A data issued by the Railway Ministry earlier this month reveal that in last three years, there have been 206 train accidents across the country. The railways seem to have taken no heed of such high stats as we again witnessed a horrific train derailment in Khatauli, followed by the recent Kaifiyat Express derailment. Railway officials have asserted that at least 15 metres of the track was under replacement when the train approached. This clearly manifests the utter negligence on the part of the Railway Ministry. It is obvious that the government enjoyed a landslide victory by promising the moon and advertising propagandas including that of running a bullet train. But certainty, not even the running trains and railway tracks have been renovated. India can function well enough even without bullet trains, but it cannot sustain such tormenting casualties.While a section of the government is trying to deflect the government’s culpability spreading puerile rumours of terrorist involvement in such accidents, it must discern the fact that having power in both the Centre and state, even the terrorist activities are ultimately the responsibility of the Home Ministry. They can also now no longer blame the opposition for every mishap. The railways must openly take the responsibility for its negligence and adopt a foolproof plan to avert further railway disasters. India can function well enough even without bullet trains but it cannot sustain such tormenting casualties. From the achche din hype to the professed aim of a ‘new India’ by 2022, these abdications by the government can never pave the path for a new India. We don’t need a ‘new India’, we need a reformed India.
Shivanshu K. Srivastava
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