Monday, 30 April 2012

N.I.M.B.Y. ( Not In My Back Yard!)

There was a huge uproar in our housing complex a few days ago. The issue that was raising a stink (pun intended) was a collection station for garbage dumpers which was being relocated right next to our housing complex's entrance gate.

Obviously, this was unacceptable to us for obvious reasons! As events turned out, it has been shifted to another site, at a 'safe' distance from us before the stink could hit the roof.

N.I.M.B.Y. (Not In My Backyard) is an acronym describing this attitude. 

This reminds me of our typical knee-jerk reaction to any change which adversely affects us directly. A specific incident highlights this point. A few years ago there was a huge public uproar by the high-profile residents of apartment blocks of the upmarket Peddar Road in Mumbai: the thorny issue this time around was a proposed flyover straddling this arterial road as a solution to perennial traffic jams it is plagued with.

One legendary singer even went to the extent of claiming she would 'lose her voice due to the increased pollution' levels expected as a result of the flyover! It is another matter that the flyover is just a plan on paper till date.

A classic example of NIMBY! Aren't we all masters of this fine art? Anything not affecting us personally is conveniently consigned to an event we 'sympathise' with..

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