THESE DAYS ARE FOR CAREFULNESS!
On my way after feeding a lot of my familiar pigeons on the Napier Museum grounds, just a few minutes back, I, quite by accident, bore witness to a road accident on the roads. A man tried to cross the relatively deserted road in the vicinity and a speeding vehicle-probably 4 wheeler- hit him and he fell down. It appears that the vehicle had sped already from the scene.
This set me thinking about the abominable absence of safety and security of most Indian men and women on our roads, which have already become Matto Grass jungles, impenetrable and pitch dark even at noon in a metaphoric sense!
No one that uses the roads cares two hoots for any other person using the same road and feels he or she is alone in the whole world! He/ She preferably keeps himself or herself ensconced in his or her own steel contraption aka car, and never opens the windows since the vehicle is running with AC in the passenger section almost all the time! The habit of using horns before one reaches a turn on the road is NEVER abided by too, with the result that a person crossing the road just ahead may not be aware of what hit him before he loses his senses all of a sudden.
We claim that we are the largest and most populous democracy on the planet in this country ,of course but then what percentage of these human beings are killed on our roads day in and day out please? Are we really emotionally impacted by such reports?
Not at all, I dare say, and I feel ashamed to say it.
We have developed a kind of immunity to many things that ought to be standard and habitually acceptable in any human society. Garbage Mountains are no matter to you and me ever as we speed along on our two wheelers or in our 4 wheelers.
Orphan kids begging on our roads in the open under the blazing copper tinted sun are no matter to us: we think instead ONLY of our own kids in some safer place! That no woman’s life is safe in many North Indian States especially fails to make us shed tears because we think that is to be expected with today’s “westernized “ Indian culture and conventions!
That kids are shanghaied away from where they study for organ harvesting purposes is not a big deal to you and me because we instead console ourselves with sweet thoughts of our own kids being safe. That an official demands a huge sum as bribe to render some simple service something we don’t think twice about was a minor initial or glaring symptom of a nation-wide malaise!
The reality that all private hospitals love to overcharge their captive patients invisibly under lock and key in their rooms is not important enough because shortsighted as we happen to be in almost all matters, we think nothing will happen to US! And the ‘bag of bones’ beggars with lean and hungry looks , seated in front of all places of worship in this country—way too many I dare say- do not evoke hot tears in our eyes because we are in an unholy hurry to appease our chosen deities with offerings in cash or kind!
WE BLOODY INDIANS, WHO CLAIM TO BE CIVILIZED HUMANS WITH MANY ACADEMIC DEGREES, INDEED DESERVE TO BE THRASHED BLACK AND BLUE IN THE OPEN FOR THAT IMPERTINENCE!
Have a Great day!