Delhi government under Arvind Kejriwal has kept its first promise, while media is watching it closely. Or is it other way round? – Since media is watching Delhi government kept its first promise?
Nothing will change for these, who actually need water (image credits to indianexpress.com)
By free water and cheaper electricity, as I understood, as supposed to be achieved through the efficiency through bringing down corruption, fixing wastage, suppress mafia and improve operations scientifically. Apparently answer is none of the above, instead it’s a socialistic populist freebie.
I am not impressed so far, in fact I am worried on what’s coming next. Here, let me list down 5 things which, I think, are wrong by the way it is implemented
Some detailed, the money for free water is taken out of from the profits made by delhi Jal Board in past years. The Idea is, profit out of public money, should go back to public, for free! Remember India 40-50 years back? Never_dream_of_profit policy? This is version 2.
What happens after this profit in coffer wears out? They either will have to stop free-water flow or raise money through taxes. Either way, won’t be free anymore!
What about houses which aren’t in water grid? They don’t have free water now anyway, later point these guys need to pay for something they aren’t exactly benefitting from. Double trouble!
One of the feature least thought about is, If a meter consumes even a litre more than ‘free’ limit, entire consumption is charged! There are no slabs. This means dilwale Delhi people can no longer host any guest who baths daily.
Free-water does not translate to availability of it. Honestly, I still wonder, what is the bigger problem in Delhi? Not having water round the clock? Or paying for the service who brings it to you?
A tick on free water, electricity next. Without even an audit, 50% tariff reduction is written on stone. Let’s see how they mess this up?
Blasphemy cases in India are mostly one way traffic ! For example, Sanal Edmaraku do you remember? He had to flee India to avoid arrest for showing scientific temper and exposing a hoax, while guys like this make complete use of “freedom of his religion” and get away with that !
There are already some Taliban style Fatwa’s on him, but we all know nothing much gonna happen anyway.
There is nothing much to worry about him though, he will not be the next Malik Kafur! I know this kind, I have seen many, he’s going to spend rest of his life writing heart_and_arrow signs on public toilet doors and may be some sex toons too.
But I am worried about Sanal, he represents free speech and scientific temper in India, and I am guessing blasphemy case on him will stay for next couple of decades!
Although Hindu honor killing is a gruesome and sordid affair, it differs in many important respects from honor killing in neighboring Pakistan and other Muslim countries. Indian Hindus murder men for honor more often than do Pakistani Muslims, and they murder for reasons mainly related to concerns about caste purity.
Perhaps the most striking characteristic of Hindu honor killings is the fact that Indians abandon the horrific practice when they migrate to the West whereas many Pakistani Muslims carry it with them. Part of the explanation may lie in their different patterns of acculturation upon immigrating to the West. Young Hindus in the West are no less prone to violate traditional social codes than young Muslims, and their parents may be no less furious when they do, but Hindu families in the West do not feel the same degree of public humiliation and shame as they might experience back in India. They are eager to preserve their cultural identity but not at the expense of alienating their adoptive communities. The absence of dreaded khap panchayats no doubt mitigates the consequences of dishonor.
The first thing that strikes you about India is how dirty it is. In a word, the place is disgusting. All of it. The entire country. Never before have I seen mountains of garbage the size of a small house stacked on the side of a road, in broad daylight, in the middle of a city, repeatedly. Dumpsters tipped over and overflowing. Mounds of trash — wrappers, cups, papers, napkins, strewn all about, mixed with sludge from the soda and urine and spit coagulated from thousands of daily passersby.
There’s no single sentence for India. The place is a fucking mess. And it’s the only country that I’ve ever been to where I left more confused than when I arrived. My search for meaning came up empty time and time again
Image “Don’t mess with Finland” is making rounds in Internet, its called “Be afraid, Be very afraid!”
Indeed, very impressive. But do you know a what is more impressive ? One which involved us – Battle of Longewala ! (Can it be called “last stand”? ’cause we won!).
Too bad it is not in top 10. Anyway, Be afraid, Be very afraid!
Tank tracks at Longewala. Photographic reconnaissance image taken at the time showing the desperate last minute manoeuvres by Pakistani tanks in the Longewala sector. Circles show destroyed Pakistani tanks.