Who pays for the lives snuffed out in the violence following Dr Raj Kumar's death? Who pays for the property damaged? And who takes responsibility in the government and in the administration?
In a powerful essay, BHAMY V. SHENOY (click on the top right of the screen) compares what happened in Bangalore to what happened in New Delhi following Indira Gandhi's death.
"The violence was not the work of emotionally charged fans but the calculated work of mafias paid for by the 'invisible hand'," writes Shenoy. "It seems the police had been asked not to take any action and in effect to give a free hand to the goondas…. If true, the Bangalore Police Commissioner must resign; if he was instructed by CM, the CM must resign."
Read Shenoy's devastating exposition, and come back here and leave a comment.
I agree with Mr.Shenoy on the need for the authorities to come clear on the cause of the mayhem. However, let's not delude ourselves in thinking that the government will throw up something serious in the coming days. Moreover, the 'invisible hand theory' should not be taken too seriously. In the past, the phrase has been bandied about to cover-up the government's own inadequacies- as is evident in this case.
The Rajkumar phenomenon will continue to remain a conundrum and defy rational analysis… In life, in death….Chetan Krishnaswamy
If at all our elected representatives and administration were to be sensitive to people, we could probably emulate Mr Shenoy’s way of generating support……….Alas, we are neither in the US nor is the administration interested in coming out with the truth of the matter…. Like Chethan says, let’s not expect the government to tell us the truth about who instigated and condoned the violence………..
There is no doubt that alL this was preplanned by some elements who are bent on showing the present govt in poor light incapable of safeguarding the lives of the people. They apparently succeded in exhibiting macabre daance of destruction in full glare of the television. The young kids dancing with glee in front of the camera makes horrible contrast to the solemnity of the occasion. The television replays clearly showed there was deliberation in indulging in violence, beating of the hapless policeman, burning of vehiles without provocation. The absence of senior policemen lends suspicion that high influence and money must have played a great part. When the Chief Minster hints that he knows who are behind creating this only a high powered investigatiion even perhaps CBI inquiry is necessary to unearth the plot and catch the perpettrators of this ghastly act. It is inexcusable that the wife and children could no pay last respects at proper time. Till the culpprits are brought to book the gentle soul of Rajkumar wil not rest in peace.
I’m inclined to go with what Mr. Shenoy says. Is there a link to the full post/article available?
sukhi, unfortunately not. you will have to link the whole bhamy shenoy page, which has other pieces by him, or cut and paste the relevant part.