The Hindu Online
VIRTUALLY EVERY month brings with it a grisly toll in rail casualties. Each has been labelled the "worst ever" of its kind and promises of strong remedial action made as the media splashes pictures of gore and grief. We have been through this endless cycle of agony - mangled bodies, twisted metal, mourning relatives. An inquiry will, of course, be held and its findings consigned to the dusty shelves of bureaucratic apathy. Public amnesia will ensure that after the token compensation is paid to the next of kin, nothing will move until the next horror.
The Times of India
IT IS another matter that Mr Nitish Kumar may have acted differently had this accident occurred three months later and he were still in office. But the possibility of the ministerial gesture moving the railways into a higher safety gear is not over-bright. Indian Railways may just shrug and carry on, leaving passengers weighing the probabilities of reaching destination or death.
THIS TIME, as every time before, there seems to have been a peculiar lag in communication. Hammers and hacksaws, with which the first rescue teams arrived, were grotesquely out of place where cranes and other sophisticated equipment were needed to prise open mangled coaches and retrieve the dead and injured. There will be no count made of those who died hours after the accident because they were not rescued in time.
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