Stop building parks, build the nation instead…

The world is a Maya and we remain disillusioned by its ways. The biggest apparition that we face is that taxpayers’ money exists for the full welfare of the state, when in reality it exists so partially and sometimes negligibly. Call it megalomania if you will, but, spending close to 684 crores of taxpayers money on a park, in a poor state, is a colossal waste and hoarding statues of oneself is a sign of psychological unrest. The purpose of Maya’s park is sheer appeasement of Maya’s pneuma and ego. It is her way of etching her insignia across India’s most populous state in a permanent way. People’s memories are short and if Maya were to be ousted from her chair, there still stands a grandiose park that serves as a reminder of the power centre of Mayawati that once was. After all, she is no Ambedkar or Periyar who worked selflessly for the Dalits and expected little or no recognition in return, certainly not through statues and parks. When Maya leaves, nobody will be running around to build her statues or name public libraries, educational institutions and roads after her, so, its best to get the job done at an opportune time. Now.

Building parks and statues takes precedence over everything else. Forget the fact that four hundred children recently died in Uttar Pradesh due to the outbreak of the viral encephalitis in the last few months. The virus is transmitted via contaminated waters, the public health care system in the state is in shambles and this is a tragedy that repeats every year. Health officials have stated that an improvement in sanitation and drinking water supply is vital. The funds disbursed by the state government has dried up and only thirty six staff of researchers and doctors are being paid to treat a few thousands who have been admitted in the hospitals of Gorakhpur region of Uttar Pradesh.

Besides building statues and parks that distracts serious and grievous issues, the UP Government is ironically playing the perfect host for the Formula One, which could be considered the most elitist of all sports. This is an event where the State Government has granted a tax exemption to the organizing company. In what way does the Formula One serve to better the society that it deserves a tax break? This is an event whose venue has been created by forceful acquisition of agricultural land and goes on to get a tax break! This is a state where more than 2.5 lakh farmers have committed suicide between 1995 and 2010 and year round cultivation is getting more and more difficult due to rising prices and land acquisitions for commercial purposes. This is a state where grains are purposefully made to rot and the poor are allowed to starve and a reason why more than half the children in Uttar Pradesh are malnourished. This is a state that has ostentatiously spent more than 2,500 crores on parks alone.

Many more of our leaders continue to take a walk in Maya’s park when the going is good. If Maya builds her own statues, there are a few more who indulge in other forms of self-gratification in the most crass manner, ignoring the needs of the state or the constituency that elected them to their seat of absolute power. The list is endless. Our leaders will be long remembered after they are gone if they served us with dedication. No number of parks, and statutes that they build or the cash garlands that they wear will speak for their labour. Enough of parks have been built, whether it is for the Nehru – Gandhi family or now for Mayawati’s hobbies. If only all that money was used for a better purpose, there would be no children dying in UP today from the viral encephalitis. It’s time to stop building parks and it’s time to build the nation instead.

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12 Responses to “Stop building parks, build the nation instead…”

  1. Sharmila,

    Oops… I should have guessed this one was about Mayawati.

    I don’t think we should draw attention to her aims and objectives. UP is a potential treasure for multinationals.

    There are glaring contradictions that give away her intentions. But it is better to allow her to do her job.

    For instance, UP is the largest, greenest, richest agricultural state in the country. It is fed by perennial rivers like Ganga and Yamuna. Why do we need parks in such a place? Because Mayawati’s tribes are occupying substantial part of the land.

    There is a need to persuade them to give it away and industrialize. If she feels this is the right way, so be it. So long as the tribals feel empowered, they can keep their ideals, and the industries will get a chance to transform the state.

    A thousand crores is nothing compared to the value of what that state can produce.

    UP is divided among castes and religions. It is not going to turnaround so soon. Mayawati is better than Mulayam Singh who negotiated the Muslim votes in UP with Prime Minister Rafsanjani of Iran.

    Mayawati is not an anti-national, anglicized Indian. She is in tune with her vote banks, which is what matters in UP. I hope she wins again in the coming assembly polls. She is a better option than Mulayam (SP), Rajnath SIngh (BJP) or the Congress (headless chicken in UP)

  2. Oops.. Rafsanjani was President of Iran, when Mulayam was the defense minister. He landed his flight straight in UP instead of following the protocol and being formally received at Delhi.

  3. Muraliraja Says:

    Happy Deepavali to Reader, Aishwarya, Sharmila & all the regular visitors…

  4. Sharmila, Aishwarya, Anand, Murali,

    A very happy diwali. Diwali is a festival of victories and achievements. May this diwali bring new inspirations and new frontiers to conquer! Lets surpass our own expectations this year. Lets beat our limitations. Lets be perfect.

    When the creation was new and all the stars shone in their first splendour, the gods held their assembly in the sky and sang “Oh picture of perfection the joy unalloyed.”

    But one cried of a sudden – “It seems that somewhere there is a break in the chain of light and one of the stars has been lost.”

    The golden string of their harp snapped, their song stopped, and they cried in dismay – “Yes, that lost star was the best, she was the glory of all heavens!”

    From that day the search is unceasing for her, and the cry goes on from one to the other that in her the world has lost its one joy!

    Only in the deepest silence of night the stars smile and whisper among themselves – “Vain is this seeking! Unbroken perfection is all!”

    Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Geetanjali

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    I’m sorry I was offline all day. Was called away to do a recce for a new project.

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