September 17, 2009

Sharon Stone

A lot of muck has been raised over the stone pelting incident involving the train Rahul Gandhi was travelling in. The cool blue LHB coaches of the Swarna Jayanti Shatabdi express that plies between New Delhi and Amritsar did suffer some damage, but then, thats not the moot point. Rahulji was one of the passengers in the train - not necessarily in the coach that was pelted though.

The image clearly shows the extent of damage that the window pane suffered. Rahulji was not at that window when the stone struck. Some other unsuspecting person, an aam aadmi, was. Does anyone bother to even find out whatever happened to that poor soul? NO. Why only Rahulji? Why not the aam aadmi?

Any regular traveller in the UP Bihar belt would narrate countless incidents of stone pelting. A travel between Solapur and Pune in the night would not be complete without the RPF (Railway protection Force) jawans asking one to shut the shutters. I have experienced this not once but half a dozen times. Not in a short time frame, but over a decade. The scenario remains constant. For more than a decade, everyday, some hooligans have been pelting stones on trains between SUR and PUNE. What the f*** have the police and other authorities been doing? Nothing more than asking the travellers to take evasive action!

A few stones on Rahulji's train makes national headlines and breaking news. Every goddamn journalist has something to say about it. Every police honcho wants mantris to stay away from the trains. Why? If it ain't safe for a mantri, how is it safe for the junta? A few stones have created such a huge ruckus. No stone is being left unturned (pun intended) in trying to nab those four hooligans who did the damage. But when for over decades the practice continues in a particular area, it is ok because its only the aam aadmi who suffers. I remember Naseeruddin Shah's character in that amazing film A Wednesday telling Anupam Kher..

"Aam aadmi se toh yehi umeed kee jaati hai,
ki aam aadmi ki tarah jiyo,
aam aadmi ki tarah bhukto,
aur aam aadmi ki tarah maro!"

A friend of mine happened to be a passenger in the economy class cabin of Spicejet the other day which unfortunately had Veerappa Moily showing austerity. All attention of the air hostesses was apparently directed towards the Mantriji and his ten chelas. The others were relegated to mere spectators in the two hour flight.

I have always had this query. Why is the aam aadmi ignored just to butter up some bastard who occupies a big gaddi or is a relative of one?

The title of the post is just to catch your attention !

10 comments:

  1. tell me abt it..even when YSR's Plane went missing, all media was harping about was YSR missing, wonder where is, bla bla bla.. it was only much later they spoke about the other 5ppl on board...

    Arent our lives important???? Or is it just a game of the media???

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  2. btw, mission accomplished with the title.. did come over mainly cos of curiousity!! :D

    but awesome post!!

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  3. Dear Vrijesh,

    As an aam aadmi we do not have any right to question.

    "Aam aadmi se toh yehi umeed kee jaati hai,
    ki aam aadmi ki tarah jiyo,
    aur aam aadmi ki tarah maro!"

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  4. Valid questions - like all of us those who are chaatofying these bastards are also aam in a way - trying to make a living...its a vicious cycle I guess....

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  5. I agree with u... this austerity drive has nothing to do with morals and ethics, but to showcase to the ppl and to drive more votes!!!
    and more and more only aam aadmi like us is stranded coz of it....

    STOP IT GOVT IF U R LISTENING.. there are a lot many other ways of reducing cost, specially by not taking bribes!!!

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  6. Lets take two steps back and look at this ... the police has a point ... mantri's don't use trains ... go by choppers .. that way the corrupt mantri's wud be reduced ...

    now the spicer jet situation .. if the Air Hostess wud not have looked after the M .. then poor things they wud have a job situation .. again they are commoners too .. its the higher admin guys who ensure what happens .. rest are puppets ...

    now coming the regular stone pelting situation that never makes to news ... the philosopher and inventors of Language's did make sure they coined the term "Common Man" I guess we should stop complaining until we become uncommon ... :D

    about police doing something ... do u think it wud be easy to put police in all these localities for a check?? well then what about the local uncommon men who rule and make such incidents happen?? unka bhi to naam hona chaiye :D ..

    The funda's are like this

    Jo Marta hai who mantri hai
    jo maar khilata hai ... woh kantri hai
    jo ye sab aazmata hai wo aam admi hai :D
    Finally iss katha par jo sher likhta hai woh kachra hai ...

    wah wah wah .. :D

    Vrij bhai .. I agree sometime its frustrating the way media is highlighting the news these days .. earlier it was jut DD .. so everything was filtered ...

    now there are too many ppl like me :D

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  7. lol at the title!! :P Like Venkat rightly said...we as aam admi are not allowed to ask questions.

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  8. here after a while n lovely template :)

    I guess its the 'chalta hai' attitude that we the junta need to change, its high time we do it

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  9. Doctor saheb, A first timer here... like your style of writing :)

    Your questions are totally valid. I have heard of innumerable incidents where stones are being pelted on trains! No one talks about them! Cause they dont make "news" item! No one cares about RK Laxman's common man! :)

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