Be­ware, speed­ing driv­ers! Gods can see you

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In a coun­try where only images of deities can stop men from pee­ing on ev­ery wall, it stands to rea­son that the gods might also be able to put the brakes on bad driv­ing.

Ve­hi­cles go­ing at break­neck speed are a com­mon sight on the roads of Delhi NCR. In some of them, Sai Baba or Shivji or Ganeshji or Devi Saraswati would be telling the driv­ers: “Your soul is per­ma­nent, your body is not. Drive slowly”, or “Why are you in a hurry to meet me, child? Drive slow, drive safe.”

This is an ini­tia­tive by an au­to­mo­bile-re­lated web­site, which is sell­ing small idols of gods car­ry­ing recorded mes­sages. The idol sits above the dash­board (right) and it is con­nected to the speedome­ter by a wire — since this is meant for city driv­ing, the idol re­sponds to speeds above 60kmph. Each Talk­ing God idol is priced at Rs 6,500. Sale pro­ceeds go to good causes.

San­deep Ag­gar­wal, owner of Droom, the com­pany that has launched the cam­paign, says, “Delhi tops the list of fa­tal­i­ties in road ac­ci­dents. So we came up with this idea. Indians are god-fear­ing, so we thought it will work.”

One per­son, who got an idol in­stalled in his car last month, feels bet­ter for it. “Hav­ing Gan­patiji on my dash­board re­minds me there’s a power pro­tect­ing me when I’m on the road,” says the IT em­ployee, who works in Gur­gaon.

A.K. Singh, DCP (Traf­fic), Delhi Po­lice, says, “Any­thing that helps one stay within the speed limit is good. It can be a god’s idol or one’s kid’s pic­ture.” But psy­chol­o­gist Go­rav Gupta says that a re­minder like this may ac­tu­ally dis­tract driv­ers.

A MO­TORIST WHO HAS IN­STALLED A TALK­ING GANAPATI IDOL ON HIS DASH­BOARD SAYS IT MAKES HIM FEEL SAFE

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