Covid 19 outbreak was declared as the public health emergency of international concern by World Health Organisation on 29th of February,2020 and issued guidelines for tourists, travellers. transporters and members of the civil society. The guidelines were mostly focused for international travellers.
On 11th of March,2020, after the number of affected people was 1,18,000, spread over 110 countries and territories all over the world. WHO declared it as Pandemic or the health emergency and predicted the risk of spread to other parts of the globe. In subsequent 7 days the pandemic spreaded to around 200 countries and the detail preventive guidelines were issued by WHO several times mentioning social distancing, quarantine, isolation, use of mask, restrictions on movements etc.
The matter was analyzed by number of health professionals, policy makers and leaders in public platform like television, social media, news paper etc. Suddenly, Prime Minister of India declared Janata Curfew on 22nd March, 2020 and followed by 21 days lockdown on 24th of March,2020. Then lockdown 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 continued upto 70+ days with different restrictions for different activities, essentials, health number one, livelihood number 2 and many more restrictions were put and relaxed at different time by keeping an eye on the existing situation.
Initially, we all were very much upset about the lock down, as it had completely disrupted our way of life, we lived for years. Slowly, after unlock 1.0 each and every Indian is realising today that when most of the populated countries are suffering from corona and loosing thousand of lives every day, this country is in a better position.
If we keenly analyse the step by step action of the leadership of this country, we can clearly today can come to a conclusion that all the actions have been taken strategically and scientifically to benefit and save the lives of 1.32 billion citizen.
With lockdown, the age old social systems were disrupted and people went far from the routine, they are accustomed with. And slowly all citizens of the country were involved in different mass activities like lighting candles, doing mass prayer and by bitting drums for motivating the corona warriors etc,. Those programs were well designed and were communicated by the highest leadership of the country, Prime Minister of India to all to follow it with true sprit. Those initiatives had sensitised all the citizens of this country and forced them to go through the seriousness virus, risk of contamination and precautions to save own life and saving lives of others. The leadership designed the conscious society, well informed, sufficiently aware and having enough courage to face the challenges.
Establishment of Quarantine guidelines, like remaining isolated, not coming out, to have attached toilet and other facilities to do personal work, different profiles for different type of quarantine like home quarantine, public quarantine etc. had educated the people to train themselves, to design their own life style and life style of their family. For the first time media has done a commendable job by performing the job of effective communicator between leadership and citizens. The well thought strategy, well designed execution plan and unbiased communication developed a conscious system, well educated to follow the guidelines of social distancing in executing day to day activities starting from shopping upto working in the office. The establishment of quarantine centre for migrants of inter state or abroad, not only isolated them and stopped the risk of spread, but also all the people were educated to follow all instructions and be respectful for each other.
In last 80 days a new social system has been established educated enough to understand about the pandemic, have reframed their life style as per the guidelines provided by different institutions or leadership and conscious enough to follow future guidelines to be notified in future to save their own life and to save humanity.
The disciplined behaviour of all citizens of this country have shown in last three months, the changes they have adopted by heart not with the fear of administration or money, but for a greater cause has resulted with one of the lowest affected number vis a vis number of population of this country, very very low mortality rate and delaying the community spread.
But the way, today the whole social system has been designed in this country and being respected by all will remain as examples for generations. This well architectured design of the society by developing the human consciousness, will no doubt will help us to stand strong in the world against pandemic and will also help to establish a democratic conscious society in future by using the similar strategy.
Before thousand years, India was pioneering the world for its strong societal knowledge and values and we all should be determined to bring it back by establishing a Conscious Society with strong cultural base and democratic values.