However you must have observed it is going to be a black Dussehra for some families in Mumbai.
Apart from receiving forwards on WhatsApp about the tragedy, today morning onwards I received a barrage of forwards of how the current Modi government is better than the years of corrupted rule by the Congress. The political call centres are in full force !
All such forwards ended with nauseous questions of our patriotism or nationalism for questioning the administration in charge.
While I too voted wholeheartedly for Modi, I definitely did not surrender my rights to question the authorities, it is every citizen’s birthright.
What is more disturbing, is that there is a very visible divide among friends and families – who have set aside their logical reasoning and indulge in forwarding hateful or demeaning political messages.
How many of you walk the overbridge daily on your commute to work ? Why only Mumbai – I had been to Ahmedabad 2-3 years back and came back impressed with is civic infrastructure and recently when I visited Ahmedabad, it was like a war ravaged city, which I recently was informed done up overnight at the expense of 1200 Crores on account of visit by the Japanese PM – who does not have to travel daily in Mumbai or Ahmedabad !
A young life, who just six months ago became a chartered accountant, lost her life in this tragedy before she could form her wings – look at your child and give a thought to such dividing messages.
I already know the solution that will be offered to the victims –
1. Ex-gratia payment
2. Promise of an inquiry
At the cost of 3000+ crores we will be erecting a Shivaji memorial in the middle of the ocean or the worlds largest statue / tribute to Sardar Patel. They are considered as the greatest heroes in Indian history, do you think they would have been happy to see the current state of infrastructure ??
Remember it could have been your family member to on one of the many bridges in Mumbai !
* No I do not have a call centre appointing official trolls to type this post.