Opinion | Broadminded alright but in all the wrong directions By Damica Mawlong
By migrator | Apr 16, 2020, 21:17 IST
By Damica Marcia Mawlong | SHILLONG | April 16:
At 10:00pm on Monday (April 13, 2020), phones rang and notifications poured in as reports blew from all around that a Shillong-resident was tested positive for the pandemic Coronavirus (Covid19).
Panic struck the city and the state. Shillong being Shillong is still very much a small hill station where word travels faster than fire, no thanks to technology and the Internet.
The virus had reached the hills of our beloved abode. The 28th state out of 29 had fallen victim to the dreadful virus.
News had it that Dr. X was the first person who fell victim to this life-threatening virus.
Rumors flew in from every corner that the doctor failed the government's guidelines to prevent the virus from entering our state.
Phones rang again, messages were exchanged and forwarded and two hours later, Dr. X was blamed and shamed by a 'certain group of people' who felt that he was the one at fault.
The irony of it all was that another group blamed the government for re-opening wine stores on April 13, 2020. (The connection between the virus and wine stores still makes no sense to me whatsoever).
On the other hand, with no thanks to the internet and social media again, 'hate posts' and 'criticism' filled Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about how Dr. X's recklessness brought danger to the citizens of Meghalaya. Some even named the doctor in their posts (which was clearly defaming his and his family's name), all in the name of concern and criticism. Social media was flooded with HATE.