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The  Vulture  in human form during the second  wave of the corona (Covid-19)

by Vijay Garg
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By: Vijay Garg

The Corona epidemic has put humanity and the beast to shame.  While countless people are risking their lives to help every victim, the black marketing of vaccines / medicines and oxygen cylinders has embarrassed humanity. 

The epidemic has embarrassed friends and blood relatives who have been cooperating like shadows.  Moving closer to the corona victim is considered as falling into someone else’s grave.  Funeral attendees are also not attending.  Yes,  Guru Ghar’s on earth are providing some relief to victims.  Despite not having a blood relationship, they are carrying out the work of ‘Sarbat Ke Bhale’.  He has even given ample meaning to the definition of langar.  Shrines are playing a significant role in this.  The headline ‘Patients will get oxygen langar in Guru Ghars’ is enough to describe the pain of shortness of breath.  Patients are not breathing.  Corona’s second wave is annoying governments. 

The fear of a third wave has plunged the world into anxiety.  On the other hand, vultures are being hailed as beneficiaries of the epidemic.  In the Mahan Kosh, the eagle is described as a carnivorous bird.  Although there are many species of eagles in the world, there are nine species of vultures in India.  The vulture’s head is red, its wings are black, its beak is pointed and sharp.  It has a keen eye and an amazing sense of smell.  The eagle flying in the amber falls on the corpse as soon as it sees it due to its sharp eyes and sniffing power.  The vulture does not hunt by itself but feeds on the corpse.  During the Corona epidemic, human-like eagles are taking advantage of the helplessness of the living.  This is why those who bake bread on needles are associated with eagles.  Well, environmentalists rank eagles as ‘clean birds’.  By killing dead animals, they help keep the earth’s environment clean. 

In our folklore these birds are called villains.  This comparison is made because they either pick the corpse or wait for the victim to die.  This is why these vultures are also called ‘opportunistic’ birds.  At one time the Parsis kept the dead in an open space for the eagles to eat.  The eagle’s stomach is said to be strong enough to digest even the stinky and thirsty carcass.  However, due to the misuse of painkillers or chemicals given to animals, many species of eagles have become extinct in India.  On the other hand, there are still vultures in human form.  Where our ‘frontline worker’ is the Messiah, it is like a ‘season’ for these eagles.  The compulsion of the people is being taken full advantage of.  These days, a post about South African photojournalist Kevin Carter, ‘The Vulture and the Little Girl’, is going viral, which speaks volumes about the opportunist mood.  Kevin won the Pulitzer Prize for his photo of the vulture and the little girl.  In March 1993, a photographer had to wait for hours to capture the image in the famine-stricken region of Sudan. 

The vulture was waiting for the death of the starving child.  A photographer in his thirties was also sitting there staring.  This photo disturbed sensitive people.  They were shaken.  The honor took Kevin Carter to the heights of popularity.  Suddenly a sensitive question came up, “How many eagles were there?” He replied, “Only one.”  Question after question made her soul tremble, “There were not one but two eagles waiting for the baby to die.”  Kevin’s conscience hurt when he was likened to an eagle, and he eventually committed suicide.

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