After the insane "act of God" that saw the collapse of an under-construction flyover in North Kolkata on Thursday (March 31), it was perhaps a 'divine justice' that India lost the semi-final of the T20 World Cup against the West Indies at the Wankhede in Mumbai later in the night. [Kolkata has seen major tragedies under both Left & Trinamool govts]
Given the grief which is prevailing in the 'City of Joy' at the moment, celebrating India's participation in the final of the T20 World Cup to be played there on Sunday (April 3) would have been a misfitting gesture. [Army resumes rescue op after temporary suspension]
Cricket will go on but celebrations need to stop at the moment
There is no dearth of cricket in this country but at this hour of gloom which has been caused by human irresponsibility, it wouldn't have served any reason by focusing on India playing the final of the T20 World Cup.
Too much revelry around cricket now could take a toll on Mamata's prospects
For Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal who knows no limits when it comes to enjoyment, India's loss was perhaps a blessing in disguise. We never know what the mercurial leader can do and had she indeed joined the revelry had India played the match and also won it, the voters could have taught her party a strong lesson through their ballot in the elections that are starting the next day (April 4).
Seeing Kohli sad gave us a bad feeling but seeing those people lying dead shattered us
It was sad to see Virat Kohli when that final over-boundary from Andre Russell took the Caribbeans to the final of the T20 World Cup for we all know what a fierce competitor he is, but it was also disheartening to see people lying in a pool of blood after the massive flyover collapsed on them, terminating their stay on this planet in the most unthinkable way.
Banerjee and her followers might still go to the Eden Gardens and shower praise and felicitations on the players and officials taking part in the match, but for the silent majority which has been left bleeding by this man-made disaster, it would be another shock to cope with. Politicians in this country, afterall, live for themselves by using those who they claim to serve.