Somesh Arora: From rotting grains, adulteration to bizarre traffic rules: India has it all


Paid for no ball

All hell broke loose when we did not select them for IPL, but what have Pakistanis to say about these guys now.

Our team sponsors saved fixing of IPL matches, though there was with a PCB and Pak politicians, a diplomatic  row.

The Pakistanis should set their house in order before blaming others for not selecting their baddies.

Our corporates have better intelligence about their players, and thus could save the IPL from these rowdies.

Cricket has a rule to penalize for no-ball , but they got paid to put their  whole nation to shame.The fixers showed their ability to turn cricketers in to actors and made mockery of the cricket as a game. “We need more evidence and time  to take action” asserts their one-liner Finance  Minister. e heard it a lot in Kasab investigations, now Sotland Yard will know why his designs are sinister.

Heavy rains and rotting grains

Giving company to Our H’ble Minister of Agriculture, are some of our field customs formations. While the former sees no harm in allowing the wheat to become fermented wine, the latter is doing the same with non-basmati consignments detained and seized over a year back. Either the goods have not been disposed of, despite being perishable and required to be so done by Board’s circular or they have been directed to be provisionally released on prohibitive bank guarantees, which some exporters are finding difficult to manage. And all this, when the ban on export of non- basmati was imposed considering less production last year necessitating that rice be made available to Indians at least Will C.B. E.C. like to do a check on how many of these containers are still lying at various ports, where such seizures were effected or will it allow this non-basmati to become Rice Based 5- Year( extended period) old wine.

Indian Institute of Humanitarian Adulteration

With adulteration in India almost now assuming heinous proportions, the need for above institute is felt more than ever before. In my childhood, it was milk with water, Desi Ghee with vegetable ghee (Dalda) etc., but after three decades and  doubling of Indian population,  one is hearing  the  deadly  versions like ghee with grease and  beef tallow, milk with urea, Potatoes dipped in acid, Khoya with soap cakes, Peas with inedible green colour , fruits with all kind of sweetness (some consumed by diabetics )and medicines with talcum powder . It is becoming increasingly evident that successive Governments, whether at Central or State level will not be able tackle this menace and we shall have to live (or die) with it. Why then, we cannot go back to the old consumer friendly versions by educating our adulterators about how to do it with little human face,  through the aegis of this Institute. The research can also be conducted about what substances of adulteration can be less harmful for human bodies and still be cost effective for our adulterator brethrens. There  will be, of course, strong lobbies to be encountered – what with many hospitals who are getting patients through the services of these adulterators without paying any referral fee or service  tax  (under  Business Auxiliary service) likely to see a drop in their clientele. Further, some old time technologies like Lactometers – usage of which had led to the up gradation of adulterator’s skills from mixing water to Urea in milk, will have to be abandoned or given a decent burial. But since, during election times, at least our politicians need to eat outside for their padyatras, therefore it may be worth it for the sake of their health. 


Harmonisation of traffic regulations

The least that our right thinking and anti-divisive forces Home-Minister can do is go for a reality check as  to how far in India can a taxi driver  travel to various states without getting challaned (or let off for a consideration) by our traffic cops. This is what I learnt from their experience. Traffic cops of each state have their preferred ‘soft’ targets, normally the people from other states, where Motor Vehicle rules are different and give them an unwelcome jolt the moment they enter the state. Cops of Tamil Nadu will seldom spare taxis of Karnatka and vice-versa. For Chandigarh cops, it is the Delhi Taxi and Vice-Versa. The least corrupt traffic cops in the north belong to Himachal Pradesh and surprisingly U.P — may be because they cannot run with their lathis to chase a vehicle except in Noida.

The most contented and least corrupt are of Goa in India, who will stop you and be happy with an apple, if offered to them.

The rules of uniform for taxi drivers are hardly uniform and requirement of flaps and colours of dress are different in U.P., Delhi and Rajasthan, with the result that a  law abiding taxi-driver will require to change in open fields just before entering the border of each state. In Jammu and Kashmir, rear view mirrors require suitable reflectors, not required by other states. In Delhi, you can listen to music, but in Chandigarh you cannot, where even keeping vehicle on dipper lights is prohibited. In Delhi, speed is 50-70 kms. depending upon road (I constantly keep on getting  honking and choicest abuses from behind whenever I try to go on 50 is another matter), but in Haryana it is 90. In Delhi upto  50% light can be blocked by tinted glasses, but not so in Chandigarh. Seat belts are required in some states, but others do not. In Maharashtra, pollution certificate is valid for 6 months but same is for 3 months in Delhi. No state mentions about its peculiar traffic rules at the time of entry to the state, though every state puts a welcome hoarding.

I can sure write a thesis if a Doctorate is promised. But I would rather emphasize harmonization, so that Indian School Children and I.A.S. aspirants, can write about one more factor of Unity , in a country where already Green and saffron varieties of divisive elements are stated to be existing and till now only ‘White’ is missing to complete the Tri-colour.