Yesterday’s Hindu newspaper I read at our noisy suburb in Bangalore informs thus:
Is there any relationship between road rage in cities, especially during peak hour traffic, and nutrient deficiency? Yes, says the country’s renowned soil scientist J.C. Katyal, who is Vice-Chancellor of the Choudhary Charan Singh Agricultural University in Haryana.
Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of the annual convention of the Indian Society for Soil Science (ISSS) on the campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Dr. Katyal, who is also president of ISSS, explained that zinc deficiency might contribute to road rage, as lack of this mineral would impair cognitive development and reasoning.
What is interesting is that the root of the problem has been traced to degradation of soil quality.
If the soil lacks nutrients, the agricultural produce grown on it will also suffer from nutrient deficiency and ditto with people who eat these produce, according to him.
An interesting observation, although it may be hard to separate the causes for road rage when there are too many such causes adding generously to the smoldering brain of a Bangalore driver. Inability to eat balanced food is perhaps an indication of the wider problem of mismanagement of resources. In any case, fixing zinc intake is a good start as any other.