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Citizen Journalism & the auto-wallahs of Delhi

Posted by abyjain on October 6, 2007

There is a new site up, called Purdafash, started by someone from IIMC. Of course, we all agree that citizen Journalism is a good thing and helps to weed out a lot of protected and hidden flaws of society, but does it really help if these are issues that we all know about. I went to the site, and read a couple of articles there. One was about the fare charging policies of the Delhi auto-wallahs and the other about a traffic cop taking a bribe. Forget knowing about it, I’m sure, just about anyone in Delhi has undergone both of these experiences themselves. So we’re not really uncovering something new here. What is required for these issues is “execution” and “punishment”, not exposure. They’re exposed enough. Though, I definitely might be striking a wrong chord. I appreciate these efforts, and sincerely hope that as more and more people take to these media, the quality as well as the effects of these sites and operations would start coming into view. Why can’t we just have one head of government who is, for just this once, obsessive about rooting out corruption. Just one such person, and I’m sure so much of a difference can flow from the top.

And, on the point of the auto-wallahs, one recipe did come to mind. What if the passengers always approach the auto with a mobile-camera or any other camera in recording mode, with the number plate scanned and then ask the auto-wallah on video to go wherever they want to go. If the auto-wallah plays smart, he could be shown the evidence and threatened with some action, whatever be it. Possibly some of them might melt. And possibly some others may have to face some legal sanction… what think?

One Response to “Citizen Journalism & the auto-wallahs of Delhi”

  1. Areeb Khan said

    Hi Aby,

    First of all lemme sincerely thank you for taking time out to go through our site. I totally agree with your viewpoint that just exposing will not serve much purpose and trust me we at Purdafash are not just about reporting something jes for the heck of it. We are going to talk to concerned authorities and bring on board people who can make a difference.

    Meanwhile I really appreciate your proactive thought process. would it be possible for you to drop me an email at: khan.areeb@gmail.com so that we can discuss your suggestion further so that we can execute it better?

    Looking forward to your response. Thank you si much for your time.

    Regarda,
    Areeb
    Co-Founder, Purdafash

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