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Gorakhpur tragedy: Dance of death at the heels of India's 71st Independence Day
Close at the heels of India's 71st Independence Day, the country seemed a mute spectator and looked helpless when more than thirty innocent children died in just 48 hours due to lack of oxygen supply at a Gorakhpur hospital in Uttar Pradesh on August 10-11.

Even in the Independence Day speech of our beloved Prime Minister, the cry of these innocents and the grief, sorrow and mass mourning got reflected.

How could such a thing happen particularly in the Chief Minister's own backyard, his constituency? It remains a big question, even as the matter is now under investigation. The people of Uttar Pradesh including the Chief Minister himself are awaiting for the final outcome of the enquiry.

The oxygen supplying firm that stopped the supplies due to non-payment of dues of Rs 68 lakh may site its compulsions from business point of view, but how can company officials forgot the humanitarian aspect putting the lives of hundreds of innocents at stake merely for money? Now, the company needs to explain its social responsibility which is compulsory for each and every firm registered under the Companies Act, 1956. The value of a human life, and that too of an innocent child cannot be weighed in monetary terms. It is priceless!

It is quite astonishing to note that even before this recent mass massacre, in this particular hospital of Uttar Pradesh, at least 114 children had died earlier this year, and as many as 25000 children have reportedly died since 1978. Moreover, it is alleged that the real death toll might be more than 50000.

The respected Health Minister of the state, in a bid to remove the blood stains from CM Yogi Adityanath's clothing has said that such incidents happen every year in Uttar Pradesh after the onset of monsoon. It is absolute laxity, irresponsibility and inhumanity on the part of the existing BJP government of Uttar Pradesh. A fact which all countrymen should know is that every year after the onset of monsoons an unprecedented killer disease spreads across this area known as Japanese Encephalitis and kills thousands. This naked dance of death occurs every year in Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur.

India's future depends on it's young generation its children. It its the utmost duty and responsibility of both the state and the Union government to take care all the children across the country by providing them better education, healthcare along with equal opportunities. However, the children of India are being deprived of all this due to the apathy of the government, which does not seem to be interested in investing on them.

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