It’s day two of the effect that Dr. Rajkumar’s passing has had on Bangalore. Here goes.
There don’t seem to be too many autos or vehicles on the roads near where I live. The traffic was sparse at best. I saw vehicles with a picture of Dr. Rajkumar on the windshield, presumably to protect them from mobs. One driver was pasting a picture cut from a newspaper.
Shops were starting to close down at about 9 am, those that were actually open–not too many. A couple of news channel spoke about an “unofficial bandh” and one reporter (on CNN IBN) said that shops were closed as a “mark of respect”. Then, she clarified that it may be due to security reasons. I’m thinking it’s more the latter than the former.
Oh, this is the best part. In my area (and I can confirm this in one other place in Bangalore), we’re only “allowed” to watch the news channels and the Kannada channels (Udaya TV I think). No Star, No ESPN, no nothing. Today has been officially dedicated “News day” here in Bangalore. I wonder if this was a unilateral decision on the part of the cable TV operators. It takes you back to the days of national mourning when Doordarshan played classical music through the day.
Another effect of Dr. Rajkumar’s death is that the mobile networks were jammed last night. I’m getting messages now that were sent to me last night. No kidding. I just got three. It was really tough to get through last night though it’s improved considerably this morning.
The newspaper says that it’s likely that the train services will not be affected. That sounds to me like a weather report. I wasn’t able to find too much information about whether public transport and autos will be available. It’s all hearsay at this point.
It’s a good thing that the Internet access has not been shut down.
I just hope that I didn’t jinx it.