Friday, August 26, 2016
Ask Dana Majhi not to worry: development will be delivered soon! - Ranjan Panda
(Pic: grabbed from a tv news)
This picture is now making millions of rounds in the media. This is of Dana Majhi of Kalahandi district whose wife died and the hospital denied him a mortuary vehicle. He started walking down to his village carrying his wife himself and had crossed about 10 kms of the total 60 kms road that some media people discovered this, made a news and called up the district medical officials so that a vehicle can be arranged. The entire country is angry on this incidence and rightly so. This is a shame on our system but I am sure no one will be held responsible for this. After we discover another such news, Dana Majhi's case will be forgotten. After the Mahanadi issue popped up, we have forgotten the Nagada malnutrition deaths of children!
This brings me back to a few pertinent questions that I keep asking to myself and others. 1. What is the real development? Building roads and buildings or having a humane system that manages these? 2. How has the GDP growth number helped improve the service delivery system and more importantly the accountability of the system managers i.e. government? 3. Is it really 'development deficit' or the failure of 'development?'
Don't be under any illusion that Dana Majhi's case is a singular one in the country. This is just one of the reported cases. There must be thousands of such cases happening in each state during the duration of my writing this post. Our governments are busy in 'construction' as the 'image' of development. We have all sorts of jargons like Smart Cities, Digital India, bla bla... but no teachers to teach our children in govt. schools, no doctors to treat the common people, no growth in quality public transport, no increase in provisioning clean drinking water and most importantly no accountability.
Be it contamination of drinking water, failure of health administration in cases such as the one in point, pollution of water bodies by industries, killing of our forests and rivers by our government policies/actions, collapse of our education system so on and so forth, no one is accountable. Each time a case gets reported and there is a media/public outrage, an inquiry committee is formed that either delays the report till the public memory fades or covers up the mistake of the govt. The government that we see does not behave like one elected by the people and meant for their service but a servant of the powerful politicians, bureaucrats and their masters.
Our memory fades and we clap when another road is built for the rich's car and industrialist's goods truck to ply.
We love roads, buildings, big shots and our ability to forget things so fast.
We are positive people, we should not report all these negative news. Praise the governments, the politicians and bureaucrats day in and day out and there are many benefits on the cards! Dana will get some more kilograms of rice, a few thousand rupees and a few artificial sympathizers.
Keep doing that my progressive friends! Keep calculating the GDP numbers. Development is going to take birth in this nation some day for sure!!
- - 26th August 2016