Monday, September 21, 2009

Political views-Tale piece

So, the Supreme Court has halted the statue installing spree of the Mayawati government. The top court has blasted the U. P. government for wasteful expenditure of public money in the name of constructing memorials of Dalit icons in Lucknow. (Hindustan Times-September 9th , 2009).

Mayawati has installed her statues along with those of her mentor Kanshiram, Ambedkar and her party symbol elephant at various places in Lucknow and God knows where else, at the expenditure of more then two thousand five hundred crores of public money. News papers and media have been quite critical of her. And now this Supreme Court order.

Personally, I don’t think Mayawati has done anything wrong. Most politicians do it, that is, waste public money. That is why they are there in the first place. Only their modus operandi is different. So why lament?

To be fair to Mayawati, she has declared that though right now she has spent money, after some initial months, she will charge money form public who wish to enter the garden where her statues are installed. She is sure people will wish to have her ‘DARSHAN.’ Money thus collected will be spent on public welfare. See? How fair? She will collect money from public and spend on public. Nothing for her. Media has been unnecessarily critical of her. She has only public interest in mind. And this time she has given double benefit to the public. Here is how:

Those of us who want to seek her blessings have to travel quite a distance, thereby spending good amount of money on transportation as well as our time. She has solved this problem. Where ever you are, just get out of your house, walk a little distance, turn left or right as the case maybe, and there is your Mayawati: life size to bless you. No more distant travel, no wait. Money saved, time saved. That is one benefit. Now what little pay as entry fee is going to be spent on your welfare only. So your money is back in your pocket by way of welfare schemes. This is your second benefit.

Mayawati has just made one little mistake. She should not have erected statues of Kanshiram and others. Her own statue is alright, but it should have been without her purse. In place of other statues, she should have, instead, installed life size statue of her purse with ‘piggy bank’ hole in it, big enough to slide thousand Rupees notes in it and small enough so that no body can take them out. After the Taj fiasco poor Mayawati is left poorer. Just as she is thinking of public welfare, we should also think of her. Those visiting Mayawati ‘s statues after paying a little entry fee, which in turn will be used for their own benefit, should also put something in that ‘ Piggy bank’ suitcase in appreciation of Mayawati’s whole hearted efforts to save your money and time. So let’s reciprocate. One good deed deserves another.


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