Traffic rules good, but some rationale helps citizens better...
Apr 17 2015
MENACE OF MOB MENTALITY
A man reportedly driving crazily, mowing down people and perhaps even hurting a cop, is chased and finally stopped. Then, in an instant, the crowd becomes a mob, and is on the verge of losing control. Can you imagine this in your residential neighbourhood? Ammu Joseph witnessed such an incident today and posted this account of it on Facebook.
Jun 29 2008
While high profile, high powered summits on urban infrastructure development are hogging media headlines, a more low-key process taking place on the ground holds out hope for the beleaguered residents of one corner of the city. We citizens...
Jun 02 2008
So we now have a new government and one that says it will keep its promises. And we have freshly-elected MLAs, including some who have gone on record "rededicating themselves to the citizens of their constituencies." ...
May 24 2008
At the end of a recent article headlined " A right to walk ," Gurcharan Das suggested encouragingly that citizens can make a difference to city life if they really try. "The starting point is to extend your circle of...1
May 07 2008
The spouse of a politician standing for election from one of several constituencies in Bangalore visited our home today to persuade us to vote for her partner. The entourage of about ten or twelve people brought with them not only the customary leaflet...1
Apr 02 2008
VIPs continue to be stumbling blocks in the paths of ordinary citizens. My daughter and I had another brush with a V/VIP at HAL Airport on Friday (28 March) morning. This time it was Rahul Gandhi. There were no noticeable signs at the entrance...
Mar 25 2008
Last Thursday evening there was such an exceptionally grim gridlock at HAL Airport that landing passengers had to cool their heels or wander about between cars and puddles for over half an hour while their pick-up vehicles were...2
Mar 18 2008
I thought I'd begin my blog on Citizen Matters with the question: does the citizen really matter? Recent experiences in Bangalore suggest that they do not, especially in the context of public policy. The ongoing brouhaha...