4 Jul

A democratic government, it is said, is ‘for the people,’ ‘of the people,’ and ‘by the people.’ But, of late, the term ‘government’ has undergone a metamorphosis, and has assumed a neo-con connotation, meaning a tool ‘for the exploitation of people,’ ‘of the exploitation of people,’ and ‘by the exploitation of people’ by political babus and ‘perpetuating the exploitation of people’ by these babus.


Is a government meant for the welfare of the people or to exploit the people for the own welfare of the political babus or the powers that be? Is a government meant for alleviating and mitigating the miseries of the common man, or for inflating the coffers of the babus that last for umpteen generations to come? Is a government meant to provide succour to the torments of the people, or suck away all the succour meant for them? Going by the instances and precedents witnessed recently in India, and especially, Hyderabad, the latter seems to be the order of the day for the government!


The government is exploiting people to the core in numerous unprecedented and novel ways, and making people believe that this ‘exploitation’ is for their own good! In a way, it is exploitation of the term ‘exploitation’ to the hilt by the government. How else do you explain the government enforcing 100% of our population to consume iodized salt when only 2% of the population suffers from goiter? There’s not an iota of doubt in anyone’s mind that there is a powerful corporate lobby with an axe to grind, which is thrusting its egoistic interests upon the government, for which the government certainly must be getting some ‘financial gains.’


Of late, the frequent unscheduled and erratic power cuts in Hyderabad, courtesy our Chief Minister, YSR, is another moot point! Power cuts take place everyday for about 2-5 hours, but what is mysterious about these power cuts is that no one ever knows when the power cuts will happen! It could happen at the break of dawn or in the dead night! It is left to the discretion of the whims and fancies of the government. The government does not feel obligated an iota to inform the people about the schedule of the power cuts by publicizing it in newspapers, radio, or television. But, when it comes to collection of money for electricity bills, the government will supererogate to inform people through public address system to pay their bills on time or face disconnection of power. Truly, the sense of responsibility and accountability of the government needs a ‘special’ mention and appreciation here!


I think I have a bright idea here! We all should submit a petition to the Chief Minister, and start a movement to rename Andhra Pradesh as “Andhera Pradesh” (the Black State of India) because half of the time in a day there is no power here! This will be one of the greatest achievements of the Congress regime, which the party can keep harping on in eternity in the forthcoming elections, just like they misuse (oops…..cleverly use and manipulate) the names of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, even after they are dead, to garner votes in their names!


No wonder, the government will go a long way in harassing the people, and people will also make all out efforts in ensuring that the government continues to harass them with ascending intensity, courtesy their apathetic behaviour and acquiescent attitude!



© 2008. P. Mohan Chandran. All Rights Reserved.




  1. T A Ramesh Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 00:51 #

    It is not only in Andrha but also in Pondicherry State the management by the Congress is so! In our State the Congress party ministers fight among themselves taking the role of opposition too and leave the people in despair! Precious time, money and energy are lost because of their Tom foolery here! Change is what everybody looks for now here too!

  2. Ravi Chandra Mohan Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 13:23 #

    Hey dear Mohan what you said is true….they are here to gaining some thing by their positions,…and can any body tell me one politician name who is not selfish or greedy of money,power,chair,favour or fear of loss of position….in this govt Hindu temples only(for example opp:Anand Theatre-Secunderabad) removed and placed some where but not to other relegions like they could not demolish the arch of other relegion on the way to international airport , and one more example is near mettuguda that is church for road expansion……coz they may lose some support from other parties or other relegion people they are taken Hindus for granted(but like me no body will raise a voice on that coz we all are so busy with work and family)……..every politician is looking the position for their gaining as an investment for the thousands of crores income(may be lakhs of crores)…..and so on…and on…beyond our thinkings….. that may GOD knows.

  3. Krishnan Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 16:06 #

    Andhera Pradesh is quite creative tag for AP partly for the power crises that almost every where in the developing economies including many other states in India. I belong to Kerala where acute power shortage is a great problem. Partly the reason is transmission losses and theft. But there is another fight going on ebtween the environmentalists and government on some new hydro electric power projects in the name of nature andbeautiful valleys. I don’t really know about the power crises in AP is because of full suppy to urban (Hyd) and reduced supply to the rural and larger dialogues on eraltively less wealth creation inhte country side. I don’t know!!! Coming to the issue on Iodine… Better policies are always good… Say a health policy like this one on using Iodized Salt. To begin with, tha large branded players will definitely on the advantageous side and SMEs will require some time to catch up with that. I don’t think India or say AP as a great Police Man to enforce this policy from the Day One. So we could wait and see about what is happening with this issue on “Salt”, which once was a major call by Gandhiji for Non-Cooperative mode of struggle for freedom in the ’30s. Betting on policy is always an easy game… But crafting and implementing better policies are always a dauting task. I think there should be people like Mohan should be there to become the voice of the many through open criticism, but at the same time, we need to think in another line that how many of us really went through the websites and online forums of many national policy making organizations and contributed as common public before their policy release. How many of you know about the existence of something called as the national Planning commission website or the National Knoweldege commission website whee people like Dr. C.Rangarajan or Sam Pitroda asks for suggestions on policy changes from “Aam Aadmi”… So I think we desparately need to shift gears to a fire preventing mode in terms of argumenting rather than fire fighting… as India is on a high economic growth mode now (leave aside barrel prices or inflation for the time being ans these are short phenomenon)… Thanks to all… Thanks to Mohan for the endeavor… Regards,

  4. satyanarayana murthy Monday, July 7, 2008 at 11:49 #

    Thats an excellent explanation about life in our state.I think we can improve but the factors which environ’s us are very disparaging for the government to do any thing to us .But what I say is even then the govt. can do much for us with the present conditions ,but they don’t do.sir,what you say is 100% true.

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