Bangalore scoring over Mumbai
Writing in rediff, Govindraj Ethiraj says that Bangalore scores over Mumbai because it protests – not just the ordinary citizens, but the head honchos as well :
Floods wreaked damage in parts of Bangalore in August last year. The picture was eerily similar to Mumbai’s deluge a month earlier. Down to the causes, like choked drainage systems. And the residents of affected Bannerghatta responded, by bringing traffic to a halt. Mind you, this was middle class Bangalore, not displaced slum dwellers.
The Bangalore CEO fraternity is equally militant. Karnataka’s annual IT jamboree, BangaloreIT.com, has been greeted with howls of protest for three consecutive years now. Philips Software CEO Bob Hoekstra (an expatriate) usually leads the protesting brigade, demanding that the state provide better infrastructure for existing players before laying out the red carpet to new ones.
Its an interesting comment, although I suspect that the reason the head honchos of companies protest is more because they lack the connections that are taken for granted in Mumbai.