We shall overcome
I could write about how this compares in terms of death and destruction with previous storms that ravaged the country. But I won’t. The official death toll stands at 1,200 or so when I write this. But almost certainly this will rise.
The cyclone is likely to have severely damaged the country’s autumn crop. Beyond the immediate relief and rehabilitation, this means an aggravation of an already spiralling food price inflation. But on that, perhaps some other time.
And beyond that, perhaps this is a sign of the future. Perhaps global warming means we have to brace for more of these happening at a greater frequency. Perhaps.
But I won’t despair. I won’t despair because this is not the first time that this has happened to Bangladesh. And, global warming or not, this won’t be the last. We did overcome this, in 1991, and before that in 1970, and countless times before that. And we shall overcome, this time, and the next one, and the one after that.
As the old leader said, ‘amader dabaye rakhte parba na’.