martyrs1Politicians seem to have not spared even martyrs. Since the Mumbai terror attacks, city’s streets are lined with huge hoardings and hundreds of banners that attempt to appeal to the public sentiment. The hoardings and banners are everywhere – outside railway stations, on streets, footpaths. The aim of the banner is to pay a tribute to NSG commando Sandeep Unnikrishnan, ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar. However, the banners bear the signature of local politicos, who unabashedly want their pound of flesh in the PR exercise. Residents, who have for long been protesting against hoardings, are far from impressed and say that whether it’s politicians wishing each other Happy birthday or Eid Mubarak or putting up hoardings of martyrs – it is all for their personal gain. Some residents find these hoardings hypocritical for a few months ago, these same political parties that were demanding that Karkare undergo a narco test are now proclaiming him a martyr. These banners serve no purpose. Clearly the money could have been put to better use, to help those affected in the terror attacks. May be for now, the only saving grace is the fact that most politicians, if not all had the sense to remove their own faces from the hoardings and replace them with those of the martyrs. But it won’t be long before these hoardings will be replaced, after a suitable period of time, once again with the photos of the same politicians. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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