Rich life is expensive life……..

Some news pieces grab our attention, some grab a little more attention and SOME, haunt you. They say, death grabs attention, always. But this time, it’s taken 22 (and possibly more) deaths to grab the attention of the Police, of the nation and of the conscience less politicians!

The kidnapping of Adobe CEO’s child grabbed attention within hours! The whole nation woke up. And the kidnapping (ok, kidnapping is a BIG word possibly, let’s say missing) of 22 children went completely unnoticed! The fault of the children being? They were ‘gareeb’……..their parents are no CEOs. Just NORMAL working people! Working hard to make ends meet…………

The Nithari killings (and the varied responses of people) have brought to the fore  important questions. Do only rich people deserve to be saved from a crisis? Don’t ‘poor’ lives matter? Do you have to be a millionaire for the whole nation to wake up before it’s too late to save your life?

As you read on, you read about Ministers making public statements like – Nithari killings were ‘small and routine’ and there’s no need to blow the incident up!!!! Parents of the missing children recalling the times when they wanted to report their children missing and were asked to PAY for the reports to be registered!!!!! Police Officers being suspended for not registering the reports!!!!! Government giving ‘compensation’ to the families!!!!!

At the root of it all, the question still remains. Do we deserve to live only if we can pay the price for it???? In this one billion strong nation, do we count????

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9 Comments

  1. Ananth said,

    January 5, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Very true. But I am forced to agree about the rich and poor thing. And the divide in India is increasing more and more rapidly…

  2. Pritesh said,

    January 5, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    I feel pretty lousy about it too, but I too am forced to agree about the rich and poor thing. Poor people’s lives have become so inconsequential. A Salman Khan goes berserk driving and kills a person sleeping on a pavement, no one says anything. A physcho (with another) kills 22 (and possibly more) children after sexually abusing them and the Minister (first one to appear on the crime scene and supposed to be giving away the ‘compensation’ money) says, these killings are ROUTINE…..how much worse can it get?

  3. Vinod Kumar B G said,

    January 6, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    What a blog Pritz….
    It pissed off!!!!!
    I am Confused…..

  4. Neha said,

    January 7, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Hey Pritesh………really something to think about…….absolutely agree on the rich and poor divide…..
    Any life is meant to be treasured, doesn’t matter rich or poor….. Apathetic is the word coming to my mind about the response of politicians……
    Shobha De wrote about the very same thing in the TOI, dated 7th Jan….
    Pretty moving stuff…… Makes ur blood boil !

  5. Pritesh said,

    January 8, 2007 at 5:56 am

    I know Vinod, it got me really really angry!!!!!! I felt murderous thinking of the Minister who made such callous remarks……

    Hey neha, I would like to read this article. Send me the link…….I like Shobhaa De’s writing……

  6. chandra said,

    January 12, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    in a pseudo-democratic capitalist societal system like ours, the ‘rich’ are the most influential. thatz how they get things done. the poor ‘poor’ ones have no such mechanism, so they suffer! what a pity!

  7. karthik said,

    January 15, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    This incident was a very serious matter. But just look at the daily life. Are we polite to the waiters in restaurants, taxi drivers, coolies….? I have often seen that being a little extra nice to them makes a huge difference to both of us. i’ve often seen educated people yelling at a waiter, cos the food wasn’t prepared well. can’t they reason that it was the chef who does the cooking, not the waiter. Unless each one of us, begins to treat every other person with equal respect, the divide will remain. politicians are to blame , but so are many of us.

  8. Pritesh said,

    January 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Dear Karthik, as usual, you get to the root of the problem so effortlessly…….I know what you’re talking about. Talking rudely to the person who doesn’t even deserve it also falls in the category of the ‘elite’ ones not taking notice of the humanity in the ‘lower’ beings! It’s such a sad situation……….

  9. SHAMIT said,

    January 26, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Pritesh,
    The poverty divide that you talk about which leads to deciding criminal justice, its very existance is crushing to even think about.
    Loss of conscience is a general trend that the human race is heading towards. And life is becoming the least valuable of things and we are becoming impervious to suffering, within our materialistic comforts. The way the educated treat the so called ‘lower strata’, that someone has commented about above is just unacceptable.
    Wrote a short story (the way I reacted to the Nithari killings) – read it here: http://shamitb.blogspot.com/2007/01/unconscience.html


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