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Fabrics of nations have been altered by political hubris. All through human history. I say nations only because kingdoms, where hubris was rife, accepted, and almost indispensable, did not represent its people better. Two hundred or so years since nation-states started dotting the world map, we are still finding ways to substantiate this alleged claim. The last fortnight has been horrendous for India. Things close to home hit harder. I am magically rid of my tolerance and possible indifference. I know what is happening around me. I know what has happened and I know what could have happened. More importantly, I know why it happened.
I know I have failed when the world's pharmacy has only vaccinated a little over a percent of its population so far. I know I have failed when misplaced exceptionalism pushes an elected leader to call endgame despite. I know I have failed when social media is more reliable in crisis-response than my elected government. I know I have failed when mud-slinging between centre-ruled states and the rest dominates news cycles, in what is a union government. I know I have failed when ignorance and desperation makes my people demand celebrities to break their perfectly acceptable silence. I know I have failed when the national pastime of complacence brings thousands to stadiums, rallies, and river banks. I know I have failed when I realise some of these deaths were avoidable - with better systems, more preparedness, and less complacence. I know I have failed when hospitals implore support every hour, for scores relying on minutes of supply of the air we breathe. I know I have failed when banal politicking and censoring preoccupies my elected leaders over life-saving responses. I know I have failed when my representatives fail to represent.
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