THE EFFECT OF LOCK DOWN ON THE BEHAVIOR OF INDIANS
Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Choubey (PhD, MBA)
Chief Editor, Jamshedpur Research Review (International Research Journal)
Amid fears of an epidemic of corona, a long lock-down is going on in India. Voluntary organizations
are distributing free food and food grains to the poor. Thousands of people gather at the
distribution stall as soon as news of the distribution of free food grains spreads. The walls of social
distancing and lockdown break down. 'Hunger and poverty' often overcomes the 'fear' of dealth.
But many experts say that this matter is not just related to hunger. The truth is that to some extent
free ration is not able to reach the real needy people. Many people in the queue for free ration,
their financial condition is fine, but they do not give up the attraction of free bees. Actually, there is
a lot of attraction towards free items found in India. Political parties, sly leaders and big companies
have been taking full advantage of this weakness of consumers.
A social worker told me with dismay that his organization had sent 15 days of ration to a
family yesterday, but later he came to know that the people of the said family had already taken
ration from four places. Actually, many people who roam around in search of food grains available
for free all day have become a headache for the police. They are not only breaking the lock down,
but because of this, free ration is not able to reach the real needy.
Those who donate
During this epidemic, an interesting class of ration and food distributors is in front of us.
Overwhelmed by the spirit of spiritual peace, heaven, salvation or benevolence, these people are
not donating, but their intention is something else. It does not make any sense to them that their
donation is reaching the real poor or not. Simply, their photo should go viral on social media, in fact
for some people every disaster is an opportunity. It is a matter of happiness that the memes of such
people are being made and such pseudo-demons are being severely criticized on social media.
Both the 'donors' and 'disqualifiers', who are ostensible in lockdown, have emerged as a major
problem in implementing lock-down and social distancing. Since the state governments have fewer
resources, they are seen helpless in front of these elements. Because of these people , real social
workers are also being maligned and they are having difficulty in working.
There is no similarity between 'market induced' free offer 'and' risky showy donation ', but in both
cases, if the word' free 'is used to motivate the target group for selfishness, then comparison
becomes natural .
Those fearless people, who are not afraid of Corona:
During the purchase of consumer goods in the market, customers are not following social
distancing. Young boys are wandering the streets fearlessly. When police patrolling jeeps are seen,
they run away and hide in the streets. Then, as the police return, they return to the road again.
The trembling people seeing the stick in the hands of the soldiers standing in front are ignoring the
danger of Corona in an interesting way. I discussed this with many people over the phone. Some
interesting reasons were suggested during the conversation. The first is that for most Indians the
fear of corona is an 'invisible fear', so they are not able to realize its awfulness. In fact, any threat
whose effect is not related to the entire country and world, it affects the immune system of
people's consciousness relatively less. But in front of them, problems like hunger and
unemployment are standing; obviously their focus is more on these problems. Our subconscious
mind is motivating for self-defense by being individualistic and ignoring the great danger. This is the
reason that after the declaration of lock down in India, people were competing to collect ration
items. This mob completely ignored the rules of social distancing and lockdown. The working class
people ignored the transition of Corona and left the metros and started running towards the village.
Things became very bad in India's capital Delhi and Mumbai. Millions of immigrant laborers
gathered at railway stations and bus stands. After all, what was the reason that the fear of Corona
could not stop these people from becoming such a crowd? The answer is simple - the fear of hunger
and unemployment to these workers was greater than the danger of Corona. He found his village
much safer in this fury of disaster.
'Captivity helplessness and mental abuse:
Due to the lockdown, the demand for psychiatrists in the country is increasing rapidly. During the
time of lock down, the helplessness of small families living in the metros has been brought to the
fore. Millions of metropolitan families imprisoned in a small flat or room have emerged as living
examples of the blindness of modern development. He is just as helpless in his flat as a poor in a
slum. In India, both rich and poor have been put on the same pan by nature. A very rich man is as
helpless and upset in his house as a middle-class man. A falling market and a falling business is
heartbreaking for every common and special.
How much we have changed:
With this crisis, some things are about to change permanently, such as: meeting, embracing, and
'handshake'. Now Hindustan will have to get used to wearing masks.
Sociality is the basic nature of man. I think, 'physical distancing' is a better phrase than 'social
distancing'. In this crisis, social proximity is as important as physical distance! At present, the time of
most people is being spent with social media. People are looking for social basis of entertainment,
business and living in social media. In such a situation, the demand for new internet apps like ZOOM
is increasing rapidly.
But, will we introspect after the corona threat is over? Will there be an deep study into the reasons
that force people to flee from the city to the village during the crisis? Shall we discuss again the
model of development, due to which, in the last fifty years, the village was left free, families were
broken and half the population of the country turned from farmer to laborer? Will a new model of
development be prepared, in which the people who return to the village never return to the city
again, the laborers become farmers again and the joint families divided into pieces can be united