|Pic Credit: Times of India|
Umadev Shankar, the politician, steps forward as the white oxygen tanker winds to a stop at the barricades. He garlands the driver Ramnath, praising him for driving 18 hours non-stop to get oxygen to dying Covid patients. The counter-productiveness of the photo-op completely evades him.
Ramnath’s phone pings loudly. He reads the text and smiles. A full toothed grin for the cameras. In a neat diversion, the original oxygen tanker, painted brown as a camouflage to mimic gas tankers, has reached the hospital in time. He poses with the empty one that he drove here for all of 10 minutes.