How Mosquitoes Have Beaten Us Throughout History – The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU: I am not a scientist. When the covalent links and the laws of movement entered the program, I took refuge in the safe enclosure of “Commerce”, then I settled in the Arts with my journalism course. I respect people who dedicate their lives to science and technology, and I’m grateful for the convenience of sipping coffee and typing this column on my smartphone.

However, I have a few questions for the doctors, engineers, and scientists reading this column. We’ve been sending people into space for decades. We made a hole in the ozone layer and even closed it. We have extracted energy from wind and sunlight, and erased entire species from the face of the planet. But why didn’t we manage to defeat the miserable mosquito?

Cohabiting on the planet with dinosaurs, mosquitoes are responsible for the deadly yellow fever that has wiped out millions of human beings. The fate of many wars has been determined by the preparedness of armies or bad luck in the face of mosquitoes. The Mosquito is blamed for the ruin and decay of Roman civilization, as well as the death of Alexander in his quest to take over the world. The Nazis filled the lakes and swamps and released mosquitoes into the swamps. There are over 100 trillion mosquitoes in the world. We created superheroes from spiders, bats and ants. But even the late great Stan Lee couldn’t use his imagination and charm to pass off a mosquito as a friendly creature. And I wouldn’t blame him!

I have witnessed humanity’s endless war against mosquitoes. The first weapons of mass destruction were mosquito coils. But the process was like calling a “tantric” home. You lit a streamer and closed the gates of wind and sand. There was a lot of smoke and questionable results. Then came the mosquito repellents – with a smell so strong that even human beings avoided your company. Then came mosquito nets that made every Indian home look like cheap Sanjay Leela Bhansali sets.

You hid inside the White Fortress and watched the mosquitoes bite into the holes, desperately trying to get in. You could even hear the Royal Mosquito Symphony humming their greatest hits close to your ear. Home remedies were also released – but Camphor, Garlic and Eucalyptus were no match for those Avenger Mutant Mosquitoes! Mosquito mats were slipped into small alien-like devices. Liquid mosquito repellent machines later replaced them.

Liquid roll-on liquids were designed for humans and our clothes. Sprays were introduced to the market, as were fast card papers that could be burned to kill mosquitoes. But much like Terminator-V, the effort was a disappointing failure. We finally opted for the “mosquito racket”. Its impact is such that I suspect that all the medals we win in badminton and tennis could be attributed to small children who wield the mosquito racket from an early age! The Bill and Melinda Gates are experimenting with a technology called CRISPR – in which mosquitoes will be genetically modified to drive themselves to extinction. But then Bill Gates also claimed that Windows 98 would be flawlessly smooth.

So I’ll take Bill’s words with a pinch of national salt. When the history of human beings is written, we will be credited with our incomparable ability to extract resources from the world. To annihilate the flora, fauna and entire species of the planet. Our obsession to expand, conquer and reign. Our curiosity to peek beyond the blue ball we call home. But as they sip their cups of radioactive evening tea, future aliens will laugh at our woeful failure to defeat this little flying pest – the mosquito!

BENGALURU: I am not a scientist. When the covalent links and the laws of movement entered the program, I took refuge in the safe enclosure of “Commerce”, then I settled in the Arts with my journalism course. I respect people who dedicate their lives to science and technology, and I’m grateful for the convenience of sipping coffee and typing this column on my smartphone. However, I have a few questions for the doctors, engineers, and scientists reading this column. We’ve been sending people into space for decades. We made a hole in the ozone layer and even closed it. We have extracted energy from wind and sunlight, and erased entire species from the face of the planet. But why didn’t we manage to defeat the miserable mosquito? Cohabiting on the planet with dinosaurs, mosquitoes are responsible for the deadly yellow fever that has wiped out millions of human beings. The fate of many wars has been determined by the preparedness of armies or bad luck in the face of mosquitoes. The Mosquito is blamed for the ruin and decay of Roman civilization, as well as the death of Alexander in his quest to take over the world. The Nazis filled the lakes and swamps and released mosquitoes into the swamps. There are over 100 trillion mosquitoes in the world. We created superheroes from spiders, bats and ants. But even the late great Stan Lee couldn’t use his imagination and charm to pass off a mosquito as a friendly creature. And I wouldn’t blame him! I have witnessed humanity’s endless war against mosquitoes. The first weapons of mass destruction were mosquito coils. But the process was like calling a “tantric” home. You lit a streamer and closed the gates of wind and sand. There was a lot of smoke and questionable results. Then came the mosquito repellents – with a smell so strong that even human beings avoided your company. Then came mosquito nets that made every Indian home look like cheap Sanjay Leela Bhansali sets. You hid inside the White Fortress and watched the mosquitoes bite into the holes, desperately trying to get in. You could even hear the Royal Mosquito Symphony humming their greatest hits close to your ear. Home remedies were also released – but Camphor, Garlic and Eucalyptus were no match for those Avenger Mutant Mosquitoes! Mosquito mats were slipped into small alien-like devices. Liquid mosquito repellent machines later replaced them. Liquid roll-on liquids were designed for humans and our clothes. Sprays were introduced to the market, as were fast card papers that could be burned to kill mosquitoes. But much like Terminator-V, the effort was a disappointing failure. We finally opted for the “mosquito racket”. Its impact is such that I suspect that all the medals we win in badminton and tennis could be attributed to small children who wield the mosquito racket from an early age! The Bill and Melinda Gates are experimenting with a technology called CRISPR – in which mosquitoes will be genetically modified to drive themselves to extinction. But then Bill Gates also claimed that Windows 98 would be flawlessly smooth. So I’ll take Bill’s words with a pinch of national salt. When the history of human beings is written, we will be credited with our incomparable ability to extract resources from the world. To annihilate the flora, fauna and entire species of the planet. Our obsession to expand, conquer and reign. Our curiosity to peek beyond the blue ball we call home. But as they sip their cups of radioactive evening tea, future aliens will laugh at our woeful failure to defeat this little flying pest – the mosquito!

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