What should pass off as normal behaviour or still an act of civility needed to be enforced through a ban on “uncivilized behaviors” , as eating, drinking, standing on seats, playing music on speakers, lying down .. .. on China’s subways effective from January 2020 nationally. (CNN Report by Lilit Marcus – October 29, 2019).
Exception to the eating and drinking rule for people who have medical conditions and for babies and small children, allowed.
Such areas (subways) with a heavy dose of misbehaviors are prevalent in many countries of the World including highly developed nations as U.S.A., Paris .. .. (San Francisco, Bay Area, rapid transit and New York subarea are examples).
“Safety, convenience of travel, and movement are of core importance” – is the guiding principle here. While 33 cities in China have subway systems, each city had its own right to set its guidelines earlier. With this announcement a new ‘National Subway Regulation’ comes into effect.
It is the care, compassion, and protection that the Citizens (including visitors, tourists, outsiders) receive that is at the core of bringing people together and not separate them. ‘No one should suffer’ is the ideal.
In India we have 13 operational rapid transit (also called metro) systems in 12 cities. In addition to the metro systems, the cities of Chennai and Hyderabad have mass transit systems operated by the Indian Railways, known as the Chennai MRTS and the Hyderabad MMTS respectively. They are governed centrally by the ‘Central Metro Act 2009’ .
Now to the Lessons :
1. First, the new legislation signifies and recognises the existence of the problem. Attempt a diagnosis.
2. Second, it makes us think of what constitutes normal/civilized behaviour and what is the line that separates civilized behaviour from uncivilized behaviors. Discuss and discept.
3. Third, it points to the failure of the usually adopted method of eradication of such behaviors through “Education and Awareness” . (Delhi Metro is a good example where the Education Act has been followed sincerely with displays, but in vain). Compile and collate information.
4. Fourth, Will the ban be marked as the violation of Human Rights to any ? Collect rules governing various categories of people. and
5. Fifth, What will be the effectiveness of the plan over time ? Extend your fertile imagination and foresee impact.
Management institutions have an excellent topic on hand to keep themselves busy for atleast a month with discussions for and against.
“Dieu avec nous”
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – 5.19 p.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” People still remain indisciplined ; conventional methods of correction of behaviors are being found wanting ” – SR.