Monday, 19 March 2012

Power of One..India I Dare!

Zooni Dash, our young Interns' Co-ordinator at Asia Plateau, Panchgani, while on our NE tour recently, 'India I Dare' concept, exhorting people to take first step for change!

I had quite liked the idea, and was toying with the thought of initiating a post on'Power of One', where some one dared to do something new, and  heralded a new path. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things!

And I got in my mail this, very funny, but true story. 

An interesting letter written more than 100 years back

One Mr. Okhil Babu's letter to the Railway department.

Date: 02-07-1909
Divisional Railway Officer,

Respected Sirs,

I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too much swelling with jack fruit. I am therefore went to privy. Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with lotaah in one hand and dhoti in the next. When I am fall over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on platform. I am got leaved at Ahmedpur station. This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that that dam guard not wait train five minutes for him. I am there for pray your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers. (ORIGINAL LETTER)

Your faithful Servant,
Okhil Chandra Sen


Okhil Babu wrote this letter to Sahibganj divisional railway officer in 1909. It is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi. It was also reproduced under the caption 'Travelers tales' in the Far Eastern Economics Review.

Any guesses why this letter is of historic value?

It led to the introduction of TOILETS in trains in India...!!!

No idea is a stupid idea. What is needed is to DARE to ACT.
Cartoon by Satish Acharya
India I Don't Care...?

However, outside the trains, on the tracks, the story is still bad. How should IIC address this issue? 



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