A little bit of pragmatism isn't all that hard to ask for. Have you ever worked in the sweltering heat in a hazmat suit without any way to get rid of the heat your body generates? There are suits with captive ACs that run for maybe five or six hours, but they cost a ton and in an environment with a lot of moving machinery, they are worth less than shit. As for automation, yes, sure, but it's not an one day switch. We aren't a leader in robotics and converting industries to robotic labor is the work of a decade, not a fortnight.
Let's get it through all our heads. The twenty first century is not china's. Neither will the 22nd or any other century in the future. They have the desert to the west, siberia and Russia to the north, Himalayas and mountainous terrain down south as well as tropical forests and hills and their east has them facing the premier naval power in Asia, Japan. And if they defeat Japan, their energy supplies have to run the gamut from ME through the Indian Ocean - our back yard - the straits of Malacca whose neighboring nations bear no love for China and then cross Taiwan, and Japan. Forget every other player. China doesn't have the force to project enough power into the Indian Ocean to protect their oil and food shipments from their captive farms in Africa and even if they did, Indian Navy would beat them like Mike Tyson would a wimpy 50KG weakling.
So enough about how we have to outthink the Chinese and what not. Disentangle our dependencies on their industries, get serious about Make in India on the MIC and China can grovel at our feet or get ****** whenever and wherever we feel like ****** them.
Arun.prabhu wrote:Yep, but we have decided to go the lockdown route because the other idiots are following Chinese idiocy. Test everyone and isolate or let it run its course are the options. We're still testing only those who traveled and their close contacts. Not a recipe for a good outcome.
I rather have lockdown, self quarantine and people learn how to live and generate value under these new circumstances. We just have to adapt to the new reality. Aspirational hopes that somehow we get a vaccine or other material changes is not pragmatic. The prudent thing to do is lock down, buy time, allow the population to adapt to the new reality, build civilizations memory and resiliency towards a biological attack.
Our economy is mostly agricultural and software, the biggest hit will be manufacturing. We should emphasize on protocols to kick start manufacturing without loss of lives. Maybe hazmat suits or investments into automation. We either adapt or go into the Dust Bin of irrelevancy in the next decade. China is well suited to come out on top with this event, we have to disrupt that by forcing change in their supply chains and harvesting an alternative source to their capacity. The more time passes, the more I think they deliberately released this onto the world.