Monday, August 09, 2010

Of stoplines, traffic challans and policemen

Was challanned by a traffic cop the other day for crossing the stop line near the new Secretariat. It was my fault as I was riding along with a MTC bus and I did not see the lights.

What impressed me was the politeness and the respectful tone the traffic constable used to talk to me and while I thought it may be an aberration the sergeant was also of the same type. While I ranted about the MTC drivers going scot free showed me a challan similar to mine for the bus driver that was being dispatched to the MTC head office for salary recovery. I learnt a couple of things that day – police men are not so bad despite being painted black so often, MTC drivers do get penalized for all their violations.

I could not resist asking him why the police were not strict with enforcement; he told me a few things:
- Policemen are friends of the public and they would still like to be friends and not stick wielders
- The onus of policing is on the public and self discipline is a duty, passing the buck to the woefully understaffed and overworked police men is not an excuse
- Rules were meant not to make challans but to save lives and if people do not care for their own lives, there will never be enough policemen for us
- Lastly he said that if a person did not have money to pay he would have been let off with a warning and they are not out there to make money.

I came off with a good feeling and though I know that though there are worms, in the basket of apples, there is still a basket of apples. Policemen are human and they endure great hardships for us, imagine standing on Mount road or Panagal park and managing the chaotic traffic with so may rule breakers amid the dust, smoke, grime rain or shine and to think the pittance they get paid for it.

A Salute to the Traffic Police of Chennai.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Of stinking politicians and unbearable stench

Why does politics raise such a stink?

Here we have the pots calling a kettle black (no reference to the shapes of the protagonists), the ruling party being jolted out of their complacency by the mother of all meetings in Coimbatore retaliates with another of their own and then follow it up with the youth wing headed by a grandfather paralyzing traffic in the capital city. I had mentioned in an earlier post that the last vulgar display of power led to the “amma” loosing power, I have a feeling that history will repeat itself and the ruling party is digging their own graves.

The CW games fiasco is ensuring that the ugly side of India is there for the world to see. I think Mr. K is of the opinion that the term Common Wealth meant that he should share the wealth with his common cronies. What is even more irksome is that he is still holding on to his job.

The pressures of coalition politics ensured another black sheep in the form of the telecommunication minister sitting tight in his post after a scam that has put the CWG scam into insignificance.

Now lets try to answer the question posed earlier, it stinks because:

- clean people do not think that it is a good vocation
- clean people do not vote for clean people but sit at home and watch television
- there are NO clean people around

If you think the last statement is outrageous just look around you and see how many dirty people abound and how many of them are politicians.

If you need a pointer look around and see how many of us “clean people” bribe someone every day for personal benefit, break a traffic rule everyday, cheat on taxes everyday, steal power everyday, over charge a customer everyday, cheat in exams everyday, in short take short cuts to go ahead in life disregarding those ahead everyday...

Just take a good look around and if possible do look into a mirror also.

Why does politics raise such a stink?