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A city under siege

To explain my last post, Rohtak was my surrogate home for over a decade. I went there in 1994, I did my MBBS and MS there. I experienced hostel life, made new friends and spent probably the best time of my life in that backward, deprived, filthy city. It wasn’t heaven, not by a long shot. But the distorting lens of time and my personal experiences still imbue that place with a golden halo. The reasons why the riots started and whether they are justified are long and complex and emotive.

For now it is just too painful to see places I knew so badly damaged, restaurants I ate in burned to the ground, roads I walked on covered with shattered glass and skeletons of vehicles. This was so near home; you literally walk out of the campus, turn left and you’re on this road. IMG-20160220-WA0017 IMG-20160220-WA0029 IMG-20160220-WA0067 IMG-20160220-WA0075 IMG-20160220-WA0012 IMG-20160220-WA0026

It was a trigger for me that I least expected…..The city is under curfew and the army has been called out. The medical college has been shut down, the hostels evacuated (where could those students have gone under the circumstances?). The emergency services are still running though, and my thoughts are with my juniors and teachers as they hold the line.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


13 thoughts on “A city under siege

  1. sad agitation. people blocking roads with SUVs and seeking reservation. real sad.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Sharat Pathak | 22/02/2016, 6:23 PM
  2. U did yr MS from rohtak? Which yr pass out?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by thegreyeye | 22/02/2016, 1:48 AM
  3. cant find out exactly what they are finding over. Jets? Who are they? Jobs?
    As I said nothing really in the British media

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    Posted by looneybitch | 21/02/2016, 8:27 PM
    • Jats, a community in Northern India. One of the celebrated martial races in the erstwhile British army in India. They are demanding reservation in government jobs. British media, or western media in general, doesn’t really pay much attention to India, so it’s no big surprise.


      Posted by hbhatnagar | 21/02/2016, 9:26 PM
  4. It sounds awful. I hope for a peaceful resolution as soon as possible.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Mick Canning | 21/02/2016, 3:17 PM
  5. Property worth millions, if not more 😦


    Posted by ANooP | 21/02/2016, 11:40 AM
  6. I hope peace returns soon my friend.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Kathryne Miller | 21/02/2016, 5:42 AM

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