As coronavirus ploughs through life, COVID-19 threatens globalised world order

Coronavirus Global Impact
Emerging from an entirely different quarter, one that has no time for nuanced debates comes the coronavirus pandemic which is testing the viability of the globalised model in an unprecedented way. | Image - Eunice Dhivya

It is not often that one gets to act in a Hollywood movie, or for that matter, any movie anywhere. Today, in 2020 CE, the entire world appears to be “acting” in a classic Hollywood blockbuster where entire cities and even countries are in varying degrees of a lockdown marked by deserted streets, empty malls and humans dressed in white, moving, as if in slow motion, treating patients and clearing the dead.

The only problem is that “COVID-19” is no movie. It is for real and the villain is a deadly virus on a global rampage — affecting millions and felling thousands. It can travel anywhere, attack anyone and nothing so far has been found that can stop the novel coronavirus in its tracks.

The C-virus has done what many political players have been articulating — challenging the globalised model that has for the last 30 years dominated politics, social life and the economy of the world. Since the early 1990s, following the demise of the Soviet Union, capitalism and neo-liberal economic policies have mutated the world’s DNA.

Coronavirus pandemic
Flight attendants and ground staff wear protective face masks in wake of novel coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, in New Delhi. India registered 107 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths as on Sunday. (PTI Photo)
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