Friday, June 02, 2006

Of the significance of a thing called... life!

It's not exactly a whimsical irony that even this post of mine deals with the same topic as the last one - life and death.
Actually, around a week ago, in the morning, my mother gave me a tragic news - a young relative had met a fatal road accident - he's survived by his wife and just a 10-11 year old kid:-( Instantly, memories of Bansi's death flooded my mind, but the overwhelming grief soon gave into this frightening question... Am I too destined for something of this sort? Is it a neglected, blood-splattered end, that fate reserves for me?
It's not the first time I've encountered this scary thought - the utterly miserable state of traffic and roads in Pune give ample chances to invoke this brooding - but this time, it somehow shuddered me to the very last of my nerves! Maybe a personal mishap that took place last month could've been the cause for this unfortunate dwelling of panic in my mind...

Nonetheless, my post is rather about the abject lack of concern about the importance of life, in our country. Sometimes I wonder... how can human psyche across the world be so starkly different? Do the economic conditions and the culture (perhaps?) dictate so powerfully, something so crucial as the sanctity of human life? I, basically allude to the other end of spectrum, i.e. nations like US, where the measures to protect life can even verge towards paranoia (or maybe that my mind is incapable of assimilating the standards these countries have set, to save a citizen's life). But of course, it's not the criticism of `over', but that of the `under' which forms the essence of my article.
The foremost is we, ourselves being the culprit first and the victim later! Insensitivity shown by driving recklessly, jumping red-lights, talking on mobile phones while driving - why have these become so commonplace? They could've been kept under check, had the traffic rules been enforced strictly! Unfortunately, these habits amongst people have perpetuated and so, it's a rather grim state now...
The next is - why do we so sadly lack the infrastructure for addressing accidental emergencies - this includes the sparse number of hospitals in most of the areas - add to that the usual apathy and need of "paperwork first, admission later"? Infact, there's almost a complete absence of even basic care units to provide first-aid along the major highways.
And if this is not enough, there is the high-handedness and unsympathetic ways of the police in dealing with the victim(s) and their helper(s), to tackle with.

Is it not possible to demand from the government the "right to live" - no, I'm not asking for a constitutional amendment to add the "right to life and property" to the list of fundamental rights, now - what I mean is the need to live safely and soundly holds in itself, an intrinsic fundamentalness and hence should be provided at the basic possible level.

Is it really possible to address this? Or am I too naive?

Before I sign off, here's a traffic display that echoes the lament:

1940 - Pune is crowned as "Oxford of the East"
2006 - Pune is selected as the most undiscplined city of India

2 Comments:

Blogger m said...

life is scary no matter where one lives.. one never knows when one will pop up for sure so one must live fullest everyday, kal ho na hoo..bottom line is no one cares who cares for other's life is attiude nowdays..
we can only hope that when we leave our home everyday we come back home safe and nothing else.. what is gonna happen we dont know and cannot change??
u cant change the way world is so rather live in it..

3:10 PM  
Blogger m said...

life is scary no matter one lives.. one never knows when one will pop up for sure so one must live fullest everyday, kal ho na hoo..bottom line is no one cares who cares for other's life is attiude nowdays..
we can only hope that when we leave our home everyday we come back home safe and nothing else.. what is gonna happen we dont know and cannot change??
u cant change the way world is so rather live in it..

3:11 PM  

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