The victory against polio, as we can call it now with a degree of caution, was achieved through massive mobilization and exemplary citizen-government partnership. The fact that the mission created a new phrase in the regional lexicon - 'Polio Ravivar' - goes to show how well-targeted the system was.
However, the fight is far from over. Any lax in the future will see a recurrence of Polio. In addition, India must look at replacing OPV with IPV, although it will be an expensive transition. The danger of the OPV strain going wild is high and if it does so happen, then India would be consumed by the Polio virus with little hope of ever being able to escape.
The fight against Polio is a part of the fight against a myriad of viruses. The first great victory was the eradication of Smallpox. Perhaps one day, we will be able to eliminate HIV and finally, defeat the Goliath of diseases: TB, which kills more people than any other virus in the world. But for now, this small achievement in the larger fight deserves to be celebrated.