It’s been close to six months that the deadly (really?) virus hit the world and showed everyone its ‘little’ power. While most of the countries are on the mend and getting back to their normalcy, India is still in its ‘restriction’ mode with more drama added. Top of it, the ministers in India leave no stone unturned in getting ‘bucks’ from every possible corner and loophole in systems.
This is what the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had advised to people when India was on peak of ‘threat’ of the virus. Back then, to everyone, it was like a Bhagwad Geeta’s statement. I don’t deny that…but then is it really followed? Even today? In the name of social distancing, a lot of shops and showrooms are shut (recently, in Ahmedabad, all tea stalls are shut because they had people with ‘less’ gaj ki doori!).
News link: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/amc-seals-32-tea-stalls-for-violation-of-covid-guidelines-6599057/
Recently, when the BJP President Nadda visited Gujarat, the ‘do gaj ki doori’ had a new ‘distance’ measured where dozens of people were on a single Jeep. In fact, all across the country, political rallies and gatherings have seen people without any mask and hardly a foot away with each other. There, if you question, the political goons will beat you up!
To hell with the ‘do gaj ki doori’ when it comes to Rhea Chakraborty who was surrounded by the vultures Indian presstitutes. To hell with the ‘do gaj ki doori’ when it comes to any religious ceremony or political functions. So, ultimately, the ‘do gaj ki doori’ is for harassment that too for lower- and middle-class chaps.
I was personally caught by a policeman while driving my car. Being a responsible citizen, I did not flee away (yes, that’s common where I live!). When he approached me, he said there is a fine of INR 1000. Upon asking, he said that I was not wearing a mask. I was alone! I told them that I sleep alone at my home but don’t wear mask! How is it different than this?
The second incident was even terrible. When I travelled from one state to another, I had taken e-pass for crossing the borders. The pass requires you to register each person travelling by a car. So, if you have 4 family members at your home and you eat together, sleep together, and live together, it’s fine! But, if the same family members are fit in 5-seater hatchback car, they are not allowed. That is because you can carry only three people in a 5- seater vehicle! So, at home, though you live together, you don’t get infected, but in the car,
Nonsense prevails when the governments are rigid and impractical. Unfortunately, not just India, but many countries’ government fall into this category. And, it is not just pandemic, there are dozen other sectors where ‘sense’ is missing.