Tuesday, August 26, 2003
SOCIAL DISTRESS : The headlines that said it all
A lot has been said on blogs about the Bombay blasts. I have just one observation for you.
Sify reported the following headline - Blasts shock Mumbai into silence.
ET reported the following headline - Zaveri Bazar sheds a tear, gets busy again.
So much for the hue and cry over such a tragedy. Have we become desensitized to justice?
CONSUMER : Consumer CAS-ualty
In yet another game of politics affecting the common man, the Government has taken a decision to defer the implementation of CAS (Conditional Access System) only in south Delhi till after the legislative assembly polls. The rollout is planned to go forward as expected on the September 1st deadline for the remain metros (zonal in Bombay and Calcutta, and city-wide is Chennai). A debatable point, when you wonder why the rest of the metros should act as guinea pigs to the political centre of the country.
The idea behind the implementation, though well-intended, is not well thought out for such a hurried rollout. Here are the issues that the consumer faces -
But above all, the decision to delay the rollout of CAS in S. Delhi shows how Delhi-centric Indian politics and how a city can hold a larger social decision to ransom. The entire decision stinks of hypocrisy at the heart of Indian politics.
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