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Bus falls in Narmada canal, 41 school kids die
In one of the worst road mishap, a school bus carrying 44 people, fell 60 feet deep in Narmada canal, killing 41 kids and three adults. The students were headed for their school to appear for their last school examination, when this tragedy struck.
WHEN 41 CHILDREN die in a road mishap, then we can probably compare such a tragedy to any national calamity that has been a part of the past and our instant reaction would have to be oh-my-god, even if you are an atheist. This particular tragedy took place on Wednesday (April 16) in the city of Vadodara in Gujarat, when a bus carrying 44 people (41 among them were children, studying in standards eighth and ninth) fell into the 60-feet deep Narmada canal, with reports stating that the driver lost control of the bus.

The state government has announced a one-lakh rupees compensation package for each of the victims, but there is truly no recovering from such a massive damage. Sometimes life throws up situations that are beyond human control. And when our weaknesses (read children) are the ones affected, then every other thing seems very, very ordinary.

Reality’s harshness was belligerently exposed in this mishap, but the root cause of such life-altering events is the inexplicably ignorant people. I won’t say that this particular disaster was a result of reckless driving until proven, but India’s roads are as far from being safe, as an Indo-Pak resolution on the Kashmir issue. Add to that, our attitude, craze for road rage and need for the thrill of speed plays a key role. There should be space for them, but buses in public places don’t exactly justify the heed we pay to our needs.
 
The following is an extract from an interview where if I imagine the victim’s kin as myself, then the feeling is bloodcurdling.
 
“My daughter was going for her last examination today,” Bhikiben, one of the bereaved mothers, told a news channel.

“She was very happy that her holidays were going to begin, but now everything has ended for her,” she said.
 
May peace be upon them.
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