On December 24, 2009 a bridge that is under construction collapsed on the Chambal River near Kota in Rajasthan.
- I can-not find a list of the names of the people who died.
- The death toll will only mount - as divers recover more bodies from under the rubble
- The lives of these people was a story that had a shelf live of under 24 hours for the news media.
- I am sure there would have been a candle-light vigil and endless panel discussion on prime time news if a handful of those who died had urban middle class connections.
- A tweet from @ShashiTharoor attracted more empathy than the deaths of these labourers.
- Measured in terms of air-time, column width and media-attention, why is the value of their lives any less than other incidents?
जो पुल बनायेंगे,
पीछे रह जाएंगे
सेनाएँ होंगी पार
मारे जायेंगे रावण
जयी होंगे राम
जो निर्माता रहे
- 'अज्ञेय' |
सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन 'अज्ञेय'
Loosely Translated -
People who build bridges invariably get left behind.
Armies will cross these bridges.
Demons like Ravana will be conquered and Ram will be declared a victor.
However, the people who built these bridges will be remembered as monkeys in the pages of history.
- Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan a.k. 'Agyeya'
This poem is based on a part of the Ramayana where an army of monkeys build a bridge of stones for Lord Ram to cross over to Lanka. The Bridge is referred to as Ram Sethu
PS - I was reminded of this poem by Ageya after reading a poem penned by @gyanban on the Girhotra case.