Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Biggest Crime Ever: What are you doing, Gurgaon?

"As my mother and I walked out of Southpoint Mall in Gurgaon, we, along with many others, were faced with a strenuous traffic jam. Drivers were all desperately trying to get out of tight situations while we were waiting to cross.  
In the middle of this, an innocent man, much below a "lower class level" was trying to squeeze past a car. It was a cold, late winter evening and he was probably trying to get back home in time. In his hurry and because of the crazy traffic, he may have touched a car that he was trying to cross. 
At this moment, a man wearing an expensive suit got out of his car in rage and hideously slapped the poor man 3 times in front of a crowd of people. Helpless as he was, the man on the cycle had tears in his eyes.  
Our first impulse was to shout at him in protest, but we couldn't. We knew nothing could happen. The man in the car drove off and the cyclist dragged on to a shame he shouldn't have felt. My first reaction was to blame this country, as I, along with the others were beyond furious. But I stopped myself, realizing that it wasn't about this country but humanity as a whole. It was at this moment I realized that humanity, which has been corrupted and spoilt, humanity, that cannot treat others with respect and kindness itself is the biggest crime ever. 
We humans believe we are the most intelligent species, but if we ourselves can't help or even respect others around us, how do we expect to live a good life and hope this world runs well. A person's character is shown by how he treats people lower or less fortunate than himself, not his equals.  
I try my best to find forgiveness in my heart for a man who could do such a thing and I pray for justice."

 My 14-year old niece wrote this on a piece of paper in response to what she witnessed outside Southpoint Mall. She gave it to me and asked me to put it up on this blog. It's her way of trying to get justice for the man on the bicycle. Thank you for caring, Simran. Gurgaon definitely needs a little more of that :-) 


How do we know said...

did ur niece also see the cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road, against the traffic, in extremely poor visibility, where they could have been easily hit, when they could have easily used the right direction of the road or at least the right lane?

Did she also notice jaywalkers, unmindful of the fog, crossing the road, sprinting suddenly in front of a car, just for "fun"? endangering the lives of the people in the car and other people on the road?

Did she also notice pedestrians walking AGAINST the traffic, next to the central road divider, when it is absolutely possible for them to walk on the left of the road, where a footpath exists and they can be safe?

Did she also notice them littering public places and breaking one way traffic rules, unmindful of the danger that poses to themselves and to others? Ever been to a one way? The ones breaking it are Rickshaw pullers and bicycle riders. If they need to use the same road, they need to follow the same rules. What they do poses a risk to everyone on the road.

Somehow, poverty does not seem to be a valid excuse to sell your vote, spit as if the country is a spittoon and be unmindful of the danger you pose to everyone else when you are on the road, then crying hoarse when you are hurt because of your own stupidity.

Let me also tell you of an incident. Right next to my office is a Maruti showroom cum service center. One day, a person got his car out of the service center and was driving out. Suddenly, a bicycle appeared in front of him. The guy was coming in the opposite direction of the road. This was not necessary. 4 feet from where he was driving in the wrong direction was a parallel service road which he could have used. But because he is on a bicycle, rules don't exist for him.

The car could not stop on time and the bicycle got hit. the car, fresh from the service center, also got hit again.
the bicycle person, instead of apologising for coming from the wrong side, started asking for damages. I wanted to do him a lot of physical damage at that time, though it wasn't my car and I didn't even know the driver. But I know the frustration of being held on blackmail just because you worked your ass off and are sitting in a car, while the other guy was in a bicycle when he broke the rule and came in the wrong direction. his bicycle is his forgiveness from all his wrongs.

That cyclist may just have been the last straw that broke the camel's back. We have to put up with a lot of this, and after a while , you lose your "poor thing, its cold and he is not in a car" sympathy, and start getting angry bcs everyone is stuck, and by moving in a haphazard way, not only is he delaying everyone, but also putting himself and others at risk, because if there is a slight movement and a car/ bus moves and he also comes in front of the vehicle at the same time, he will get hurt and so can someone else.

The bicycle, the jaywalker and the motor cyclist can move whenever they want, the car, bus and truck drivers are life insurers for all of them.

Trust me I write this with a lot of frustration - in fact, 10 years of frustration from being a driver on these roads. I find that the bus driver has the maximum problem - they move during traffic hours, have to move from right to left for each bus stop, they don't have enough rear view or side view mirrors, and motor cyclists think its bloody smart to overtake a bus from the wrong side then swerve in front of it. this man is trying to get 40 people home while you, jackass, are trying to serve your hormones.

Ricky Singh said...

Very nice written. Shame to the arrogant rude man, I dont wish him bad, but the situation changes righ here only, he could lose his suit, his car, and his arrogance, and the guy on bi-cycle could be in a better can one day, it happens!!