Thursday, January 19, 2012

Should Demonstrations cause Inconvenience ?


It happened in Bangalore on this Tuesday ( Jan 17th).  As a  part of an agitation around  300 advocates assembled together and blocked the City’s center that  resulted in a massive traffic  jam and untold inconvenience to commuters for more than six hours.

The provocation for this flash demonstration of solidarity amongst the advocates was that on January 14  three lawyers and two  cops had an altercation regarding traffic violation  that led to mutual assault. Both the lawyers and police have their own versions of the incident.  Instead of taking a lawful route to resolve the issue the lawyers resorted to a flash agitation on a working day in the heart of Bangalore at SBM Circle. 

Thousands of office-goers, outstation passengers, school children, college students had a harrowing time. Several ambulances ferrying critical patients ground to a halt in the traffic jam, The advocates shouted slogans and emotions ruled high. There were stone pelting at public transport and police vehicles.  They resorted to rasta roko unmoved by the pleas of police and the stranded public. It was finally resolved with the police agreeing to suspend the two cops involved.

About three years back, a former CM of Karnataka held a rally at Palace Grounds to which busloads of people came from all over the state. When the rally ended around 4:00 p.m., hundreds of buses carrying the participants along with city’s regular traffic created a  grid lock, forcing school children, office goers and public to walk home.  Children reached home as late 8 o’clock in the night!

When such flash agitations occur, it is the public at large, who are least involved with the agitating issue, who are most inconvenienced.  The organizers of such rallies or  protesters are well aware of the chaos these agitations would cause  but they still go ahead with their programme to create the maximum dislocations as possible hoping that government would listen only then.

 Imagine the anxious moments of family whose member is in the ambulance needing immediate medical attention ,  the apprehensive moments of a mother waiting for her child or  impatience of passengers trying to catch their train or their flight.  I see no reason why people should suffer for no fault of theirs. These agitations provide the ideal climate for unsocial elements to join the fray leading to looting of shops..
  
In my perspective, all of us have a right to protest, ensure our voice is heard and corrective action taken.  But It should be  done in peaceful manner holding placards and wearing black badges,  Even  designated places can be earmarked for such protests even if they are for popular causes like   Anna movement as was done  at Freedom Park at Bangalore. Alternatively, adequate notice should be given to the official machinery for taking suitable traffic diversions, informing the public, schools and colleges. Taking law into one’s own hands and causing disruption would only result losing public support for the causes,.  The concerns should be voiced by peaceful means through various medium such, newspapers, TVs, and social networking sites,  The means adopted is as important as the ends.

11 comments:

  1. totally agree with u on this...and thanks yar:)

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    1. Thanks, i guess u shd be glad that u dont get to face this as much s we do here.

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  2. it is an absolute nuisance.no doubt about it. completely with you on this - the means are just as imp as the end n no matter how genuine the reason for the protest, it just cant be done in such a discomfiting manner

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  3. Yes, we are used to living with this problem and it will continue! The politicians just don't bother about us, ordinary citizens. They do not think that even their own family might be with the ordinary citizens. And when they are not in power they too experience this problem. But when back in power, the old habit continues!

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    1. Fully agree on this with you, they will never learn.

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  4. Definitely this was one stupid protest causing a lot of inconvenience to public. I did not get to face the traffic jams as I am currently working odd hours and hence was lucky that way. But the next day when i read the newspaper I felt really sad for those critical patients who could not make it to the hospitals on time even after several pleads from relatives:(

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    1. Yes Ashwini, pleas fell on deaf ears making life miserable, i dont see why we need to put up with such factors

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  5. Well said,Krupa.The problem is real but the solution is no where in sight.
    As Sandhya said, we may have to live with it.

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    1. Thanks! But we really have no choice.

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  6. Hmmm...do we have a choice? Obviously NO. Recently in TN Govt Drs pulled up a crash strike to protest the hacking of an untrained gynecologist whose negligence lead to the death of a woman. Thousands suffered that day...Who is to blame? The Chennai HC pulled them up, but to what effect? Nothing!

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