Two months sooner, laborers on the third floor of New Market in Dhaka were occupied with coloring/getting ready sarees, generally white and red, to be conveyed to boutique shops in front of the New Year. Expressive arts understudies at the University of Dhaka (DU) began making veils, canvases and copies for the Mongol Shobhajatra.
Shopping centers were going to fill their racks with beautiful garments and adornments. Who could envision then that a destructive worldwide pandemic—novel coronavirus or Covid-19—would remove all the energy of celebration, and sparing lives would turn into the need?
Things changed rapidly and past our fantasies. All of humankind is enduring today as we are in wellbeing and financial crises. The celebration economy, however the majority of the economy is currently waiting. The current year’s Baishakh is maybe the gloomiest one we are having in ages. For what reason is Pahela Baishakh significant in these gravest of times in ongoing history?
We are very nearly a month into the emergency. Aside from crisis laborers, we are for the most part restricted at home with relatives. Living in lockdown or isolate in minor rooms can be difficult. It is increasingly difficult when there is so much vulnerability. No work implies numerous families are battling to put nourishment on the table. There are developing worries about the conceivable wellbeing outcomes of an all-encompassing time of physical separating, especially on psychological well-being.
Pahela Baishakh as a celebration strengthens the possibility of the all inclusiveness of the human condition and infuses a feeling of harmony, even in profoundly inconsistent social orders. It is likewise an opportunity to think about our past mix-ups and offenses and plan for the days to come. These are probably the most grounded sentiments that we have to hold onto as we swim through this emergency.
In spite of the fact that in an unexpected way, individuals will at present observe Pahela Baishakh with loved ones. They won’t pour onto the roads to praise the celebration as they generally do. There will be no inviting of the New Year by Chhayanaut artistes at dawn at Ramna Batamul. There will be no showcases of having panta-ilish.
Inviting the New Year, numerous indigenous gatherings living in Bangladesh were additionally getting ready to praise their principle celebrations, yet needed to radically abridge their festivals of Baisu, Sangrai, Biju, Bisu, and Bihu, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and past.
Their festivals are fundamentally unique in relation to Chhayanaut’s Borshoboron and DU Fine Arts Faculty’s Mongol Shobhajatra. However, it is a day that unites everybody, praising concordance in decent variety. Justifiably, there will be an absence of energetic hues, upbeat rhythms, new dishes and energy as a general state of mind of dread, sadness and vulnerability wins this year.
Initially a reap celebration denoting the start of the yield cycle, Pahela Baishakh is additionally an opportunity to consider issues that administer our lives.
In these tempestuous occasions, which are regularly depicted by world pioneers as war-like, our top need must be to secure the most defenseless fragment of society, who are excessively influenced by the lockdown. The legislature needs to discover approaches to limit hardships by guaranteeing that individuals don’t kick the bucket of yearning and absence of treatment.
Sadly, the early signs are dismal: one DU understudy passed on without getting treatment, and starving individuals under lockdown supposedly plundered a truck conveying help merchandise in Jamalpur. April is vital for us. Before the month’s over, it ought to turn out to be to some degree clear how profound the emergency is in our nation.
At the point when a cataclysm strikes, it uncovered how perilously ill-equipped our administration is. Regardless of getting a while for it, the endeavors to contain the pandemic needed coordination, a reality that the wellbeing clergyman himself conceded.
At that point, extraordinary isolates have been forced all through the nation. Individuals are being kept from voyaging, or in any event, leaving their homes. Regardless of calls for national solidarity from all sides, we are not all right now.
The legislature has declared six upgrade bundles totalling BDT 77,750 crore, which is 2.7 percent of the GDP. These are for formal divisions. While these bundles are significant for making way for a solid financial recuperation, the more quick need was an endurance bundle for the most powerless individuals under lockdown, who are for the most part from casual segments.
Most by far of those individuals, living on day by day compensation and with low investment funds, can’t load up on basics. A little while into the lockdown, network support is likewise evaporating for them. It is basic that an open dispersion framework is created to guarantee fundamentals are conveyed to their entryways.
What we require desperately is assets and products for adjustment during the pandemic, and afterward to animate the economy after the pandemic. What we saw is the declaration of improvement bundles, yet very few adjustment endeavors.
This is symptomatic of an unbalanced impact of organizations over the administration. What will occur after the lockdown? We should begin setting ourselves up for post-coronavirus challenges. Enhancement of our economy in a reordered worldwide monetary request is basic.
Work and wellbeing arrangements need reconsidering. We have to put intensely in widespread human services, state funded instruction and nourishment security.
In the midst of these violent occasions, there are indications of expectation and mental fortitude. Activities like Bidyanondo Foundation’s elective nourishment dissemination or a radical gathering’s elective rescue vehicle administrations and “Manobotar Bazar” have drawn famous consideration. There are a lot greater network and nearby activities all through the nation.
Everybody’s life relies upon ensuring that they have supplies of basic nourishment things. As we are in horticultural high season, little ranchers and day workers will place themselves in the way of Covid-19 to take care of the individuals.
We ought not overlook that they are particularly inclined to respiratory sicknesses because of their temperament of work and methods for living. Right now, when Covid-19 is spreading in various regions, more measures are expected to change the manner in which these basic specialists are compelled to live and work.
A few people, particularly the lower classes, will conceivably encounter the best hardships of a lifetime. We need the positive forces of Baishakh to assist them with traversing it.
Baishakh sets us up for a fresh start and to dream—elevated dreams, yet those that are grounded actually and are feasible. On an individual level either, however an aggregate dream that puts aggregate prosperity at its inside. Disregarding Covid-19, dengue or some other general wellbeing risk, its soul implies our will to endure and our affection forever will triumph.
Right now, are required to confront Covid-19 together, in any event, when we are removing ourselves genuinely. Pahela Baishakh allows us to encounter our locale and helps us to remember our fellowship, association and solidarity.