Sharing a platform for the first time with Infosys chief mentor N.R. Narayan Murthy, Wipro chairman Azim Premji and finance minister P. Chidambaram, Karnataka’s new chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy renewed his promise to ensure the continued growth of ‘brand Bangalore’ and the IT industry.
Again, in the same report:
”If we have to make life better for rural people and give them reasonable standards of living, disposable incomes, healthcare and nutrition and education, I personally believe we have to look at low-tech manufacturing to start with and then high-tech manufacturing, just as China has done because most of these people are semi-literate,” Murthy said.
Its interesting that both the IT honcho and the CM are speaking the other’s language. And talking of building Brand Bangalore. In all this talk, and, hopefully subsequent action – I hope both parties retain perspective. For, both the media at large, and the people are crying themselves hoarse about only one thing – bad roads/traffic. That constant focus on roads is not going to go away anytime soon – purely because of the influx of people and huge amount of vehicles – one for every 3 Bangaloreans – makes it a problem that will be fixed only in the longer term.
But that cannot and should not be the only focus of this administration. There are other problems that are endemic – and can prove even more of a hindrance with the exploding population.
Power is a problem. As is Water. Public transport is and will be a problem – in the near to mid-term. And for the most part, these wont get solved by tackling the roads issue or by re-surfacing them over and over again.