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Protests – The only way out?

On a busy Wednesday morning, 05/02/2009, hundreds of angry commuters blocked tracks at the Borivili station along the Western line for more than five hours, after a few rush hour trains were cancelled, stagnating the Mumbai lifeline.

Local trains in Mumbai ferry more than 6 million commuters everyday with people hanging out of the crowded compartments and traveling on the roof during rush hour. The citizens definitely need a better service. But are protests, holding up essential service, etc, the only way to get your demands heard?

Irate citizens, imploring ever since, have become helpless and started to protest for the smallest and essential needs, in the recent past. Why does our government act Deaf, Dumb and Blind until such a protest is carried out? The voice of a common man never reaches the politicians until the day when he steps down to the streets raising slogans, suspending essential services and of course, getting attention of the media.

Clearly, unlike this one, a peaceful protest like a candlelight march at the gateway of India, would not have got national focus and hype of this magnitude and have just ended up being a 30 second report in the 10 PM Bulletin!

The good part is that the Lok Sabha (also titled, the House of the People, by the Constitution.. HAHA!!) elections are coming up in the offing and as this issue has got some nation wide attention, we can expect some kind of immediate action from the government! I pity the condition of our people and the completely flawed Indian Government.

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  1. rahul
    February 5, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I am not sure whether protests are of any use these days. The situation in Mumbai is indeed of concern. But, negligence towards the citizen needs are at several places. Government is seen at action only during the election times. Long bygone are the days when we were proud to say ” For the people, Of the people, By the people”. Now we should be praying for some avatars of God’s like in our epics to better our plight.

  2. Rekha
    June 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    This is an ever looming issue faced by people all over the world – with special ramifications in the Indian scenario. The people in power should know what they are there for. And the people who elect them should make informed decisions. These are easier said than done – so who’s ready to get into the ogre’s stables and start cleaning it up?

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