Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amarnath disaster

All of a sudden India has become a nation  obsessed with Records only --- no matter what the consequences.  The Uttarkhand disaster is still fresh in the memory -- where the unending rush of pilgrims combined with Nature's fury to wreck almost total havoc in what many believe to be the land of gods.   That area has yet to recover.  And off we go again, to invite another disaster , the bigger the better perhaps.
This year's Amarnath Yatra, again in a very ecologically sensitive region, is going to be for 59 whole days with the "Government leaving no stone unturned to ensure a record number of pilgrims"?  A record number of pilgrims in an ecologically sensitive environment suddenly turned into a pilgrim tourism peg?   Are we in our right senses?
Instead of this chasing of a self defeating record, why not create a record breaking beautiful pilgrim complex elsewhere amongst our hordes of temples,  one that will  challenge the amounts of money that pilgrims routinely pour  into the coffers of Saudi Arabia at Mecca?  or those of the Vatican in Rome?
Help the country's economy earn, rather than spend on disaster management and relief and rehabilitation.

Does that make sense to anyone?

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