If you are sitting with an Indian who has travelled abroad, chances are you are hearing them praise that country. The topic can be food, people, roads, rains or some other from the range of a gazillion issues. My aunt had gone with her daughter to Singapore and there I heard another singular rhetoric. The topic was rains. She said, the roads are so well managed, even during rains! If you walk out after a downpour, there won’t be keechad (muddy puddles) everywhere, unlike Delhi. You won’t even realise that it was raining heavily a moment ago. One of my uncles present during this discussion quickly responded, “Then what’s the use of such rains, without its after-effects? Look at Delhi, even after the rains are long gone, you still know where all it had rained.” The aunty was at a loss for words.
The after-effects of the rains in Delhi and India as a whole, are not just plainly evident but also severe. Roads blocked, traffic jams accompanied by noise pollution, mud puddles, pedestrians vaguely cursing the vehicles who drenched them in muddy sprays. Mind you, there’s no Rin ad performance there to retrieve your ‘chamakti safedi’. The metros seem to be a safer option during these times. But even the DMRC cannot handle the amount of public that turns up in these days.
Ms. Iqbal Malik has addressed the problems of road management with which the government has to deal, in her blog titled ‘Delhi’s Need— Better Road Planning’.
Rains are meant to be enjoyed and not cussed at. But often, the distressed Indian finds himself avoiding travelling during ‘those days’. (Ultimately, it turns out that there are days when even men find themselves restricted.)
This picture was published in The Indian Express, on 06/08/2016. Words are not required to explain the plight of an Indian aam aadmi (residing in Mumbai).
In Gurugram, the recent three hour rain brought the metropolitan to a standstill. It also raised serious sanitary issues.
In Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, a building collapsed, claiming the lives of eight people (no need for seismic activities). This shows the level of preparation on the part of the respected Municipal Corporation. But as soon as you raise these issues, a blame game starts. The rant goes somewhat like this, “not enough funds; the other organisation is supposed to handle this issue; we don’t have the required permission” so on and so forth. Every monsoon season raises the same issues, responded to by the same dilemma. Who suffers? The aam aadmi (common man).
The rain fury in Assam claimed 28 lives, as people, livelihoods and homes got destroyed.
As we can see that the issue is a pan-Indian one and requires a pan-Indian response. People all over India become victims of the weather’s rage in different months of the year. But when will we be rescued from this terror?
The Twitterati has raised concerns. Though the voice is in the virtual world, I just pray the solution is not.