How I love writing on this issue! Human beings are, by far, the most careless and the least bothered creatures when nature and others are involved. I am not sure about how people all over the world or in some other alien world behave, but I know the in and out of Indian behavior. I have been to a distant land, and have observed sanity and discipline, which the Indian community lacks. Personally, I attach special importance to this trait as I feel that it hurdles India's growth more than corruption or population.
I have been living in this city for near about 7 months now. And one thing that has not changed in this city is the indiscipline. There are interesting cases that happen on a regular basis and help me shift my anger to them. Anyone who voted this city as the best city to live in should be put to task. Such misleading information renders belief and confidence dead.
There have been incidents over the past few months, which have disturbed me to a great extent. The most common of all the incidents have been when riders use pavements and footpaths to commute.The so-called educated lot of the society, who are parts of the million-dollar organizations, still, need to be educated as to how to behave. In fact, there should be another interview round where the behavior and character of a person should be adjudged. I strongly feel that actions should be taken against such people. Effectively, such a behavior makes a bad impression on other people and tourists. It also creates problems for the common man using the footpath and has hindered the traffic flow many a time.
People have no respect whatsoever for the roads and other public properties. One can find them spitting all over the place, getting rid of trash anywhere and everywhere, and attending to nature's call at every nook and corner of the city.
Riders have never been able to observe the traffic lights. In fact, the lights have actually taken up different meaning. Amber now means, "speed up your vehicle." And red means, "keep going." It takes a few seconds before the signal is obeyed, and that is due to the fact that the side with the green signal starts moving. I remember seeing a sign board saying, "Red light violation. Minimum Fine $336." Whereas, in this city, it is seldom seen that the one who has jumped the signal is caught and fined. Such occurrences are mostly dependent on the moods of the signal inspectors. In many a case, he is more keen to catch hold of a lorry than to moderate the traffic.
The condition is much more worse in a non-traffic light crossing. I had met with a real-life example of a deadlock few days back. And, the traffic was actually stuck for more than about half an hour as vehicles from every side were waiting for the other side vehicle to move. And as an Indian's policy says, "never back down." Pun intended. The first thing which came to my mind was the interview where I was asked a similar question and I had said a similar answer. The interviewer had shot back at me telling that the vehicles could always go back and the traffic might move. I would have loved to show him this scenario. Or perhaps, I forgot to mention that the example pertained to Indian roads. It actually took some outside resource to break this deadlock.
I have often heard that we perceive what we want to. If we would like to see the good, we could see it in such horrendous situations as well. And if we want otherwise, the result would always be negative. But, I don't think there is anything wrong in pointing out these shortcomings in the management and discipline of the citizens. I want my country to be one of the best and have a strong feeling that this is one area where we need to develop to realise that.