This is a write-up form a dear friend Pankil Patel who had some great views after witnessing a recent accident and some things he realized are worth pondering about. We often forget the fact that “we might be at the same place where we see others”. The religion of humanity is above every religion on this planet and if you lack humanity you do not deserve to be called a Human.
Important note: Some Indians may find this article offensive but it is only meant to create awareness among us.
Are we Indians so selfish to forget our values and ethics in front of helpless and needy beings? Yes, not everyone is like that but I am ashamed to say, many among us are. We are so much focused with our lives that we forget what’s happening around us. There are many such incidents and occasions to begin with, the list is endless. I’m going to recall one such eye witnessing incident.
I was commuting from home to work. On my way I noticed a huge crowd gathered at the side of the road. I stopped by to check the reason of such commotion and there was a man lying on his back over the foot path. He was bleeding from the legs, though not to an extreme level but injured enough to be in need of medical emergency. He was the victim of road accident. The perpetrator atleast stopped his car to check the victim. He immediately called an ambulance. We waited and kept on checking the victim’s condition. The ambulance came in approximately 5-7 minutes. The attendants picked up the victim in the stretcher and they went off. I started to get back to my work. And while on the way, I noticed the ambulance was just ahead of me. In such peak traffic hours it was getting difficult for the ambulance to overtake other vehicles. To make matters worse, the vehicles in front were not even giving the way to the ambulance. This was certainly most shameful moment in my opinion. Agreed, the patient’s condition was not critical but nobody knows about the condition of the patient inside the ambulance. Then how can they be so self-centered and obsessed with themselves to not give way in such emergency. Were they in such a hurry that a human’s life is not worth their time? Yes, it’s understandable that everyone has a schedule to follow but just giving a way to an ambulance wouldn’t have hurt at all.
India has highest number of road accidents in the world. With a population of 1.2 billion, the death rate is around 16/ hour. Many other reasons factors for the deaths but even giving a way to an ambulance could save lots of lives. Also not all people are alike; there are many good Samaritans among the society who stands up for such cause to make a difference. Imagine one of us in that ambulance and others won’t give a way; it’s almost hard to explain that feeling we have in such situation. All I want to convey through this article is stop being ignorant and see the things happening around you (road accidents in this case). Giving a way could save someone’s life as our life is among the most beautiful creation in this world
– Pankil Patel .