Why Rickshaw Union Leader Sharad Rao is a Ch****a

29 Sep

I am sure the rickshaw strike affected us all. But with the news that most rick-guys are correcting their tampered meters, it can only be good for us –  The common man. But someone somewhere is not happy with this. He believes the rick-guys did the right thing, he believes all commuters have to pay more, he believes he has the right formula to help both the rickshawallahs as well as commuters. That man is the leader of the rickshwallahs’ union, Sharad Rao.

I have no personal vendetta against him. But when someone makes an inane, makes-you-pull-your-hair-while-laughing-hysterically, suggestion about solving the rickshaw problem, I have to vent it out. And this is my platform. You can either shut this window right now or continue reading.

His epicness knows no bounds. He has taken up many a compelling crusade to help out the people who run the city of Mumbai. Read the post about Sharad Rao’ camapaign for getting passengers to give exact change to bus conductors here.

First a little bio about Sharad Rao. He is a MLA from NCP. He has completed SSC as his educational qualifications. He is the leader of so many unions that it is a marvel he can find time to devote to each union(He heads the Mumbai Mazdoor Union, BEST Worker Union, Auto Rickshaw Union, Mumbai Bidi-Tambakhoo Wyapari Sangh, Taxi Man Union, Gumasta Union and many other outfits). According to the NCP website, he is the chairman of the Labour Cell.

So why am I particular peeved at him? Because when I read today’s newspaper I find his epicness splashed all over the paper.

So here is Mr.Rao’s suggestions to end commuters’ woes:

1. Have no meters – Forget electronic meters. Can’t tamper with something if it doesn’t exist in the first place right? So ricks are supposed to be done away with mechanical or electronic in general so there’s absolutely no chance of tampering with them. BRAVO!! *slow claps* This is like suggesting have no internet at your place as your child has a chance to see porn. Control the child first, douche!

Another reason why he objects to electronic meters is, that they are not completely fool-proof either. Well we have lived with mechanical meters for too long and now we want ‘change’. Let us decide and see the difference. It’s like saying don’t eat healthy as you are going to die anyway.If you think the electronic meters can be tampered with, then install them. More pay for your followers.

2. Fare hike – He suggests increasing the base fare to Rs. 15 so that drivers can earn at least Rs 25,000 a month. Great now you don’t need to slog your way through college. Because so many people I know earn less than the 25k suggested. Another plus point. Most of them have driving licenses. His argument is that the fuel price has increased. Well for your information Mr Rao, price of CNG is around Rs 41 in Bombay which is 30Rs less than petrol. If that doesn’t help you save money I don’t know what will. Agreed, the CNG conversion kit is expensive but it is a one time investment. Pass a rule to make it compulsory and they will save money after some time!! Stop fleecing commuters

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/mar/150311-rickshaw-fare-Terrif-Pune-RTO.htm Separate tariff cards?

3. More share-rick service: You know how rickshawallahs refuse to ply short distances (though how Sakinaka-Kurla) is a short distance is beyond me). So the solution for that? More share rickshaw service. About 80% of the total ricks will ferry passengers from point-to-point. The passenger pays less than he would if he travelled alone and the driver earns 33% more. Ingenious right? Well no, considering the drop off points will be on the main road. You might have to walk all the way to your house.

And what about after, say 8pm. The share rickshaw idea might work during office hours when a lot of people are travelling from place to another. What after that? Would you find a rickshaw to share at 10 pm? Would you take the rickshaw with two other unknown people? Another rationale of his is, if they earn enough money from shared-rick service, the rickshaw drivers will “probably” not refuse short fare. But aren’t they supposed to do that in the first place?

When confronted with this query, his response was, “The Transport Department needs to find a solution in that case”.

4. Issuance of 1,40,000 permits – Which means that many rickshaws on the road. His logic behind this? Instances of fare refusal might drop. He does not see the increase in traffic. He does not see the lack of CNG filling stations. Instead of fucking make sure the drivers don’t refuse fares whether it is a short distance or not, he is trying to use the laws of probability to solve the problem. Excellent idea, I must say.NOT.

These are all his suggestions/ideas/eureka moments/demands that I read in today’s paper. And apparently he was elected as a MLA from the Goregaon constituency. Kudos to them

I have nothing more to say on the topic. But if his dumb ideas are accepted, then God help us all and this city.

p.s. Instances where he was opposed by his own people –


Kunal Pawar is going to sell his belongings in order to have more money to travel by Rickshaw. He is excited about the last quarter of the year and will be attending more gigs than ever before. Also if certain people have felt ignored by him, he will take more efforts to keep in touch. Oh and he has this other blog too


30 Responses to “Why Rickshaw Union Leader Sharad Rao is a Ch****a”

  1. vandsriv September 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Loved the post! I’m so freakin’ angry with rickwallahs that I’m on the verge of injuring one!

    • Kunal September 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks! And since my scooty has been spoilt, I have found first hand how hard it is to get a rick

  2. Sourabh Biswas September 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    There runs a fleet within our campus as well. They blatantly refuse to go out of the insti regardless of how much you simper about important things to attend to (catching a train or a flight {I have missed both }) and tampering incidents are a menace.

    OK I was pretty cool until now. FUCK THEM! X(

    • Kunal October 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

      It is time for another Meter Jam!!

  3. Sosha September 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Somebody slaughter Sharad Pawar for me, please.

    • Kunal September 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      Sharad ‘Rao’….Pawar is a totally different guy 😛

      • Sachin Purohit October 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

        A different last name but how much I would love to see both of them slaughtered at once!

  4. Alina October 2, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Vey enlightening.

    • Kunal October 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks Alina! Hope you never have to deal with rick-guys 😛

  5. Amey Kanse October 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    The first point of having no meters could make sense. If we have distance based tariff then there is no chance of overcharging. For example, Andheri to Saki Naka will be fixed at say 50 bucks whether you travel during traffic hours or not.

  6. Sujeet October 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Good Article… I agree with u Kunal…

    • Kunal October 5, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

      Thank you! Sorry took so long to reply, you comment got overshadowed.

      Keep coming back, maybe you will find more articles that speak to you 🙂

      p.s. make us happy. Subscribe 😛

  7. AD October 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    What’s the point.

    Educated, Salaried Indians are morons (dont worry, myself included). At the most we come online and rant (again myself included).
    We cant do shit, and we will be taking shit for a long time to come.
    Most people think we are on our way to becoming a superpower. Already indicators point otherwise, and 2015-2020 should be an eye opener.

    Politicians just like to spend the honest taxpayers money, and cant do shit about the black money.

    MNREGA, MPLADS, inflation, the govt. combined with TDS is a daily basis rape of educated, salaried, honest tax paying Indians.

    • Kunal October 5, 2011 at 6:21 am #

      Yes you are right, what’s the point? The point is I want to vent it out.
      A movement against the rickshaw people holding people to ransom will only work if the masses join and for that media coverage is needed. You saw what happened with the Hazare campaign. Do you think the government would have reacted so briskly if there was no media spotlight?

      The media needs to make it a campaign and maybe cajole people into not using autos at all for atleast a couple of days. This is far fetched cause people are selfish and will only think of getting to their office/college/destination on time(me included), But let’s see if things happen.

      p.s.How the media works wonders. Because we didn’t even know this- http://in.news.yahoo.com/blogs/boxpopuli/irom-fighter-greater-anna-102706238.html

  8. Sosha October 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    A Meter Jam day is in order.

    • Kunal October 5, 2011 at 6:02 am #

      Totally!! Last time it didn’t work, cause it was more of an online thing, not many newspapers supported it. This time I am hoping they do. Thinking of writing to a couple of them

      • Sosha October 5, 2011 at 7:54 am #

        Yeah, last time’s was a dud. The maiden effort was terrific and most newspapers supported it. Especially, Mumbai Mirror, which gave it news space for several days.

        A much publicised one needs to be done soon.

        Oh, and with newspapers, here’s how it works.They’ll write about it if the effort/activity is large enough. Some people wait for the coverage to get started. That’s not how it works.

        So I’d suggest you write to the Meter Jam trio first, see if they have plans already. And then write to media. The Meter Jam guys know media persons well now, as they recd good help the first time around.

      • Kunal October 5, 2011 at 8:09 am #

        Okay thanks for the tip 🙂 I thought the meter jam event was done only once (see my point about media :P)

        I will write to them! Just curious, you use rickshaws a lot to commute?

  9. Sosha October 5, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Follow their page on Facebook? That’s where they update people on their efforts, people rant about the rickshawalas, and few like us talk about “ya ya, we must have another meter jamming day.”

    And who doesn’t use rickshaws to commute? Oh, well, your favourite ch****a definitely doesn’t.

  10. Brij October 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I have got involved with these bastards many times in the past. Being a doc i needed to get to my patients on time, but these fuckers never cared. I had to wait with my paralysed dad on road for long hrs whenevr we had to go for his check up. Sharad rao is a bloody fucking piece of shit who will never understand our issues coz he is just playing pilitical games. I wnt be surprised if other parties r involved in this to purposefylly get govt embarressed at the cost of commom man. Even though i have a car now, my blood stull boils when i see these fuckers

    • Kunal October 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      That was by far the strongest reaction I have seen! I never really cared about this as I travelled by bike, but when I didn’t have the bike for a month and had to travel by rickshaw, it really was irritating as hell! They just never stop, don’t know where they want to go..cause they keep driving all the time!

  11. Sachin Purohit October 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    As a rule I never take a rick. I despise them. They are cockroaches on the Mumbai road. On rare occasions that I do, is when I badly need one. One such instance was when I came out from an orthopedic clinic after I fractured my foot. There was no way I could have walked back home. So I needed a rick, no matter how much I hate them. Only to discover that for almost half an hour, none of them was willing to ply, even on knowing that I had a fractured foot. That’s when my hatred for these cockroaches grew to a new high. I think they deserve to be bashed up the way MNS goons did, although I am no supporter of MNS. They refuse to ply, they break all traffic rules, they don’t want electronic meters and they have an idiot as their union leader.

    • Kunal October 8, 2011 at 4:35 am #

      I know!! So many people feel the same way…..they start taking us for granted knowing we depend them. That’s the lousiest kind of attitude you can have

  12. untraceble October 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Excellent Blog…

    These people will never get rid of this dirty business.. you can also refer to http://www.untraceble.blogspot.com for more insights on the same.

    Anant Joshi

  13. Sosha October 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    This is my friend Jaison’s proof of tampered meters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5mPEYRmd-0&noredirect=1

    Watch how the meter skips numbers in just a short distance and then suddenly stops when the driver realises Jaison’s recording the meter.

    • Tushar Chhajed October 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

      I just saw the Video.. This is seriously sick and infuriating!! Its quite evident, this is in your face cheating. What is baffling is that union reached an agreement with the Government to increase rates, but what about the people who have been duping customers? All those acts of wrongdoing are forgiven? I mean Government does not increase the fares, so lets cheat. WHen u get caught, go on a strike and get the fares hiked. Its like they are winning anyway, WTF!

      • Sosha October 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

        I think Mumbai Mirror will do a story on this on of these days, using the video as proof. Let’s hope it triggers mass hysteria and some decision (keeping commuters in mind) is taken.

        As a personal vengeance project, I’ve started to try cutting down my use of rickshaws as much as possible. Smelly crowded buses and walking in this humid Bombay are the two unfortunate options I turn to. But the aim is to draw blood. Well, figuratively, of course : /

      • Tushar Chhajed October 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

        Thats seriously Good… I mean something of a large magnitude should happen…. DNA Newspaper, ran this very blogpost in their Newspaper on 11th October (yes we are happy abt that 😀 ). But it was a Page 6, corner story. These sort of (recurring) incidents need a bigger stage. People need to know… I seriously hope Mumbai Mirror does run the story and something of significance follows.

        And about drawing blood (figuratively or literally, whatever u may choose). I am all in! : |

  14. Sosha October 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Oh DNA did, is it? You guys have some serious hits on this post, I guess!

    • Tushar Chhajed October 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      Haha, yeah i guess. Though its more satisfying to see something come up in the newspaper! 🙂

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