If you have been living in India,
the current state of apathy of politicians, social big-wigs and media will
drive you crazy. I sometimes wonder which age are we living in? Is money name
and fame everything? Isn’t there anything called humanity left in anyone? If
you think I’m going melodramatic then wait till you have read the entire post.
The entire judiciary system looks
like is in the pockets of the wealthy. If you are a top politician with good
amount of followers you can just about escape anything – read corruption, money
laundering or even murders. And if you are a Bollywood actor then no one can
touch you – even if you have killed several people while driving in an inebriated
state! In fact you will have several media houses running the entire day to
show these people in good lights – how much philanthropic work they have done,
why people like them so much etc etc.
This brings me to a recent
incident that took place in Rajasthan when a celebrity (who is also a member of
the parliament) was involved in an accident. The celebrity in question here is
former actress and now politician Hema Malini. Her Mercedes collided with a
small Alto hatchback car on a highway in Rajasthan late at night. She was
injured in the accident and the media went berserk with her photo with a bloody
face aired across every news channel and printed in every damn news paper. They
made sure reporters were posted at the hospital, where she was taken, and
updates were aired every few minutes of her well being. We understand she is a
celebrity after all, a beautiful actress of Bollywood.
What they failed to highlight was
a little girl died in that accident.
She was all of four or two (yes I am not very sure because very few dailies
reported this and all gave different details). There has been a loss of life in
the bloody accident but everyone seems to be interested in covering how many stitches
this actress has got, who is looking after her, how she is feeling now!
It is not only the media. What we
got to know (again from few channels) the police at the site didn’t waste any time
to rush the actress to a private hospital in Jaipur but they sent the injured
family, travelling in the other car to a non descriptive government hospital,
where this little kid died. Can you even imagine the gravity of loss faced by
the family? And the humiliation they are facing currently.
|The common visual across all channels and newspapers of the actress now. Look at the condition of the Alto car after the accident.|
I ask, why such apathy towards common man and such sympathy towards an
actress? Because she is a pretty face? Because she has fame? Because one bloody
photo of her will give you more TRP or readership? What have we become? Is
there no humanity left in us at all?
The actress in question also
showed such shallowness that she didn’t even bother to ask the victims about
anything – she was more interested in getting herself to the hospital! From a
normal POV can you guess the power and safety features of a Mercedes –
supposedly superior than any other car. When it is colliding with a small Alto
how on earth are they going to survive? But you can guess the intensity of the collision
– even with such superior safety features the person traveling in the Mercedes
got hit on her face. I can’t even think
in what condition that little kid would have been! All the police did was
arrest the driver! The car was zooming past at 140 km/ph on a highway where the
speed limits are at 80 km/ph!!
It is such a shame that we call
our media – the fourth pillar of the society! This set of people are only businessmen
– mean businessmen. What they want is TRP, viewership, money. They are not
bothered about loss of human life. And no pity for a four year old child who
lost her life!
But that is not all, now when
people have been flooding the social media about this apathy the media houses
have sat up and found a new story. They are now interviewing the father of the
deceased asking how are you feeling? Did Hema Malini call you? And such other
absurd questions – to gain more TRP. They are even out with news about how upset Dharmender (her husband who is also an icon of Bollywood) is about the accident!!
I want to pray for the little
child – it’s not just the car or the driver that failed you – we all failed, as
a society to protect you, or respect you even when you have left us. May be the
other side won’t be as cruel as this one. Rest in Peace.
|Let us all pray for the innocent soul, whom people are not even respecting after death|
Read the complete news about the accident here.
P.S. It seems two hours back Malini has given a statement that she will provide financial aid to the family. Can you buy back her life madam??
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