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Atanu Ranjan Tripathy

Abstract


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Atanu Ranjan Tripathy

Abstract


Single Race, Varied Flags

Single Race, Varied Flags

3 mins 12.3K 3 mins 12.3K

There was a huge gathering of people. People of different nations, varied colours, various communities and of so many religions. Every one of them had a solitary problem and each of them had one single goal, to escape the advancing typhoon. The weather forecast clearly warned all the tourists who came to that beautiful island nation to move to safer places away from the coastline. The sea level was expected to swell to a height of several metres and there might be tsunamis also. Widespread rain with the severe cyclonic storm was approaching the northern coastline of the island very fast and the hundreds of tourists who had come from different parts of the globe only had one option left with them, to at least travel thirty kilometres inside the island country to the nearest town. The storm would hit the town also but the effect was expected to be much less in comparison to the coastal areas. The air travels had been completely aborted taking into consideration the higher risks. Sea routes had been sealed and not a single boat or ship was allowed to leave the shores. The only escape route was to travel through the land. Although the solitary road connecting the nearest town was in good stead it was rather narrow to allow more than one big vehicle to ply at a time.


Several buses queued up to carry the ill-fated tourists and the travellers hurried up to board the very first vehicle. There was almost a stampede as each man and every woman tried to reach the bus first. There wasn't any discrimination of nationality, colour, race, community or religion. Each one represented one single race, the human race and there was no ethnicity, no religious groups. The only endeavour of every member was to save his own life and if possible then help others to avert the imminent threat of death. No national flags were seen flying aloft on any vehicle and no one was seen having painted his cheeks with his or her national flag. No was seen asking the question of whether he was a Christian or a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist. There existed only one religion, the religion of humanity.

Just an hour before the storm struck the coast of the island all the tourists reached very close to the town. The triumphant joy on their faces clearly evinced the strength and solidarity of the entire human race. United we stand and divided we fall, the old saying proved beyond all doubts. When there is a global crisis, a pandemic or a meteor about to strike the earth if we can unite and stand together why can't we join hands at the time of peace or prosperity. We are all humans, the same red blood passes through our arteries and veins. So why can't we forget all the differences between us and further progress as a single race, as a single community, " the human community."


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