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The Time of India quotes games authorities that there may be some “hitches” here and there, but were optimistic that overall the games would be a great success. These were the same people insisting that everything would work perfectly well hardly a month back.

How this whole sordid event will play out in the coming days is something anyone can easily predict. Last minute patch ups will be done a few days before the games start at inflated costs. Most of the patches will last the games. Some won’t, but those would be part of the “some glitches”. The games will not be a resounding success in terms of execution, but the whole world will praise the Indians for trying so hard and being “nice hosts”.

Soon as the games are over, the patches will fall apart. The so called world class infrastructure will become useless for the intended purpose. The stadiums will be taken over by the politicians for conducting their mass events (sportspeople will not be able to use them anyway), the potholes will reappear, the newly dug gutters will get clogged again.

Life will go on as usual.

I only hope that things are different this time around. I hope that the rains will ensure that last minute patches simply don’t stick. Along with Mr.Mani Shankar Iyer, I pray that the games are a total failure. Only then will the corrupt gang of thieves stealing public money in the pretext of upholding the nation’s pride, will be brought to book.

Written by El Presidente

September 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

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Sanity prevails

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The Prime Minister’s reaction to the Supreme court directive that rotting food be distributed free to the very poor comes as a breath of fresh air, and gives some confidence in the government.

The various English language channels have gone overboard on the issue of rotting grains in their usual sensationalistic manner. And the Supreme court which has been getting steady encouragement from these TV channels and a vast majority of the public who are fed up with our politicians, went about ordering the agriculture minister to make sure that the rotting grain reach the people rather than the stomachs of mice.

There are two aspects to this incident. The first issue is of what exactly the Supreme court said. The way our television channels twist and distort statements, one never really gets to know the truth. Add to it the statements from our politicians which can be blatantly false, one only can hope to have an idea of what transpired. If we go by the TV Channels and assume that the Supreme court actually asked the agriculture minister to distribute the rotting food to poor people free of cost, there is a lot to worry about. Yes rotting grains are a shame when people die of hunger in the same country, but the solution to that should be better management of the supply chain. Providing free food to a select few will simply distort the system leading to more of corruption and very little alleviation of hunger. Even if one were to concede a lack of understanding of economics and administration on the part of the learned judges, this kind of statements can only be construed as reactionary and shortsighted.

There is of course the more realistic possibility that the judges merely directed the minister to ensure that the grains reached the needy poor rather than get eaten by mice, while leaving the mechanism of achieving that objecting to the minister. Even if that be true it is not for the Supreme court to decide on policy, as the Prime minister points out. While it has  every right to point out the deficiencies with the existing system and take the concerned ministries to task, it would be overstepping its authority if it began to dictate policy to the government.

For once we have to side with the politicians, and be grateful that the Prime Minister has chosen to assert himself.

Written by El Presidente

September 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Posted in Politics