Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Thanks to BM DC Contributors

Views of the readers were sought here on what do they think about BMDC.

Do you think BMDC will be a milestone to meet the aspirations of the people?

Name: slakshmindra, Guwahati [Yes]

I would say "yes", of course. It signifies our political entity in a multilingual state which is infested with corruption, extremism and a communal divide.

Name: Jishu/Bangalore [Yes]

Reading the few comments on BM DC, if not anything, I share the apprehension of many here – “…the intended purpose of BM DC may get lost in the din of initial euphoria or the lure of money into its coffers !” However, to be fair, it is definitely a progressive development for the community and one hopes, the rancor among many of the community members do pave its way towards a constructive debate. A debate that looks into a concrete framework for the BM DC with adequate controls so that the whims and fancies of a select group of individuals don’t become the rule. In simple words, the council should be a fine example where opinions of even the opposing parties are allowed to co-exist. I know this may sound a fallacy to many but I would rather advocate this view in this initial “feel good” moment of the council taking shape.

Secondly, as I have observed here, the criticisms seem to be the harshest from the “armchair” variety of critics. Well, there isn’t a bar on the severity of a comment but I think, one should also be cognizant of the people who have actually walked endlessly in the corridors of power meeting power brokers, arranging meetings and so on. Many would agree that this is often a thankless job especially in our community where the dominant mindset is “…I would have done better than my neighbour ..” . The real contributors (and I don’t know who they are at this point?) to this achievement deserve atleast a word of acknowledgement and appreciation from the community.

Thirdly, there is too much of semantics being discussed here. Frankly who cares “…whether BM DC is a milestone or not!”. What one cares is its future and for that, what steps need to be taken. And I don’t see much of the debate along these lines.

I would say "yes", of course. It signifies our political entity in a multilingual state which is infested with corruption, extremism and a communal divide.
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