On 30th December 2009, the great Kannada actor, Vishnuvardhan, passed away in the early morning. Since he breathed his last at 2:30 am, the morning papers did not run this news.
I heard about it when I dropped my car at the service center. The service engineer apologized for he will not be able to return the car on the same day. He cited Vishnuvardhan’s death as the reason! Then, he explained the road blocks in several major areas of Bengaluru because of the funeral arrangement. As a result, some of the engineers have not shown up for work!
There were more surprises in front of the office when I reached there. A mob had gathered in front of all the shops near my office. They were shouting and threatening the shopkeepers to close. The cart vendors hurriedly closed their establishments with fear. They did not want the mob to turn violence and cause destruction.
Later in the day, vehicles were burnt in protest. The reason for the protest is clear. Vishnuvardhan is no more. But whom were these protests directed at? Is it against the government for failing to give adequate medical treatment to Vishnuvardhan? Since Vishnuvardhan was being taken care by a private institution, the government should not be responsible.
So, the question still remains. If not government, then there is one person who is responsible. The god! Were these people protesting against him?
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