Rajat Sharma

My Opinion

Let negotiations begin to end the prolonged sit-in at Shaheen Bagh

AKB1411January 30 was Martyrs Day, the day when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in 1948. It is the day when people of India solemnly remember the sacrifices made by our national martyrs.

However, on Thursday, a 17-year-old teenager (name withheld because he is still a juvenile) brought a bad name to the country. It was a day of shame, when this teenager wielded a country made pistol near Jamia Millia university, hurled abuses over ”azadi” and then fired a bullet which injured a Jamia student, who is now out of danger. A case of attempt to murder has been filed against the attacker.

The incident took place minutes before Jamia students were planning to take out a protest march towards Raj Ghat, for which they were not given permission. Police had set up barricades nearly 100 metres away from the campus. When Jamia students decided to defy police and marched ahead, a teenager wearing black jacket, suddenly came out from the crowd, waved his country made pistol and threatened to shoot. The protesters shouted at the police asking them to intervene, while some of them moved ahead to overpower him.

In the melee, the assailant suddenly fired a bullet, which injured a Jamia student Shadab Farooq. Police soon overpowered the assailant and took him into custody. By evening, it was clear that he was a minor, and had posted live video of his menacing act on Facebook. The attacker is a resident of Jewar in Greater Noida. Home Minister Amit Shah has ordered ‘strictest action’ against the culprit. He has assigned a Joint Commissioner of Police to probe the entire incident.

The firing of a bullet at a Jamia student has widened the gulf between the supporters and opponents of CAA and NRC. Questions are being raised as to why Delhi police stood silent and watched the gunman carrying out his act of bravado. Watching the videos closely, one can find that the policemen were indeed acting cautiously. One of the policemen was carefully moving forward to overpower the attacker, but suddenly, in a span of 20-25 seconds, he fired. It was only then that the police overpowered him.

The bullet fired by this mindless attacker has pierced the rock solid wall of national unity. It is nothing but an act of defiance against Bharat Mata. I sent India TV anchor Sourav Sharma to Shaheen Bagh, several kilometres away from the spot outside Jamia, on Thursday night to gauge the mood of women protesters sitting there on dharna since 48 days. I told Sourav to speak to the women protesters as long as they wanted.

The women protesters openly spoke about their concerns, their fears about CAA and NRC, and were indeed hurt over the insinuations that were being made in social media that some of them had been hired to sit on a daily payment basis.

I was happy to note that Sourav tried his best to explain the pros and cons of CAA and NRC, and the women protesters frankly spoke about their concerns and fears. Most of them wanted the Prime Minister or the Home Minister to send a representative to talk to them and give written assurances.

I have only one point to make: those who are sitting on dharna at Shaheen Bagh are our mothers and sisters, and those whose children are facing difficulties in going to schools because of closure of roads are also our mothers and sisters. I hope the concerns and fears being expressed by women sitting on dharna in Shaheen Bagh will reach the eyes and ears of concerned authorities, and an initiative must begin to start a dialogue.

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AAP cannot say that Shaheen Bagh is not a major election issue in Delhi

AKB2610As the voters of the national capital go to assembly polls on February 8, questions arise over what are the burning issues in the current elections.

BJP, led by its Home Minister Amit Shah, has marshalled a bunch of political heavyweights like former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, to raise the Citizenship Amendment Act issue in the poll campaign.

On the other hand, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party are trying their best to avoid making any statements on CAA and Shaheen Bagh issues. India TV hosted a daylong conclave ‘Chunav Manch’ in Delhi on Wednesday, where BJP leaders and Union ministers openly spoke on Shaheen Bagh protests,

On the other hand, AAP leaders including Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, avoided making any comment at the India TV conclave on the Shaheen Bagh protests. They also refrained from speaking on JNU student Sharjeel Imam’s video of his anti-national speech in AMU, for which he was arrested after a three-day hunt in Bihar.

The AAP leaders also chose to refrain from speaking on violence in JNU and Jamia Millia, both Central universities located in Delhi. They preferred to concentrate on issues like free water, cheap electricity, modernized schools and hospitals and Mohalla clinics, on which the AAP leaders believe, they are on a strong footing.

All the senior BJP leaders who took part in the India TV conclave and the party poll campaign, concentrated on Shaheen Bagh, JNU and Sharjeel Imam issues. They presented a clear choice before the Delhi voters: Will you support those in ‘Tukde Tukde’ gang who want to dismember India, or will you stand in support of those who are in favour of the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal want the voters of Delhi to decide on water, electricity, education and hospital issues and avoid issues like CAA and Shaheen Bagh. Amit Shah’s reply is simple: Is Shaheen Bagh not in Delhi? Thousands in Delhi are facing problems because of closed arterial roads and shops. Amit Shah is openly telling voters in Delhi to punch the EVM button for BJP so hard that it could resonate in Shaheen Bagh.

I understand Kejriwal’s dilemma. He wants the Muslims in Delhi to vote for AAP, but he does not want to alienate the massive vote bank of Hindu voters on the tricky CAA issue. Clearly, the AAP leaders are making a tight rope walk. At all forums, they say that they are in support of Shaheen Bagh protesters, but not a single AAP leader has gone to Shaheen Bagh to express solidarity with Muslim women and children sitting on dharna since last 47 days.

BJP’s logic is simple: If AAP leaders want to indulge in politics by appeasing Muslims, then why shouldn’t BJP be allowed to indirectly appease Hindu voters? Consciously, or unconsciously, Shaheen Bagh and Sharjeel Imam have become big issues in the Delhi elections. Let the voters decide.

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Arresting Sharjeel is not enough, unmask those who planned anti-national conspiracy

akb2910 The arrest of JNU student Sharjeel Imam by a joint team of Delhi Police and Bihar Police highlights the motives and intentions of anti-national elements trying to take undue advantage of anti-CAA protests across India.

Sharjeel Imam is facing sedition charges in five states (UP, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi) for giving an inflammatory speech in Aligarh Muslim University, where he was seen giving a call for Northeast to be cut off from India. “Assam aur India katke alag ho jaaye, tabhi ye humari baat sunenge (Only once India and Assam are cut off from each other will they listen to us),” he can be heard as saying in the video.

No patriotic Indian worth his or her salt can countenance such a seditious remark, particularly at this juncture when inimical forces are trying to destabilize India by injecting communal colour to politics. Sharjeel Imam was one of the handful of student leaders who took part in mobilizing Muslim women at the Shaheen Bagh protest in Delhi.

It goes to the credit of Delhi Police that it arrested the offender within 48 hours of the video surfacing on social media. Home Minister Amit Shah has already said that such anti-national elements will be dealt with sternly.

Watching inflammatory speeches of Sharjeel Imam, his brother and another JNU student Afreen Fatima, the general impression that was sought to be created was that there is fear in the minds of Muslims over CAA and NRC, was only a cover for anti-national elements.

There was meticulous planning behind anti-CAA protests across India, particularly in Shaheen Bagh, with clear ulterior motives. Muslims have not taken to the streets out of fear; they have been intimidated and misguided by nefarious elements to come and join the protests.

Mere inflammatory speeches were not enough. There was planning by People’s Front of India (PFI), a Muslim outfit, whose supporters indulged in arson and violence in cities of U.P. and Rs 134 crore was disbursed by this outfit throughout India to stage anti-CAA protests. From where did the money come?

It was not mere coincidence that the Shaheed Bagh dharna is taking place right outside the PFI office in that locality. This seems to be part of a major anti-national conspiracy. Those who gave inflammatory speeches are being nabbed, but the real characters who are behind this conspiracy must be unmasked. At the earliest.

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World’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad is ready for inauguration

akb0612The world’s largest cricket stadium, one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream projects, is ready for inauguration next month in Ahmedabad.

Built at a cost of nearly Rs 700 crore, it has a seating capacity of 1,10,000, bigger than the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 1,00,000 spectators.

Named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, this cricket stadium in Motera, has world class facilities. To facilitate spectators for uninterrupted viewing of matches, no pillar has been erected which can block their view. Environmentally, this is a ‘green stadium’ and not a single drop of water will go waste because of a waste water management plant. Water that is used in the stadium will be treated for use on the ground.

This stadium was planned when Narendra Modi was chief minister of Gujarat and president of Gujarat Cricket Association. Work on the stadium began in 2017 and it is now ready within three years.

The stadium has a food court and hospitality area in every stand. There is space for an indoor cricket academy equipped with indoor practice pitch. There is also a 55-room club house, space for outdoor and indoor games and facilities for 40 other sports, an Olympic size swimming pool and a well-equipped gym.

This stadium will have connectivity with Ahmedabad Metro. It has a parking space for 3,000 cars and nearly 10,000 two-wheelers.

Floodlights installed in this stadium are quite different from those in other stadiums. Normally, floodlights are installed on tall towers, but floodlights imported from Holland have been installed on the roof of this stadium. These floodlights will not cast reflection on the eyes of players. In other words, fielders will not face problems while taking a high catch.

The stadium at Motera has 75 corporate boxes, compared to only 20 to 25 corporate boxes found in other stadiums of India. There will also be a presidential suite.

After watching detailed visuals of this stadium today, I can only say this: Prime Minister Modi always things big, very big. This is not only a cricket stadium, it is India’s pride, like the world’s tallest Statue of Unity. After watching these two marvels, any Indian will definitely have a sense of pride in his or her heart.

There are speculations that the US President Donald Trump may get a fabulous reception in this stadium when he visits India next month. Just imagine Trump watching more than a lakh people packed inside a stadium chanting ‘Modi, Modi’ slogans.

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How the Ganga ghats of Patna have been miraculously transformed

akb2301 Sixteen out of the twenty ghats on the banks of holy river Ganga in Patna have been transformed beyond recognition as part of the Namami Gange, the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India TV in its show ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Wednesday night telecast a special story on the beautification of the ghats in Patna. Till last year, most of these ghats were in a filthy condition. Remember, last year’s floods in Patna? Large sections of media, including India TV, had raised questions over how the city was waterlogged for nearly a week due to water overflowing from the river Ganga.

Under the river front beautification project, 16 out of the 20 ghats have been beautified and connected with each other, stretching over almost six kilometres, right from Collectorate ghat to Nauzar ghat.

India TV reporter Nitish Chandra walked the entire stretch and did not find a single spot in filthy condition. Madhubani paintings adorn most of these ghats to give them a classy look. Now, elderly people come for morning walk and students come here to sit and study under street lights. In the evenings, families come to these ghats for a pleasant stroll.

After dusk, these ghats present a beautiful sight with coloured LED lighting. More people now flock to the daily evening Ganga Aarti rituals at the ghats. Already nearly Rs 300 crore have been spent and more work is in progress. Food kiosks have opened under high mast street lights. Slowly and steadily, the Ganga ghats in Patna are emerging as a tourist spot.

Most of the credit for this good work goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Without the support of state government, such results are difficult to obtain at the ground level.

Modi has brought about a complete transformation in how government utilities work. He has this knack of micro-planning, right from the top to the lowest end, and he always fixes deadlines, so that work must not linger on. The system is the same, the officials are the same, but the pace and quality of work have changed.

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How Centre is bringing about positive changes in Kashmir

akb0810India TV in its show ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Tuesday night telecast two news stories from Jammu & Kashmir which will surely bring optimism in the minds of every Indian in sharp contrast with the gloomy outlook that is sought to be portrayed about Kashmir in the international media.

Twenty-five hi-tech smart government schools have started functioning in Srinagar. For the first time in their lives, poor children studying in government schools attended demo classes in these hi-tech schools. Regular academic session will begin from April. Every classroom had new desks and chairs for students, with brightly coloured walls and smart boards replacing the outdated black boards.

When the Centre revoked Article 370 in J&K on August 5 last year, students’ education was the first to be hit due to indefinite lock down in the Valley. Later, schools reopened, but parents were afraid of sending their wards to schools fearing reprisals from separatists. Examinations were conducted on time with nearly 100 per cent attendance, but kids studying in primary and middle classes were badly hit.

The structural transformation in government schools has brought smiles to the faces of students and their parents. Before Article 370 was revoked, annual fee charged from every student in a government school was Rs 250, inclusive of books and uniform. Now that J&K is a union territory, the students will not have to pay a single paisa.

The deputy CEO of Srinagar smart city project told India TV that the transformation was brought about with a budget of Rs 5 crore only. The Development Commissioner of Srinagar described these new look schools as a New Year gift for poor students.

Apart from modernizing school education, the new UT administration has started putting in place mass recruitment drive in different categories. to start with, the Central Reserve Police Force has started a recruitment drive for inducting 1,300 women constables and officers, for which nearly 21,000 women applied.

In severe cold, hundreds of women aspirants flocked to recruitment camps in Rajouri, Doda, Kishtwar and other places. The recruitment drive is going on at full pace in Ramban, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Reasi, Jammu and Kathua, where tests for physical endurance and fitness are being carried out. J&K police officials told India TV that recruitment drive for young men will begin soon on a massive scale.

To sum up: the average Kashmiri wants peace to prevail in the Valley after three decades of insurgency. Every Kashmiri wants his or her children to get the best education and job opportunities. These aspirations also reveal one important fact: that in the last 70 years, not much was done in the fields of education and jobs.

Now that the work has begun, the Centre is sending 36 ministers to meet cross sections of society in a massive reachout programme. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was in Srinagar, where common people told him that almost no development has been made in the last several years and most of the promises made by the government have not been fulfilled.

The outspokenness of common Kashmiris airing their grievances may be embarrassing for officials, but I prefer to look at this from a different angle.

Common Kashmiris airing their grievances before a Union Minister is a sure signal of change. At last, the common man is speaking out without any semblance of fear. People in Kashmir have high aspirations from the Centre, and there is nothing wrong if the common man reminds a minister about past promises. Now is the time for the Centre to fulfill these promises in areas where much remains to be done.

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Nadda will have to face critical challenges as the new BJP chief

akb0810On Monday, 59-year-old Jagat Prakash Nadda took over the reins of Bharatiya Janata Party as its new president replacing Home Minister Amit Shah, who was the party chief for five and a half years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with party veterans L. K. Advani and Dr Murli Manohar Joshi attended the event. Modi recounted how he used to ride pillion on Nadda’s scooter while working together in Himachal Pradesh to build up the party organisation.

Nadda’s elevation was a foregone conclusion six months ago when he was appointed working president. The event that took place on Monday was a mere formality. When Nadda was chosen party chief, he may not have imagined the extent to which the Modi government may need the support of the party organisation, by the time he took over.

At the event, Prime Minister Modi blamed the opposition for spreading confusion in the minds of people, though he did not refer to CAA and NRC specifically. Modi said that instead of the government machinery, party workers need to go to the people to dispel all misgivings and explain the correct position.

The challenge before Nadda is a huge one. Under his leadership, the party has to win the Delhi and Bihar assembly elections this year. Steering India’s biggest political party at such a critical juncture is surely a challenging task. Nadda is a leader who prefers to keep a low profile but he knows the nitty gritty of his party organisation very well.

The plus point that goes in his favour is that he had worked for many years closely with Modi, when the latter was given charge of Himachal Pradesh. Modi knows Nadda’s organisational capability and personally he has full trust in him. This will be Nadda’s greatest strength in the months to come.

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Take stringent action against those who brainwash children to spout venom against government

akb0810India TV in its prime time show ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Friday night telecast three videos of Muslims children (faces blurred to conceal identity) at Shaheen Bagh, Delhi, in which they were openly making provocative remarks against Citizenship Amendment Act and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It appears that these kids were either brainwashed or taught to parrot provocative sentences.

In the videos, we noticed when some of the kids failed to give replies, they turned back to ask adults sitting behind them.These adults were seen prompting the kids to say what they wanted to be told on camera. Clearly, some individuals with vested interests are exploiting children in order to incite emotions for political ends.

Normally when such incidents happen, those in the media, in courts and in legislatures issue appeal not to exploit children for political agenda. Children, by nature, have a clean slate in their minds and hearts, and it is inhuman to instil hatred in their minds and brainwash them to follow a patently wrong direction. Legally, stringent action is taken whenever anybody exploits, harasses, beats or abuses children or make them perform forced labour.

I consider exploitation of children in order to incite communal feelings towards political ends must be treated as a big crime. Adults and elderly persons have the right to sit on peaceful protests and air their views against the policies of the government. But exploiting children to incite communal feelings is not only injustice, but also an act of cruelty towards them.

It is the first and foremost duty of parents to prevent interested groups from exploiting their kids, and if they fail, action must be taken against people who are behind such nefarious acts.

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Why India decided to invite Imran Khan to SCO summit

AKB2610India on Thursday announced it would send invitation to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to attend the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) scheduled for October this year. SCO is a regional economic and security bloc to which India and Pakistan were admitted in 2017. India will be hosting the SCO summit for the first time.

“As per established practice and procedure of SCO, all the eight members, as well as four observer states, and other international dialogue partners will be invited”, said the spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs.

For the MEA spokesperson, it was naturally difficult to predict whether the invitation will be accepted by the Pakistan PM. This invitation should neither be linked to the current bilateral relations between India and Pakistan nor should this be considered as India’s invitation to Imran Khan to come on an official visit to India.

Since Pakistan is a member of SCO, India, as host country, was bound to invite him. However, I feel that there are dim hopes of Imran Khan attending the summit. In the past, heads of government had sent their Foreign Ministers to this summit.

Since the SCO summit is almost a year away, nobody can predict what will happen ten months from now, even if Imran Khan decides to visit India.

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Rescue visuals that should make every Indian proud of our army

akb0610India TV on Wednesday night in its ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ show telecast visuals of how our brave army jawans rescued two men and a pregnant woman trapped in snow in Baramulla, Kashmir.

The most stunning visuals were those of our jawans walking 4-5 kilometres through knee-deep snow, carrying a pregnant Kashmiri woman, Shamima, on a stretcher, to the nearest base camp, even as other jawans were busy clearing snow for the ambulance to take her from the base camp to a hospital. Shamima gave birth to a child and both of them are fine.

There has been continuous snowfall in Kashmir valley since January 12. Roads were closed due to heavy snowfall. Indian army got information that Shamima, a resident of Dardpora village in Baramulla was expecting early delivery of her child. Her husband made a distress call to the army, and within minutes, jawans and doctors of the local patrolling army unit reached their home. The doctor advised early hospitalization.

Jawans immediately carried the woman on the stretcher and walked through snow to take her to the base camp. At the same time, Rashtriya Rifles jawans cleared snow from the helipad, in case the patient needed air transport. The army however decided to take Shamima by road to Baramulla hospital, and another detachment of jawans started clearing snow for the ambulance. The woman reached the hospital in time and safely delivered the child.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi retweeted the army’s Chinar Corps video on Shamima’s rescue, and wrote “our Army is known for its valour and professionalism. It is also respected for its humanitarian spirit. Whenever people have needed help, our Army has risen to the occasion and done everything possible. Proud of our Army. I pray for the good health of Shamima and her child.”

In Lachhipora village of Baramulla, on Wednesday, two men, Tariq Iqbal and Zahoor Ahmed Khan, while going towards Bijhama were trapped in a landslide. The guard commander at an army base camp, nearly 200 metres away, swung into action. Quick Response Team was called in, and within minutes, Zahoor Ahmed Khan, who was half-buried in snow, was rescued. There was no trace of his friend Tariq.

After hectic clearing of snow in a 100 metre radius, he was found 20 minutes later, fully buried in snow. His body had turned cold, but he was still breathing. Army jawans immediately dug up the snow, and Tariq was rushed to hospital, where he is alive and fighting for survival.

Such visuals make the chest of every Indian swell with pride. The met department has predicted continuous heavy snowfall in the valley for the next 3-4 days. The army is out rescuing people trapped in bad weather right up to Ladakh, where army choppers were used to rescue six trekkers near Zanskar river adjoining Leh on Tuesday. This rescue operation was done in minus 50 degree Celsius weather.

Every Indian should know that our brave jawans and officers not only eliminate terrorists and infiltrators to keep our borders safe, but also work as angels to rescue people in distress. We should be proud of our army and applaud our jawans and officers whenever we see them in public places.

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Congress must avoid giving communal colour to terror cases

akb0810The leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday tried to add communal colour to the recent arrest of a Jammu and Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh, who was caught with a Hizbul terrorist and an overground worker. Chowdhury said, “Had Davinder Singh by default had been Davinder Khan, the reaction of troll regiment of RSS would have been more strident and vociferous. Enemies of our country ought to be condemned, irrespective of colour, creed, and religion.”

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tried to add a conspiracy angle by asking whether Davinder SIngh “was only a pawn in a bigger conspiracy”. Davinder Singh was the DSP in Pulwama when the infamous suicide attack took place in February last year killing 40 CRPF jawans. Surjewala also quoted 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s remark that he had cut a deal with Davinder Singh, who was then in Special Operation Group.

Surjewala asked, “Who is Davinder Singh? What was his role in Parliament attack? What was his role in Pulwama attack? Was he carrying Hizbul terrorists on his own, or was he only a pawn, as master conspirators are elsewhere?”

The arrested DSP has reportedly confessed that he was helping terrorists as he wanted money for his daughter’s marriage. Looking at his under construction house in Kashmir, one can easily conclude that he was no ordinary policeman. Now that the National Investigation Agency has taken up the probe, one should expect that more facts would emerge.

I feel that the entire matter is not so simple as is being projected. NIA will have to dig out more replies to questions that are being raised. Can a DSP level officer be so naive as to keep terrorists in his house, keep telephonic contacts and then take them in a car towards Delhi? Any one would find these difficult to believe.

As far as giving a communal colour to the arrest, and raising suspicions about Pulwama attack are concerned, the reactions from Congress leaders seem amateurish. Already, the Congress had to bite the dust during Lok Sabha elections for questioning Pulwama attack. If the party leaders raise this question again, they would be committing another mistake. Raising suspicions and giving communal touch to terror cases for scoring political brownie points cannot be in the national interest.

The problem is that the Congress party has a number of leaders who excel in the art of making atrocious statements. They include Mani Shankar Aiyar, who recently made pro-Pakistan remarks in Lahore at a literary fest. Such statements do not behove the leaders of the Grand Old Party of India.

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Thousands travel in overcrowded trains in Bihar to appear for exam

AKB0410On Sunday (January 12), thousands of aspirants for the Bihar Police constable entrance exams flocked to railway stations, forced their way into reserved compartments of trains and travelled on rooftops to reach their examination centres. Near Hajipur , they stoned the Delhi-bound Guwahati Rajdhani Express and blocked rail and road traffic, alleging that there were no trains to travel to Bettiah and Motihari, where the exam centres were located.

India TV in its programme ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ showed videos of students clinging on to the engines and doors of overcrowded coaches. Hundreds of them were sitting on rooftops. Railway officials who arrived at the scene with police force tried to unload the aspirants who were clinging to the engine of the train. Hundreds of exam aspirants were stranded on railway platforms as there were no trains available.

In the last one year, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has done a lot to improve the working of Indian Railways. He had promised a day ago that the railways would run high speed trains on most of the routes and passenger amenities would be improved. Goyal may have to do some rethink after seeing these visuals of overcrowded trains in Bihar. He would definitely understand the scale and scope of his Herculean task.

There is no denying the fact that there has been overall improvement in train services and maintenance of railway stations. Wi-fi facilities have been provided at nearly 100 stations and anti-collision devices have been installed in several trains to avoid disasters. Trains are, more of less, running on time and the number of general coaches has been increased.

In spite of all these steps, if candidates travel by clinging to engines and doors of coaches, the system needs to be held accountable. The dates for Bihar Police constable entrance exams were common knowledge and Bihar police could have informed the railways in advance so that the railways could have arranged special trains for the candidates. But this was not done and the result is there for all of us to see.

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