Posted by: cochinblogger | October 30, 2009

Criminal Negligence: Why Are We Like This?

Recently, a boat loaded with about 90 tourists capsized in the waters of the lake at the popular wildlife tourist destination, Thekkady (http://beta.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article27040.ece). Around half of them died. An investigation is still on into the causes of the tragedy, but it appears that the boat was overloaded. Also, the passengers were not given life jackets. It seems nothing has been learned from the earlier boat accident at Thattekad (http://gawdsowncountry.blogspot.com/2009/10/thekkady-boat-tragedy.html).

Why are we like this? Why are we incapable of learning? Why do we keep quiet when our roads are an unmotorable, sorry mess? If we remain silent, we are complicit in the negligence of the authorities.

Here’s another example. A big slab is missing from the pavement of a road that is near a school near Elamkulam. The gaping hole is a tragedy waiting to happen. It’s only a matter of time before man, school student, animal, or vehicle falls into it. After which the familiar pattern will repeat itself: all hell will break loose, inquiry committees will be appointed, etc.

The following photos illustrate the danger.

Who cares?

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