Civic Reflections

Reflections on recent city happenings.

Oct 05 2015
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Why did HSR Open Street initiative receive negative feedback by some people? Resistance comes from the biased mindset, says Sakuntala Narasimhan.
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Sep 02 2015
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Half litre Nandini milk and curd packets don't carry the words 'Use by' on the packaged date stamping. As a result, you might be buying old milk, which might curdle the moment you keep it for heating. What's wrong here?
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Apr 14 2015
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
What happens when there is no police officer present at the time of a traffic violation? It is then up to road users and drivers to follow rules, and report violations when the law is broken.
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Mar 11 2015
Sakuntala Narasimhan
BBMP has no money. Pourakarmikas mix the garbage segregated by the residents. What is the use if people advocate segregation at source, when that is not going to yield any desired results?
Dec 11 2014
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Did rapes take place 30 years ago? Yes, but they barely came to light. The case of a dalit girl’s rape in police station led to the formation of rape law in India. What has changed between now and then?
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Oct 25 2014
Sakuntala Narasimhan
No money to check stray dogs menace, or ensure proper working of government hospitals. Meanwhile government is to spend on renovations and clubhouses.
Jul 29 2014
Sakuntala Narasimhan
Guidelines are relaxed for government schools because, there may not be enough infrastructure to implement the rules. Why does this double standard exist?
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Jun 02 2014
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
It's true that weddings are once-in-life-time celebrations. But how do we celebrate - by spending lavishly, or do we need to find another way to celebrate it meaningfully? Do we care about the side-effect it can have?
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Apr 09 2014
Sakuntala Narasimhan
They advertise about how easy it is to get your voter card. In reality, it is not a cakewalk!
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Nov 15 2013
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
A little orange coloured circle at South End intersection typifies all that is wrong, sad and messed up in this once-graceful city of Bengaluru.
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Sep 24 2013
Sakuntala Narasimhan
Time has to come to start a new kind of Satyagraha in Bengaluru, as the civic body governing the city has failed in all aspects of administration.
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Sep 07 2013
Sakuntala Narasimhan
We cook, clean, care for the elderly and the sick, raise children, and earn to keep the family fed. Yet we are treated as jokes, objects that are less than human, not to be taken seriously. Where is the justice?
Aug 08 2013
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Shouldn’t BBMP’s initiative begin with proper instructions to its own staff, instead of issuing large, half page ads in the papers to “educate” citizens on the importance of segregating rubbish?
Jul 01 2013
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
We are getting milked like cows, because the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation is not interested in plugging the leaks, or is unable to do anything, because the rot has gone so deep.
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Jun 17 2013
Sakuntala Narasimhan
Why are we not connected with our neighbours? Why are we failing to reach out to our own kith and kin? Where have the moral lessons in schools disappeared?
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Jun 11 2013
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
2.87 cr for 20 new Innovas! We are seeing the same rapacious self-aggrandisement and callous disregard of the public mandate.
May 27 2013
Sakuntala Narasimhan
We need to take the blame too, as residents. If exercising our franchise was a duty, so is the participation in decision-making. RWA meetings draw poor attendance, because they are not seen as “important.”
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Apr 21 2013
Sakuntala Narasimhan
In her column, Sakuntala Narasimhan reflects how the manifestoes released during election season end up being the means used to lure voters, nothing more.
Feb 13 2013
Sakuntala Narasimhan
Rice at Rs 2 for whom? There are poor residents of Bengaluru who have been trying to a ration card, for years. The budget is an exercise to use public money to enhance the ruling party's prospects in the coming elections.
Feb 06 2013
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
When it comes to providing services, BBMP claims to be cash strapped. But money is no issue when it comes to statues?
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Jan 17 2013
Sakuntala Narasimhan
Slowly, but surely, and with increasing frequency, we are hearing of action by individuals or small groups, raising protests and making a difference - whether it is saving a lake or stopping garbage dumping.
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Dec 04 2012
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Elections will come. But no social equity on the agenda. We forget, without the millions of poor workers, none of us can manage.
Nov 19 2012
Sakuntala Narasimhan
Reclaim our city, the same way that the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters managed to catch global attention last year?
Oct 31 2012
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
What examples are the authorities, the Vice chancellor, Registrar setting for the younger generation? With BU’s reputation plummeting, thousands of students passing out of here and applying abroad, find their chances eroded.
Oct 26 2012
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Residents whose dogs mess up the pavements and public places, are now warned that they will be fined and penalised. Will there be inspectors standing along all pathways, to keep track and nab the offenders and collect a fine?
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