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    Subject: Do our Governments respond only to violent protest Main Point: There is growing feeling that the governments would respond only to mass
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 8, 2013
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       Subject:Do our Governments respond only to violent protest
       Main Point:There is growing feeling that the governments would respond only to mass demonstrations and violent protests .
       Category of Topic:Governance
       Message:DO  OUR  GOVERNMENTS  RESPOND  ONLY TO  VIOLENT  PROTESTS ?

      Today, there are many reasons for common man to feel unhappy  and frustrated. Inspite of  such  conditions ,  people try to remain tolerant and quiet to the extent possible. They express their grievances and complaints in various forums available to them including  through media. But, the sad fact is that the government machinery ( ministers  and bureaucrats) largely ignore such complaints and  seldom  respond to them, leaving the people high and dry.

      Under the circumstances, there is growing feeling that the governments would respond only to mass demonstrations and violent protests and without resorting to such form of protests, it would not any more be possible for the people to redress even their  minor grievances.

      It is well known that in Tamil Nadu, people are very unhappy about the rapid spread of liquor habit and increasing number of liquor addicts in various age groups and across different economic levels.  Several  tasmac shops have been  set up near schools and colleges,  near  places of worship and  in residential areas. Women and children feel extremely insecured as the liquor addicts roam everywhere and indulge  in unsavoury behaviour in public.  Hundreds of complaints from all over Tamil Nadu have been made to the authorities, demanding that the tasmac shops should be removed from such places. But,  in several cases , an unresponsive government remain as if it has not heard such demands at all . Then, the only option left for the people is to come out on streets and voice their protests. As even peaceful protests do not any more get response from  authorities, there is no alternative for people other than blocking the road and obstructing the traffic to draw the attention of the government.  On many occasions, such protests are  met by lathi charge by the police , which even creates greater anger.

      Many other instances can be readily cited and now public protests even on many trivial issues  such as drainage block, non supply of drinking water,  frequent unscheduled power interruptions, voltage fluctuations  etc. have become the order of the day.  Obviously, the people are losing the faith that the government would listen to fair demands and would  try to solve the people's problems in quick time in the absence of such public protests.

      What is at stake is the credibility of the government . The finger has to  be pointed out at those in authority , for their inability or unwillingness to conduct  themselves and their administration, in a way that would meet the expectations of the common man. 

      Gone are the days when representations and petitions from people would  be studied and acted upon and suitable response would be sent .  Now, what is happening  is a  routine letter of acknowledgement and rarely anything happen beyond that in most  cases.  People who have experienced rule by Kamaraj and  Rajaji know the difference.

      It is increasingly being heard that even if one would submit petition under RTI Act, replies are not received within stipulated time and sometimes evasive replies are given , forcing  the petitioners  to send repeated reminders.  On many occasions, the petitioners become tired and give up.

      It is high time that the ministers  and bureaucrats as well as  the officials in the lower level should realise that  their continued indifference to the people's  genuine grievances  is spreading an atmosphere of restlessness and culture of agitation.  This is not a good sign for a healthy and peaceful society. If such conditions would continue, everyone would suffer and politicians would find that gun wielding police men will not be adequate to protect them. 

       


       Name:N.S.Venkataraman
       Organisation:Nandini Vocie For The Deprived
       Location:Chennai
       Email 1:nsvenkatchennai@...,
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       Information about yourself:Trustee Nandini Voice For The DeprivedN.S.Venkataraman
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