Netizens vent their anger against political disruptions

People are finding newer ways to express their anger, anguish and frustration when politicians disrupt normal life by calling for blockades and shutdowns. Internet, of late, has seen an outpouring of strong sentiments against such disruptions and is almost proving to be a thereupatic outlet to vent out anger.

By Hyderabad Highlights (P S Jayaram)

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Published: Sun 24 Jul 2011, 12:45 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:13 PM

During the recent train services blockade in Telangana region the day after the Mumbai serial blasts, social networking and micro-blogging sites were flooded with comments, expressing indignation over Telangana protagonists going ahead with their agitation programme despite the gloomy mood prevailing in the country in the wake of terror strikes.

Popular sites like Facebook and Twitter served as an effective forum for people from various walks of life to express their views on the agitation and the enormous hardship it was causing to the common public.

Several users noted that passengers from other states and cities, including Maharashtra, were stranded as several trains passing through the volatile Telangana region were cancelled in view of the “Rail blockade” agitation.

“When India is writhing in pain over the serial bomb blasts, Telangana activists are seen dancing on the railway tracks. It is shameful,” a Facebook user said in his status message. Another tweeted “It is high time such agitations are banned.”

There was an overwhelming sense of outrage over “Rail Roko” agitation which besides causing severe inconvenience to general public reflected an insensitive approach of the organisers. Many commented that the organisers should have called off the programme in view of the Mumbai tragedy.

There was an outpouring of anger by netizens, targeting Prof M Kodandaram, a political science professor at Osmania University and the convener of the all-powerful Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC). “Professor of Political Science needs lessons in Civic Science,” said one of the status messages. A passenger travelling through the region tweeted after his train was halted: “How does the stopping of trains help these people. They are only putting the common man through a lot of trouble. I have seen infants and old people in the train going through hell following the halting of the train.”

That the day-long blockade caused a total loss of Rs 52 crore to the railways is another issue, and certainly not a bothersome factor for the activists. In fact, they seem to revel in acts which not only inconvenience people but also affect the state and indeed the country’s economy.

One shudders to think of what would happen to the already non-existent administration in the state when about four lakh government employees launch their non-cooperation movement from August 1 in support of their demand for a separate state of Telangana.

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