In a huge but seldom talked about national tragedy, around 300 Indian soldiers die every year in road accidents during peace time, according to a just published newspaper report. Further, the report says that the force has lost as many as 6500 of its fully trained men in accidents since the 1999 Kargil conflict, twice as many as its death toll in each of the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars.
It is time to welcome the New Year with all enthusiasm. In a few hours from now we will be all ushering in 2015 and bidding farewell to 2014. As we do so let us collectively resolve to ensure that 2015 is a happy, healthy, safe, progressive and prosperous year. No doubt this needs celebration but certainly not at the cost of our safety. Let every individual celebrate this great moment and share the joy and festivity with all his friends and relatives—but SAFELY.
The death of Australian test batsman, the 25-year-old Philip Hughes, has sent shockwaves through the cricketing fraternity and beyond, evoking an unprecedented wave of grief from around the world. The question on every one’s mind is: Could his death have been averted? The answer is yes.
The year was 2002. I had just arrived at the Geneva railway station from Zurich with my wife and 4-year-old daughter. We were looking for a taxi to take us to the hotel, a short distance away. Surprisingly, although there was a large fleet of taxis at the station, not one wanted to take us. Reason: none of them had a ‘child’ seat! Finally, as advised by a cabby, I walked it to the hotel with my daughter, even as my wife drove off in a taxi with our baggage.
Though statistics do not always reveal the vital, these numbers are telling enough: With 4 million vehicles on its roads, India, on an average records as many as 90000 automobile-related deaths every year. The US on the other hand, despite a staggering vehicle population of 175 million (that is 43 times that of India) suffers only 39000 deaths in road mishaps. That is, in deaths per vehicle terms, the country fares 1022 worse than the US.
Seven time world champion and F-1 racing legend Michael Schumacher came within a blink of dying a shattering death as his head slammed into a rock after he crashed headlong down a snowy run at the Meribel Ski Resort in the French Alps on Monday. "We put him on induced coma to give him his best chance to live," said Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, an anesthesiologist at the Grenoble University Hospital Center where the racing superstar is fighting for his life.