Humanity, Vulgarity, Inanity and Politics Thus Reports COVID-19
Authors: M C Behera
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown as its preventive measure is visible in the
finance sector. Its social impact on migration, people’s attitude towards migrant workers is not less
significant. In fact, it has impacted life at all levels-individual, local, regional, national and
international; and all aspects- social, relational, political, economic, religious and cultural. It has
interrogated our past decisions and actions through present confusion, uncertainty, inadequacy, and
inability to take it head-on, policy shifts, etc. It has placed our present as a challenge to our future. It
is said that COVID-19 has pressed a re-start button to set our future in order.
But the present essay is a deviation in that it does not study the impacts on the topics mentioned. It is
designed to study people’s minds through their actions drawing on selected news reports. The essay is
organised under various thematic heads to describe the mind working behind the behaviour. However,
it is not a psychological study, but a preliminary understanding of mind underlying behaviour in
common people. The themes are not exclusive, instead they are indicative, and a theme underlies
more than one behavioural aspect.