Odd-Even Scheme Part II: St Arvind & the Po­lit­ica of Auto Ap­pease­ment

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which we usu­ally as­so­ciate with re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties and caste group­ings in In­dia, but in St Arvind’s hands be­comes a pro­fes­sional class: those in the au­torick­shaw and pri­vate taxi econ­omy of the city.

In one stroke, St Arvind is able to catch the head­lines by ‘do­ing his bit’ to save the won­der­ful peo­ple of Delhi from Apoc­a­lypse, as well as en­sure that daily hu­man traf­fic with a dis­pos­able-on-daily-tran­sit-in­come are forced to get on an auto or a kaali-pili to get about town. The Metro has limited space as well as reach and once those snotty, cheap Olas and Ubers are shown the boot, Delhi be­comes auto-town.

St Arvind, as one ex­pects from an anti-cap­i­tal­ist res­i­dent of the cap­i­tal, has al­ready started pack­ag­ing the Ola-Uber lot as ra­pa­cious usurpers suck­ing away the poor auto and taxi walla’s liveli­hood. In any case, the well-heeled’n’wheeled lot fight­ing on the sum­mer streets for pub­lic or pri­vate trans­port isn’t quite as heartrend­ing as droughts or long faces in the au­towalla’s fam­ily. Re­sult: The AAP’s ap­pease­ment ma­chin­ery, show­cas­ing the sheer ge­nius of St Arvind as master politi­cian. Ur­ban plan­ning as en­nvi­ron­men­tal con­trol as vote­bank pol­i­tics. Let the rest of us ride cakes.

Traf­fic moves at slow pace at ITO dur­ing the sec­ond phase of odd-even scheme in New Delhi on Mon­day.

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