Mumbai Coldplay Event Heats Up What Is Not Child's Play


Guess who is sweating under the collar due to a Coldplay event that happened on Saturday in Mumbai? No, it is not as much the people who were actually present there as are some people who are more than a thousand kilometers away in the Indian capital of Delhi, supposed to be representing other people in the parliament.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, had addressed the said event via video-conferencing. At the same time, since the last couple of weeks, the country's economy is under times of a massive makeover owing to some demonetization measures and the resulting rush outside banks and ATMs has even caused the loss of many lives.

Political parties in the opposition want that Mr. Modi should come and attend the parliament, which is currently in session, to answer their questions instead of 'visiting' musical concerts. But wait, what are we talking about here? Lets go back in history by nearly a decade.

Deja-Vu for Making an 'Appearance' in Mumbai?

One of the main opposing political parties is the Indian National Congress. Back in 2008, when the November 26 terror attacks took place in Mumbai almost exactly 8 years ago, it was the same party who was in power, not just at the center but also in the state government. At that time, Late Vilasrao Deshmukh, the then chief minister of the state of Maharashtra(of which Mumbai is the capital), had landed in hot water after these attacks.

The public was furious that his son, Riteish Deshmukh had 'visited' one of the sites of the attacks, i.e. the Taj hotel at Colaba, with filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma shortly after the attacks took place. The latter was planning to make a film based on the attacks and Riteish happens to be a film actor himself. That 'visit' was not really aimed at anything to do with search and rescue after the attacks, which not only ended many lives but also damaged a lot of property. It was clearly not a relief operation. The chief minister had to lose his seat as a result of these attacks. The next chief minister was still from the same party, but the opposition (which included the same party which Mr. Modi belongs to) claimed victory and didn't shy from taking credit of the change of power.

Come back to the present and the situation is similar but on a very different scale and of course, with a different set of people. Mr. Modi's presence in the parliament would definitely go a long way in addressing the present panic in the Indian masses. It appears that his marked absence in the parliament is for reasons best known to him. And of course he would be busy involved in things which aren't child's play.

The Coldplay event that occurred in Mumbai was planned long ago compared to the sudden decision surrounding the currency notes. But, who would have thought that making an 'appearance' somewhere and being absent elsewhere can be a clear indication of wrong priorities? It seems like this is the right time to do some introspection, for both the political parties involved. From Coldplay events the focus has changed to giving cold shoulders!