Saturday 16 January 2021

News Analysed, Opinions Expressed


I WANT TO GO HOME (By Dr Oscar Rebelo)


COVID 19 teaches us, I think, that nothing matters, absolutely nothing, in these grim times.Short of getting the dreaded virus and ending up on a ventilator, the only thing that matters is that you are HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY. Nothing, repeat nothing, could be more priceless than that.

After 4 to 6 weeks of this unimaginable lockdown, you can't but get philosophical, as you wrap your brain around the nightmare.

You begin to earnestly wonder WHAT THE HELL is it that is absolutely important to your existence.

Is it that latest Land Rover you acquired, or perhaps that exquisite piece of jewellery or designer outfit you bummed your husband into buying for you?

Is it that fine meal at a gourmet restaurant? Or just a fishing trip with friends?

Is it about getting ecstatic about a stock market surge?

Or is it the joy of a new book you are writing?

Or perhaps a night out at the pub with the boys?

Perhaps your career, your targets, your bonus, your success, devoured you?

COVID 19 teaches us, I think, that nothing matters, absolutely nothing, in these grim times.

Short of getting the dreaded virus and ending up on a ventilator, the only thing that matters is that you are HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY.

Nothing, repeat nothing, could be more priceless than that.

And for countless citizens across the world, that just isn’t happening.

They can't get it with money, not with diamonds, not with political patronage.

There is Zoom and WhatsApp but you can't hug, hold, simply feel safe and together with those devices, can you?

Hence it is imperative that those of us blessed and privileged to be HOME to comprehend the plight of those who are not.


Interestingly, in Christian tradition, at Christmas, we erect a crib or a home by another name.

Diwali, in some parts of the country, is the celebration of Lord Ram, returning HOME, after 14 years of exile.

Mother Teresa, various Hindu and Muslim organisations, often unsung, work tirelessly, to create HOMES for the destitute. For the orphans, for the workers and the wretched of the earth.

HOME is the deepest yearning of the human spirit. No argument.

Hence, as a society, we need to understand and empathise and if possible help those who just want to get home.

Millions of hitherto "invisible" migrants, builders of our glittering cities, don't want food and doles and promises... they simply want to GO HOME.

The seafarers’ wives protesting, in an emotionally distraught state, want their trapped husbands HOME.  That's All.

No politics, no chicanery, just a heartfelt plea.

The Kashmiri pundits’ plight is not just socio-political and religious. At a deep, visceral level it is about being displaced from their HOMES.

So too the countless victims of displacement in Syria and Yemen: the Yazidis and millions upon millions... They all want to see HOME.

That is why you need to respect the jawing and the cop out in the field, or presently the health worker who is either in hospital or in quarantine; these are all sacrificing HOME so that we stay safe.

When this whole malevolent charade is over, many people tell me we will change our habits and ways.

I'm not too optimistic about that.

We will be back to greedy capitalism, we will log the jungles, we will continue to destroy the environment and call it development.

We are not going to change that easily.

But if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

My only wish from this crisis is that we realise the sheer force, power and the wealthiest, incorruptible, unfailing asset we have which is FAMILY AND HOME.

And  if we, as a people, as a community, as a state, as a nation, work to ensure that our citizens have a decent home and family they can always live with or return to, we can truly say Diwali or X’mas or Eid hit HOME.

Once the lockdown is over, oh my god, are we going to break free with a vengeance?

We are going to party, we are going to shop, we are going to vacation, we are going to booze, we are going to vote the same charlatans back in again.

But the comfort and joy after all those hedonistic pleasures, is that we can still safely come back to that sanctuary called HOME!!!


Have you ever wondered why, the minorities resent the hate spewing, malicious vitriol hurled at them by powerful right wing trolls and hate mongerers?

It's got very little to do with religious or cultural issues.

The major, visceral fear is that the minorities constantly under siege, resist being evicted from their HOMES... a Home they call India!

Disclaimer: Views expressed above are the author's own.

Brilliant observation.

Harish Jaiswal |

Great emotional n fact expressed for awareness. Pray this desister hit's the thoughts on all of our minds to be back in reality, to beautiful creations of the Lord.

God bless u.


We wanna come back to our home..

Anisa Shaik |

You hit the point Doc.

Winston Collaco |

Thank you Oscar. You couldn't be more right

J. Heredia |

Great. Hope everyone understands.

Ulric Rodrigues |

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Dr Oscar Rebelo

Dr Oscar Rebelo is one of the leading social activist of Goa and a practicing doctor. He led the historic peoples’ movement in 2006-07 to get the anti-Goa Regional Plan scrapped and save Goa from total destruction of Goa’s ecology and natural beauty. He is a Goa-based leader of Aam Aadmi Party. He is also a columnist.


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