Kumbh Mela chief Azam Khan resigns over stampede


The head of the Kumbh Mela festival organising committee in India has resigned a day after a stampede killed at least 36 people at the train station in the northern city of Allahabad.

State minister Azam Khan said he was “stepping down on moral grounds”.

The victims were among about 30 million Hindu pilgrims returning home after the main bathing day at the gathering.

Earlier, India’s railway minister said the stampede had been caused by too many people being on the platforms.

At least 39 others were injured in the stampede on Sunday evening. Most of the victims were women and children.

Sunday was the most auspicious of six bathing days at the Kumbh Mela, which is billed as the world’s biggest human gathering.

The festival, which is held every 12 years, expects 100 million bathers in total across its 55 days.

The present festival is also a Maha Kumbh Mela, which comes round only once every 144 years.

Hindus believe a festival dip at Sangam – at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers – will cleanse sins and help bring salvation

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  1. So, let’s say, for example, that a group of guys violently raped a girl. If the accused were to be dragged into the river during this “celebration” would that absolve them of their sins?

  2. In reply to #2 by old-toy-boy:

    In reply to comment 1 by Virgin Mary,
    Depends on if they are dragged in by Crocodiles. (are there any crocs in the Ganges?)

    Yes there are crocs in the Ganges, but they mostly eat fish.

  3. It’s obviously easier to take a dip than be a decent person…

    In reply to #6 by Ornicar:

    Say you get salvation by either doing some good deeds all your life or by bathing once in filthy water, and next thing you know you have 100 million people in the Ganges.

  4. Well, I am not sure about that.. but i wish they do that so the sinner will catch some serious clostridium infection and die a painful death after taking a dip in a river filled with human filth and animal/human carcasses..

    In reply to #1 by Virgin Mary:

    So, let’s say, for example, that a group of guys violently raped a girl. If the accused were to be dragged into the river during this “celebration” would that absolve them of their sins?

  5. As a tax payer, I am embarrassed by our own government. There are state subsidies for Haj pilgrim for muslims, kumbh mela and other yatras for hindus. They offer prayers before satellite launches


    Ahead of India’s landmark 100th space mission, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishanan today offered worship at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near here praying for its successful launch. The mission, in which a 720-kg SPOT-6 remote sensing satellite from France (built by ASTRIUM SAS) and a 15-kg Japanese spacecraft PROITERES would be placed in orbit by ISRO’s PSLV-C21 on Sunday from Sriharikota, will be witnessed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.A replica of PSLV-C21 carried in a bag by the ISRO Chief was placed at the feet of the presiding deity for a while by temple priests, the sources said.

    This is a country that is addicted to rituals and superstition. You name it and you will find a big industry behind it – astrology, black magic, vassthu (fen shui), numerology, ayurveda, homeopathy! A country of billion morons!

  6. In reply to #11 by Speakurmind:

    there are so many reasons? i think its dumb for the very reason that it fails in reasoning

    In reply to #9 by aquilacane:

    Why superstition is dumb:
    Reason # 345

    True but less of a joke that way.

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