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The Department of Political Science, with the assistance of the Division of International Studies & Programs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is pleased to introduce its India Program - a unique joint partnership between A&M-Kingsville; the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University-College Station; and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

The Program is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, A&M-Kingsville; Dr. Kishore Gawande, Professor of Economics, the Bush School, Texas A&M-College Station; and by Dr. Aditya Mukherjee, Director, JNIAS.

The Program will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in India from December 28th, 2010, through January 14th, 2011, attending classes at JNIAS, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater New Delhi region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, health, environmental policies, nuclear issues, etc., with reference to both greater Asia and India.

This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of India.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Delhi Traffic

I have been waiting for a wreck to happen with this crazy traffic, and today I finally saw one! Some might call it just a minor fender bender because a car slightly tapped a motorcycle at about 2 mph. But I am going to count this as an accident. The driving in New Delhi is unlike anything I have ever seen before. I have been wondering why lines were painted on the road because no one pays attention to them. Cars just drive wherever they want, which sometimes includes sidewalks. Also, it is not unusual to find cars driving the wrong way on the highway. This makes crossing the road difficult, and turns “frogger” into a real life game. Something else that is out of the norm is the amount of honking that is done on the roadway, but surprisingly no one has road rage. The honking is just used as a signal for passing a vehicle and for safety purposes, but occasionally honking will be used to signal that a car needs to pick up the pace or get out of the way! To keep their vehicle in one piece, the drivers must always be alert, and it is hard not to be with so many things happening on the road way.  Even though Indians have unconventional driving methods, I have to say that I feel safe when I get in a vehicle.
What seems to foreigners like a stream of moving chaos that is traffic in Delhi is something that Indians seem to take it in stride. I don’t know how that happens, but it does.
~ Amanda W.

1 comment:

  1. I wrote the same thing 3 years ago and saw the same motor cycle accident! But like you said it works. I bet everyone stopped to see if they were okay too :)