Public Health, Safety and Welfare

Be it the Cauvery River Dispute, the Telengana issue, or anything else – fuel price hikes, seems like a  Bandh, a complete shutdown is the only way to go. What started out originally to protest against critical or sensitive issues is now being used by every Tom,Dick and Harry parties/factions/groups…name it, you have it to further their interests. No longer a district, town, city or even a state bandh is enough, a country-wide Bharath bandh is the way to go. No more modest leaders, no more concerns for how it affects the common citizen….and definitely nothing to protect “Public Health, Safety and Welfare.”

If all these so-called protests and shutdowns are to fight against/highlight some issue, then why does it choke traffic, daily supplies and cripple the common man? Why do political parties always overplay any situation for political mileage? Why can’t any issue be resolved peacefully through constitutional means?

Its not only in these protests that concern for public health, safety and welfare is missing, it is in every area – be it basic facilities, apathy of public officials, building codes and even medical and educational facilities. Seems like everyone is in there to make a profit, with absolutely no worry about how it is going to affect their community. For example, at this very minute, there are at least 15+ high-density, multi-family residential developments are coming on Sarjapur Road, Bangalore (and this is not counting the smaller ones cropping up). Imagine, 200+ cars per development coming out and the impact on just Sarjapur Road…….I shudder to think about the impacts on infrastructure, traffic, schools and public health network, let alone air and water quality.

I am not trying to whine or crib but i am just wondering when the leaders who have sworn in to do right  to all manner of people in accordance with the Constitution will actually do it. Don’t they realise that their utmost duty is to protect public health, safety and welfare?

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.”

“There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hope soon to be swept away.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

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