Will they at least get some public transport now?

KPN photo

In rural India id est Bharat, a “marriage party” is a potential mass funeral.

Large, powerful vehicles stuffed to the gills with people, at the hands of poorly trained, drunken drivers, ploughing through the darkness at high speeds, stage a morbid dance with death that ministers, bureaucrats, police officers, road engineers et al applaud with their silence.

Thursday, 19 February 2009, was the last for these one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, yes 16 people, who perished on “national highway” 63 at Veerapura village near Bellary, when their jeep hit a tree.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News