All accidents are avoidable, but the Amritsar tragedy would rank among the most avoidable ones.

If only organisers of the event had appealed to the people to get off the railway tracks, instead of lauding them for being there. If only the train could have been stopped or slowed. If only the effigy was lit a few minutes later. Any of these could have saved 59 lives on Friday evening.

Ironically the count of avoidable deaths — classified as unnatural accidents by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) — is very high in India.

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