Saturday, September 5, 2009
A POLITICIAN DIED IN A CHOPPER CRASH AND 120 PEOPLE DIED IN HIS DEATH'S DEPRESSION
Whole country went into mourn when the news of demise of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh(India) YSR broke. YSR died in a chopper crash. The incident was shocking and unfortunate but beyond it, nobody had ever thought that along with YSR it will also trigger a wave of depressed people (especially farmers) committing suicide or getting heart attacks. Yes, this is true almost 120+ people in the state of Andhra Pradesh either killed themselves or suffered the heart attack on hearing the news of YSR’s death. If the facts are to be believed, this event of a kind being the first to be happened in India in the modern era politics.
Was YSR Reddy one of India's most popular leaders in terms of mass appeal? If the turnout at his funeral, the public display of emotions by the thousands of people and the number of people in Andhra Pradesh who have died of shock or committed suicide is an indication, then the answer is a big yes.
No doubt that YSR was among the main politicians in Congress party as he was continuing his second term consecutively after winning the last elections comprehensively. YSR’s main focus area has always been the people of lower rungs especially the farmers living in the villages of discreet areas of Andhra Pradesh.
After YSR’s death these farmers are apprehensive about their future of getting government subsidies and about their fate of getting free power and medicare, the schemes those were started by YSR. This apprehensiveness has resulted in immense frustration and disappointment among farmers leading them to take bold steps like suicide.
The chances are this death toll may increase in next couple of days as more farmers are finding it tough to swallow the fact that YSR is no more to help them out. The son of late Shri.YSR has already appealed to people to stop this self-killing as this is not what his father has ever wanted.
This expression of frustration and disappointment where people have taken their lives or died of shock is extremely rare in India and not witnessed especially in politics.