoured custom of interference within the private affairs of residents. Not one of the quarantines, border closures, obligatory masks orders or stay-at-home orders are supported by science. Mass lockdowns are a novel experiment which have by no means been tried earlier than. In reality, the World Well being Group in a 2019 report beneficial in opposition to contact-tracing, quarantine of uncovered people, border closures and entry and exit screening of travellers.
As a result of reallocation of assets, the single-minded obsession on the novel coronavirus has come on the expense of upholding the rule of legislation and offering high-quality providers to the inhabitants for different healthcare issues like most cancers screening, diabetes remedy and psychological well being.
My father, a former Indian Administrative Service officer who served in Shillong however resigned in 2000, has written a guide known as “The Great Hysteria and the Broken State.” explaining these details. His analysis of Swedish deaths knowledge suggests that there’s barely a blip by way of extra deaths. Briefly, there isn’t any pandemic discernable from Sweden which was maybe the one nation to deal with its residents with respect fairly than imposing coercive lockdowns.
Isn’t the function of healthcare to assist individuals in a holistic style? In that case, then why is pandemic coverage purely political and never grounded in medical science? I might problem anybody who disagrees to quote a peer-reviewed article revealed 2019 or earlier advocating mass scale lockdowns of the sort that now we have seen.
Yours and many others.,
Queanbeyan, New South Wales,
On Khasi id and tradition
Deepa Majumdar’s article “Actual clouds of Meghalaya” (ST Dec 25) is soul stirring. She has conveyed a deep message to us on the state of our tribal group (learn Khasi). In her inimitable fashion and erudition, she has introduced residence an unpalatable message. My kudos to her for giving us some new ammo for preserving our pristine tradition and religion system. Regardless of the conversion of almost 75% of our inhabitants over the previous 150 years, that the Seng Khasi and Sein Raj have been in a position to maintain on to a small however dedicated part of tribes to their fold is creditable. Once I was a scholar, I used to learn and listen to concerning the nice Khasi revivalist O. Mawrie who after practising Christianity for a few years and changing a great part of Khasis to Christianity, realised his folly. He not solely denounced Christ but additionally declared a digital struggle. His fiery articulation was to a big extent liable for remainder of us remaining rooted to our personal indigenous spiritual beliefs. Mawrie, who had occupied the place of a Pastor, should be saluted for his braveness of conviction. Mawrie’s single-handed campaign for halting the conversion by the church needs to be considered the largest single contribution by any Khasi in direction of retaining our Khasi id.
I actually marvel how my fellow Khasis really feel concerning the adoption of western values by way of spiritual conversions which have deeply corroded our tradition and id. It needs to be hurting a few of them particularly those that are crying their voice hoarse for preservation of our tribal entity. As a member of Seng Khasi, I personally don’t think about the Khasi Christians eligible to painting themselves as pure Khasis. They’re basically Khasi Christians who’re utterly bought to the affect of the West as represented by the church. Certainly, faith is a matter of pure private alternative. Any Khasi is free to embrace any faith. Nonetheless, as soon as a tribal will get transformed to a different faith, he ceases to be a pure tribal. For, he has forsaken his indigenous tribal perception system and opted for an alien faith and the concomitant western affect. I can’t foresee a big part of the Khasi Christians returning to their authentic moorings. However that’s their very own alternative and the results of shedding tribal id too is theirs. Historical past will choose them. For now, all we are able to say is that the revival spirit is sweeping throughout the tribes, particularly those that are within the rural areas who take nice delight in being the true inheritors of the Khasi id and cultures. Might their tribe develop from power to power.
Yours and many others.
Sain Manik Lyngdoh,
Indigenous religion and tradition
I’m joyful to notice that just like the pattern in Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills the place the indigenous spiritual teams have begun to organise themselves, we discover that our brethren in Garo Hills have additionally woken up. The Garo Songsarek, the close to extinct spiritual perception system of the Garos, lately organised “Krittan” (the native identify for Kirtan of the plains individuals). Tons of of Songsarek followers got here out proudly to resume their religion of their historical customized and custom. They performed the drum (mridanga), cymbal and different conventional devices, sang refrain devotional tunes which echoed in hills of Achikland. That is really outstanding resurrection of a dying spiritual apply. I’m certain, it’s only the start.
Yours and many others.,
Why we needs to be vaccinated
Apropos the editorial, “Vaccine regime and transparency” (ST Jan 5, 2021), as a medical physician I agree that proof primarily based medical apply is of utmost significance because it includes the lives and well being of individuals. However experiences from nations like Finland which have began administering the vaccine since December 27, 2020 say that almost all unintended effects of vaccines are gentle and short-term, similar to redness or swelling on the level of injection. Generally a vaccination may also be adopted by a short-term fever in addition to limb ache and complications that may be handled with antipyretics and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Therefore there isn’t any want to offer in to the concern psychosis that has been spreading primarily as a consequence of rumour and the grandstanding by the Opposition. Nonetheless, I might additionally agree that the ultimate section of the method must be made public earlier than launching the vaccination programme. And the affect on the 1600 volunteers additionally must be publicized. Transparency is the easiest way to kill concern and superstition. And vaccination is the one method to sort out Covid together with the most recent pressure.
Yours and many others.,