Sunday, July 31, 2005

Stop the blame game!!!

Vital Stats: 900 odd lives lost in Maharashtra with over 400 lives in Mumbai itself.

The above stats describe the state of affairs that is going on in Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, the commercial capital of India which alone contributes to more than 25% of the GDP of India. This is the worst rains that have hit Mumbai in the last century. The state in which the city is in is pathetic, and that too is an understatement. And what are people doing about that… to describe it in a few words… “Playing the blame game”…

As stated in the last post, Mumbai is getting most of the media coverage these days… sometimes live streams of the streams that are flooding the city… sometimes talk shows about the state of affairs of the city… this post is directed at the latter…

People from all facets of Mumbai are on talk shows… and the only things they are doing are blaming the government, the civic authorities, the municipality and all others in public purview. They blame them for lack of planning, lack of disaster management, lack of support, lack of people to carry out the work at affected places and all other possible things that could come to their mind…

Let me remind all the people blaming others about the fact that the people working in all of these above stated organizations are also “human beings”. They too have sons/ daughters / fathers / mothers / brothers / sisters who could have stuck up somewhere neck-deep in some part of Mumbai.

They too use vehicles to get to affected places, not to mention which get stuck up like all other vehicles (the ones that the people recklessly leave on the road). The people who do the dirty work on the roads are not the ones that use helicopters… they too are the ones who are affected by the lack of buses and trains… please UNDERSTAND that…

How many of us, did actually try and help others… where were our civic responsibilities. Almost all of us were in the confinements of our dry houses and were lazing our asses off on the “heavenly relief” that we have received. How can we expect others to work at 150% for us in the downpour, when we ourselves are confined and cocooned in our houses putting no effort towards anything?

How many of us dared to go out to work when our sons / daughters / fathers / mothers / brothers / sisters were missing? Doesn’t the same apply to those guys?

(Off Track)I would like to point out a woman, one from a well-to-do family, not a social worker, talking about what the government is doing about the people in the slums. I am sure this woman would be a part of another talk show where she would object to slum dwellings in and around her apartment… (She looked bitchy enough to be capable of doing that)

The point here is, what we need right now is not blames on each other but support from each other and not just the authorities… the authorities are doing their job… to their full capabilities or not is not the question as the downpour has the same effect on them as it has on the vast majority… so lets just co-operate…

adios…

PS: The author has done nothing to help people in trouble. All he was doing was playing games, surfing and sleeping… so please forgive any overstatements therein... and Abhi, look closely, the title is not capitalized :-)

19 comments:

IdeaSmith said...

Yup, no denying they're all human and have families too. Are they excused from doing their jobs then? Fantastic...I only wish I could stop working or make all kinds of goof-ups and claim its because I'm human and have a family.

The point is, that citizens...everyday people like you and me who travel by road and train, who work and study and watch TV etc etc were helping out strangers, were carrying kids through floods and bringing food and water to the stranded. But of course the authorities were excused from such mundane tasks since their lives and well-being were at more of a premium than ours.

IdeaSmith said...

I like your posts even if I don't always agree with your opinion, so I'm blogrolling you.

iyer education said...

idea:
firstly, what would you do when your family is in trouble... still go to work... then you have to be either very very practical or inhuman... take your pick...

the citizens who were working for other's comfort were the ones who took the initiative... the others didnt... cant the same apply to the authorities... why do they need to be forced

on a lighter note, no agreement on opinion = more comments... which in turn makes this "look" like a popular blog :-)... thanks anyways

sophie said...

off track;
hey i saw Forrest Gump y'day...very nice movie...saw it in ur list too...
its really worth watching ...

liked the dialogue" life is like a box of chocolates...we dont know who gets wat"

iyer education said...

sophia: if you wanna watch "waterworld" in the next couple of days, be my guest at mumbai... its a complete 3d view of the movie :)

oh, i forgot to tell u this... the chocolates have gone down the drain too :)

G3 said...

Well Well ... you have put it in such a way, its so difficult to deny.

I agree that the name-blame-game is not going to make a difference. But its the very organizations mentioned in this game that need to act. They need to do something to bring in some infrastructure into the system. If a doctor doesnot work overtime now, when will he? Not at the cost of your own family ... but still one has to do their duty.

I remember when SARS hit Singapore, the people whom it spread to first were the nurses. People were dying and it made a difference to the govt, because the officials and politicians here cared to do their duty.

Somehow in India, this "work for good of society" is missing. People do help each other when in trouble. But never before and after. We dont work in office because by doing so the society benefits. We work to save ourselves. Its sad, but the bitter truth.

Sorry for the long comment.

Debalina said...

Wow !
I love this post and previous post too!
Wow !! [I actually said that so loudly that my mom was staring at me with suspicious eyes,thought I caught some eye-catching guy but I told her about your posts. She admires your views too :)]

iyer education said...

gayathri: i agree to what you have to say, but it is a disaster for them too and not just for us... we cant expect them to give all they have and keep resting at home... can we... is that fair?... that is all that i had to say... and taking the eg of the doctor forward... which doctor would work with his son/daughter missing? probably we have been engrained with "charity begins at home" right from the beginning... thanks for your views though...

deb: thank you... does your comment mean that you already made a decision that i am not "eye-catching"? think again... ;-)

Smiling Agony said...

First: I love that screen name !! I was the thing that brought me to this blog.

I have read few of your posts and loved them - since some of them are debatable I wont go into it just in the first comment.

But in the reply to Idea's comment I would like to say something on this part - the citizens who were working for other's comfort were the ones who took the initiative... the others didnt... cant the same apply to the authorities... why do they need to be forced -

the point is they get paid for the initiative and they are sung about too but citizen initiatives are ignored and they even dont get paid. Also of what use is a HIGHPOWER COMITTEE ( I just fumbled the spelling and no MS WORD in this cafe) .

And think about people who are stranded on railway bridges while their families are waiting anxiously !!

But the post was good and debatable.
I liked the postscript too. Very Truthful.

I will be blogrolling you soon. Also will visit Pollution soon.

Bye and take care

Smiling Agony said...

You are the right kind of guy - No Pollution - I am watching ................................................................................ Besides you like Gaming - which games? Liked the Godfather !! Have you read the Sicilian by Puzo?

Dan said...

The level of prepardness to any situation will be to the level of expected problems. Mumbai has over the years been getting a ceretain percentage 'x'% of rains. The drains etc which always have a problems every year are prepared to handle 'x-20'% of rains. So what I am saying is 'Sh*t' happens and its not fun blaming anybody for it.
Maybe what we can bring in is a rule saying lets produce less output so we wont face this kind of problem again.
Couldnt help trying to temper things down of a very serious post by my flippant remarks :-)
Keep at it Rumplestix.

iyer education said...

smiling agony: the point still is we are still pointing at others to tell them what they should be doing... arent we conditioned to do that... havent we always been nitpicking at others... and we continue to do that... all i said was that it was time for some self-introspection into what kind of contributions have we made... and right now my favourite game is "water polo"... all for the right reasons

dan: humour always works as long as it is subtle (as long as it doesnt drown anyone in the already clogged mumbai)... you are welcome...

APOO said...

Dammit! I thought Smiling Agony was some girl, and when she said "You are the right kind of guy", I thought Iyer finally wont die alone.

Alas I was wrong...

The search for Iyeropatni continues!

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

That was brilliant. You did a sensitive job and all I can get out of this is that no one does their 100 percent anytime as we always expect aother to do it for us , for our neighbour, for themselves. Its like playing musical chair and I guess we should realise that we are all looking for chairs, no matter who we are.

iyer education said...

apoo: iyeropatni exists... sorry to disappoint you... and i am not going to die until i am clear about whether "ending myself" is my right or not ;-)

scribblez: thank you...

TheBridge...On The Other Side said...

Iyerey,
Nice post. Most of your posts are nice, anyway.

As for the thought...hmmm

First, what is 'duty'?

I do a honest day's work. I pay my taxes (that itself should be enough to pay the salaries and other expenses). But, no, they want chai-paani also - now, that should take care of the 'upkar ka karcha'. Ok, that's breaking the law, but shouldn't the guy who takes my taxes and 'chai-paani' keep his side of the bargain too?

Second, where is Utopia?

Ravi Nambiar said...

The Muncipal Authorities are to be solely blamed for this massacre, for failing to develop the ciy's infrastructure while allowing Sky Scrappers to spring up every where, and we talk of launching satellites and turning our city A la Shanghai.And we claim to be an emerging Economic Super Power.God Please Please save Amchi Mumbai.

Sangeeta said...

I agree with u abt...municipal staff not being able to make it to work( to some extnt) but I wd still say that we cd have done with some kind of warning(even if it was just to stay put where we are) and yes..our infrastructure is very archair...

Nice blog

Sangeeta said...

Came by urs thru Idea's