MICRO LEVEL ISSUES STILL PERSISTING- THEY DO NOT NEED FIVE YEARS TO SOLVE
There was a story. A snake that bit so many pedestrians repented in front of a Sadhu. He advised her to desist from biting. Pedestrians observed the snake was not biting and started stoning her whenever she came out. On his way back, the Sadhu saw the plight of the snake and made enquiries. The snake told the story. "I asked you not to bite, but I never asked you to stop hissing."
We know that Mr. Devendra Fadnavis is a wise man, a soft-natured leader that fits the bill to rule a soft state like Maha Rashtra. By this time he would have found himself fish out of water in states like AP. PV Narasimha Rao failed even where T. Anjaiah succeeded. But, his soft nature should not lead to a paralysis in governance reminding us of Man Mohan Singh. I am making this statement consciously. It is good corruption is controlled in higher echelons of power. It is good investigations are fast forwarded in Scam cases. It is months before big fish go to jail, but get bail. It is good big plans are afoot to build good infrastructure. It is good Railway Stations are getting special attention with many micro changes and macro. It is good big projects get clearances fast, example, Coastal Road, fly overs, foot over bridges. It is good long pending Dharavi redevelopment plan is cleared fast. It is good there is considerable improvement in the communal environment. Hoarders are facing tough times.
But all said, one point he is missing out is his inability to control party men in squabbles with Shiva Sena. There is basic difference between these two parties. SS was formed to fight for Maratha pride. BJP is for national pride. There is no ambition for SS to expand beyond Maha Rashtra, though they make noises. Nation wants BJP and BJP wants nation. In this backdrop, it is primitive, premature, illogical and self-defeating thinking on the part of BJP to aim for Civic Body of BMC on its own from now on. If SS wants to win on its own, let it try. None of the two will be able to win on their own.
These skirmishes are eclipsing the main issue of civic life in major cities here. Mumbai did not move an inch on civic responsibilities or improving upon the civic sense of people. Killing has again become easy with gun wielding mafia targeting pre-set targets, Petty crime, that was never there but got life during Congress and NCP rule did not abate. There is no rule that is followed by even law enforcing authorities,. It may be, they succumb to local pressures to look the other way, when an innocent citizen makes an appeal or complaint. This shows all is not well with micro management. The only improvement was in cleanliness, that anyhow, is done at the behest of BJP top leadership.
The other day, my daughter-in-law asked me. "Daddy! What changed in Mumbai that you still support BJP here too?" (She voted with enthusiasm to BJP in both LS and Assembly polls) I gave a lame answer, "Wait,Beti for four more years". She said I was talking like a politician.
What do we expect at micro level? We expect a police officer responds immediately after you say some thing is wrong some where. The phone takes fifteen minutes to connect, a sleepy voice replies that a van is on the way, it never comes, we sleep in our AC rooms happily.
Today morning, the nanny looking after my grandson came with severe head ache, nausea etc., She said last night loud noises of drums and crackers started at 10.30 PM and continued till late night. Poor guys, they do not have AC rooms to sleep like me closing the windows. It is sweating heavily here. They have to open windows to get the wind in. Instead of wind, ear-drum- breaking sound comes. What can they do? Dengue and H1A1 are spreading in these areas like wild fire., There are sick beds in almost all households. Talk to any one, he/she has a tragic story in her slum/apartment. How do these patients sleep peacefully at night?
We have a rule that all noises should stop at 10 PM. And if noise starts at 10.30 PM, beyond tolerable limits and our complaints go in vain, it indicates, at micro level, there is something seriously wrong. On Janmashtami day, on 5th September the same situation prevailed. We complained at 10.15 PM and half an hour later. At 11.30 PM the police said since Lord Krishna was born at midnight, they got special permission. What a lame excuse? Irrespective of faith, religion or sect the rule must be implemented. There was no relief granted in any GO as far as I know. When Lord Krishna was born the whole world was silent, so much so that, Vasudeva had to fall on the feet of a donkey to see it did not bay out of ignorance. Silence would have been better tribute to the Lord, not sounds that irritate the other people. That day, I tweeted to all from top to bottom. None responded. They were busy terming Bihar as Jungle Raj.
Yesterday, the loud sounds started at 10.30 PM. We complained. They continued. I tweeted to all those, I could think, could help. There was no response. I pleaded that people suffering from diseases were having harrowing time. I put on my AC and full fan, closed windows and slept happily as I could afford it. My real face again showed me how bad I was, not to have pursued the matter when I saw the plight of the domestic help, who is a senior citizen herself. These are copies of FEW tweets.
@sudhica84 How can we know? @Dev_Fadnavis His department should know. RT and ask your friends to RT. @CMOMaharashtra @narendramodi
@sudhica84 Good Morning @Dev_Fadnavis @CMOMaharashtra @narendramodi Sorry state of affairs in Mumbai. Who is ruling Mumbai, Sir?
No action was taken meant, there was permission for yesterday's sound show also. So, every other day police violate the rule they set for themselves and Home Ministry under the CM remains an onlooker. Citizens have to bear the brunt. On 17th the famous Ganeshotsvav starts. It is sending shivers in our spines, how we will bear the high decibel noise. We have changed the government hoping that the micro level problems will be resolved. Nothing has happened. For these things to happen five year term is not necessary.
I hope yesterday was the last day of these loud sounds beyond 10 PM. Hope the Home Minister cum Chief Minister will at least hiss if not bite any one.
In 2010 I was in Stockholm, Sweden. Immediately, after going there, I was given instructions by my daughter.
1. Do not talk loudly in public places.
2. Do not throw garbage. Search for a bin. They are every where.
3. Do not burp loudly as we do in India, do not spit anywhere, cross only at pedestrian crossings.
4. After 10 PM, do not operate mixers, grinders. Do not walk with heavy steps after 10 PM. Reduce volume of TV. Volume should not go outside our walls.
5. Do not wash utensils after 10 PM and before 8 AM daily, making sounds, Use dish washer.
Despite all this, my 11 month old grandson was throwing toys after playing after 10 PM too. Immediately, a notice appeared in the notice board of the apartment society that parents and care takers should see their kids did not make sounds after 10 PM. We saw that he slept or the toys were hidden.
AND WE SEE NO POLICEMEN, NO PATROLLING, NO IMPOSITION OF RULE OF LAW IN THIS CITY. I SAW THIS IN OTHER COUNTRIES TOO, EXCEPT ITALY.
I hope, at least now, that we got good governments, we learn, our leaders learn, those pulling strings learn, those giving permissions learn and those patrolling roads learn. Or at least the CM learns hissing on law breakers. This blog is written in public interest. Hope it will get shared with as many as possible.