Shocked and dismayed at the October three evening stampede at Hindu Dussehra festival in Patna (India) reportedly killing 32 and injuring dozens, Hindus worldwide are highly critical of frequent occurrences of deadly stampedes at religious gatherings in India.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although India was on track to become a global power but it could not even handle a domestic event properly and had yet to come up with a foolproof plan to manage large crowds.
India failed or refused to learn lessons from the previous stampedes as these continued to happen. It was blight on a country, which prided itself on having joined the league of hottest growth economies, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out while expressing grief over the loss of lives at October three stampede.
Rajan Zed further said: Our hearts and thoughts go out for the victims and their families and we are all in shock and anguish over this unimaginable loss. He called for prayers for the victims of the tragedy and their families.
Zed argued that it clearly reflected on India and Bihar governments who appeared to have failed to properly manage a popular festival.
Rajan Zed asked for apology from Bihar government for failure to prevent this preventable tragedy, adequate compensation for the affected and their families, proper medical care for the injured and action against the negligent officials.
India should better manage its festivals as stampedes were relatively common at India’s religious gatherings where large crowds gathered in small areas with very little or no crowd-control or safety measures, Zed added.
According to reports, this tragedy happened when a huge crowd of people were returning after watching the Ravan Dahan ceremony at the popular Dussehra event at Bihar’s capital Patna’s historic Gandhi Maidan, and victims were mainly women and children. Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manji was reportedly present in the Maidan during the festival.
Dussehra (Vijaya-Dasami) celebrates Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan and reinforces the universal victory of dharma.