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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mahi dead ; Something we can do apart from just demonstrating sadness & frustration


I'm a satirist....So when something like this happens, one would probably expect me to write an article about Rahul Gandhi appearing out of nowhere and rushing to visit Mahi's parents and spending time with them.......& the Prime Minister and Home Minister condemning the act ...



But no....I'm also a guy with a heart......Firstly, natural disasters like earthquakes and things like these ..well, death in itself.... are never something to be made fun of ...Secondly, even if it is funny in some cases, my conscience just won't allow me to make fun of such things.....So yes, I just don't feel like making any fun today ...after reading the news of 5-year old Mahi ...

It is indeed depressing and anguishing ...for me too ...as it probably is ...for most of you ....The worst part is ...this is not the first time this is happening ...It started with a boy named Prince ...another such incident ended in tragedy I think ...and now it is Mahi's turn to go to heaven....

Well, each time, it is the same protocol - We're all bound to feel sad, post condolences on social networks  ..unanimously blame the constructors...swear at the officials responsible ...curse them within ourselves ...News channels will be delighted as they have a juicy matter to cover for the next few days....The Times Of India will change Mahi's name to something else...and pride itself on its "abiding with journalistic ethics"......Arnab Goswami can use this opportunity to outshout the nation...We eventually forget about it ..and move on ...UNTIL the next bore well incident happens ...

This is how the cycle is ...Can't we at least TRY to change it a little ? It's not so hard - 

What you as a citizen / passerby can do

Whoever you are, wherever you go ...even if you see something as small as a pothole


  • PLEASE ALERT YOUR AREA CORPORATOR IMMEDIATELY ...Not much ...If not a phone call, drop in an email ..Make sure it is communicated ...
  • He / She shows apathy ? Then try to cover it yourself ...Pick some big slab of stone nearby ...Solicit the assistance of a couple or more people on the road ...With their help, place it over the hole ...YOU CAN DO THINGS YOURSELF TOO...EVERYTHING DOESN'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT ...even though it may be their fault and responsibility ULTIMATELY, IT IS ABOUT SAVING INNOCENT LIVES ...AND PREVENTING UNNECESSARY DEATH ...
  • PICK UP BIG STONES, TREE STICKS....SURROUND THE OPEN/CLOSED POTHOLE WITH THEM ....PLACE A BIG, RED COLORED KG-CARDBOARD ..OR A BANNER ...JUST DRAW A BIG, VISIBLE 'X' ON IT ..Just 20-30 bucks !!! THAT'S ALL IT TAKES TO SAVE A LIFE !!!!!! You can spend it on Pepsi and other things ...SO I'M SURE YOU CAN BUY 2 STATIONERY ITEMS ...AND DO THIS MUCH ...TO SAVE LIVES !!!!! I repeat - EVERYTHING DOESN'T REQUIRE GOVT. ACTION ...THERE ARE THINGS LIKE THESE WHICH YOU CAN ALSO DO !!!!!! ....instead of being passive to it ...and suddenly becoming active only when a life is lost !! EVEN SMALL ACTS OF BENEVOLENCE LIKE THIS ...CAN TEACH THE GOVT. OFFICIALS A LESSON ...Lessons do not have to always be taught by force ...
  • LASTLY, PLEASE TAKE A PIC OF THE LOCATION ...AND POST IT ON SOCIAL NETWORKS TO CREATE AWARENESS ...People don't have to always share nonsense like the Sachin anthem ...THERE ARE USEFUL INFO LIKE THESE ALSO ...THAT CAN / SHOULD BE SHARED !!!!



What teachers can do 

  • PLEASE TEACH YOUR SCHOOL CHILDREN TO AVOID GOING / PLAYING NEAR BOREWELLS / POTHOLES ...and other places ! 
  • If they come across one, teach them to alert YOU or THEIR PARENTS IMMEDIATELY !!!!!!
  • IT IS THEY WHO SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THIS FACT ....Physics, Chemistry and Maths aren't the only things to be taught in life ...THERE ARE CRUCIAL THINGS LIKE THESE TOO !!!


What parents of young children can do 


  • PARENTS OF KIDS / MINORS ....FILLING UP YOUR BACK ACCOUNTS FOR A BETTER FUTURE ISN'T THE GREATEST WORRY IN LIFE........PLEASE WORRY A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN TOO !!! HAVE FIRM CONTROL OVER WHERE YOUR CHILD PLAYS / GOES ....DON'T BE NEGLIGENT ..
  • In the Mahi episode ....I wouldn't solely blame the constructor ....Mahi's parents are EQUALLY responsible for not keeping a strict watch over their daughter ....SHE IS ...WELL...WAS :'( ...ALL OF 5 YEARS, FOR GOD'S SAKE !!!! YOU CAN'T LET YOUR CHILDREN FREE LIKE THAT !!!!!!!!!


What architects / contractors / builders etc can do

  • A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE BLAME GOES TO YOU ALL if you are irresponsible about such things ....PLEASE !!!!! SO MANY BOREWELL ORDEALS ARE ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!!!! HEARING ABOUT THINGS LIKE THESE ...IS NO FUN !!
  • PLEASE GIVE UTMOST PRIORITY TO COVERING SUCH PITS ...AND PUTTING A FENCE AROUND THEM .....In India, construction workers do have their kids too, playing around your construction area ...SO UNLESS YOU PEOPLE STAND UP AND TACKLE THIS PROBLEM, India will keep losing more and more Mahis ...


What the government can do 

  • Govt. officials are widely considered to be apathetic ( THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TOO !! ) ...but if any of you are reading this right now - I can only say....THINK ABOUT GIRLS LIKE MAHI ...WHENEVER YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE LISTENING TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT OPEN POTHOLES, DRAINS ..and other things ...Your apathy can cause many more such incidents !!!!!
  • LET'S FACE IT - YOU PEOPLE ARE MORE OR LESS ABOVE THE LAW ....NO ONE CAN ARM-TWIST YOU ALL INTO ADDRESSING PEOPLE'S PROBLEMS ...But just think about it ....
  • YOU HAVE POWER ....YOU CAN USE IT FOR GOOD THINGS LIKE THESE ALSO ...ONCE IN A WHILE ...YOU WILL HELP SAVE LIVES !!!!!!! THAT'S WHAT MATTERS !! I'm not sure if there is already a law for this ...If there isn't ..then
  • INTRODUCE A LAW ...MAKING COVERING OF OPEN HOLES MANDATORY ...LET IT HAVE STRICT PUNISHMENT !!!! ....LET IT BE CONSIDERED A STRICT OFFENCE ...instead of a bailable one ...with a surety of a bhel puri !!


What you who has just finished reading this can do 


  • I've said this a lot of times before - I NEVER, EVER ASK ANYONE TO SHARE ANY OF MY STUFF ...People who do so, have done it on their own accord.....& I never will ask any to share anything of mine ...because Facebook is a place where only things like a girl's new slippers, Instagram / SLR pics, troll cartoons or anything related to Aamir Khan and Rahul Dravid are liked and / or  shared.....Same with Twitter - replacing movie titles with some word is the only kind of topic which would trend  ...So I never make requests to anyone ..to share my stuff :) ...
  • But I can only hope that you happened to find this useful ...and I hope that this info will benefit whoever reads this ...
  • I would like to conclude by saying that ...INSTEAD OF THE USUAL ROUTINE STUFF ...LIKE POSTING CONDOLENCES ONLINE ...EXPRESSING FRUSTRATION ONLINE ....THERE ARE OTHER THINGS AS WELL, THAT WE CAN DO ....LIKE SPREADING AWARENESS ....& TRYING TO FOLLOW SOME THINGS LIKE WHAT I'VE JUST LISTED ...
  • A life MIGHT JUST BE SAVED someday ...because of you !! Rest in peace, Mahi ...God saved you from cruel, STONE-HEARTED people ...


- Ashwin.







4 comments:

Tejaswi K.R said...

Firstly, I must express my sense of pride as I see my friend Ashwin doing what eminent writers of the past did - creating awareness among people about various issues through their writings ; the difference is that he is accomplishing though the net, what in the past, was done using a paper and a pen (Something which the tweeple and bloggers of today have not been able to). Secondly, it is a fact that there is no difference between the PARENTHOOD of the rich and the poor ; irrespective of the class, all parents have the same levels of responsibility towards their wards. Hence it is important that they create awareness among their children regarding issues like these, which could cost their lives.

Ashwin S Kumar said...

thanks da :)

krv said...

Ashwin,

Excellent! Very thoughtfully written in all its seriousness and concern.
Need of the hour. Worth sendinmg it to print media for greater reach and awareness.

KRV

lalsub said...

Great piece. Will be sharing it with friends through email. That way, many not on faceboook--and there are quite a few--will also see it.