Today, world is going through the most dangerous situation. This is not a internal clash or war between countries but a fight against an unknown enemy. Yes, this enemy is none other than COVID 19. Due to this we are going backward not only medically but also economically. But we aren’t bothered about it. Specially politician and policy makers will all seek to avoid carrying the can. Forgetting about herd immunity, social distancing and flattening curves, the likelihood is that fighting the crisis. It will be matched by a parallel strategy that revolves around political immunity, blame distancing. Social solidarity will turn into scapegoating.
U. S. And China clashes:
Seeing internationally, U. S. and China are setting best example about it, fighting themselves and blaming each other. Racism and cultural insensitivity may be one explanation for Trump on calling the virus “Chinese” or “Wuhan”. Trump called the “Coronavirus” in the early stages of pandemic. He only doubled down on the “Chinese virus” label when the virus had started to spread in the United States and when media began to criticize his initially slow process.
Calling the virus “Chinese” served two purpose for Trump. First, it fixed blame for the crisis on China instead of the administration. Second, it gave the media something to get busy with instead of the government’s response to the virus itself. Calling the “Chinese” enables him to shape what the media is criticizing him over and to distract from the government’s broader effort to combat the virus.
Tablighi Jammat group in New Delhi:
Taking nationally the case of India. News channels have focussed on the link between the religious gathering in Nizamuddin and the spread of the virus. In turn which has led to a huge increase in anti-Muslim sentiment. They are fanning the flames of communal hatred. An anchor said : “The virus is spread by corona jihadis in an act of terrorism” . One wrong preaching leads whole community wrong. Is it right to give a blame to whole community because of one person?
The simple fact is that even now – right at the very epicentre of the crisis. Ministers and their special advisors, officials and their experts will be thinking about who is going to carry the can when the dust settles, the masks come off and the accountability industry kicks in. Politicizing the crisis and stigmatizing the whole populations risks turning fiction into fact by stocking fear and driving the disease underground making it more difficult to manage.
Conclusion: But these high society people, should know that common man doesn’t understand the blame game. It’s very easy to play blame games with full bellies. But the blame doesn’t give the food to eat to common man.