It's time to think rationally

Calming fears

It's time to think rationally

Verdict day: Will the roads in the City be deserted on Friday?

The authorities too are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the City is safe sans any trouble. Several events in the City have been postponed as a precautionary measure. 

Metrolife interacted with a few people and asked them if they feared the verdict would disrupt the calm and peace in the City. 

B R Krishnamurthy, an accountant with an ad agency, thinks that the verdict will have a direct impact on the Commonwealth Games. He thinks the judgement will either be adjourned or the verdict will be put off for another day. “They wouldn’t pass any judgement that would disrupt the Commonwealth Games. Whatever the verdict maybe I don’t think the ordinary people will create any trouble. It is the politicians who use such opportunity to cash in on their vote banks. It would be better if the conflicting parties would sit discuss, debate and dialogue on the issue rather than fight,” he reasons.

Nivya Shree, a final year degree student of Vijaya College, thinks religious sentiments still hold significance, “we have been brought up on a diet of religious sentiments. We have been taught that we must do good and not indulge in anything that is evil. The judgement may have far-reaching repercussions. Whatever the verdict maybe, we hope that the City will remain peaceful,” she reasons.

If you look at it dispassionately, it’s a simple land dispute but there’s so much religious sentiment attached to it that the verdict can cause more harm than good, thinks Naveen Pishe, a businessman. “I just hope the verdict is neutral and does not hurt people’s sentiments. The verdict must be backed by substantial evidence and these facts must be published by the media to make people more aware about such a sensitive issue,” observes Naveen.

The cops are leaving nothing to chance. They’re making all arrangements possible to make sure the City remains calm and peaceful. “Section 144 has already been declared and we have made police bandobast in the entire City. We don’t really expect any trouble in the City,” says Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar. The cops say that they have identified certain troubled areas in the City and will make sure they depute extra forces in those areas.   

Except for the Hindi film Anjaana Anjaani, that has been postponed owing to the verdict, no other language films have been postponed. Basant Kumar Patil, president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce says, “We didn’t want to put off the release of any film because we don’t expect any trouble in the City,” reasons Basant. 

 A couple of events in the City have been postponed to a safer date. The organisers felt that most people wouldn’t turn up and they were wary of untoward incidents. “We have postponed the event to be on the safe side. After putting in so much effort, we wouldn’t want the event to flop,” says Priya, one of the organisers of the event. 

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