It happens only in India!!!


Are you a foreign national staying in Mumbai for more than twelve years, then you are eligible for an Indian Passport but not for a cab drivers license in Maharashtra even if you are an Indian by birth. This is according to the recent ruling by Maharashtra government that specifies that “new taxi driver licenses to be given to only those persons who are well versed in Marathi and have resided in the state for at least 15 years”. While speak Marathi and familiarity with local language seems a valid concern, 15 years domicile is absurd.

Ironically, I read about Kasab speaking in Marathi in the recent court proceedings. No wonder if you see him as a cab driver in the years to come. Eligibility proof:

Domicile 15 years: Yes
His trial would (hopefully) be over by 14 years, which will make him eligible to be both an Indian citizen and domicile of 15 years

Speak Marathi: Yes and in some more time the sharp person(says Mr.Ujjwal Nikkam, Kasab’s Special prosecutor) that he is, will soon also learn to read and write in Marathi.

Familiar with the territory: You bet

And the least important of all:
Driving skills: LeT certified
Attended a rigorous training camp in Pakistan

Local Address: Arthur Jail, Mumbai

I am confused what to say “It happens only in India!!!” or “Yeh hai Mumbai Meri Jaan!!!”

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12 thoughts on “It happens only in India!!!

  1. That was really witty post. I liked it. One can debate till the end of the universe about about this MH goverment decision. I would say couple of things about it. Though these 2 stipulations (Speaking Marathi and 15 years stay) are there, they are not only things. When MH goverment decisions are criticised, it is deliberately forgotten that other states too have same type of rules. They are not just highlighted. There are reservations for local people in private firms in so many Indian states. But they never made highlights.

    • Hi Vega, If there are other states doing that then it is they who are losing on business, talent and a competitive edge. They are on the losing end. While being sensitive towards local culture and sentiments is an integral part of good business and corporate responsibility one should always know where to draw a line. The sense of belonging makes people more socially responsible and helps the well being of the community or the region, an overdose of that or a protectionist attitude will only harm their own welfare.

      Imagine if all the cab drivers in Mumbai who do not meet the above criteria are stripped of their licenses, what will the fate of transportation that aamchi Mumbai boasts of.

  2. “Are you a foreign national staying in Mumbai for more than twelve years, then you are eligible for an Indian Passport but not for a cab drivers license in Maharashtra even if you are an Indian by birth.”—- Superb Line Sapana.

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