The Delhi Police has admitted that big cars parking in no-parking zones have a far better chance of getting away from the clutches of tow-away cranes than small cars. They want us to know — and do remember that they are ‘With us, for us, always’ — that this disparity stems from the fact that they don’t have enough bigger cranes necessary to tow away — you guessed it — bigger cars. And the reason why the city police don’t have enough big cranes is because “smaller cranes are easier to manoeuvre in congested roads”. Which makes complete sense, only if you’re a Delhi Police personnel, that is.
On the face of it, the cranes are to blame. But is it really about hydraulics and pulleys and weightage or something more finely ingrained in the brains of all Dilliwalas — policemen included? Big cars belong to big people who need not be messed around with. And even if they aren’t the cat’s whiskers, a big car is a big car is a big car worthy of its owner being let off simply because he’s ‘made it’. The big car-small car social disparity is, of course, mirrored across all other lines. The man in a suit can get away being obnoxious in the queue of an ATM machine in front of a bank, while a simple ‘shirt-pantwalla’ will be pushed around by the security guard if he asks for a pen.
So in this great socialistic country of ours, to be rich is not only fun, but it’s also protective. Why else do you think poor people want to be rich? Not only to buy goodies, but also to get away with the shortening-lengthening arm of the law. Beware future Nano owners.