Status of Urbanity
Survival amidst chaos, lowering the standards of public life, each one for one’s self, lack of the collective, parking, encroachments, disrespect to the simple rules of the road, garbage, lack of cleanliness..... All this obliterating the good things that we have, taking away from us the lessons that we have learnt from ‘living in tight spaces’ and ‘being tolerant’. One has to look with a magnifying glass to find a semblance of order and sanity. The people, politicians, police are equally oblivious of this alarming situation as it suits the interest of each one of these. ‘Status of Urbanity’ is a live drama in which all of us are actors where none wants to assume one’s role and the drama goes on! To blame it on the laari-gallawalas, footpath vendors and the small time sellers (the informal sector) is a cliché. “….A reasonable consideration for the rights and feelings of the others is the basis of a social conduct….” someone has said. Does anyone find fault with this simple definition that can shape good, civilized urban environments and a good society? To the Indian city and its people can I tell “You have come a long way, baby....how about getting some sense in your head”?