GUWAHATI: An astonishing video circulating on social media caught the attention of senior Indian bureaucrat Supriya Sahu, who shared it to her over 2 lakh followers on micro-blogging site Twitter. Following this, hilarity ensued.
On August 30, Sahu shared the video with the caption "speechless". In less than 48 hours, it has racked up over 3.4 million views. So what is it about this video that has got Indian Twitter hooked so hard?
Actually, the video shows a feat that should not be humanly possible. Seven people, including four children, presumed to be from India, are seen getting on a bike.
So, is the motorcycle a special variant that has the seating capacity of an SUV? Nopes. It is just an ordinary two-wheeler.
Does the rider possess otherworldly riding skills that could potentially rival Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi's? Possibly.
Needless to say, this jaw-dropping clip has invited all sorts of responses on Twitter, with users highlighting India's poverty as a root cause for such unnecessary recklessness. Others pointed to the worrisome rise in the country's population -- India is set to overtake China as the world's most populous country sometime next year.
"It's not funny. It's a shame. Poverty is real. 7 people are risking their lives because they can't afford a safer mode of transportation", wrote one user, while another countered him by saying: "Bro, there are buses, shared autos that run in the deepest part of villages. What are you smoking, it is sheer negligence and perceived convenience over safety, full Indian jugaad solution."
"If the two Wheeler slips, what will happen to the kids?" wondered a concerned netizen, adding that "the Owner/rider of the 2 Wheeler should be arrested and Driving License should be cancelled (sic )."
Another user, Dr Jimson S, mused that the clip is a "good advertisement for the two-wheeler."
Yet another user, Dr Manish Kumar, opined that it is inappropriate for an IAS officer to be amused by this. "Trust an IAS to be amused by this. No skin in the game. Hence Indian infrastructure and facilities are what they are," he wrote.
Although the news has by covered by several media platforms, the origins of this controversial clip remain unknown.
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