Thursday, January 22, 2009

Heartless Dilli

Zing and I were out midnight cruising and came across this huge road block, cars lined up bumper to bumper at Lajpat before the Defence Colony flyover. Two massive Metro construction trucks had slowed down the traffic. Suddenly the sound of an emergency siren boomeranged through the stretch and an AIIMS ambulance came buzzing by. We pulled over to the left to allow the metro truck to park on the left, so that traffic stuck behind it could be eased out. Others just kept at their positions without budging for the man in need of emergency medical care. The Camry in front of the ambulance did not give space for 10 whole exhilarating minutes. Those 10 minutes could have been a life saver, someone may have lost one of his family last night, those 10 minutes could have eased someone’s physical agony. It is at times like this, that one feels helpless, disheartened and still amazed at the lack of humanity in those who walk among us. Delhi doesn’t fail to surprise one; where indolence and apathy are concerned, Delhi-ites win hands down.

12 comments:

Flittermouse said...

No Rachita, the scenario is same all over India... its not about Delhi... everywhere... Generally it happens this way, there are of course exceptions....

Anyway Delhi is heartless and its the most non-obvious thing and this I realized once in second year of my grad...i fell from bike on the vasant vihar-munirka crossing... not a single soul approached to pick me up... had there been rushing cars from behind... i would have been counting daisies by nw :D LOL :)

Flittermouse said...

rachita, the scenario is same everywhere in india... don blame delhi alone.

but its the most non-obvious thing to say that delhi is heartless and this i realized once when i was in the second yr of my grad. I fell from bike in the vasant vihar-munirka crossing... not a single soul bothered to stretch a helping hand. had there been rushing cars from behind i would have been counting daisies by now... lol :D

radio.protest said...

metropolitan manifestations. career compulsions. materialistic mindlessness. self serving selfishness. crab complex. cultural confusions. patterns from the past..... and on n on n on...

from these and many other flashpoints, i'd maybe wanna highlight the globalization incurred homogenization of intolerance, stupidity and apathy.

Rachita Bansal said...

Anirban: Probably, but i think apathy exists in measures and we north indians qualify to be the worst

Vibhor: Globalisation has a lot to do with everything, but maybe we can't pin this on it. Our behaviour is our own and we have become indolent and intolerant. No excuses.

J said...

Would this actually be different in any other metro city?

The 'chalta hai' attitude will persist all the time.

Flittermouse said...

Rachita, don't blame North Indians this way. Its the same everywhere. I'm telling you.

There occurred an incident coupla months back in Cal. After a car met with an accident the driver was under the car choking for his life... the cops stood there watching... not even bothering to pull that fellow out and gave excuses to people that they don't have any car at the station. Why couldn't they give their patrol car for usage? And top of it not a single fellow went out to help him until some lady reporter managed to gather some youths from the locality and she was the person who published the news...

this grim face is everywhere... don't blame north indians alone... the whole of this country is same...

thusspakerono said...

I agree with Flittermouse, its the same all over the country. Kolkata is the worst when it comes to complete lack of apathy, if I remember correctly I'd written a post or two about how bad things are in Kolkata in my blog; here's an instance:
an elderly gentleman suffering from a serious coronary condtition was pushed out of an overcrowded bus, the man couldn't take all the running around and suffered a heart attack n collapsed, he kept crying out for water and help to the passerbys, noone so much as even stopped. He crawled over to a shop-shutter and there he hunched, dead. After about an hour there arose a dispute between the Municipality and the Police as to whose responsibility the body was.
Eventually, after about three or four hours the man's body was lifted off the street and taken away.
Funny isnt it? how we promote ourselves as a 'hospitable and kind' lot to foreigners and treat our own kin with unsurpassable cruelty. So, here we go, another gem in the nation's list of glaring ironies.

zephyr said...

we are sick. And no medicine is around. we are sick coz of an inbuilt fear. Fear that questions our minds that if we help a stranger are we inviting trouble??

A girl and a guy fell off a bike in front of 1000 oaks.. she wasnt hurt. But it is not like anyone around me ie. "the educated lot" ran towards her and found out. It was the bunch of autowallas who rushed n made sure she was fine. While the "uber cool" crowd infront of 1000 oaks continued blowing smoke rings in the dark. some had an expression that said 'should I get involved?' while some were simply not bothered.

Isnt our generation just too cool??

Arpit Higgins said...

Its not the heartless delhi. The situation is similarly seen in different cities as well. It doesnt hav anythin to do with the heart here. Its more of the common sense that we, the indians lack...

Arvind said...

I think the situation in delhi is by far the worst but they are certain exceptions though.

Was in a car crash last week dont know how i survived that there were actually people there who picked me up called my folks that too in the middle of the night, wiped my bleeding forehead and then there was the other dick who was cursing me after crashing into me and the stupid bloody cops who came like 5 hours later!!

So quoting vibhor "Our behaviour is our own and we have become indolent and intolerant. No excuses" agreed my friend!!

Rachita Bansal said...

Arvind: that I wrote to Vibhor! Vib didn't write it! :) Wow. this post seems to have gotten quite a reaction. I still think the road rage in delhi is the worst...

SMM said...

I agree - the road rage in Delhi is the worst.

A similar ambulance incident happened once when we were on our way to school and one guy in a maruti van just refused to move for he ambulance to take the free left. It got us so bugged that we jumped off the bus and pounded on the guys windows till he moved away. yes we got late getting to school hat day and we got demerits, but once we explained the whole situation to the principal, she let us go with no demerts and said we should have picked up stones and thrown them on the guy instead so he'd know how it is to be in an ambulance :P