Spare a thought for Kishan Lal

Who is he? You would ask. What is he doing in a blog that “claims” to deal with serious stuff about cars?. Anukool Rishi, remember? The 26 year old who “tragically” killed himself in a hair-raising accident on the BRT corridor last year. Does not ring a bell?

Surely now it will. He was driving a Lamborghini Gallardo Valentine Balboni special edition, a car that costs more than what you and I can ever make in life. Unless we win at KBC.

Lal was the cyclist who got hit by the car and succumbed to his injuries after 2 days. The state he was in after the accident, it is god’s mercy he died.

Had he been alive, his life would have been worse. Though we don’t remember him, Lal was the real tragedy in that accident.

A year hence, all of that is history and we have moved on. Not that we had stopped by to hold candle-light marches for Lal anyway.

How can you charge the dead for the misdeeds committed when he was alive?

The “we miss you” advertisments by the “well wishers” of Rishi however, got my goat. And hence this post. Bear with me dear readers, or if you find this too nonsensically imaginative, move on to the sweeter pleasures of cyber world.

Lal was 55 when he died and for the last two decades of his life was a security guard in a South Delhi primary school.

Such was the commitment towards his job that he asked his son to pass on keys to his colleague from hospital bed at the AIIMS Trauma Centre.

Such was the gratitude of his employers that nobody paid one visit to him at the time when he deserved it most — on his death bed. Not the least — Rishi’s parents.

The bigger issue however, is why should people like Lal pay with their own lives for the fancy lifestyle the high and mighty enjoy?

It came out into the open later that Rishi’s parents themselves were not aware he had such an expensive fancy car to boot. Plausible? If so what kind of a society or value system is this?

And another embedded issue that is more related to this forum is whether, knowing how careless we are as drivers, it is correct to have such super cars in the country.

A Lamborghini, Ferrari or Porsche are no run off the mill machines. These are mean, high energy, trigger happy beasts that can exhilarate and kill in the same breath.

0-100 kph in less than 4 seconds, top speed of 350 kmph. These are not mere numbers. If handled carelessly, these are weapons of mass destruction. The damage that they cause is hardly amusing.

Lal’s family lives in almost abject penury. Every day they ask whether it would be a good thing to leave Delhi for good.

The emotional vacuum is irreplaceable, but the financial duress is more pressing. Such compulsions do not, for sure, hound Rishi’s family.

It may be naive or childish to say it, but perhaps we are better off without these cars for now. Let there be no Lamborghinis and Ferraris on the road.

Let us make no distinction between who can drive and who cannot. For it does not need to be proven that those with the power and connection can drive anything. Those without, are vulnerable even on foot.

Cliché? Yes, very. But sadly, a poor man dying at the wheels of a speeding car has also become a cliche today.

There has to be an end to this. Even one life lost due to the callousness of a brat is a colossal waste. An irreparable one.

Spare a thought for Lal and his family and for those who run the risk of joining that league every day. If it means a ban on superlative machines to avoid these tragedies, I would imagine it is not a bad bargain.

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