“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”– Vladimir IIyich Lenin
2020 is the year we all want to forget. But I ask you to remember it and learn from it. It taught us various lessons and made us feel so vulnerable and yet so strong.
Lesson – 1: Preparedness and Determination – Taiwan
Taiwan is situated next to the epicentre of the COVID-19 virus and is at constant loggerheads with its giant neighbour. The island nation neither bowed to the Dragon nor the Wuhan virus. It fought the virus and came as a clear winner in times of uncertainty.
Lesson – 2: Standing up for what is right and fighting for it – France
French President Emmanuel Macron took up the fight against radicalization. He put the Constitution above Faith and Reason above Religion even when he faced severe backlash from various countries across the globe. Freedom of Speech and Expression is the basic principles of any Democracy, and Mr Macron illuminated on that.
Lesson – 3: Learn to Move on – Israel
The UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco put behind their historical disputes and religious difference to rest, and formally established diplomatic relations with the state of Israel. Things go bad and they will, but you need to move on and put those disputes behind.
Lesson – 4: Choose your friends wisely – Nepal
Nepal got in a dispute with its all-time ally and trusted partner India and took sides with Communist China. Things went downhill for Nepal from there the country is in a political crisis while its parliament remains dissolved.
Lesson – 5: Fight for the Truth – Australia
Australia was the first country to call for a detailed investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 virus. Even with economic sanctions and military backlash from China, the Kangaroo didn’t budge and fought for the truth.
Lesson – 6: Mind your Own Business – Canada
There is a saying, “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others”. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showered support for the protesting farmers in India and advocated that Canada will also support peaceful demonstrations. The ironic part is, when peaceful protest happens in Canada, brut force was used against the demonstrates by the Police. Mr Trudeau, don’t play with fire, you’ll burn your hands.
Lesson – 7: Take Everyone Along – India
The Elephant taught us to live with everyone in peace and harmony, respect every countries sovereignty and not interfere in others business. It taught us to move as a group and fight as a group.
If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.– Ratan Tata