A refined but uncomfortable form of untouchabilityTamil Nadu is the worst affected State among all the Southern States. The most unfortunate part of the whole story is that the Cornora virus has spread to every part of the State. It is perhaps the only State with the most irresponsible and insensitive people. They just do not bother to wear masks and behave as if there is no virus at all. Most of the gatherings, particularly in tea shops resemble the huge crowds that are shown in all Tamil movies starring the famous actor Vijay, and social distancing has gone to the winds.
Those affected have the worst trouble. Children who are less than 3 years of age, do not just understand why the mother does not touch him or her. The husband is affected too and things become very complicated. Sometimes, some understanding neighbors help. Worse, the mother is sometimes forced to take the child along to the quarantine center, and this is mostly the school or the college nearby.
We are thus practising a growing, but refined form of untouchability. One only hopes that the vaccine comes out at leat in November. We need to get back to normal lives. Children below three years of age need all the attention and love and affection of parents. Only God has to save all people. And also perhaps appear in some form to educate the irresponsible people of this State, with one of the highest literacy rates in India.