Once upon a time the British ruled us. However we have had such a great impact that we still cling on to what they have left behind, without much of a thought.
Let us look at some examples. The Government comes out with 2 budget – the railway budget and the general budget.
Why the Railway budget? Once upon a time it was one of the biggest ‘businesses’ that the government managed outside of the ‘government’. Now telecom, infra, telecom, airlines, oil, metals – the government is in all these ‘businesses’. So it makes sense for the government to make a ‘budget’ of its ‘Businesses’ and tell its shareholders what is happening in those businesses. Will that happen? No way. No chance. However, it will continue to make a farce of the ‘Railway budget’ – and the media will have something to write about …
What about the budget itself? Well the British wanted the budget to be presented at BRITISH WORKING TIME – so we faithfully presented the budget at 6pm for a very long time. The BJP came to power and changed it – sometime in the 1990s if I am not wrong!
Schools in India have a ‘summer vacation’ – BECAUSE the British could not go out in the sun. So schools, colleges, courts, etc. were shut for a period of time in Apr /May. Now it makes no sense to close schools in Simla in summer and make the kids suffer the extremely cold weather in Dec / Jan. Point taken. Schools are closed in Dec/Jan also.
However in Mumbai the worst time for kids to travel to school is clearly June/July thanks to the torrential rains. Kids need to carry raincoats, umbrellas, trains are cancelled, traffic jams caused by the water logging….etc. WHO will tell the state government that MUMBAI (which does not have too bad a summer) should have a Monsoon vacation. Even for people who want to travel out side Mumbai – it helps to be out of Mumbai during this period, does it not?
Cut to Motor Vehicles Act. The British knew that the carriages and cars would be driven by the White Rich Europeans. The people walking on the road would be the ‘brown’ man. So fines / punishments were kept low for drivers….we have not made much changes from that! So Nooria Haveliwala (2 killed), Alistair Pereira (7 killed), Salman Khan (one killed) are all benefiting despite being tried for ‘culpable homicide’.
The British still seem to be here, right? ………..
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