Antagonism Of An Anomie

The darker part of life, which is not known to us, spread a scare in us. We are now going through such a trouble which was never within our ordinary perception. During the first phase of the spread of pandemic the whole world was trembling. Surviving with it for a long has made us alert. Now the continued existence of life every moment is burgeoning with an insecurity of an unusual one. Beyond facing hurdles while collecting means of life it is like to trade with life and death now. The need of existence is vehemently running to and fro to act with the crisis. The life and fear of death both does stay alive in parallel.

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‘Social distancing’ is still most accepted way to contain spread of Covid-19 until the medical industry is coming out with a genuine and safe vaccine. But to maintain it religiously is never possible in a populous country where public transportation facilities is at a disproportionate low. To reach to working place on time bounds all to break the protocol of ‘social distancing’. Here justice goes through a reality check and nobody can be claimed.     
To carry with it is next to impossible now amid threatening escalation of unemployment and poverty. A lion share of working force in unorganised sectors is in unbearable distress with low income for long. Many have changed their profession accordingly but scope is very limited with available options and as a consequence of what they are helplessly negotiating with a competitive wage rate which is low enough to deal with the inflationary pressure. The rise in general price level and gradual fall in income counts heavy on purse of general people.
Amid this disorder every country is trying hard to establish growth story with all efforts. Economic stimulus is a common practice by all to rejuvenate life of people to an extent. But when the process of asset creation is devastatingly hit the stimulus has a limitation. It could keep alive the society and economy for a time but not sustainably. Normalisation of every activity is of utmost necessity. All governments on their part are quite generous in extending economic benefits directly or indirectly to the people and the economy.
The long existence of pandemic already has given rise to a condition of an anomie in society. Anomie is a social condition comes in when norms and values which were common to society earlier start to disappear. French sociologist Emile Durkheim has found anomie in the society during its transition when previous set of rules are invalid but the new one yet to be established. Here the strain of economic insecurities and disorders placed upon people instigate to behave in ways that are not conducive to social stability as viewed by sociologist R K Merton. He viewed anomie as a social response as well as a nature of adaptation due to gap between socially approved means and goals. And the condition duly manifest in dysfunction of society. It is a hard time for society to reach stability after connecting dots.
The quarantined society already has witnessed an increasing domestic violence. And violence in varied forms is yet to come if economic and social insecurities continue to linger.                      

Ants Sing ‘Food For All’!

In my last article ‘Let us do an ant in life’ I have shared a view on my learning about a democratic spirit and how religiously it preserved by an insect community. The tiny creature of almighty how nicely is bound by their duties and responsibilities to their society. For their own appetite they toil together. The working class of their community is working day and night in search of food. When it is found, it is for all. They are piously bound by the divine rule of nature and survive cohesively. To get equitably distributed with a morsel of food is their habit and not inflicted by an iniquity a moment. ‘Food for all’ is a highest practiced slogan of their livelihood.
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Hunger and poverty is a looming disaster for long. A global consensus is on work always to contain it. Meanwhile an unwarranted blow of Covid pandemic has hit the resolution harshly. A number of factors like a relatively low agricultural production in sync with population influx, high prices of produce etc contribute to the concern abysmally. Given all these matter of concerns, to come up with a suitable remedy now suffers a massive setback.
In the meantime the second wave of the pandemic has started to invade us. So a lockdown call is on anvil. A number of European countries already have started to exercise it. Amid this hurly-burly to reach to the marginal class with a reason of their survival is facing a severe bottleneck.
According to United Nation (UN) data an estimated 821 million people in world was suffering hunger in 2018.  And in between the belligerence of Covid-19 ruthlessly slaps the UN resolution on achieving the Zero Hunger Target by 2030. Leaders across globe united at the UN in 2000 and come up with a broad consensus called Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to tackle poverty with 2015 deadline. The target of curtailing the figure of poverty to half was very successfully met by 2010, well ahead of the deadline.
To keep the spirit alive the United Nation strives for more effort and launched the programme Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the mandate for 21st century. “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” was the key note of the UN line-up. Key focus areas covered under the goal: ending hunger and ensuring access to safe and nutritious food by all; ending all forms of nutrition; doubling agricultural productivity and incomes of marginal producers; ensuring sustainable food production system; increasing flow of investment in agriculture; correcting and preventing trade restrictions and distortions in global agricultural markets and adopting measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets. In this regard UN agencies like World Food Programme (WFP), World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) come across very successfully with their respective efforts.
Now policies and priorities are at loggerhead. The drastic fall in per capita income due to low working scope is pushing more numbers into the poverty trap. The unfavourable climatic condition, low credit supports all are severely affecting the agricultural productivity and rural livelihood today. In our country the growth of agriculture and its allied sectors has remained stagnant for last six years and thereby hitting the farmers’ income to an appalling level according to the Economic Survey 2019-20 released on January 31, 2020. From the market context it again prove to be painful as the growing population and their demand put huge pressure on supply and finally the price of produce is skyrocketing. And thus for the marginal class fulfilling the appetite everyday is going to be a distant dream.  
The pandemic is keeping us in such isolation where the whole spectrum of the allocation pattern of resources is suffering a big.
To survive with this crisis an ant song of ‘Food for all’ for the time being will be a best practice of self-reliance. Now in every community to share food with each other will be a best ‘Ant’ practice. For our appetite we all come together. Fighting it together will make the journey easier. When the pandemic will over the ‘Ant’ philosophy will help us to fight poverty with a new enthusiasm.