Friday, October 20, 2017

Self-in-stone Discipline

Self-in-stone Discipline

The current tragedy at Elphinstone Road Station has led to an outpouring of anger and grief from people in all walks of life, irrespective of whether they use the suburban rail services or not. But rest assured, such tragedies will continue to happen. Why? Because we just lack discipline.

Stampedes happen because people don't wait; they rush headlong. Can we as Indians wait for others? Can we stand in a queue and wait our turn? Can we wait for the green signal before we move? Do we let passengers alight from the train before we board? The answer is a big NO!

For us Indians, the other person does not exist. We just want to have our way. We are forever wanting a bigger share of the pie. Our personal conveniences come first. Others don't matter. We cut corners. We are prepared to risk life and limb than exercise caution, understanding and patience.

Sadly, every time there is a move to stop people from going their wayward ways, there is a hue n cry. The liberals speak of restrictions on our freedom. Politicians fear losing their vote bank if laws are enforced. And, we the people swear by the "chalta hai" motto.

The bottom line is, as long as we are tolerant of indiscipline in our personal life, things will not improve.

Time to ponder.
Time to change!


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