Give a hand or else….

Excerpts from an article in todays Business Standard titled “Needed: A Bangalore state of mind” by Govindraj Ethiraj espousing that cities in India – Mumbai, in particular need the Bangalore state of mind read: active citizen participation in enabling public governance. I vaguely recall having written something to this effect somewhere… lemme check! Was it just over 24 hours ago here? Sigh…how time flies….. ;))))

Infosys MD & CEO Nandan Nilekani made his displeasure known when he compared the inaction on the (same) Indira Nagar flyover with the lightning infrastructure progress in China. Infosys chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy fought a messy battle over the Bangalore airport, with Deve Gowda again. And CFO Mohandas Pai is known to march into offices of public servants and demand accountability. More recently, Jerry Rao attacked the tax hole caused by the special economic zones. Nilekani and Rao vented their ire in columns in national dailies. So no chance of being misquoted.

There is clamour for execution, as opposed to announcements and intentions. And, despite the scepticism, there is also a desire to tackle problems of governance. Even realtors in Bangalore talk about public-private partnerships. And have actually contributed to building roads. And, I suspect, are viewed a little more favourably than their counterparts elsewhere.

Full article here.

Yup, the more I read this article, the more I’m convinced that Ramesh’s loss is really India’s gain!!


1 Comment so far

  1. BangaloreGuy (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    Well, Janaagraha is an organisation in itself, and not necessarily so dependent on Mr. Ramanathan, I would think it would do okay even if he moves to Delhi

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