28 July, 2021

Public Roadshows

If all that these ads claim is true, how come we as citizens have not seen any change? And can't the money be put to better use?

illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
Public Roadshows
Are you aware that you just gave away half a crore of your rupees to Shri Anant G. Geete, minister for power? You also gave it away to Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, minister for human resources development; Uma Bharati, minister for coal and mines; Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, minister for chemicals and fertilisers; M. Kannappan, minister of state for non-conventional energy sources; and T.R. Baalu, minister for environment and forests. The people of Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab gave it to their chief ministers. On Indira Gandhi's death anniversary, you gave it to the Delhi government. You must be angry. Why wouldn't you be? Because you know you did not give it away. So was it stolen? Well, you can say, as good as. If some greedy person takes half a crore rupees to enhance his personal image without so much as asking you, you have every right to be livid. Just look at the newspapers, I am not asking you to read them. People have possibly not reacted because they turn a natural blind eye to it. The stuff is not normally read except by those who put it in and beguile themselves...

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