NEW DELHI: They have been doing their bit even before the Chinese virus hit India. Since the beginning of February, pilots and crew of Air India flew into the epicentre of the outbreak—Wuhan in China—to evacuate Indians and even some foreigners who were stranded. The Indian Air Force too pitched in. Later, such operations were carried out in the worst-hit areas of Italy and Iran as well. Those evacuated were taken to quarantine centres run by the Indian Army and the Indo Tibetan Border Police at various places in India. Facilitating the evacuations were young diplomats posted at Indian missions abroad. And then there are saviours of the other kind—doctors, nurses, paramedics—who have worked tirelessly. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale pays tribute to people who went beyond the call of duty, even if it meant risking their lives.
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