Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Today's paper said: 'Bangalore fails to make its mark again'. They were complaining about the poor turnout. Especially from the rich and the educated! I believe I did my bit and wrote to TOI!
In any case a mark on my right finger!
I almost gave up when I discovered that my name was not on the voters list. This meant that I would not be allowed to vote and it would be a futile trip to the voting booth. But I chose to go anyhow and see how they would deal with my case. I am glad I persisted as we finally located my name on the list but there was no photograph! I thought 'Oh no! they will not permit me to vote', but luckily I was permitted to vote and I did!
I am told that I could have sold my election ID card for Rs. 500.
Some intriguing stats published in TOI:
Moola spent in 2009 on the city was Rs. 2438.21 crores! Big compared to Rs 310 crores spent in the year 2003 -04. Outlay for the current year Rs 6700 crore! Huge! No wonder people contest and money is being spent in buying votes!
Rather frightening were the estimates for number of Hyper-sensitive (1032) and Sensitive booths (1534) out of the total 6598 booths. I suppose this meant trouble in 39 percent of the booths! A reflection of the true nature of our democracy! Luckily the polling was by and large peaceful as per the reports. I guess the security men did a good job and were able to curb violence and other acts of undemocratic behavior!
My only disappointment was that I did not make it to the papers like some of the ministers and other significant citizens of Bengaluru!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This has happened a number of times! An youngster who is obviously lost and is also late, asks me breathlessly; 'Where is Gullu's chat'. Earlier I had no clue, now I know. It is a 'chaat' place near our Micro park. I saw this place one evening and was surprised to see it was full of boys and girls, overflowing into the pavement along the park. Obviously a very popular meeting place. I know it is no big deal for the new generation, but for me it was a surprise!
I grew up in this, mostly middle class, locality and this scene was an impossibility in our times! I am not joking when I say that we were expected to go to the other side of the road, luckily no traffic then, to get past girls who were standing and chatting, a very rare event in itself.
I also notice that boys and girls sit together in the park! They are seen with their lap tops, class notes and are ostensibly in serious discussions. I do see occasional twosomes who appear engrossed in themselves, but the moral police would not find any fault in their behaviour!
But surprisingly, my conservatism seems to act up and I wonder if it is really OK. I worry whether they are really matched! I am talking about their religion, caste and what not! I have read stories about how while India looks liberated it is not so when you consider the middle class! That while cities may be a little tolerant, towns and villages are surely very orthodox. I suppose I could go and talk to these kids about my concerns, but have not had the courage to interfere!
Obviously I am not the only one worried, I saw this in TOI recently:
Forget political outfits, which enforce their version of culture on the youth through moral policing. Some colleges in Bangalore too are following suit and have a code of conduct for students on campus. They keep watch on the way boys and girls interact to ensure they don’t cross certain limits.
Do you approve of colleges curbing interaction among students?
Resident Editor, The Times of India, Bangalore
A comment from a parent!
"As a parent, and I am sure that there are not too many who would have responded to this article, being too busy at work, earning to pay for their offsprings education.Keeping the viewpoint of morals aside, not many would appriciate their child being involved in an on campus romance at the cost of their education, when these parents have selflessly sacrificed themselves from the first day of their child' schooling to the last day of their College. In the only hope that their Child would secure himself or herslf a good future. "