“COVID-19 and Lockdown – A reflection,” by Benjamin Yepthomi, State President, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Nagaland.
‘On March 23rd, 2020, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, ordered the entire nation to go into lockdown from March 25th, 2020 for a period of 21 days to stop and check the rising curve of COVID-19 cases in the country. This was an unprecedented step undertaken because of the havoc wreaked by the deadly COVID-19 virus which had originated from Wuhan in China. Not only were lives destroyed but the economy also took a severe beating. In fact, India was one of the first countries in the world to announce a nation-wide lockdown. The main emphasis here was on saving lives. As the Hon’ble PM rightly pointed out, economy can be recovered but lives could not be recovered. No doubt it was a tough measure but it just goes to show the care and commitment PM Modi, has for the people of India. And, thus began the era of lockdown across the country. Everyone was affected in one way or the other; especially the poor, needy, homeless, labourers, migrant workers, even students and senior citizens. The challenge lay bare before us. However, wasting no time, in response to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s clarion call to all Karyakartas to selflessly serve the people, the BJYM Nagaland took it upon itself to see to it that affected people in Nagaland should not remain helpless and go to bed hungry.’
Each BJYM district unit played crucial roles in extending a helping hand to our fellow affected citizens. From food packets to water to edible oil to essential commodities (rice, vegetables etc.) to face masks and sanitizers, we went all the way out to make sure that we would leave no stone unturned. It was a Herculean task. Leaving our families behind in the peak of the pandemic was not an easy thing, especially for us who have kids. But our guiding principle of “Nation first, party second and individual last” helped us stay motivated and determined to serve the people.’
‘Dimapur district in particular was quite challenging because it is a large district, not to mention the sweltering heat, but we could overcome all challenges. We also distributed food, face masks, sanitizers etc. to our uniformed personnel as well as other frontline workers. I reserve my warmest salute to all our frontline workers. They had to face a lot of discrimination and unwarranted attacks. In the face of it all, they continued to serve the people without any questions.’
‘As the nation-wide lockdown kept extending, we never wavered from our commitment of serving the people. There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from serving the people. It motivates us even more and more. In this short but challenging period of lockdown, we have all learned a lot about so many things, be it hygiene, safety, education, medical facilities etc. For the BJYM Nagaland, the biggest takeaway is reassertion of the fact that there is no greater joy than serving society.’
‘Many criticisms were hurled at the Modi-led government for the lockdown, but now it’s been proved beyond doubt that it definitely helped save crores of Indian lives. As India limps back to normalcy, I strongly advise my fellow citizens to stay alert and not be complacent. Even as the indigenous COVID vaccines are being administered to crores of citizens across the country, I exhort upon all to receive your vaccine doses. The vaccines are scientifically tested and proved most effective. There is no need for any fear or scepticism. When you get vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself but also contributing towards a healthier and safer society.’
‘In conclusion, I would also like to express my sincere thanks to our State BJP President Shri Temjen Imna Along, Hon’ble Dy. CM Shri Y Patton, State BJP office bearers, Nagaland BJYM team, party karyakartas, well-wishers and all BJP legislators who sacrificed a lot of everything to help make life a little more tolerable in those trying times. The BJP is a people’s party and we will always remain in the service of the people and nation.’
Photo recap of the activities carried out by the officials and Karyakartas of BJYM Nagaland during the COVID-19 lockdown:
Benjamin Yepthomi, State President, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Nagaland.