Mumbai First For Meter Jam

the bliss dancer at dawn

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In this age where dysfunctional behaviour is winked at, it is refreshing to note that the organizers of the Meter Jam campaign have taken another step forward by adding an offline component to their online avatar.

Area volunteers will be created in a bid to create awareness in the general public of commuter rights.

At the same time, Hindustan Times have launched a Facebook fan-page called HT Mumbai First that is dedicated to tracking genuine complaints , which are then forwarded to the traffic police department.

Just two interesting movements FYI!

Meter Jam

An auto rickshaw in Bangalore, India

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The Meter Jam – a boycott of rude, unruly autorickshaw and taxi drivers – organized largely online via a Facebook Fan Page and a website, was  a  tiny, minuscule success.  In  just a few pockets in the city were rickshaw and taxi drivers were seen seeking passengers,in vain. For the rest, it was business as usual.

One of the reasons was that the folks who use these modes of transport do not have any alternate means of transport other than BEST buses and local trains. Expecting them to take part in the protest was perhaps wishful thinking; it was more like punishing the would be punishers. As for the rest, who enthusiastically were a part of Meter Jam but used their own transport to get to work or anywhere else and also forgot to car pool, lest  you think you struck a blow against the tyranny of rickshaw and taxi pliers, lest you pump yourself up with bloated self-righteousness, lest you feel that mere tokenism is going to win you brownie points,  I am sorry to disappoint you and tell you vehemently, YOU DIDN’T!

Quote of the day:
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. – Oscar Wilde