Monday 6 April 2020

Dance 'Caro-Na': Can we dance in the times of Corona? - Soch: Column by Dr. Arshiya Sethi

I saw a series of videos about what happened on 22nd March at 5 pm across several towns of India, and was not happy to see that after a day of Janata Curfew, things went out of hand. Instead of encouraging and acknowledging the work of corona warriors like medical staff, people had read the five o clock call to "taali and thaali" to be a festive assertion of community. That is why it saw many people standing together, in close proximity with scant regard to the idea of social distancing. The images even caught a policeman, who should have known better, blowing a conch shell- a conch shell for the love of God, that need to be blown outwards creating thereby, pathways for oral secretions to be blown out. In other videos, I saw dancing of all types, as if there was something to celebrate. No, my dear, there is nothing to celebrate just yet. In fact there is much to be worried about at this stage. I realised within an hour or two after 5pm, that after what appeared by all news accounts to be a good start to social distancing and a voluntary home bound curfew, we had messed it up by abandoning all the good sense shown, at 5pm. I needed no further proof of the fact that as a community we had not understood the gravity of this public health crisis that is facing us.

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