Corona Virus ::: My Beautiful India.

Before I talk about India, I want to rant about this Covid-19 blight that is crippling the countries and their economies. Is this a media hype? Are they hiding something behind the curtain of this disease? May be, maybe not. The fact remains that hundreds of people all over the world have died and a thousand and more have been infected by this virus. I just want to give my opinion. I am not a virologist. But I want to let the average people know that this is not as bad as influenza. During this year’s epidemic, there were 700,000 deaths related to the flu virus. The death rate was 10.3%. The current Corona Virus, has the death rate of 2.4 or so. It is just too bad that the older population is being targeted, especially in Italy and China. Proper hygiene is a must, as it is when flu strikes.

I for one,  am going about my home and life, and not worrying about what is going to happen to me. I cannot live my life in fear. Every day is a good and blessed day, and I have friends who feel the same way.

There are more things in life to think about. Homelessness, wars, ethnic cleansing by politicians who are controlling the lives of certain people, like vultures… or behave in a Hitlerish way. To prove what? That they are in power?

I write on CharminarConnection. It is a blog of all Hyderabadi people from India. The current situation in India has got all the Muslims very concerned about the Hitlerish abuse. This was published by the CC blog two days back. I hope you like what I have written.

The Resistance, the Conscience, and a floundering Life-line .. Zakiah Sayeed

Every day I receive links pertaining to videos and other news stories that have ravaged my beautiful country. I would watch them every day, unable to breathe, unable to cry. I could feel the blood curdling in my veins. My head lowered, my hands covering my mouth, unable to pray for deliverance of the innocent people of Kashmir, of the ruthless and merciless killings of young Muslim students in Dilli, (Delhi) and of the general Muslim population, incited and inflamed by hatred by a mad man and his cronies; such vicious and remorseless massacre and ethnic cleansing of people who lived in peace.

What hatred is this that defies all sense of human decency and decorum? Where is this hatred coming from? What rationale by the powers-that-be, do we see where human rights’ violation is a by-word of the current prime minister of India? The world is watching, like it did decades ago, when a mad man wanted a pure race and decided to get rid of anyone else that did not have blue eyes and blond hair and white skin. Such immoral and imperfection and genetic aberration, spells out the ill-breeding of animalistic behavior of men.

Do these men have a conscience? Can they sleep at night with peace, knowing that they have burnt a home down, and killed and maimed women and children and buried them alive in some parts of the city? This evil villainy and criminal dishonesty, does it not bother them? Probably not, because if they could set fire to trains that carried Muslims in 2002, killing hundreds, with not one word of apology, then these same pariahs probably would turn their heads away from destruction, pretending that they didn’t have anything to do with it. What kind of education did these goondas (hired thugs who kill and maim people) have? Or did they have any at all???

I read a beautiful write up by Deepak Gir (a wonderful writer from Hyderabad, who is a Hindu) on face book a couple of days back. So eloquent and full of compassion and deep seated knowledge. When one Hindu can be so powerful in understanding human nature and understanding the rights and wrongs, then why can another not have similar pathos and compassion? There were so many Sikh and Hindu friends who got injured trying to save their Muslim neighbors.

S M Shahed, another friend and Hyderabadi, has written so much in his posts about the unscrupulousness of the government, and has posted stirring poems by Hindu and Muslim poets, present and past. Heart rending messages of peace amidst bloodshed, that in and of itself is making a mockery of the corruption and the criminal behavior of these people.

Asking for birth certificates and citizenship papers from Indians who have lived there all their lives is ridiculous in my opinion. Does Modi have a birth certificate? Was he born in a hospital which kept records, or was he born in some gutter in a village? How about his parents? Do they have the essential papers that are being demanded of Muslims? Hundreds and thousands were born in the homes, and there were no departments of statistics to document the births and deaths. People just lived in peace and harmony.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the Muslim countries and nations like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar etc. who have hundreds and thousands of Hindus working there, tell these people that they are not welcome anymore, and that they should go back to India and beg for good paying jobs from the Modi government. What would Modi do then? Probably nothing. He thinks he has cloned himself into a Hitler.

This has been a rant going on in my mind for so long. I just had to spill it out. I know many of us are hurting. Afraid of a civil war in India. There is this ache like a raw wound in my heart that just doesn’t want to heal, because every day, I get links of various videos and news clippings of the atrocities that are going on in that beautiful country against the Muslims of India.

Heaven help the innocent people of that Beautiful Country.

Zakiah Sayeed


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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8 Responses to Corona Virus ::: My Beautiful India.

  1. I’m so sorry for the strife in India. It really seems like the world has gone crazy.
    It’s hard for me to be reasonable about corona. My daughter is immuno-suppressed. I want for all of us to hide in our house and never go out.

    • Zakiah says:

      You are absolutely right about protecting your daughter. The less interaction you have with others, the better it will be., I totally understand your concern.
      Thank you for your concern about Indian problems among some of the Hindu Politicians and the Muslims.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    I think people are going to look back and realize how silly they were over this virus. Things are being canceled and people are going crazy. I think if you have chronic problems to worry a little more.

  3. slmret says:

    The world has turned upside down! The coronavirus might just be a blessing in disguise if it helps get the President out of office! In the meantime, it’s hard to know what to believe other than that we all need to take precautions in order to minimize the risk of exposure. The hoarding reminds me of the shipping strike of the early 70’s, when Johnny Carson cracked a joke about Japanese tourists taking cases of TP home to Japan — the very next morning, you could not buy a roll of TP anywhere in the islands (that time it took about a month to straighten out, since everything had to be flown in from the mainland!)!

    I am dismayed to read about the strife in India, too. Did we not learn a lesson from Hitler? I hope it will not spark civil war in India just as I hope we will not have civil war here. Your rant is well written and powerful — please keep us informed.

    Much love and hugs

  4. I think this COVID 19 virus will spread quickly and will strain hospitals & front line staff.

    The situation in India is sickening and heart breaking. There isn’t enough media coverage and there aren’t enough leaders putting pressure on India to stop the killings. It is not enough to just tweet something or issue a press release. There has to be real consequences.

  5. whyzat says:

    Ugh! So much crap going on! On a brighter note, my crocuses are blooming and my daffodils are coming up. In my own little world, that gives me hope.

  6. I’ve been so saddened to hear about what is happening in India. 😦
    What you’ve said is so powerful and so important…and your heart shines through your words. I, too, pray that heaven will help the innocent people in India and around the world.
    The world seems so crazy right now. And like you said there is so much we need to be doing to help those people who have no voice.

  7. I am so sorry about your beloved country. The world has gone crazy for sure.
    Even though I have two autoimmune diseases, my son has one, and my husband has a compromised immune system, we have to work, in order to pay our bills so our lives continue pretty much the same.

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