Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Park that thought

I don’t know about you, but the other day as I heard about the government’s plans to provide health and education for all in the not-too-far future, it occurred to me that there’s a basic right that’s been ignored by everyone for far too long. It’s in order to address this issue and ensure that India takes its place among the leading nations of the world that I write this.

It’s parking. That’s what should be on the agenda. Parking for all. Think about the number of working hours it would save, consider by what percent fuel costs would shrink, examine the number of employees it would free up if drivers were let go of. All because of parking space.

Then, we’d have something to really boast about at the United Nations. “You have 4% unemployment and a 98% literacy rate? Pooh. We have a parking rate of 99%”. One can only imagine the blushes and lowered eyelids that would greet that statement.

So, fellow-citizens, let’s clear the roads, let’s plan new ones, let’s investigate underground facilities, let’s construct soaring garages. Let’s be proud to get behind the wheels of our cars and build a new, resilient nation.

After that, we can look into health and education.

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