New Delhi: Human behavior is generally directed towards two fundamental objectives: to understand a situation, and then to predict the outcome based on this understanding.
“Predicting life was compelling, linear thinking. It might have been easier when we were productive in adding gains and outcomes. But then we shifted all thoughts and patterns to multiplying The cost of this zest has become high, however, we have continuously tried to compensate for this.
“There were indicators from everywhere that we need to revisit life, which we ignored. Then came Covid-19, an enemy that graphically represented every thought process humanity possesses, every reaction we might have and developed its own algorithm, It hit hard, which compels us to believe that life is the most precious thing,” says Vinay Sharma, professor in the Department of Management Studies at IIT-Roorkee, author principal of “Stop Predicting Revisit Life, Lessons from Covid-19” (Bloomsbury).
India and the Indians “have fought exceptionally well and we have realized the value of life more than ever. During this war against Covid-19, we have realized the importance of being together, of fighting together and take care of each other,” Sharma said in an interview.
We have realized the value of doctors, medical practitioners, of all kinds of forces; the people who run the economy; people who contribute to the economy; skilled workers in the field of medical sciences; support teams; farmers, people contributing to the transport of goods; media personnel, in fact, everyone who contributed even a little to this war, he said.
“More than ever, we realized the value of leadership at all levels and the icons that can motivate us and make us believe that this will pass. Many people have lost loved ones and these footprints will remain for a long time. Many had to struggle in different ways, but believing in ourselves and each other and believing in the processes of living a happy and healthy life is what we believe now,” Sharma said.
How has Covid-19 changed our philosophy of life and our understanding of the future?
“Don’t go overboard, try to find contentment. Take care of others, take care of nature, take care of the environment, believe in community, believe in society, live for your country. All the fundamentals have grown stronger. This is evident as people have started to choose the methods and paths related to the fundamentals of life and values. But we have to learn to be more civic,” said Sharma.
Does India need a comprehensive new law to tackle a Covid-19 like pandemic in the future based on lessons learned?
“Following the severe governance challenges that India has been facing, the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the urgent need for a legislative framework in the form of a new national law to tackle such a pandemic. in the future. Legislation should include a legal framework to put in place a national crisis communication protocol and a new health governance framework,” he said.
The absence of a viable national crisis communications protocol has aggravated the Covid-19 crisis, especially during the first two waves, and necessitated the need for such a policy at the district, state, and state levels. and national to deal with such public health disasters in the future, Sharma maintained.
“Furthermore, the pandemic has exposed weaknesses in existing public health communication systems and underscored the urgent need to restructure and reform them to meet the challenge posed by such public health disasters in the future. Such policy response would help strengthen existing public health communication systems,” he said.
What new measures are needed to increase health care facilities, especially in small towns and villages? “General awareness of health and health care, in terms of maintaining health and equipping people to help others in cases where the participation of a large number of people is required, must be the first stage.
“The interconnectedness of people with systems and systems with people in terms of health care delivery needs to be strengthened, as must outpatient services and a skilled health care workforce. Above all, physicians and nurses need to be more and more, not only looking at the required perspective, but also looking at the numbers that should exist for a large population,” Sharma explained.
The biggest lessons learned from these kinds of situations are to be careful, to nurture and to enjoy life. “Contentment is the key. We must remember our duties. We must remember that our goals must be primarily to serve our nation, society, elders and community, while immersing themselves in a way of life healthy and being consistent throughout life, while taking care of nature, not wasting resources and generating no waste,” Sharma concluded.
Other co-authors of the book are Rabindranath Bhattacharyya, professor of political science at Burdwan University; Sanjeev Kumar Mahajan, Professor of Public Administration at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla; and Himanshu Shekhar Mishra, editor of NDTV India.
(Vishnu Makhijani can be contacted at [email protected])