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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cycling to Work

i don't see what is so bad about going to work on a bicycle. Our leaders seem to think that this can only happen when there is a petrol price hike...I disagree. This contry has a few million cyclers.

There are people leaving their homes at very odd hours in the morning to ensure that our milk and news papers reach us on time, there are others vending us vegetables on the streets to ensure that we have our required subzi for lunch, other later in the day delivering post and couriers. Electricity, Telephones, even the Police. All the jobs that require a serious interaction with a large section of our population have always pedelled to their work and this ensures that they never lose touch with them.

If any Indian politician was ever serious about keeping in touch with society, people and with what happens, they would cycle to work whether in power or out of it, regardless of the price of the fossil fuel.

13th June 2006

Accompanied by his party leaders and cadres, Naidu pedalled a bicycle from his residence on Road No 68 at Jubilee Hills to the party office at NTR Trust Bhavan in Banjara Hills. He covered a distance of 1.5 km on the bicycle - which is also the TDP's election symbol.
About 2.1 lakh trucks in Andhra Pradesh went off the roads for 2 hours from Monday midnight, responding to Transporters and Truck Operators Federation's call for a one-day token strike to protest against the fuel price hike.
Trucks transporting essential commodities were, however, exempted from the strike. In all, 11 truck unions from the state participated in the nation-wide stir.
In the state capital as well as other towns and cities, TDP and Left parties' leaders and cadres came onto the roads at 11 am to stage rasta roko for an hour.
At several places, cadres of these parties tried to stop the rail traffic by squatting on the tracks but the police and railway protection force personnel took them away. The police arrested Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary B V Raghavulu and other CPI-M and CPI leaders for defying prohibitory orders and staging rasta roko.

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