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United by a shared sense of helplessness : Part II

Posted by Shreyans Jain Thursday, 21 March 2013 0 comments
United by a shared sense of helplessness : Part I

Blabbering may or may not be human nature but is certainly a prominent feature exhibited by them when confined in limited space. A war of words broke out in the bus with the philosophers, the humourists, the satirists and the critics among the passengers pouring out their words of wisdom, aggravating tension in the atmosphere inside the bus.


The demon of corruption is slowly eating away our economy. For every petty task, those in authority demand money. Everyone seems to have been caught in this intricate web of lust and greed for money”, a philosopher in the bus observed. There was absolute unanimity on the subject of corruption.

In the coming days it seems, you would have to part away with your pennies to even ask the way to your destination”, a humourist interrupted. The passengers laughed bitterly hearing this and many others joined with their tales of agony as everyone had been a victim of this malaise at some point of some in their life.

Jagdish stood quietly in a corner pondering over these wise thoughts and wished if such harmony prevailed in the Indian Parliament as well. The passenger standing next to him had his own way of relaxing by playing some old unheard songs at a high volume on his phone that looked like an exact replica of the expensive Apple iPhones.

The argument outside the bus had now descended to ugly physical expression with some beleaguered young men pelting stones at each other’s vehicles. As the situation turned violent, a PCR van was called to ‘restore’ law and order. After hours of hard work, the snarl finally broke as the traffic lights were made functional. The arduous journey resumed.


Shoddy accident investigation and rampant corruption coupled with periodic cosmetic recommendations made by the government regarding road safety have made Indian roads deadlier than ever. The need of the hour is to develop an organised system of traffic management and safety. Overloading, drunken driving and driving beyond speed limits should invite strict action in terms of challans and even imprisonment. The cops found taking bribe on duty must be severely punished. There should be compulsory training before issuance of permanent driving license for vehicles. State Road Safety Councils may be set up to strictly enforce traffic rules.

Every year, a large number of innocent lives are lost in road accidents. Let us pledge to adhere to the laws and ensure a safe travel experience for fellow citizens.

JAI HIND

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