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Social Media Controversy & Outrage | Victory Parade T20 World Cup

The overwhelming turnout for the cricket parade starkly contrasted with the apathy towards critical national issues. Commentators urged the public to channel their energy and numbers towards pressing matters such as unemployment, poverty, and injustice in sports.

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Aashish Verma

7/5/20242 min read

Social Media Outrage Over Victory Parade Amidst National Issues

Unemployment and Poverty Highlighted by Celebration Crowds

As India celebrated its historic T20 World Cup victory with a massive parade in Mumbai, social media erupted with outrage. Critics pointed out that the enormous turnout at Marine Drive, which led to injuries and chaos, underscores the country's unemployment and poverty issues. Many argued that such large crowds at a sports event reveal how many people are without jobs.

While India's T20 World Cup win is a momentous occasion, the social media outcry highlights the need for greater awareness and action on critical issues facing the country. The contrast between the celebration and the neglect of pressing problems serves as a wake-up call for both the public and authorities to prioritize and address the nation's challenges with the same fervor as their love for cricket.

Manipur Violence Ignored Amid Celebrations

In stark contrast to the jubilant scenes in Mumbai, the situation in Manipur remains dire, with ongoing violence and unrest. Social media users condemned the public's enthusiasm for the victory parade, suggesting that if even 10% of the crowd had taken action in Manipur, the violence could have been mitigated. The disparity between the nationwide euphoria for cricket and the neglect of serious issues in Manipur drew sharp criticism.

Support for Wrestler Sakshi Malik Neglected

Another point of contention on social media was the lack of support for wrestler Sakshi Malik. Malik, an Olympic medalist, was forced to leave wrestling due to sexual harassment allegations against politician and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Singh. Despite her significant achievements and the seriousness of her case, the public did not rally behind her as they did for the cricket team.

Calls for Action on Pressing Issues

The overwhelming turnout for the cricket parade starkly contrasted with the apathy towards critical national issues. Commentators urged the public to channel their energy and numbers towards pressing matters such as unemployment, poverty, and injustice in sports. The call for a more balanced approach to national pride and social responsibility was a recurring theme in the online discourse.

Chaos at Marine Drive After T20 World Cup Victory Parade

The scene at Mumbai's Marine Drive after Team India's T20 World Cup victory parade was chaotic. A broken pole, scattered footwear, and dented cars showed the aftermath of the massive crowd that gathered to celebrate the team's win.

Fans packed the streets to see their cricket heroes, cheering with slogans like 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Vande Mataram'. However, the large crowd caused significant inconvenience. One woman fainted due to suffocation, and a policeman had to carry her away from the dense crowd.

Witnesses reported that fans climbed onto car roofs to dance, causing damage. Many people lost their belongings, including slippers, headphones, water bottles, and even mobile phones and handbags.

The parade caused severe traffic jams in South Mumbai. The police had to stop vehicles from moving towards Marine Drive, leading to chaos on alternative routes. Announcements were made to deter more people from heading to the already packed area.

Eyewitness Ravi Solanki described the disorganization, saying the crowd grew uncontrollably, and the police did not manage the situation well. People started shouting, and some fell on each other in the commotion.

Another victim, Rishab Mahesh Yadav, fell unconscious during the parade due to the overwhelming crowd. He was taken to a nearby hospital and later stated that the crowd was excessive and mismanaged, with the police failing to remain alert.

Despite the celebration of the T20 World Cup victory, the lack of organization and safety measures led to a chaotic and unsafe environment for the fans.