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While during the demonetisation phase there were several casualties in various parts of the country, after the GST implementation, the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand also witnessed a horrifying and anguishing incident of a sad demise of a trader namely Prakash Pandey in the Janata Durbar of the Uttarakhand’s agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal in protest against the implementation of the GST and its subsequent repurcussions , implications and negative fall outs by consuming suicide in the public. This is the first incident in the history of the 17 year old incident when any individual has committed suicide in a Janata Durbar of a monister in his very presence.

The victim was addmitted in the private Doon hospital but unfortunately could not be saved due to various reasons, may be because of being inordinately late in taking him to the hospital or due to the negligence of the hospital staff in not giving him proper, adequate and timely emergency treatment.

This most tragic news of suicide by Pandey in public has spread like a wild fire in entire Uttarakhand, particularly in front of a responsible cabinet minister of the ruling party of the state. The questions being asked are: Why was the victim not taken to the hospital in time despite having consumed poision publicly and how come that the so called high profile private hospital not able to deliver adequate treatment to Pandey to save his precious life and what were the onlookers doing who preferred to take his picture and make vedios than to save his precious life.

The questions are infact genuine, transpatent and require adquate answers. Just imagine what would be the condition of the the most aggrieved parents of the deceased who’d lost their young son hardly below forty ? Now, the whole issue seems to have been embroiled in politics giving it a political colour to derive political advantage from this episode. It may be recalled that the Uttarakhand cabinet minister was holding his Janata Durbar as a routine practice hearing peoples’ grievances.

Meanwhile the state’s main opposition party Congress is trying to exploit the situation to its advantage while the ruling BJP government has taken a defensive posture. However, the news and political analysts say that though the demise of Pandey against GST’s aftermath implications, repurcussions and negative fall outs for small and medium traders and Pandey himself being its supposed victim, has sadly led to his tragic death through suicide but the state agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal is in no way responsible directly or indirectly for this tragedy and GST implementation is a central subject, directly under the jurisdiction of Union Finance minister and ministry. Moreover no right thinking person would ever support or subscribe to an act of poision consuming or suicide usually considered to be an act of cowardice as written in one of the facebook posts by an enlightened writer of eminence.

Conclusively, while everyone in Uttarakhand has fullest sympathy with the family of the deceased all are equally perturbed over this act of suicide and the negligent and complacent attitude of the onlookers and the hospital authorities who have not taken enough pain to save the life of the young trader Pandey, who otherwise have been in our midst. Our heartfelt tributes to the departed soul and condolences to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and Uttarakhand Third Front expreses its deepest anguish over this sad incident and demands an impartial enquiry into the entire episode by the honble retired high court judge to nail the culprits responsible for Pandey’s death for negligence in his treatment and adequate financial compensation to his wife with a job to his son or daughter in the state government.

It may be recalled that the main opposition party of the cpunyry and its leader Rahul Gandhi have been ising the issues of demonetisation and GST in his campaigning in the preceding elections in all the states including Gujarat but could not succeed as BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi have been on the winning spree since 2014 after cpming to power at the centre.The tragic incident of Prakash Pandey however has given the Congress party a powerful anti government propaganda tool in Uttarakhand which was till now in the defensive as the BJP in the Himalayan state in in absolute majority with no risk of any kind of instability.

Deepawali is just a at our doorstep. It’s falling on 18th October and we’ll be experiencing once again, as usual, the unbearing noise and heavy environmental polution due to excessive burning of crackers and subsequent occurance of several tragedies, of precious lives being lost, of children, young and old. Why can’t after all, we as the responsible citizens of the country take a collective pledge to give up crackers, for always, and instead confine ourselves to just LAKSHMI PUJA and reverence to other Gods than involving ourselves irresponsibly in vulger ostentations like wasting hundreds of thousands of rupees in buying expensive fire crackers and then risking our and others’ lives by creating uncontrollable environmental pollution and making our children and ourselves’ vulnerable to various deseases related to respiratory problems, lungs disfunction, dreaded asthma and various cardilogical complications.

Delhi being the capital city of India with a massive population of 1crore fifty lakhs and over 80 lakh vehicles, is already reeling under massive pollution related complications of physical health, respiratory disorders, silicosis disorders due to increasing chemicalised dust inhale and vehicular pollution and pollution of contaminated drinking water leading to the creation and spread of various contagious intestine related infected deseases and epidemics.

Delhi tops the chart in pollution related deaths with tremendous increase recorded in the mortality statistics which is utterly surprising and shocking. The succesive governments, honourable courts and several responsible social welfare organisations have been issuing warnings and appeals time and again to give up fire crackers during DEEPAWALI but unfortunately of no awail.

What is more shocking and anguishing is the fact that  the literate, educated and the middle class sections of the society become intentionally uncaring and careless during the Deepawali festivals and in order to influence their neighbours or friends circle by their monetary prestige and affluence waste hundreds of crores nationally in just few hours thus not only creating hell of the noise and environmental pollution but also negatively contribute in creating havoc in the society by killing hundreds of patients of cardiovascular, asthematic and lungs related deseases in various parts of the country.

The hundreds of thousands of tons of polluted gases and carbon dioxide goes into the environment and gets stuck in the Ozone layer thus becoming a permanent source of infecting our lungs n making people suffer of various uncurable deseases like the cancer of the lungs. In addition to these harmful dreaded effects during Deepawali festivals hundreds of cases of deaths are also reported in various parts of the country when these firecrackers explode during the process of their production, in shops, cracker stores and while carrying them individually, in groups or in vehicles like heavy trucks etc.

Hundreds of those who luckily save themselves become disabled for the entire life by losing their eyes, limbs or arms. Just a day before on 8th of October two youths between 20 and 22 years died at Agra on the mobile scooter while carrying firecrackers for sale.

The impact of the explosion was so extensive that the parts of the bodies of these most unfortunate youths were torn into pieces not to be found later on and also literally injuring several other passers by with heavy burn injuries. Moreover, today thousands of children below 18 years are working in the fireworks industries killing themselves with cancerous ailments due to abject poverty. Giving up firecrackers during Deepawali will compel them to adopt some other less dangerous and healthily harmless profession. THEREFORE FRIENDS, LET’S HONESTLY PLEDGE TO GIVE UP FIRECRACKERS COMPLETELY, THIS DEEPAWALI and save hundreds of thousands of lives. AMEN

Meanwhile we thank the honourable Supreme Court of India to have issued a perfect and an outstanding pro people verdict to ban firecrackers during the Deepawali fesival in Delhi. Its indeed an extremely vice decision that will safeguard and save millions of lives that could have otherwise fallen prey to the ill and higly disastrous effects of dreaded pollution created by the firecrackers during this hindu festival. Its a classic example of a pro people decision which will send a tough message across the country compelling people and authorites to follow suit in the near future. Hats off to our wisdom oriented intellectual and intelligent pro people judiciary.