“I won’t be hurt, if you press delete button,” said Maj. Gen (retd.) S G Vombatkere, in his mail , making a persuasive case for the rights of a trash bin . They have legal rights, he says, to be cleared and treated well. I wondered how he guessed that I had this photo that could go with his text. Here is a much abused garbage bin at a town near Trichy, Tamilnadu.
And here goes SGV’s case, in a format that’s unlikely to be admissible in a court of law:
Dear little Garbage Bin,
I can see the mess you’re in!
Marked “MUDA” or “MCC”
Your fate’s as sorry as can be.
People fling their waste at you;
Kitchen waste and plastics too.
Dogs and pigs and cows and crows
Browse in the garbage; and it shows
How people are not agitated
If their neighbourhood is decorated
With plastic bags and kitchen waste
Flung by servants with undue haste
At you, dear Garbage Bin.
Oh, what a sorry state you’re in!
Even though you don’t complain
When garbage spills in the roadside drain
And never are you kept quite clean;
Mysore town has never seen
Roads and streets being litter-free
In recent public memory.
Garbage Bins are so ill-treated;
At every corner one is greeted
With a full or half-filled stinking bin
(And here are details of the sin);
Rubbish does the bin surround
Covering every inch of ground
With a reeking, stinking, sorry mess
That (surely any child will guess)
Violates the Rights of Garbage Bins
By the Corporation’s deadly sins.
But let us not get into fights;
Garbage Bins have Legal Rights
To be cleaned and treated well,
As any advocate will tell.
With other Bins do have communion
And quickly form a Labour Union
To stand up for your legal right
And fight injustice with your might.
Plead with the Court, praying thus:
“Issue a Writ of Mandamus
To the Official, whoe’er he be
That Garbage Bins shall be kept quite free
Of stinking garbage all around.
And if any such is found
The Court shall straight’way without fail
Put that gentleman in Jail.”
Sure, you’re in a sorry mess.
But even you must now confess
That unless you stand up for your right
And fight the fight with all your might,
Officials will quite ignore you
And change the City of Mysooru
From “Garden City” to “Garbage City”
And swallow money (more’s the pity!).
I’m sorry to write at such great length;
But I pray that it will give you strength
To fight against the Men of Sin
And get out o’ the stinking mess you’re in!
So fight it out, keep up your chin,
Dear little Garbage Bin.
“MUDA” is Mysore Urban Development Authority, and “MCC” is Mysore City Corporation