By Ram Subramanian:
Dear Maharashtra government,
There is a saying that you must be aware of: why fix something that’s not broken?
Mumbaikars are proud of the transport system of this city, if local trains and buses are the city’s arteries then autos and cabs are its safety nets.
This is the only city in India that allows women a certain amount of fearlessness. They don’t worry about safety (to some extent) before taking a rickshaw in the middle of the night.
Do you know why? Professionalism, meritocracy and importantly, zero sense of entitlement.. (you probably don’t understand what these words mean)
By this thoughtless, stupid rule you are going regress Mumbai to auto-rickshaw-hell as painful and rowdy as the ones in other cities.
But it’s not your fault… It’s we who voted idiots like you into power that need to be blamed. It’s our fault that we voted in parties like you that indulge in dividing a peaceful city into blocks (religion/caste/language) so you can play political Jenga whenever the need strikes.
Logically speaking, since when did knowing Marathi become a pre-requisite for riding auto-rickshaws?
I have nothing against Maharashtrians, I have nothing against Marathi as a language… some of my closest friends have Marathi mother-tongues but that doesn’t make them love Mumbai more than me or less than me. It means nothing.
So, please stop dicking around and playing religion/caste/language-based politics…
If you really want to do something good for the state then fix the farmer suicide issue. (learn from that actor who is actually doing some wonderful work in that field, something that you should be doing in the first place.)
If you really want to do something good for the language then promote Marathi film industry. (Knowing you, you will probably celebrate the Marathi equivalent of Gajendra Chauhan)
If you really want to do something good for the city then sack that incompetent lot called BMC…
have a nice day.
P.S- I hope you are aware that this ‘Marathi-only’ rule will not have two legs to stand on, in any court of law. Think about it…