Sunday, October 08, 2006

Oh! Mangalore

Back, after a bit of a hiatus and disappointed by the events in Mlore...

Mangalore is on the front page of Times of India for all the wrong reasons. A relatively peaceful town, Mangalore is somehow also associated with being communally sensitive… these riots bring back memories of the communal riots that erupted in last few days of Dec 1998 and early Jan 1999, … Can’t remember the exact details, but tension flared up in Suratkal, spread on and was pretty bad.

Communal tension can escalate anywhere, especially when fuelled by politics. It may be surprising to some, Mangalore known for its education, literacy, being a pioneer in so many aspects… yet a small spark is enough!. It is sad really, heard that it seems like a ghost town since the past few days. Who benefits from all these insensible acts?, don't bother answering that one. …. It only hurts the image of a town and a town on the brink of something huge in terms of attracting large firms, a potential company may think twice….what if a curfew continues on and on for 3- 4 days, schedules could be messed up, revenue would be hit... This could happen anywhere in the world, but seems like it happens more often than not in India.

The latest update according to The Hindu, seems like we might have some life back into M'lore tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

3 comments:

Bini said...

me feeling disgusted about the situation there...

Selvaraj said...

Can understand ur feeling for m'lore.. ur home town.

Wats the reason or steam behid this kind of roit ?

Rajz said...

Thanks for the update... just read that the curfew was lifted.. Sad but true! Thinking objectively about the issue, riots are usually caused by mob fury sparked off by something as simple as difference of opinion! Communal violence is just a form... As for your "Why India?" question, where else in the world can you see so many different communities co-existing with each other? But I guess it has its own dark sides too!
We've seen riots in M'pal, but it's prospects didn't diminish! B'lore has had its share of riots... communal/ kaveri/ rajkumar+veerappan/ late rajkumar/ new chiranjeevi film!! But multinationals flock in.. I don't see why M'lore would be hit!