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What forced Ms. Banerjee and Mr. Khan to celebrate KKR's victory in IPL despite national mourning?
By the early hours of 9 am on 3rd June 2014, it was confirmed that India lost a tall mass leader who did rise from grassroot level, in a road accident. A fatal accident resulted in the demise of Gopinath Munde, Union Minister for Rural development and Panchayti Raj. He was among one of the most respected politician in India.

The Government of India, by 9 am declared one-day National Mourning and said that the last rites of the demised leader will be done with full state honour. The national flag was hoisted at half mast as a symbol of national mourning at Delhi and all state capital. All type of celebrations and programs were scraped off. Political leaders from across the parties poured in to pay their last visit and homage to the departed union minister. The entire country was under deep grief.

President of India, Vice President, Prime Minister, all ministers along with top leaders from various parties paid their homage to the demised leader from Maharashtra.

In the afternoon the mortal remains of Munde were taken to Mumbai, where millions of people paid their homage including Maharashtra political leaders along with Chief Minister of the state.

When the nation was in grief, two bizarre episodes took place. Some insensitive tweets were circulated which were inciting in nature. Couple of tweets read as ‘One wicket has fallen.. We need captain’s wicket’…..'Ab to bure din anne lagey'. Some of those tweets were unmentionable. Any way social media always remain unmonitored and people at social media are wise enough to ignore such tweets.

But the second episode has crossed all limits of bizarreness. West Bengal's Chief Minister was celebrating Kolkata Night Riders IPL win at Eden Garden with lots of music and dance. It’s also learned that the celebration was sponsored by the state of West Bengal.

On a national mourning day, how can a Chief Minister of any state be a part of any celebration? As per norms even state celebrations are to be scrapped off. Then what happened to Mamata Banerjee? Had she forgotten that she is a chief minister of a state under federal structure of Indian Union and national mourning is also applicable to her state. Or she was adamant enough to violate the basic norms of the democracy and constitution?

Some TV channels in fact aired both the views on one screen. One part showed the nation in grief, while the other part reflected dance and celebrations at Eden Gardens, represented by the entire state government. A feeling immediately struck me at that moment, whether West Bengal is part of India or Mamata was out of her mind.

Again, what is KKR? It’s a club owned by some individuals. It has no connection with either the government of West Bengal or people of Bengal. Except the name Kolkata, it has no connection at all with the Bengal people. It’s neither Bengal Ranji team nor a subsidiary of government of Bengal? Then why Mamata was so fancy about a cricket franchise's win to put down all decorum and decency of Constitutional obligation and crossing the limit of insensitiveness?

The unfortunate part is that she has no remorse also! That speaks how she is characterizing herself!

A word to Shah Rukh khan also, who flew from Mumbai to Kolkata. He must have been aware of the demise of one of greatest Maharashtra politician. His entire stardom came from Bollywood, Mumbai. How he couldn’t realize the situation! He is acknowledged as a superstar and many adore him as a role model. But, what is the message he was sending? That one can celebrate on a national mourning day.

I hope good sense prevail upon both Mamata Banerjee and SRK. They should realize that being atop; they need to learn minimum courtesy and decency in disbursing national duty.

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