I know going to a government office without an agent is more like walking nude with your eyes closed, you may think that you have everything, but others will be laughing at you. I am not a person who will give bribe at any cost; I am dead against that even if my job is gonna be delayed. I decided that I am not going to have any agent, and I applied online, took all the forms and with the help of my buddy Chandru, I filled all the forms and filed it as well. I owe him a big thanks and a wonderful lunch for this favor and I am yet to give him the money for the stamp paper he procured for me. I checked with him on the procedures and steps of how to go and do things and as per his words I followed what he said and it was hassle free for me, only at one point, the guy who sticks the "TATKAL" sticker on your application form, asked me to re-arrange a sheet which I did then and there. I got my appointment at around 12 and hence I decide to walk out to get myself a drink. I came back and re-joined the queue at around 11:15 itself.
A girl who must be in her late 20s (may be 28 - 29) walked the steps and she approached that person and requested him to let her know what is the procedure to get that "TATKAL" sticker on her application form, she was in some hurry it seems so her tone was a bit "fast", this a** h*** asked her "enga avasaramaa PP vaangi un purushan kooda poi padukanumaa ??" (What, you want to get the PP so soon and go abroad and sleep with your husband?), she broke then and there and she just could not digest that cruel statement, she rushed passed the steps in front of my eyes with tears flowing all thru her cheeks, and I felt so bad and hurt for her and that unruly behavior of that bastard. I know, I am not a person who can stand all these, but at the same time, I wanted to control my anger, hence I started to count from 10 to 0, if that girl would have been my sister I would have killed him then and there. I was so restless and I wanted to blast that fellow, somehow I controlled my anger (me getting pissed off like that is a rare phenomenon).
This happened around 11:35 and by 11:45 an elderly couple who would be in their late 60s came climbing 2 floors and they had a bunch of papers on their hand like us and that old man approached this bastard and asked him if he can go and stand in the queue as his appoint time is 12 noon. He grabbed the papers from that old couple, pretended as if he is checking something and then shouted at them saying the papers were not arrange properly, he removed the gem clip from their bundle and threw them on the floor, the papers scattered everywhere and that poor couple slowly walked towards picking that up, I just could not stand such atrocity in front of my eyes, and if I would have kept quiet, I am not eligible to call myself as an educated person and I am no different than a dog. I know I am not a hero, and at the same time I don’t want to project myself as a hero in that crowd. I walked towards that couple and asked that old maamaa, not to pick those papers. I went to that bastard and blasted him in tamil, I was furious and I was really really angry.
It is not always necessary that you have to fight for justice only for you and your known folks. I used all bad words possible in tamil, for a moment I ignored that I am an Architect, I was fuming inside, the fight got nastier and to my support the entire public joined hands, and we all dragged him by his color and took him to his higher up, I blasted his manager for his colleague behaving like an animal to a senior citizen and I showed him the way he has thrown the papers, he came down and on his behalf he blasted that fellow and asked him to apologize to that old couple. He has no choice other than apologizing and that old couple was so happy and that maamaa told me "I am proud to see a youngster like you", the power of public is proved once again and I was happy that I helped them. Though I lost my cool, I felt that it was necessary at that point in time. The most disgusting thing in this whole fight for justice is, not even a single educated IT professional came to raise their voice, and it was those not so educated people who came to my support. What is the whole point in saying we are educated when we are just a mute spectator of some injustice like this ?? I am ashamed of those folks and they to me are the spineless folks I have ever seen.
So who is to be blamed for all these ?? Don't think too hard, it is me and you who are to be blamed for this. If we would have encouraged educated people to stand in the elections and if we had the heart to caste our votes for educated people, we would not have been in this mess. We elect rouges and bastards to rule this country and those rouges and bastards will only employ fellow rouges and bastards as their servants and we will have to bear the brunt for all these. For our next generation, we need not save them money, we should give them a peaceful environment to live, with the current trend, and I don't think we are going to give our next generation a peaceful INDIA. Bribing is more like AIDS, it is spreading fast and we as responsible citizens should stop that. Please be bold enough to fight against injustice, if you say you are educated, you should stand up for injustice and slap the folks who do that to public. I will fight as long as I can and will work towards making my society a wonderful place to live. I have to go back to the same PP office to renew my dad's passport, I am not afraid to go there. I will go and I will still not pay even a penny bribe and will make that happen.
Have you ever been to a government general hospital to claim a body ?? I wish, none of my readers should even get such an opportunity in life, but I had been in such a situation and the way those folks use your situation and mint money is beyond words for me to explain. Searching for the body of your loved one by opening every drawer and whenever you open a drawer, your heart skips a beat and the man who opens that for you will humiliate you to the core, he would be heavily drunk (it is officially allowed), and for you to get that body out, you have to surrender everything to him, including your self-esteem & self-respect and that time I was with my friends mom, and she being a lady, he did not bother to ask her to get him a packet of liquor late in that midnight, I went for her ........... Please think guys, never ever give a blind eye for injustice, tomorrow you may well be a victim of that. The only minority in this country is an INDIAN
I am extremely sorry for those harsh words in this post, but I just wanted it to come out of my system.