Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday finally broke his silence on the Gorakhpur massacre, that saw 79 children die due to the system’s utter negligence.
Speaking from the Red Fort on the occasion of India’s Independence Day, Modi began his speech by making passing references to ravaging floods affecting several parts of India and ‘deaths of children.’
Modi did not mention Gorakhpur while making a reference to the tragedy killing scores of children.
Modi said, “Several parts of India are witnessing natura calamity. The other day, our innocent children died in a hospital. The sensitivity of 125 correct people is with them.”
Later on in his speech, unrelated to Gorakhpur massacre, Modi said, “We have to leave this ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude. We have to think of ‘Badal Sakta Hai’- this attitude will help us as a nation.”
His comments on ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude will be viewed as ironic since the same attitude had resulted in the deaths of 79 children.
Modi has been facing huge criticism on social media for not having spoken on the tragedy of Gorakhpur prompting many to conclude that his silence was due to the fact that the children’s deaths highlighted a BJP government’s administrative failure.
Modi has not tweeted anything since 11 August from his personal Twitter account making it one of the longest sabbatical for him from the microblogging site.
79 children have died in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur since last week.
Watch his speech here: