Saturday, February 15, 2014

At whose expense

“The great Hyderabad tamasha starts every day sharp at 6.30 am and the lead actor in this show is 'George'. Are you wondering who this new actor is? Well, he is Governor ESL Narasimhan, the first citizen of Andhra Pradesh, whose temple visits at the cost of the state exchequer has become almost unbearable for the aam aadmi of the city, who are left high and dry each time he steps out into the street in his convoy of cars and posse of policemen”*
My view is he is more ritualistic than dharmic.
. “The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) supplies around 60,000 litres of pure and safe drinking water everyday to Raj Bhavan without fail.
"Other than Raj Bhavan, two important government guest houses, Dilkusha and Lake View, where VIPs frequent, also gets uninterrupted water supply," says HA Wahab, HMWS&SB manager and in-charge of Somajiguda section.

But nearby Anandnagar, which has 1500 connections and a population of 5,000 people, the situation is reverse, with the board supplying water on alternate days for 45 minutes at a trickling flow and restricted supply of once in three days during summer months”**
What does he do with 60 KL water everyday?
“As a state guest, Sri Sri will travel across the districts of Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Anantapur, Kadapa, Chittoor, Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna and West and East Godavari to motivate people to "participate in the democratic process" while also engaging with "developmental activities" in the country. He will be accompanied by over 100 people from 15 countries on this "unique journey"”.***
Unbelievable! How can he be a state guest in a secular democracy? will the Govt. have a priest or a moulavi as state guest?

Srinath Vudali, TNN Jan 1, 2014, 01.34AM IST*

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