“Motorists indulging in brawls with autorickshaws drivers are a common scene on the busy Bangalore roads. But then, Thursday was an exemption.”
— from a front page story in today’s Deccan Herald, about yesterday’s autorickshaw strike.
Common? I suspect this writer is “sexing-up” the story. Somewhere between a car and a motorbike in size, the autorickshaw is one of Bangalore’s essential services. The strike was called in protest over an increase in fines imposed on drivers of un-roadworthy vehicles. I was surprised to read that one main service the autorickshaws provide is ferrying kids to school – so much so that the authorities were seriously considering closing some schools, but that didn’t happen. They’re all back on the road today: we were nearly T-boned by one at the entrance to Electronics City.