‘Collective indifference’: Bengal is angered by India’s apathetic reaction to Amphan’s devastation
West Bengal is picking up the pieces after it was hit on Wednesday by one of the fiercest cyclones in living memory. The southern areas of the state have seen widespread destruction and the toll is nearing 100 – a number that is expected to go up once the authorities are able to assess the damage.
Amidst this calamity, however, many residents of Bengal are expressing anger and disappointment at being ignored by the rest of India in their hour of need.
Noted Bengali film maker Srijit Mukherji, for example, sarcastically castigated both the national media for not highlighting the tragedy as well as the Union government for not declaring Amphan a national disaster.
Touched by massive coverage on National Media, the trending #PrayForBengal hashtag & prompt declaration of the worst cyclone since 1737 as a national emergency. Call-kaataa & Bangaal have roshogollaed their way through 1943, they'll do so again.Meanwhile, you can keep the anthem.— Srijit Mukherji (@srijitspeaketh) May 21, 2020
Journalist Vir Sanghvi connected this to Bengal’s voting choices. For the past five decades, the state has kept out national parties.
One reason why Bengal has only voted for...
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