Today was the call for Bharat Bandh (India's shut down) from the political parties in opposition of the ruling Indian government i.e. BJP. The issue? A steep hike in fuel prices including petrol & diesel.
Now I think this act itself tells us how wise are the people who are governing or intends to govern this country.
- An all India nationwide bandh is called for an irrelevant issue.
- The normal public life is disrupted for stupid reasons,
- Public and private property is vandalised,
- Protest and unrest is seen everywhere, police and administration needs to be put in action ignoring other important issues.
And more importantly, for promoting the use of vehicles on the already overcrowded roads.
Why do we need cheap gas?
Personally, I feel that this hike is very insignificant. We need a government which can hike the fuel prices to a level that could drive all private vehicles off-road.
Why do we need private vehicles on road? Today, the cause of the biggest unnatural human casualties is road accidents. Road rage and short tempered people are the result of heavy traffic congestion too.
Not only do we need to keep fuel prices affordable to everyone for his or her commutation needs, we also need to mobilise billions of rupees for developing road infrastructure and also for the treatment of increasing number of traumatic cases from road accidents.
Why can't India travel on bicycles or public conveyance or on foot?
Instead of developing a good public conveyance infrastructure, these bandhs put existing public vehicles on fire! Shouldn't there be any limit to insanity?
Funny Politics, Stupid Voters!
And if you think this Congress called Bharat Bandh is something serious, then look at the history of protests organised by BJP when Congress was on the ruling side:
These links are just to give you some examples to prove that all these protests are just to make fun of public and none of them is any serious to resolve the underlying fundamental problems. Here's the collection of some snapshots showcasing some really interesting ways to protest fuel price hikes published by Economic Times in 2012:
Is politics an entertainment show for the general public?
Who cares! That's life ...esp. when it's acceptable to the majority of us!!!