In lighter vein, though seriously speaking, one of the famous tracks in Tom Cruise’s first installation of Mission Impossible- titled “No Government-” should be deployed in real life situation. One of the lines of the hypnotic number crooned by Nicolette says- “If everybody knew what they wanted, there would be no Government!”
But one supposes, why not? Don’t we all know what we want. Why should the government decide what’s fit for you and me? Well, cutting down to practicality suggests that discipline and decorum dictate that we all behave accordingly as per the wishes of our honourable government.
But then, why should we face the music alone? Imagine for a second if the Chief Minister of the honourable state of Maharashtra wasn’t a CM in the first place, but a motorist stuck in a never ending jam on the SV road mess and on a bike with the fuel tank saying ’empty!’ Supposedly, the frustrated motorist drags the two wheeler to the nearest fuel station where it says – price of petrol 101 per litre. He slides open his wallet to find 50 Rs in it.
If frustration begs for a real-life adjective then perhaps nothing would be as definitive than the helplessness of those income- groups who are struggling on twin ends- to keep up with their jobs and the constantly rising prices of petrol, particularly in cities like Mumbai.
Imagine that plight? Can anyone in the administration sitting in the comfortable air-conditioned four-walled existence feel this plight? Can you dig that honourable and venerable government?
Are you even listening or have you grown a skin thicker than a polar beer that can’t be attacked by the mightiest of needles?
While on the one hand, Delhi makes an interesting bit of news with the home delivery of alcohol now possible via apps and web portals, Mumbai, the city that contributes vastly to the country’s National GDP is made to suppress under the burden of endlessly rising petrol prices.
If fairness is what a person is searching, surely, looking at the situation of Mumbai isn’t lovely!
Meanwhile, here’s what Live Mint had to report on the matter:
“The hike in prices on Tuesday was the 17th such increase in fuel rates since May 4 and in Mumbai, a litre of petrol is currently at ₹100.72!”
Wow, what consistency there at increase in prices of petrol and diesel. What was the government thinking? To emulate the Rahul Dravid model of consistency by punishing a harmless people whose every life move is dependant on the way the government plans- and supposedly so- to improve the quality of life of the commoner?
While you and I still are hanging on to our jobs and somehow managing the show, what about those who no longer have a job to fix their life’s woes? Remember starting 2020 there was a pandemic due to which several lost out on daily bread and butter.
What justifiable excuse can the revered government give when it increases the prices for a seventeenth consecutive occasion? That due to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East- for which you neither pelted a stone at Gaza nor throw a surface to air missile at Israel- the import of fuel has become a tad bit difficult?
In case our venerable ministers didn’t know it, none of us have yet reached the spiritual mentation of Buddha to be in a state of bliss so as to ignore all of this chaos. Neither have we gone bald the Amazon-way to say, “hell you know, am a multi-billionaire, so I’ll just Jeff Bezos my way out of this living nightmare of constantly rising prices!”
It’s about time that fairness and justness prevailed and the prices of petrol and diesel in Mumbai were brought down akin to a poor run rate of a team on the pitch. About time, before we were all run out.