I just read Nandan Nilekani’s article Where Was the Mayor? on his blog, I am getting angrier with each passing minute and second, on whom ON MYSELF, ON YOU, ON ALL OUR FELLOW CITIZENS.
I am jotting down what I am thinking so that all this exercise does not go to waste:
1. He asks, Where Was the Mayor? And then answers it himself, the lack of comment or reaction was probably expected.
Saw what India’s one of the most successful software entrepreneurs and the co-founder of Infosys has to say, IT WAS EXPECTED. The Real Question is why? Because we were sleeping in our [expletive deleted] homes comfortably when criminals and thieves were taking control of our political system. And we slept, slept over the problems by writing theses on what went wrong, who was responsible, blah blah blah. MR. NILEKANI ASK WHY I WAS SLEEPING TILL NOW? WHY YOU WERE SLEEPING TILL NOW? WHY WE ALL WERE SLEEPING TILL NOW?
2. He writes, I doubt many in Mumbai even know who the mayor of the city is – it’s a largely ceremonial post. Read it, ask this where the [expletive deleted] you all go on the voting day, if you don’t give a damn, nobody else does. Why are we gathering these CEREMONIAL POSTS in our country, have we got so much money to pay for keeping such people idle, I read some time back, the printing/publishing of photographs of The President of India for official use got delayed because she could not get the ‘Palloo’ right. MR. NILEKANI ASK WHY AM I PAYING THE TAXES?
3. He writes, There was no powerful official representing Mumbai’s city administration simply because the administration has no power to speak of. The favourite game of politicians and administration, Passing the Buck, even if the cycle gets completed and we reach the end of the buck-chain no one gets punished. MR. NILEKANI ASK WHO’S RESPONSIBLE? WHO’S ACCOUNTABLE?
4. He writes, An entire tier of government at the local level appeared non-existent. . . The disadvantages of weak and ineffectual city governance become most stark in these times of disaster. The Mumbai floods in 2005 saw civilians far more present in rescue and rehabilitation operations than civic agencies. The most important part of a project, (you will know better) is the question what I want to solve, when we knew the question, the real question is WHY DID WE FAIL TO SOLVE IT? AND SOLVE IT WHEN WE HAD THE SOLUTION IN FRONT OF US? THE QUESTION IS ARE WE SUFFERING FROM FUNCTIONAL FIXEDNESS?
5. He writes, The Indian city has long been exiled from our collective imagination. . . these amendments were meant to fulfil Rajiv Gandhi’s dream of the Panchayat Raj and village power - city governments were an afterthought. But these changes, and the powers that the amendments offer, have largely remained on paper –. . . And no state Chief Minister wants to let go the money and patronage that comes from controlling urban land. SIR A QUESTION FROM MY SIDE, WHY DID YOU WASTE YOUR TIME WRITING THESE TWO PARAGRAPHS? YOU COULD HAVE SAID OUR URBAN GOVERNANCE & INFRASTRUCTURE IS ALL [EXPLETIVE DELETED] –UP, IT IS LADEN WITH CORRUPTION AND INEFFICIENCY AND WE WOULD HAVE UNDERSTOOD, WE ALL SUFFER IT DAILY.
6. He writes, But there is some pressure for change. Why some pressure, why not great pressure, if 30% of India’s population that moves beyond its caste and its past and makes our cities centers of economic growth and innovation, cannot exert pressure on its government, its politicians, its administration then just think of the influence that the rest 70% of our population can exert on our polity. JUST IMAGINE MR. NILEKANI.
7. He writes, Without local governments that answer directly to their citizens, urban India will face the threat of being mauled again when the next crisis hits. WHAT, IS THE CRISIS LIMITED JUST TO URBAN AREAS, OR ARE WE BEING SELFISH ON THE ISSUE, IF YOU WANT TO ASK, ASK OUR PRIME MINISTER WHAT WILL BE HIS POA (PLAN OF ACTION) WHEN A ‘MISGUIDED & UNKNOWN’ NUCLEAR MISSILE SHOT FROM NEFA/PAK-AFGAN BORDER LANDS ON BHOPAL, ( NOT DELHI, NOT MUMBAI, NOT KOLKATA, NOT CHENNAI, GOD WILL NOT BE THAT HARSH TO THOSE LIVING THERE, THEY WILL NOT HAVE THEIR LUCK SO BAD). ASK HIM ALL, WHO WILL RESIGN, WHAT OUR AGENCIES WOULD DO, HOW DRAFT WILL WRITTEN BY THE SP TO THE CAMMANDO HQ, WHO WILL UNDERSIGN IT, WHICH WIRELESS SETS WILL BE ON, WHICH WILL BE OFF, WHERE WILL BE OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, ASK ALL OF THAT.
PLEASE ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS MR. NILEKANI BECAUSE PEOPLE LISTEN TO YOU, PEOPLE WANT ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN SUCH SITUATIONS.
PLEASE ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS MR. NILEKANI BECAUSE THE CAMERA IS ON YOU,
PLEASE ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS MR. NILEKANI BECAUSE WE NOW NEED PEOPLE WITH ANSWERS, QUESTIONS WE ALL HAVE IN PLENTY,
IF ALL YOU WANTED TO SAY WAS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED US, OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE FAILED US, OUR POLITICIANS HAVE FAILED US, WE OURSELVES HAVE FAILED US, YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT,
OR WRITTEN A DETAILED PLAN OF HOW WE ARE TO TREAD THE TESTING ROADS OF FUTURE.
JAI HIND !
[P.S. The person who has written this article seems to be mentally deranged, he has watched Nana Patekar’s movies from his childhood, lived a live dreaming of doing something for his country yet flowing in the comforts of a middle-class life, now he is onto yet another utopian idea of reforming his country’s polity and making it a happy and safe place, where we all could once again SLEEP comfortably. He has a habit of unnecessarily bothering famous people and a tendency of using their fame for getting famous. All these have sky-rocketed after the recent Mumbai Terror Attacks.]
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