Of broken dreams and shattered hopes

What with the recent tamasha going on daily in the political theatre, I’m concerned to see that opinion here on the same seems non-existent. Perhaps this is a pointer to the powers-that-be. Do good…we’ll acknowledge. Do bad…well, see if we care. Here’s what I feel, though.

The inept handling of the BMIC / NICE issue by the government, in general and HDK, in particular has me seething. Just how the larger ramifications to this issue seems to escaped namma Kumaranna leaves me confused as well. Perhaps, its just good ol’ nemesis finally catching up with the novice that is him, after all. As is said, if one wants to see how incompetent is somebody, promote him! Now you can’t get higher than being CM, can you and escape media glare and public scrutiny?

Try as much as he wants, the CM is not going to win any public sympathy with any of his moves – the botched attempt at the takeover via legislation, the call for a day long (!) debate with Ashok Kheny etc etc. Nor is public memory so short as to forget the humiliating rap on the knuckles from the Supreme Court, the ‘bounced cheque’ issue and that pathetic call to slit throat(s) by Daddy if it was proved that land was indeed owned by family. Not a squeak has been heard from mannina maga Sr. once proof was published in the TOI. Certainly, it ain’t on account of a lump in the throat, baby!

At this stage, its very apparent that the attempt to pass the Karnataka Infra. Dev. & Land Reforms bill is nothing an attempt by the First Family and vested interests to get back land that is now worth several times its original sale price. And, though a noble thought – auctioning ‘excess’ land to fund infrastructure in Bangalore – it would not have been a surprise to see it all go down a particular ‘drain’! Dig?

Can not the buffoons in the government see that these theatrics are only damaging the image of Karnataka and Bangalore, in particular. To add salt to the wounds, I read somewhere that Karnataka was referred to as the ‘Bihar of the South’ by the media in Kolkata. Further, the World Bank, in its annual review of finances, declared that Karnataka was the 2nd best performing state. This, in spite of all the lip service that is paid to development and growth of infrastructure??? Wow!

Me, I can’t help but shake my head in abject disappointment at this whole saga. It appears that I was seeing Bangalore through rose tinted glasses during my frequent visits here from Chennai. Coming back here for good, the reality on the ground is beginning to sink in and leaves me sad. And now with the JD(S) -BJP alliance now teetering on the brink, things will only turn worse. And I’m not even talking of the crumbling infrastructure. When the CM gaddi is at stake, why should anyone even care about infrastructure?

Perhaps there is a silver lining to this – will the Congress return to power somehow? Will Sonia Amma save Jai Karnataka Mathe? Will she somehow get back namma S.M Krishna avare? Will my dreams die a lonely death?

You feel: Why do I live in the past? I say: Where is the future?


3 Comments so far

  1. Santosh (unregistered) on June 21st, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

    what are the ways to get SM krishna back..

  2. usha (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    sad irony that a government wont do anything and won’t let anyone else do anything too. Your last sentence – my sentiments exactly!

  3. NParry (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 8:43 pm

    This Deve Gowda must be eliminated by whatever means available once and for all. He’s a mean-minded, utterly selfish manipulator with no scruples or morality whatsoever. He’ll do/say anything to get his imbecile off-spring to become Ministers. The people must rise up in anger now or be lost forever to the evil machinations of this clan. HDK is but a illiterate pawn of HDDG and HDR….

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