Tuesday, August 7, 2012

On loudspeakers


Naseer Ganai

There is so much noise in our lives. But we tend to forget it and move on. At times we presume it as music. Don’t we? All these years our body and soul has been subjected to so much violence that we forget these little little things. And rightly so.  

 Just take a walk on a road and see how every person who drives a car loves to horn. Honking is our all time favourite hobby. From judges to MLAs, bureaucrats’ to police official everyone who thinks he is someone here prefers to honk on people while driving. This has never been an issue here. Talk to any officials instead of engaging you in conversation, he shouts. Senior shout on subordinates and subordinates on their subordinates. Wives on husbands and husbands on their children. And children on each other.




But we tolerate it. While we drive we keep music on and drive at high speed. And when we bump someone off the road, we seek forgiveness and we readily get it. The victim feels it was his fate. “I am very sorry. God saved you,” the driver after a hitting person would plead. Means I tried to kill you but God saved you. We even forget this too and forgive people for such brazen acts.
  Bashir Ahmad Khan was once Chief Justice of the High Court. He was reprimanding police officials for noise pollution. That you are not stopping it. Fine drivers, fine all those who indulge in such activities. There is so much noise pollution in the air. This deafening noise is intolerable. This has to stop… Khan, however, could not continue his reprimanding discourse on noise pollution and its adverse effects on human body especially human ear. He had to take long pause as to the amusement of everyone in the Court vehicles in front of the High Court premises would stop and honk.
 Why should not they? Just see how alarm bells continue to ring when vehicles of judges drive on the roads, when MLAs move around, when politician walk around, when senior officials do rounds. When cavalcade of present and former chief minister’s move on the roads. Why do we alone hear noise of loudspeaker? No newspaper in the Valley will write a word against judges and the way they force their drives to drive their vehicles. Not a word. Their noise is music to them. Only noise is noise of loudspeakers. Why so? It is easy to target loudspeaker. Difficult to take on siren of a judge or chief minister.




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