Why do I hate DelhiSeptember 25th, 2009
P Chidambaram was being very decent when he recently said that Delhiites need to behave themselves. What he actually meant was that most Delhiites are one hell of a crude self centered lot who need to be taught a few lessons in good behaviour. He is dead right. They are indeed all that and more. And most Delhiites don’t just need lessons in good behaviour but a few kicks on the backside. As they say- laton ke bhoot baton se nahin mante.
Actually, he is not the first person to say so. In Feb 08 Lt Governor of Delhi Tejender Khanna had set off a storm when he said something similar. Off course, he was given a shut up call and he had to take his words back. But it’s a fact. Anyone who has been to Delhi will vouch for this fact that most Delhiites are quite rude and quarrelsome in their beahviour. They pick up fights at the drop of a hat, for as minor issue as just looking too intently. The number of road rage incidents that take place in the capital only confirm this harsh truth. Another indicator is the number of deaths caused by Blueline buses which run into hundreds every year. It clearly shows that these drivers and the bus operators would do anything for money. They couldn’t care less if they crush a few pedestrians in their quest for more passengers by speeding around the city.
The filth and poor infrastructure in terms of power shortages, poor roads etc which result in long traffic snarls and frayed tempers further compound matters. Although the govt is doing a lot on infrastructure but a lot still remains to be done. As far as filth is concerned things are pathetic to say the very least. Delhiites too on their part have no problem in spreading filth around the city. Quite a few of them defecate any and everywhere. Although the govt has banned polythene bags in the city but it continues to be used freely by everyone thereby further contributing to the filth in the city. Apart from this the upkeep of local streets, parks and lights etc is non existent in most parts of the city. Just recently there was this report that MCD has nearly 45000 bogus employees on it’s roll. Can you people imagine the kind of fraud which has been perpetrated by MCD? God only knows how long this fraud has been going on. But this is not the worst part. The worst part is that Delhiites are taking all this crap. They tolerate every kind of crap which the administration throws at them. Not only do they tolerate it but contribute wholeheartedly towards making this place an absolute nightmare to live in.
Any of you who has been down south or is living in southern India will vouch for a fact that people are not so rude and callous there. Whenever I’ve been to other places like Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Port Blair, Bangalore or Goa I found people to be very friendly and helpful. Some of my friends and relatives living in those places openly say that they prefer not to come to Delhi if they can avoid it. They say that Delhiites are uncouth and unreliable people having no sense of traffic (read my post Traffic sense of Delhiites) or courtesy whatsoever. High crime rate of this city is another very important factor in this judgment. They also say that women are not safe in this city at all. And they are all correct. But for Delhiites it just doesn’t matter. They don’t care what people feel about them. Do you know why? That’s because there is hardly a handful of people whom you can call actual Delhiites. Most of the people from Delhi are outsiders, essentially North Indians comprising more than 50% of 1.38 crore of total population. And because they are not from Delhi it doesn’t hurt them. Because of this attitude of these people original Delhiites have also over a period of time become like them only, rude and unfriendly.
Any North Indian reading this need not feel bad because I too am a North Indian and not originally from Delhi. So I know what I’m talking about. Other Delhiites also need not feel bad about it because that’s a plain truth. If they indeed feel bad they should start being good to others in general and to this city in particular. Be the change that you want others to be.
Oh, by the way please don’t tell me to leave Delhi if I hate it because I won’t. Not till the time my husband is posted here at least.