INDIA

I N S P I R A T I O N


I would never want to drive a vehicle of any description in India. You just never know what is going to be coming towards you. Bearing in mind India's history, I do wonder what is actually happening on the roads out there. My mind is open to the possibility that there could be something more sinister going on. It is written from the Indian perspective. You can listen to this song on Soundcloud.


India

We do not dislike the British. 

We love the highway code.

The reason we drive on the left is because, 

It is one of the rules of the road.

That is something we inherited from 

When our country was governed with might.

But when the rules of the road say drive on the left, 

Sometimes we drive on the right.

 

We have learned the power of non-violence.

To get what we need we pray.

We have learned to make our feelings known.

Mahatma Gandhi showed us the way.

That is how we gained our freedom,

And not through malice or spite,

And why, when the rules of the road say drive on the left,

Sometimes we drive on the right.

 

On thirteenth of April in 1919,

The order was given to fire,

On five thousand innocent Indians,

By Brigadier General Reginald Dyer.

As the bullets cascaded from the rifles,

There was no passage through which to take flight.

So when the rules of the road say drive on the left,

Sometimes we drive on the right.

 

In Amritsar we have planted a garden,

Lest we ever forget,

The price that was paid in 1919,

By those to whom we are in debt,

And so the children of our children,

Will know of their grandparents’ plight,

When the rules of the road say drive on the left,

Sometimes we drive on the right.

 

Paul J Openshaw (March 2013)

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