Blog Past: A Journey and A Conversation

From a post a year ago about a visit to Nageshwar temple in Madhya Pradesh:

I asked the driver and the watchman about the government. They said the government made no difference to them. The MPs and MLAs only came to ask for votes and were never seen again. Both voted, and would flip their vote each time because they saw no progress.

Many of the 12-15 year-olds end up going to Mumbai, taken up typically by a family which wants a domestic help or someone to help at the shop. Employment opportunities locally are few and far between – there is no manufacturing happening. NREGA provides some employment once in a while, but it only ends up being at best a few days in a month.

For the most part, little has changed in the lives of this India. As a nation, we have failed them – by not being able to provide a decent education and by not providing adequate employment opportunities. The time has come for India’s politics of votebanks to be replaced by the politics of development. We need to get Zakirbhai and Radheshyam dreaming about a New India for their children.

2 thoughts on “Blog Past: A Journey and A Conversation

  1. From what i can see, there should basically be some focus on

    i. Creating a functional and responsive system of public services delivery

    In IT services organisations (where I come from), there are standardised system of certification like SEI-CMM and there are regular industry level surveys done to grade and rate such services providers.

    We would need one for govt offices that dispense citizen services.

    ii. Creating the necessary awareness so the system is self correcting and what is practiced stays true to the spirit of the system in place

    What services are supposed to be delivered by whom, and how they are supposed to be delivered. Who maintains an account of what is being delivered, how it is being delivere

    It may be really worthwhile for people (say holding administritive positions, bureaucrats like IAS, IPS officers..) to come forward and explain to public how the current system is meant to work.
    Preferably in the format of of TED Forums/ INK Taks.

    I really wonder what these retired bureaucrats/ IAS officers do.
    With their collective knowledge and experience and connections, how much they can contribute and complement the activities of these rights/activist groups like Team Anna and NGOs like