Reality Check India

Tickets please

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on April 25, 2007

 

Act 2, Scene VII : Set in an Indian second class train compartment. The train had just left the station and is passing through a jungle area.

TC on Indian train to passengers : Everyone, tickets please !

A group of annoyed passengers : And just who might you be ? How can the fate of two thousand rail passengers be decided by just a couple of ticket collectors ?

Reality Check who happened to be on the same train : Relax guys, the TC is just enforcing the rules of the Indian railways. The rules say that every passenger must have a valid ticket in the correct class, for the correct date, for the correct train, and between the stations they board  and the station they alight. Please produce your tickets and enjoy your journey.

Irate passengers : Shut the eff up Mr Reality Check, no one is talking to you !

Shortly afterwards, a major commotion breaks out. Other passengers join in, someone pulls the chain so the entire train comes to a screeching halt. Since it has stopped in a lawless jungle area, there is a threat of Naxals hijacking the train. Some foreigners find the whole thing curious and start taking pictures.

At this point Reality Check decides to climb on to his berth and catch some sleep.  He has trouble sleeping with all the noise. He looks around and sees others in the berths sleeping soundly, completely unaffected by the din below. Feels a little jealous. 

– End of Scene –

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  1. Barbarindian said, on April 25, 2007 at 4:10 am

    How about the reserved seats?

  2. Barbarindian said, on April 25, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Dude, nice drama, but please check the scene/act numbers.

    Starts with Scene 1, Act 2 and ends with Scene 2. Am I missing something?

  3. realitycheck said, on April 25, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Barb, not fair. I am still writing the post 🙂

  4. Gaurav said, on April 25, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Explanashun pliss !

  5. Sharan Sharma said, on April 25, 2007 at 10:14 am

    >How can the fate of two thousand rail passengers be decided by just a couple of ticket collectors ?

    Reminds me of the question Arjun Singh has proposed for next year’s CAT:

    If 2 individuals CANNOT decide the fate and future of 100 crore induhviduals, how many induhviduals’ fate and future CAN be decided by 2 regional parties?
    a) Whatever Karunanidhi says
    b) 100 crore
    c) Depends on the seat-sharing arrangement
    d) None of the above

  6. Barbarindian said, on April 26, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    I get it now, let me guess, train accident?

  7. Barbarindian said, on April 28, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    The message: quotas are a train-wreck for the nation.

  8. kishore said, on May 1, 2007 at 2:38 am

    why do we need quotas? why dont this Govt. try to imporve the living standards of the people and provide education to everybody with out compramising the quality, fyi many universities in India running with out sufficient # of students surprisingly some university departments have 5:1 faculty and student ratio .

  9. Barbarindian said, on May 1, 2007 at 3:46 am

    surprisingly some university departments have 5:1 faculty and student ratio.

    Let me explain. First, some facts:
    1. There are no takers (not enough eligible candidates) for many entry level Government jobs (I am talking decent whitecollar jobs).
    2. There is a severe shortage of IFS officers.
    3. There are apparently no takers for many Government loan schemes etc. Meanwhile, a Vidharbha farmer went to enquire about the recently announced aids and was severly beaten up.
    4. Many Western Maharashtra villagers wanted to sell their land, they even plead the President, while the WB Government (obviously with total support from the SEZ wallahs of the center) tried to snatch away fertile land from the farmers at Singur and Nandigram.
    5. As a corollary, the Nandigram fight has morphed into a fight for power between Islamic vs. Marxist parties.

    You see, people do not perceive something as a benefit unless it is like a lottery or a windfall. The vast majority of Indian people do not want opportunities, they want handouts. IIT/IIM seats are not perceived as an opportunity, they are perceived as a free ticket to success. As soon as you tell the multitude of (even urban) Dalits and OBCs that there are seats available in lesser schools, they will seek the nearest exit door.

    It is as simple.

  10. Sharan Sharma said, on May 1, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    >The vast majority of Indian people do not want opportunities, they want handouts.

    Totally, totally true

  11. Bruno said, on May 6, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Scene in a Tourist Bus : Hey Driver, Where are you going
    Driver : To Cricket Ground
    Tourist 1 : 30 guys in this bus want to see Kabadi match
    Driver : 2 of my relatives want to see Cricket and So I am going there. It does not matter whether 30 of you want to see Kabadi. I am the Driver and I decide where to go and since I am here, i will only favour my relatives
    Tourist 1 : Look, you have been appointed ONLY TO TAKE THE BUS WITHOUT ACCIDENTS and NOT TO DECIDE where the MAJORITY OF THE TOURISTS HAS TO GO….
    Driver : Look, you have waited 50 years to See Kabadi. Why can’t you wait more…
    Tourist 2 : Sack this Driver and appoint some one WHO IS NOT PARTISAN

  12. Bruno said, on May 6, 2007 at 10:25 am

    A group of 40 guys have hired a Tourist Bus, the driver of which is paid by the Tourist’s money. Who will decide where to go for the Vacation

    1. Driver – He will decide based on one of two of his relatives in the bus and will take the bus to where they want, inspite of the wish of majority

    2. It will be decided based on where the bus went for the past 2000 years. as many people are “not eligible to go on a tour”

    3. It will be decided based on what the MAJORITY of Tourists will want to go

  13. Barbarindian said, on May 6, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    It is clear that people think that educational institutes are like public transport. Some people want to travel without a ticket.

  14. realitycheck said, on May 6, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Bruno,

    Nice one.
    I wanted to engage with someone on this story.

    In your story, the two passengers have no business to be in the tourist bus. They must be asked to get down and board a route bus instead. The driver must be fired if he does not honour his customers wish to see the Kabaddi match.

    At the same time, the group who wants to see the Kabaddi match cannot ask a route bus going to the cricket stadium to change its route for them. Even if they are in absolute majority.

    So the transport corporation must clearly identify which is a tourist bus and which is a route bus. The rules are different for the two and each passenger must respect the rules of the bus they get into.

  15. Barbarindian said, on May 7, 2007 at 12:00 am

    A taste of things to come:
    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070507/asp/frontpage/story_7744209.asp

    Basically, no bus, or train.

  16. Bruno said, on May 7, 2007 at 5:20 am

    //At the same time, the group who wants to see the Kabaddi match cannot ask a route bus going to the cricket stadium to change its route for them. Even if they are in absolute majority.//

    Mine was totally with tourist bus…. NOT route bus….

    Any since you have given the example of a route bus,

    Now coming to the corporation….

    If 1000 people want to see Kabadi match and 20 people want to see Cricket match …. How many buses should a Corporation run in each direction…..

    Should the corporation decide the routes based on where the tourists want to go.. or should the tourists be forced to see kabadi match because the Transport corporation General manager diverts half the number of buses to cricket, inspite of the fact that only 20 guys want to see cricket and 980 guys want to see kabadi…

    What is the duty of the Corporation Manager, who gets paid by the taxes all 1000 pay..

  17. Barbarindian said, on May 7, 2007 at 6:31 am

    There is one bus. Some of the people want it to go to the Kabaddi match, the rest want to go to the cricket match. The only issue is, the ones who want to go to the Kabaddi match don’t want to pay for tickets. They say, it is our national sport, why should we pay?

    So, in the end, they all board the bus, the ones wishing to watch cricket end up paying for all. Not only that, the Kabaddi wallahs throw out half the cricket seat occupants. Since they are in the majority, they win.

    All 1000 pay taxes? Ha ha.


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