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Old 7th March 2017, 18:17   #196
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Mod Note: Nudging the thread back on-topic. This is not a DRL thread
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Default Re: Child pops head out of the sunroof; killed by manjha!

It is a pity nobody supports my low-tech innovation like coloured flags in place of DRLs or 'always-on' HLs. Any way, a true genius is never appreciated during his/her lifetime ! Maybe towards the middle of this century we will revert to the old English custom of a man walking with a red flag in front of every automobile (calling it the Snakeman Rule instead of the Red Flag Act), and streets will be safe again !

Coming back to the sunroof, it is an enjoyable extra, under the right conditions. As manjha and low branches cannot be ruled out, or outlawed, I suggest Indian cars also devise some sort of screen guard that pops up in front every time the sunroof opens, or a motion/IR sensor sees someone stick his head out, so that one is saved from decapitation ! Because, as I pointed out earlier, the manjha-menace does not threaten only those with sun roofs.... rural people always prefer riding on top of buses and trekker-like vehicles to escape the sardine-tin conditions inside. And before electrification, rail coach roofs went the same way.

In our youth, we were part of a Yezdi gang in the industrial township of Rourkela, Orissa (Now Odhisha). After a hard day's labour at the project site, we used to go on late night excursions to riversides and other serene locations, after dinner at a state highway-side DHABA, to sleep the night off, coming back early morning to prepare for another shift starting at 0800 hrs. Less wild colleagues, usually Calcutta Bongs, used to warn us of highway dacoits who tighten a fine wire across the road the moment they see a two wheeler headlight, to slit the throat of the rider and rob him. We were more afraid of running across wild animals than these mythical dacoits whom we never met !
The point of this anecdote is that there are many manjha like dangers on Indian roads, and not for the sun-roof users alone !
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Back to the square one of manja arguments: bikers are the most at risk from the menace.
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