I am reminded of the smart saying ‘ keep your friends close and your enemies closer’.
Well, perhaps we have been doing that inadvertently with regard to the plight of the roads in our area, except perhaps that the friends are not kept close.
Driving through the completely destroyed roads and wading alongside three flyover constructions on the nearby highway, have made us lose even the common sense.
The roads were dug up by local authorities and their fearless contractors some six months back and they have perfected the art of giving responses to any representations in such a way that someone else is blamed or they lie and promise the moon.
And in the highway, one flyover constructed 2 years back broke and the two others under construction practically stopped work while the jury is out on the first one.
What we do is to drive through abusing the fellow drivers for switching lane, overtaking or honking and for the many wrongs they don’t do.
I attended a protest rally and collectively we realised that the real enemies are taking us for a real rough ride.
So the resolution is to unite and take things on our hands. Get involved, tell the authorities what is required and supervise the works so that the usual hanky-panky is difficult and work done on our terms.
Keep the real enemies such as the municipal corporation, the water authority, the gas people, the electric, the phone, cable TV, administration and their paymasters the contractors closer to us as the enemies.
I can give a personal message to myself “be emphatic, keep all the choicest abuses that I ever learned for the enemies kept closer and spare the fellow innocent driver victims”.
Something like ‘Dictatorship of the proletariat’!