Way back in 1984, thousands of innocent citizens choked to their deaths while over a lakh equally unfortunate ones lived a life of pity, of deformities and diseases.. with no fault of theirs whatsoever.
Twenty-six years later, a Rs.5,00,000 fine has been imposed on UICL. The eight convicted the case got a punishment of, hold your breath, two years which was overridden by a bail of Rs. 25,000. The chairman (notice the uncapitalized 'c') of the firm, an American citizen never presented himself in the Court.
The incident was an incident of neglect, of apathy towards security.
The price was deaths and diseases. And two years. And 25,000Rs.
The city choked in 1984. A country choked today.
However bad it is to say this, but occasions like these put a question mark on my patriotism and my belief in the country I belong to.