We as a nation have been adapting and developing ourselves to the ever-changing demands of a fast world. Indians are masters of the ‘thoda adjust kar do’ art. Having capitalised on this art, we have imbibed the global need for fast food, fast services, 4G net, tinder swipes and have of late even launched the Bullet Train- one of Indian Railways biggest project. With that, the present government can proudly say, we’re almost there.
The Bullet Train was launched by PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad on the 14th of September. And with that, the country saw its first 350 km/hr high-speed bullet train zoom across the 5080-km tracks in 2 hours.
Weeks after, the project was criticised by those who think this project is an unnecessary luxury. With the given rise in derailments, rotten railway track and poor infrastructure of the railways, critiques sited that such an investment is untimely and is just another sham of Modi’s development agenda.PM Modi’s right hand, FM Arun Jaitley came out in support, and claimed that the people of India were ‘ill-informed.’ And just when he was getting into his flow of making a valid point, a reporter interrupted.
He said, “Arun ji, bullet train ko Hindi mein kya kehte hain? Hindi mein angrezi mat batiyaiye (What is a bullet train called in Hindi? Don’t use English words while speaking in Hindi).”A very annoyed Jaitley snapped back at him and told him to be a ‘little serious.’
To which he replied, “I am serious…”
Jaitley gave no heed to the question and carried on with his statement of how we're ‘ill-informed’ about the train.
— ANI (@ANI) 24 September 2017
But we took that reporter’s question seriously and asked a few people to translate 'Bullet Train' in Hindi for us. While we did get help with the translation:‘goli gadi’, ‘gati’, ‘vyeg’ and ‘tez raftaar’, most smiled, some laughed and some even said these trains are ‘express trains’ and that they could only have English names to them. Possibly so. We have invested Rs 1.1 lakh crore to get them all the way from Japan.Keeping in mind that the bullet train is not made in India, can the train have a Hindi name?