Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Day 14

Yesterday the festival of Navratri began. Nine days of worshipping 9 different forms of Maa Durga. And the 10th day as a remark of victory of Lord Rama on the demon king Ravana. It is also treated as the victory of good over the evil forces. The sweet aroma of hawans makes the atmosphere very nice. These is the festival which is celebrated all over the India. The Durga Puja in the West Bengal is really worth watching. But there is a sad news also. A tragedy which has cast its sad effect on the spirit of the Puja. I am talking about the stampede at the Chamunda Devi temple in Jodhpur. More than 150 people has died in the stampede there. It was a crowd of over 10,000 devotees went to offer their prayer to the Chaminda Devi Temple on the first day of the Navratri. But it turned out to be a tragedy over there. The stampede was created after the rumuor of bomb spread there and then the whole crowd was uncontrolable. The people went there to worship but it turned out to be their graveyard. Until when this type of stampede will continue? It kills more people than the communal rights and bomb blasts. And it points out to the poor management of the authorities also. They don't care about the human lives. They can't make small batches of devotees and then allow them to go for the prayers. Its a time consuming practise but its much safer when it is compared with the human lives. Why can't people wait for few hours to have their turn? Is it necessary to go for prayer and worship at the risk of their lives? I don't approve this practise. Every month, a huge number of devotees use to go to Vaishno Devi and Tirupati. But these type of sad news is not coming from these places. Because the authorities at these places has a nice system of makig small batches to go for the worship. When the authority at the Chamunda Devi Temple was aware of the huge crowd to come for the worship then why didn't it make these type of arrangements? The barricade which they made for the security was broken when the stampede started. Was these type of security sufficient? When will the authorities of these places will wake up and learn something from the mistakes? Till when the people will die like this? Its really sad to know that in 2008, till yet, 361 people have died in stampedes only. Where as 157 people have died in the bomb blasts. Now just think about it. Which is more unsafe? I think that the anti social elements and anti India forces finds it very easy to create a situation of panic in the places of worship when there is a huge crowd. They just has to spread the rumour and then comes the tragedy. Killing more and more people. Its really sad to know about the mass killing on the very first day of Navratri. I just pray that these type of stampedes doesn't happens again in our country. Not any more. We need some more security and more arrangements during the festive season.

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