Friday, July 23, 2010

The tolerant nation

I have realized that I am the citizen of a country which has immense patience high level of tolerance for the difficult conditions they live in.
How else can we explain the lack of inaction from our end even after we struggle with endless series of horrifying incidents.
In just a last few months we have seen the biggest aircraft disaster, where hundreds lost their lives. As always we are yet to receive an official report of what went wrong. Hundreds of dreams were shattered in that disaster but we moved on.
Within a month came the news of Gyaneshwari Express train derailment. A suspected Naxalite attack which killed close to 170 people and wounded many more. It left physical and emotional scars on all those people who travelled in that ill fated train.
A few weeks back, there was an incident of deadly Chlorine gas leak which thankfully was spotted in time and hence did not take any life. But it still affected quite a few and they had to be admitted in a critical condition. Yet again there was no clear explanation given as to why this deadly gas was lying in the dockyard for years now and why was it not reported earlier. It was a disaster waiting to happen. What’s more this came in the wake of the injustice meted out to the Bhopal gas tragedy victims.
More recently the train crash in West Bengal took lives of many. Already the buck passing and blame game has begun. The politicos are busy ensuring that there image remains untarnished and the fact that yet again hundreds lost their lives is secondary.
The biggest threat to the country today are the internal terrorist whom we know as the naxalites and Maoists. Thousand of innocents lose their lives to them every year. And what does our government do. They ‘strongly condemn their action’ and turn the other way. Of course the fact that these groups were born because as a rebellion against our corrupt and oppressive political system is another story.
What about the young students who go to Australia to pursue their academic ambitions. There have been deadly attacks of them. In more than one case the Australian police have allowed the attackers to leave. But our government is not questioning them. They are not taking strong action. The fees paid by these students is a big support to Australian economy. Moreover our children don’t go there by unfair means. They are chosen on their merit and hard work, and if that country cannot protect the other nationals then they should not admit other nationals in their institutes.
Our regular life is also filled with perils. With inflation soaring, the middle class is forced to live on shoe string budget.
Every day the newspapers are filled with stories of bomb blasts, attacks, terror, unjust and delayed court rulings. We sigh, put down the newspaper and move on. But how long will we keep doing that. How long will we keep hiding the scars that each one of us have from – the train bombing, 26th July rains, 26/11 attacks and simply go on.
No, I do not believe that we resort to violence. But we need to begin questioning our government, we need to stop taking things lying down, we need to wake up as a nation. And most importantly we need to begin voting.

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