Over half a century ago when we were in our teens mosquitoes were unheard of in our towns. Later they took the form of small almost invisible dots with tiny wings moving around and humming in our ears. Most of us never had any fan in our homes during those days. With the progress of civilization men became intelligent and claimed to be wiser. But pollution of the environment along with the pollution of the mind and intellect also took place.
The result was mosquitoes outgrew flies in size and posed a serious threat to man spreading diseases. Municipal, bodies suddenly became aware of the seriousness, urgency and growth trend of the problem especially during election years and wanted to show they did something. Conferences were held. A piece of fictitious dialogue is narrated for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
The Councillor addresses a group of people in his constituency.
He says, “Gentlemen, I know you are all seized with the mosquito menace. I want your cooperation in getting rid of this menace”.
Citizen A: Ask your staff to spray killer solutions.
Councillor: We have already launched that project. Ten sprayers are on then job.
Citizen A: But nothing has come out. Mosquitoes have become immune.
Councillor: What is the reason.
Citizen B: Sir to speak the truth the men did not visit us. They sell the solutions to people who pay them bribes.
Citizen C: Sir A few men did come and sprayed. But they asked us whether they could spray the solution on top of our trees. They emphasised that the solution was effective in preventing plant diseases.
Councillor: I am surprised at what you all say. Does it mean the problem remains unsolved?
Citizen A: True Sir.Mosquitoes remain where they are.We have bite marks and scratch marks in abundance.
Councillor: Now we will give a serious thought to this problem and tackle it on a war footing.
Citizen: What do you propose to do? Are you going to declare war on mosquitoes?
Councillor: Yes.There is good news for you. The Corporation is creating a post of Director General of Mosquitoes who will have a team of technical experts, each specialising in a particularly type of mosquito. Based on their research findings they will take action. That is going to be the permanent solution.
Citizen C: (In utter disgust). Sir in that case you will appoint one person for each mosquito for rendering effective supervision.
Councillor: That is not ruled out. We want the Director General to have heavy work and he should be fully utilised.
Citizen: Sir, now we run the risk of having more men than mosquitoes.