Raipur. The people of Chhattisgarh have shown immense patience and courage throughout the lockdown period, and they continue to show it even now. Sculptors who await Durga Puja for their annual income made smaller sculptures following the guidelines of the state. Businesses also suffered financially following the rules, doing all that they can to prevent the infection. The State Government, on the other hand, has opened all government - non-government liquor shops. Home delivery of alcohol is also permitted.
Not only this, the Congress Government organised a massive protest for farmers in Raipur. Rallies and political demonstration are going on as usual despite the pandemic. However, even on Navratri, the temples were not allowed to open. While liquor shops continue their brisk business, Durga Pandals are desolate and missing the fervour and colour of past. The Pandals of the Goddess have limited permission and the axe of punitive action hanging over them.
The situation in Chhattisgarh is comparable to that of Maharashtra. In Maharashtra too bars and liquor shops are open while temples remain closed. In Chhattisgarh, Maa Bamleshwari Temple, Dongargarh, Mahamaya Temple, Ratanpur, Maa Jatmai Temple, Jatmai-Ghatarani, Maa Chandrahasini Temple, Chandrapur are all closed to devotees. Very few are allowed inside. The Government's double standard is cruelly evident and discriminatory.
Though the people of Chhattisgarh are following guidelines laid down by the Government, yet the hypocrisy rankles their mind. Rallies jam-packed with people, hordes standing in front of the liquor shops, do they not spread Coronavirus? Are they exempt? Temples, Navratri Celebration, Vijayadashami Celebration, are dangerous and can spread infection but not political rallies.