Does your heart beat for Bengaluru?

If yes, do something about it. NOW!

Can’t stop cribbing about ruthless traffic, mounting garbage or lack of infrastructure? Come Sunday, you can see for yourself how to make a difference. If you care the least for Bangalore, come out and join the historic Leadership March, says this bunch of IITians and IIMs, who have come under the banner of Leadcap.

One can talk and talk ( or write, for that matter ) but to effect changes requires action. For too long, citizens in India or Bengaluru have grown used to seeing our ‘elected’ leaders talk but baulk at action. Except, of course, when it was a matter of their own ‘self-preservation’, usually, lasting a couple of generations at the least. Its time now for citizens to say ‘enough is enough’ loudly to cause them acute discomfiture, raise doubts in them as to their ability and protest against apathy and insensitivity in solving day to day problems. Its time to wake up, folks; else the whiff you get will be uncollected garbage and not coffee.

The main theme of the proposed Leadership March on February 10 is ‘It’s time we stood up’. The subtheme is ‘Traffic discipline’.

In the near future, Leadcap hopes to reinforce the quality of leadership in individuals to fight complacency. “Together, we can change many things, but change should be inspired at an individual level. Our interventions will be at different levels, involving a crosssection of society. A series of 10 leadership marches around 10 zones will be held over 10 weeks,” says Sangeeth Varghese, founder of Leadcap.

As a forward thinking citizen of this wonderful city where we live, work and enjoy, join the march on February 10th, 9.30am. Assembly at the Gandhi statue near MG road Cricket stadium. Route: Kasturba road, Vittal Mallya Road, Residency Road and Richmond Road. Walk would culminate at the Richmond town ground, where experts will engage and inspire us on how we can build Bangalore as a city of our dreams.

Resist the urge to spend a ‘quiet’ Sunday relaxing in the comfort of your house. For once, walk out and march to a different beat.

The one inside urging you, yes YOU! to make a difference for Namma Bengaluru.

13 Comments so far

  1. Upkar (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

    Hi Ravi,

    Thanks for putting up such an informative blog.

    Regards,
    Upkar


  2. Lokesh (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

    Hi Ravi,

    This post is informative yes. But I would like to comment on the way it is written. I kinda liked the way the entire thing is written. Good.


  3. Ravi (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

    Thanks, Upkar!

    Thanks, Lokesh. Guess, I’ll meet you there, then?


  4. A.S. (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    Call me skeptical, but I wonder how many of the people participating in this "Leadership March" including the "leaders" would follow traffic discipline themselves… not overtaking from the left, sticking to lanes, desist from blowing horns near hospitals/schools, giving appropriate right to way etc…

    Promotion of awareness is great, but participants need to be motivated themselves to change their own behaviour. Because that would make a difference, ’cause
    Little drops of water,
    Little grains of sand,
    Make the mighty ocean
    and the pleasant land.


  5. Lubna (unregistered) on February 9th, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    What about car pools? Any blog/details on car pools for attending this?
    Am travelling at present, else perhaps would have attended.
    keep us posted on the outcome.


  6. Swaroop RK (unregistered) on February 10th, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    Hi Ravi,
    I saw your blog a bit late.
    As the saying goes "Better late than Never " i would like to join for the next event.Keep providing information regarding such events to increase traffic awareness. I would like to to make a difference for Namma Bengaluru..


  7. Prashasth (unregistered) on February 10th, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

    Hey Ravi, Nicely written ..

    In fact the march today was really good. Lots of high-energy participants and some gutsy solgans being shouted out, it was overall a good start to the movement I must say.

    For those who could not make it today, do not despair!, there are plans for weekly marches across various parts of the city to generate awareness and of course more leaders :-)

    Will keep you all updated on the next week agenda ..

    Cheers,
    Prashasth


  8. Bhaskar.M.R (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

    unfortunately i too read about it only in the papers,wld like to participate in such meaningful rallies so we can make bengaluru a better place to live in ourselves.please do keep me and liked minded ppl informed of upcomming events by blogging here.


  9. Bhaskar.M.R (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    unfortunately i too read about it only in the papers,wld like to participate in such meaningful rallies so we can make bengaluru a better place to live in ourselves.please do keep me and liked minded ppl informed of upcomming events by blogging here.


  10. Bhaskar.M.R (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    unfortunately i too read about it only in the papers,wld like to participate in such meaningful rallies so we can make bengaluru a better place to live in ourselves.please do keep me and liked minded ppl informed of upcomming events by blogging here.


  11. Upkar (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

    Wow!
    I am glad seeing the comments here. Good platform for all like-minded people to connect!Well, let me take this opportunity to inform you all that the next march is going to be in Jayanagar/JP nagar area and on 17th Feb 2008. The details should be out soon and this time, we shall try to put the detailed information on this blog early enough!
    Regards,
    Upkar


  12. Prashasth (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    All,

    The details for this week’s march at J’nagar is below. Please come and march for a better Bengaluru ! Lets march for a dream city !


    Assembly: Jayanagar 4th Blk (near Cool Joint) at 10.00AM on 17th Feb 2008.

    Route: 4th main road (National Coll Jayanagar Rd), South end circle, South end road (Vijaya School Road).

    Culmination: Jayanagar stadium at about 12.00 noon.

    Cheers,
    Prashasth


  13. newyorkdude (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

    Hi from New York. A few of the old-timers on this board might recall that I was in Bangalore for a year. I am now back in NYC. I have a question about this post:

    Which will it be, Bengaluru or Bengalouru????????

    I thought the official name is Bengalouru. Am I wrong? Will the new name, whichever it will be, replace Bangalore any time soon? Ever?



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