What’s in a name they say but when it comes to Muslims in India, the notion remains that the community spread coronavirus courtesy the Tablighi Jamaat incident which came as a huge blow on Ph.D. holder and vegetable seller Raisa Ansari. Forced to sell vegetables on a pushcart due to lack of jobs amid the COVID-19, Raisa grabbed the Internet’s attention after she protested in fluent English against the municipal authorities in Indore. Also Read - Total Lockdown in Sikkim From May 17 Amid COVID Surge | Check List of Restrictions
The municipal officers had removed roadside vegetable carts including that of Raisa which triggered her into a protest. Claiming that the vegetable vendors were being harassed, Raisa was heard asserting in the now-viral video, “At times, one side of the market is closed, the second one is shut by the administration; and there are hardly any buyers. What we are supposed to feed our families. I am selling fruits and vegetables here. People standing here are my family and friends. There are more than 20 members in the family. How will they survive? How they will earn? There is no rush on the stall but still, these officials keep telling us to run away.” Also Read - Coronavirus in India May 15, 2021, LIVE Updates: India's Covid Situation Hugely Concerning, Says WHO Chief
While the coronavirus pandemic has left the vegetable sellers penniless, it has also robbed Raisa off a decent job despite her PhD (Doctor Of Philosophy) in Material Science from Indore’s Devi Ahilya University. She shared, “The first question is: who will give the job to me? The perception that coronavirus is being generated from Muslims has become common now. Because my name is Raeesa Ansari, no college or research institution is willing to give me a job.” Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic To Be 'Far More Deadly' This Year, Warns WHO
This was enough to make netizens’ jaws drop in awe. Check out Twitter’s reaction on the video here:
If this video does not make you grateful of your blessings today, we wonder what else will!