- Malfunctioning signals,
- Unclamped tracks,
- Head-on collisions,
… blah, blah, blah. Does the count ever end?
Never. So better, let’s leave it. Indian railway has only Corruption, cowardice, and crookedness, it has outshown almost every field when it comes to volume and traffic of scamps. We all know the fact, India is really a land of scampers, no doubt in that. It could have been somewhat relieving if this price that we pay would have been compensated by the losses we agonize due to them. But no, this has not yet been destined to us. Our Kings are busy at the moment solving out their own conflicts and convictions. Till then, we need to prepare ourselves, in case we are not, to witness some more like Sant Kabir Nagar Train Disaster, Kaifiyat Express Disaster, Kalinga Utkal Express derailed, Kuneru train derailment, Bhopal–Ujjain Passenger train bombing, Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station, etc. Well, these many are enough to swap the population of a healthy Indian village by fouling corpses. The government terms them as tragedies and disasters, but they aren’t. Instead, they are massacres.
Take the example of Sant Kabir Nagar Train Accident-
Nearly 25 people died and 50 people were injured in the train accident where a Gorakhpur bound Gorakhdham Express hit a stationary goods train. The mishap took place near Khalilabad station in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place on May 26, 2014.
21 January 2017 – The Kuneru train derailment occurred when the 18448 Jagdalpur–Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed near Kuneru, Vizianagaram, killing 41 and injuring 68.
7 March 2017 – The 2017 Bhopal–Ujjain Passenger train bombing occurred when a bomb exploded on the Bhopal–Ujjain Passenger at Jabri railway station, injuring 10. This was the first strike in India by the Islamic State.
15 April 2017 – The Meerut–Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed 8 coaches near Rampur; injuring atleast 24.
19 August 2017 – The 18478 Puri–Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Killing at least 23 and leaving around 97 injured.
23 August 2017 – Auraiya train derailment occurred when the Kaifiyat Express (12225) derailed between Pata and Achalda railway stations around 02:40 am (IST). Around 100 people were injured.
Few major train accidents in India since 2014:
January 21, 2017: 29 people were killed and 50 others injured when the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district.
December 28, 2016: Two passengers were killed and over 65 injured when 15 coaches of Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Rura, 50 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
November 20, 2016: 149 people were killed and over 300 injured when 14 coaches of Patna-Indore Express derailed near Pukhrayan station, close to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
August 4, 2015: 25 people were killed and 25 others injured as Bogies of Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express derailed and fell into Machak river in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh. Minutes later, the Janata Express also derailed at the same spot
March 20, 2015: 39 people were killed and 150 injured as Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli.
May 4, 2014: 20 passengers died and 100 others were injured as Diva Junction-Sawantvadi passenger train derailed between Nagothane and Roha stations in Raigad district of Maharashtra.
May 26, 2014: 25 people were killed and over 50 others injured when Gorakhpur-bound Gorakhdham Express rammed into a stationary goods train near Khalilabad station in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
And the recent Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station Disaster: More than 22 people were killed and 35 others were injured after a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two stations in Mumbai, one of the worst tragedies to hit the city’s teeming local train network.
We can continue to talk about numerous such casualties. It does not seem to end; not unless the sleeping conscience of the constituent units of the system rises. But as is the current scene, it cannot be expected anytime soon in future. Even if it does, it rises only to attain quiescence again. Anyway, being common citizens, our job is to tolerate the tyrannies of the government that we have ourselves appointed. Isn’t it? What else can we do? We have given up the hope that the system would ever reconcile; then it would never rectify its fiddle.
After all, we become what we hope to be. We are common people because we consider ourselves to be, not because someone else has defined the term for us. We feel that we are pathetic, therefore comes the notion that we are common. Certainly, that is not the case. The feeling is just like the rotten-looking peel of a banana housing a healthy fruit inside. And, what to talk about the system we possess; it is just a lost balloon rising up in the air till it could fit upon the head of a pin. It really is easily manipulable and should be driven towards mass-benevolence rather than personal emancipation. Be a Gandhi, or be an Anna if time demands, but burn the midnight oil and turn the tables so that everyone goes home safe, no woman is widowed, no child is orphaned, no mother waits for her child and last but far from least, there is an overall headway standing as a testimony to the fact that the upcoming era is ours, the citizens’
Be a Mahatma Gandhi, or be an Anna Hazare if time demands, but burn the midnight oil and turn the tables so that everyone goes home safe, no woman is widowed, no child is orphaned, no mother waits for her child and last but far from least, there is an overall headway standing as a testimony to the fact that the upcoming era is ours, the citizens. This will be the real definition of ‘Achche Din’.
The gods of democracy – Cheers !!