Since October 29, when at least 155 people died in a crowd crush in Seoul, thousands of South Koreans have participated in the seven vigils held to protest the government negligence that led to the tragedy.
Many carried white chrysanthemums and candles. News reports said the crowds waved signs addressed to President Yoon Suk-yeol that read: “Stepping down is an expression of condolence.”
There is national grief and anger. South Koreans, especially the young, are angry and blame the government for the tragedy. The South Korean government, on its party, appears to have been pained by the incident. It has not yet resorted to blaming the tragedy on the irresponsibility of party-goers.
The day after the tragedy in South Korea, a suspension bridge over a river in Gujarat’s Morbi collapsed, killing more than 140 people and leaving many others injured. But there has been no sign of collective grief, never mind anger. There have been no white chrysanthemums.
Where is the grief, anger?
In India, candelight vigils are now treated with derision, as are demands for the government to take responsibility. “No politics over tragedy”: this is how we claim to demonstrate our moral superiority, though it is actually a sign of indifference towards our fellow citizens.
It seems that Indians have accepted the…