Opinion

CRISIS & PANDEMICS COULDN’T BE DEALT IN ISOLATION IN GLOBAL VILLAGE

The world is a global village, the term coined by Canadian thinker Marshall McLuhan in 1960 became very popular and since has been pitched everywhere, not only on virtual media but nowadays people living in the Far East, Asia, and other remote corners of the world are used to say” the world is a global village”.

 

Technological advancement, boom, and boast of the internet via cellular phones played a vital role in the spread of making a world quickly connected, touched, and heard through modern gadgets. Europe, America, and Australia could considered the continents that not only virtually mobilized themselves with the term but practically showcased what ought to be called being a part of the global village. These continents developed their infrastructures, transportation, urban mobility, lifestyle, business deals, etc. in accordance with the principles of the global village; moreover, they moved their ideas, innovations, and products to other continents such as Africa, Asia, and influenced people through direct and indirect soft technological invasions while getting control on nerves and vibes of the masses in third world countries.

Not only simply this happen, the people started moving from third-world countries to the developed continents hunting for better wages and availing lush lifestyle, but the people in advanced countries launched racist tags about Asians and Africans and labelled them with different annoying titles.

However, China and Japan could be pinpointed as technologically more equipped countries in Asia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Egypt in Africa. But the most interesting fact about these third world’s leading economies is that they rarely favor their neighboring countries in times of crisis. China the country with 1,443,995,000 populations and $16.64 trillion GDP is one of the most economically powerful and technologically advanced countries and has been unequally playing its role in helping its neighbors faced with challenges of poverty, climate change, and other economic crisis, nonetheless, China is supporting Pakistan a country that is rival of India an ultimate opponent of China, similarly Japan that comes second economically strong power, often has a rivalry with China and has been helping rarely Philippines that is on the surge of extreme poverty. Likewise, India and Pakistan the two atomic powers have been combating one another and paying less attention to helping their neighboring countries i.e. Nepal Bhutan, and Afghanistan, instead of helping them they use the underdeveloped countries as shields against one another.

Due to these facts, the neighbors are less valuable than the far-lying donors and aiding countries from other continents which stretched their hands for help with intentions serving their designed interests in the region. These factors have been paralyzing the notions of mutual cooperation and self-reliance to coop with challenges, natural calamities, droughts, and earthquakes where the lack of preparedness and improper mechanisms to tackle cause high death toll and economic loss, taking an account the current COVID-19 pandemic, where India the boasting economy has high daily positive Covid-19 patients and plumbing death toll due to unavailability of ventilators, ambulances and proper check and balance, while its counterpart Pakistan has shortage of Oxygen. The race for controlling the continental power bridles both have been spending a huge amount on arsenals, weapons, and military growth while spending less on developing their health structures and good governance, etc.

That has been destroying the concept of productive globalism and the essence of a welfare global village. However, the recent medical assistance to India for medical equipment and emergency services, by a Pakistani charity called Edhi could be counted as a gesture of global humanity and a positive aspect of the global village.  Instead of damaging and raising troubles for neighbors if the positive culture of helping neighbors in times of crisis is equally revived then the world could be saved from disasters and pandemics and be placed on track of fast-growing development, where nobody would be spared from basic foods, health and living a standard lifestyle. It will not only propel the spirit of equal development but will help in building a prosperous future for coming generations. 

 

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