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Bandh: Is it for the people or…?

Call it Bandh, Hartal or Strike, the net result is the same. No one would work. Shops and restaurants will be kept closed for the day. Employees are happy, buses wont ply; Taxis would be off the road. The Students could watch Cricket or Football matches. But travelers would be held up. Those who did not take the Bandh-call Seriously would have to regret their indifference. For they would not have purchased certain essential items required for the next day (shall we call in the Bandh day?). On the 5th of this month it was Bharath Bandh sponsored by main opposition parties against price hike of petrol and diesel. I detached myself from the opposition and the ruling parties, though I would be happy if the Bandh call was a flop. Come what may, all that I was eager to know was whether it will be a success in our town. I took it for granted, and as usual, I went to the town. Most of the shops and restaurants were found to be closed; there was less traffic. I could see the gloomy faces of few people who had come out to the town as usual. Fortunately, Post offices and browsing centres were open. After finishing my job, I went out, wondering whether I would be able to have a cup of tea, as usual. To my surprise, almost all the shops and restaurants were active. The streets were crowded as usual and above all, the people as a whole were more than happy. I could hear one of them shouting “Thank god, it is a failure!” From the attitude of the people, one thing was clear. When there is a bandh, politicians alone are happy but the people, by and large, are never in favour of strikes which rob them of an active life.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

2 Comments on “Bandh: Is it for the people or…?

  1. So many people were in convinced at Bus stands, Railway stations ,daily wagers lost their day’s earnings small hotels and bars were serving from the back door and these politicians claim the bandh to be successful?

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