i can resist talking to strangers sometimes. i was waiting on my motorcycle at this particularly long traffic signal, when i noticed this guy next to me, riding without a helmet. and this was only a day after the enforcement mentioned in my previous post. and so instinctively, i waited for his gaze to turn towards me and immediately asked,
‘home come you are riding without a helmet?’
‘oh, kalaignar has made an announcement, haven’t you heard?’
was all he retored, before the signal turned green and we both went our way. barely a day after the law came into enforcement, the CM is supposed to have gone public requesting the police not to ‘harrass’ the public in the name of enforcement of the law. now, either a law is enforced or not – isn’t it? but theres more to it when politics comes into play.
it doesn’t stop there. a day later, the government has ‘clarified’ that the rule did NOT apply to women and children who ride pillion. the reason stated here is the repeated number of petitions from members of the public, especially women. again much to be understood here, for there was a considerable gap between the time of annoucing the la and actually bringing it into force. and there were considerable petitions, even litigations in courts. but it didn’t matter then. and even if it did, aren’t all lives precious – so why leave out women and kids?
this is what i’ve been hearing. and it sounds very possible. the population of TN is around 6 crores. assuming a modest one-third are motorcycle users. and assuming half of that number went ahead and got helmets. don’t think this is impossible, for that one day, i noticed a whole lot of new helmets. and everybody, including saree clad, jasmine adorning women wearing helmets. now, what if there is a helmet lobby that u know, is hand in hand with the goverment. a modest some of 20 rupees for every helmet makes a neat 20 crore rupees in the govt’s kitty(not the official treasury come on! those are always empty, didn’t you know?)
after all, how else could one explain all the furore created over a new rule, and it lasting less than a day? the way they wield their power is quite shocking. what amazes me is the complete lack of even a wee bit of conscience or fear of God or whatever. we forget, they are the atheists after all.
its funny, for i’ve always read such rants and wondered the use of them. for if there isn’t anything i can do about something, whats the use of complaining about it? so i think i’ll continue wearing my helmet and save my head. and that would be my protest against the so called ‘relaxation’ of the rule.