Delhi government under Arvind Kejriwal has kept its first promise, while media is watching it closely. Or is it another way round? – Since the press is watching Delhi government kept its early 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 about 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 funds, should go back to the public, for free! Remember India 40-50 years ago? Never_dream_of_profit policy? This is version 2.
What happens after this profit in coffer wears out? They either will have to stop the free-water flow or raise money through taxes. Either way, won’t be free anymore!
What about houses which aren’t in the water grid? They don’t have free water now anyway, later point these guys need to pay for something they aren’t precisely benefitting from. Double trouble!
One of the features least thought about is, If a meter consumes even a litre more than ‘free’ limit, total 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 which brings it to you?
A tick on free water, electricity next. Without even an audit, a 50% tariff reduction is written on stone. Let’s see how they mess this up?
It was obvious, although not socially accepted. Brahmins-dalits, dravidians-aryans, hindus-muslims christians-jews, when it comes to India they are already mixed! Every is has certain percentage of someone else. Not a good news for many, but hey I dint make this up 🙂
Here, a post gives you a breakdown of socially defined races by percentage of actual %age races. Its statistical data, so there will be +/- error, but in general they make a lot of sense to me. If you disagree, send your toothbrush.
South Indian Brahmins claim northern Indo-Aryan origins. The genetics certainly bear this out, albeit with some probable admixture with the local substrate. There are many specific questions which can be asked and answered. The Cochin and Bene Israel Jews of the west coast of India clearly do have highly elevated Middle Eastern components of ancestry, though they are highly admixed with the native populations. My own question: do the Nasrani Christians truly descend from Jews? I would have dismissed this outright a few months ago, but I am not sure sure now. The western coast of India seems to have long-standing connections to southern Arabia, so we need to flesh out these patterns in more detail.
On 8th.. Women’s Day cards were getting distributed, written “happy women’s day” on them, I too got one!. Not sure what was so happy about it, perhaps the font and the colour (obviously stereotypical pink!). Women were in Saree (which I feel, itself is a symbol of oppression) and happy talk was all around, mostly about shopping. On TV Burkha Dutta was talking something like “should we have, have it at all, or No?”, Vidya Balan was also there, to promote her new filllem.. obviously. Not a single soul spent a day stressing the plight of subjugated women!
This is what happens in India, every cause gets converted into a festival with celebration, not much about the cause itself. ( Going forward, you can expect Ordering Pizza on world malnourishment day, and visiting temple on International AIDS awareness day – cause they are special days.)
Anyhow, there is some seriousness in other parts of world (where again, women are subjugated!). Bit Bizarre, but had to be done. Here this :
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