Saturday, 9 March 2013

No lessons learnt from the Nirbhay case...


The article above raises some serious concern over the lack of official apathy, and what seems to me to be a total lack of governance. Autos on the fateful Dec 16 route are still refusing to go to Dwarka - and the police is doing nothing about it. The entire Nirbhay incident seems to have been consigned to the dustbin of sad memories - and it is life as usual for everyone including the government and the people. There have been few lessons that have been internalised from this entire sad scenario...

The total lack of even the most basic of steps by the New Delhi traffic police : ensuring that Autos do not overcharge, and refuse to go; or that of providing alternative means of transport to the public has been ignored. No meters are used; rules are broken in front of the traffic cops, who apparently do nothing. Rampant overcharging, refusal to take people to out-of-the-way destinations - all in the open. This begs the question: are these autos above the law? They obviously fear nothing from the police. This lays open the field for further questions, none of them very comforting...

This is not just about that Dwarka route where the incident happen; my point is that this is precisely the way things happen in India. Remember the AMRI fire? Reference: http://reflectionsvvk.blogspot.in/2012/01/amri-fire-fundamental-questions.html. This incident too has been forgotten; no lessons seem to have been learnt. There is no indication of any action on fire safety hazards steps, and nothing has been done on public education to ensure that people cooperate. In short, a silence: we have carried on as before. Yet again, no lessons have been learnt.

A similar argument can be made for any number of incidents that hog the headlines of our newspapers and our Media, and then are replaced by others, which each subsequent incident doing little to change the status quo. As my social issues tag displays, http://reflectionsvvk.blogspot.in/search/label/Social%20Issues?updated-max=2013-02-20T12:18:00%2B05:30&max-results=20&start=8&by-date=false our media has faithfully reported each and every such incident vociferously and examined the repercussions in some detail. And yet, the absence of a sustained pressure from the public and the media in the form of continued follow-ups and questions has meant continuing official apathy. We all know the bureaucracy does not act; the fact that we dont act to ensure action points to both official and public apathy.

We Indians dont even want to act to protect ourselves, to provide basic amenities to ourselves, we dont want to ensure good governance, our Media is more interested in current news rather than leading change... this has become a social issue of monumental proportions...

Jaago Sonewaalon! 

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