Written by Vaania Bhagat, a grade 9 student
While the world is unanimously campaigning against the novel coronavirus; it seems as if political rivalries are gaining more importance in India. With opposition party leaders constantly going against the government vaccination programs and government leaders constantly trying to prove themselves, I wonder if there is a scope for any scientific development in the biotech field!
It was only recently that the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) campaigned for giving out free vaccinations in Bihar if they came into power. This manifesto was categorized as a gimmick by other political parties for, the whereabouts of the vaccine are still unknown. Infact, Congressman Shashi Tharoor made a comment saying, “Tum mujhe vote do, mei tumhe vaccine doonga.” Literally meaning, ‘Caste your vote in my favor and I shall provide you free vaccinations.’ I think that all of this disparagement reflects poorly upon those creating conflict.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with promising free vaccinations in Bihar. It is a good initiative as the majority of the population in Bihar is uneducated and not well equipped. However, I feel that the centre should try to lower the prices for other states as well. After all, poverty rates in India are extremely high and everyone shares an equal right to the vaccine.
I can’t help but wonder, how fast the progress might be if we work towards the vaccine without any opposition. After all, the virus doesn’t abide by political competition; it instead poses a great threat to all of us. Instead of going against one another; we should try to look at this as an opportunity for us to bring peace and harmony to the world; TOGETHER. We must believe in ourselves and try to defeat the virus, which is probably one of the greatest obstacles we have ever faced.
We can, and we will.
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