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Is it tackling dengue or tackling Pori Moni?

  • Published at 07:10 pm August 5th, 2021
Pori Moni
File photo shows actor Shamsunnahar Smriti, popularly known as Pori Moni Facebook/Pori Moni

Today’s biggest crises are the health and economic ones - and those need attention rather than obsessing over who is drinking or smoking what

After a great deal of drama that began many weeks ago when Pori Moni barged into the Boat Club at late hours and got involved in a famous escapade down to on Wednesday’s Live FB broadcast  as RAB was at her door, she is full of drama and theatre. It’s all very exciting and interesting but at the end of the day she is in jail, accused of having liquor bottles, drugs consuming apparatus, etc .

She was the latest in the line of ladies and gents being reined in who were broadly speaking, part of Dhaka’s sleaze society on such charges.  These people live off the excesses of the upper class but wanted to take more advantage and got whacked. Fine, it’s an Inner Party Conflict even if this is not a political party but a socio-cultural one.

But it has nothing to do with us. By making it a national emergency when we are being ravaged by Covid and its variants and joined by dengue, we do mind the priority list.  It’s our life and death. We don’t mix with them, don’t drink, dance, do drugs etc. We have no embarrassing footage to be blackmailed by, so please try to stop convincing us that managing Pori Monis matters more than managing the virus.

Dengue is hitting badly

Dengue has silently crept in and has started to take a huge toll. Every day, the death rates are climbing and there is little chance that it is going to go down. The health sector’s performance is dismal as far as corona goes and public confidence is low. The much ballyhooed public immunization week was reduced to a day showing that poor planning and performance  is endemic and needs immediate fixing. This should be the priority and not arresting a few people linked with DJ parties thrown by the rich or attended by them.

I think the month of August is a month of great pain and suffering for all and shows how fragile life can be. It’s also a time to reflect on the way people's lives can be better. It’s not going to be done by arresting Porimoni or her crowd. It can only happen when we can get our priorities right. Today’s biggest crises are the health and economic ones - and those need attention. At this point, nobody cares who is drinking or smoking what.  They can all go to hell.

What we all are looking for is safety and the GOB can give us that by paying attention to some flying insects and the all-pervasive virus. Please get your priorities in line with the people.  

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