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