I spend most of my day in a fabric coated container; hence I am often ignorant of what happens outside my workplace. So today, Monday Morning, my friends updated me with what happened over the weekend.
It is hard to believe that so many riots due to so many reasons can happen in a single small city. I challenge the readers to find any other city in the world which has a more happening then NAMMA BENGALURU.
1) There were riots and police intervention when mobs tried to burn Bush’s effigies. For those who do not know more people in Bangalore celebrate 4th of July then 15th of Aug. So Anti-US march was definitely a bad move.
2) Then a BMTC bus overran over a commuter. That public bus was burnt, stones were pelted, roads were blocked.. but nothing serious… most of us are used to it.
3) Finally the Classic Hindu Muslim Riots: In spite of the precarious situation in the town, administration allowed Hindus to take a religious procession through the heart of the Muslim dominated centers of the town. This sparked communal tensions, ransacking of shops and police firings.
Now the problem is that there is curfew in most of the town, but most people are clueless of the exact nature of the tension. I won’t be surprised if few of the mob inciters were carrying multiple sets of banners as they roam across the streets.