At the time of writing this, the lockdown has just begun. However, it is as lenient a lockdown as one can be. Maybe we should think about rebranding such events. Lock-down? In its true sense, which you'll see if you've been out on the streets of Dhaka, it should be called "the door's open-come and go as you like".
It's not that we don't take things seriously. What's alarming is how quickly the needle of our multi-layered moral compass shifts between "concerned" and "indifferent". One day we're stunned by numbers, the next day we don't care if our number comes up. People are still out in groups, still without their masks. We may pride ourselves when it comes to resilience and fighting back but truth be told – and these aren't my words – patience is a virtue.
If I'm feeling anything at the moment, it's déjà vu. Stay alert, dear readers, and stay home.
-- Kazi Akib Bin Asad, Editor In-charge, SHOUT