When suicide became an act of martyrdom and Delhi inhaled poison with pride

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New Delhi | Updated: Nov 03, 2016 6:20 PM

Two crisis have struck Delhi after Diwali. But none has attracted people's attention much. We don't live in the times of niceties and values, so we don't care if some political outfits try to portray suicide as an act of martyrdom.

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Two crisis have struck Delhi after Diwali. But none has attracted people’s attention much. We don’t live in the times of niceties and values, so we don’t care if some political outfits try to portray suicide as an act of martyrdom. We don’t care if our entire surrounding suddenly becomes grim and dark, like death, after a loud Diwali.

On Wednesday, an ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal allegedly committed suicide for One-Rank-One-Pension. Reportedly, he told his son before dying that he was giving up his life for the soldiers and the country. What a waste of human life!

Can people serve their country by ending their lives? By remaining alive, Grewal could have done a number things to continue serving the nation. He could have helped poor children with his pension money. He could have planted at least 10,00,000 trees in his lifetime and become a hero. Let us forget charity. He could have at least continued his struggle for OROP if he felt it has not been implemented yet.

The Union government says OROP has been implemented and some reports also said that Grewal had received less pension because of an error committed by the State Bank of India.

Before considering these issues, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi lapped up suicide politics as if they can’t find any better way to beat Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s march to glory.

I believe there are at least 100 of ways to defeat the BJP. But suicide politics is certainly not one of them. Interestingly, I don’t find the Congress and the AAP practising any of the 100 ways. Just sharing one example: When the AAP and Congress members raised capital’s political heat, Delhi was already covered by probably the worst-ever November smog. Reports said that breathing on Diwali night was equivalent to smoking over 400 cigarettes together. But the likes of IITian Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ most “talented” leader Rahul Gandhi can’t sense any scope of politics out of the deadly smog.

No brave society would ever make a martyr out of someone who commits suicide. But in cities like Delhi, it seems that bravery has gone up in the smoke. Hence we are collectively inhaling poison. In fact, we are celebrating our collective suicide.

If suicide can be the end of all woes then leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal should take the first sip of poison.

Maybe it is time for Delhi residents to ask themselves two questions:

1. When was the last time they saw a blue sky in Delhi?

2. When was the last time they found these politicians raising something more relevant?

I am asking myself and the answer comes in one word — DOOM.

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