When a city has millions of vehicles and impatient drivers, accidents do happen. It is unfortunate that some people get killed and some injured. But what has become common and regrettable are the unruly mobs in our city. An accident happens, vehicles are burnt. A popular personality dies, vehicles are burnt. Bundh in the city, burn buses. While normal people light a lamp before starting anything auspicious, these irate mobs torch a vehicle (usually a bus) before beginning their activity.
Why do these people fail to think before acting in a fit of rage? Is there any benefit out of torching vehicles? This behaviour is really maddening. Are they angry with someone for the death of a star? Are they angry with the government for something? Or are they angry with God? Or is it that they don’t realize that death is the only thing in life that is certain?
If Tuesday’s turn of events and the eventual violence on Airport road are any indication, it seems that Bangalore, known as a placid pensioner’s paradise, is gradually becoming home to mindless monsters who operate in mobs. One is loathe to believe that the mild, peace-loving Bangalorean is turning into an intolerant being who has no qualms about vandalising public property for which he pays hefty taxes. Traffic rules are the same for every citizen of this country. The BMTC driver is no exemption. It is an open secret that some of the BMTC drivers are laws unto themselves. With them, rash driving is the rule, rather than an exception. It is high time that the BMTC took steps to inculcate a sense of discipline in its staff – after all they are in the business of public service. On hindsight, it is worth giving some thought to the fact that the situation could have been defused by some tactful handling.
As things went, some disgruntled elements found a way of venting their frustrations by regrouping themselves as a mob. And rather than support the law and the act of law enforcement, they went about destroying public property. There was mindless violence where the boundaries of rationality began to blur. This sort of behaviour deserves to be strongly condemned. While all this was happening, the driver sped away escaping the mob fury.
In the tense, stressful world we live in, mob fury is one of the major problems society has to contend with. Harmless individuals, when part of a mob, become dangerous elements. It is high time that law enforcers had the wherewithal to avert such situations rather than themselves becoming easy targets of mob fury.