>I have been living in this house for five years now and just the thought of having to give it up is depressing. The thought of having to give it up to a government that hopes to build a future on the foundation of destruction isn’t depressing; it’s downright annoying. The government wants to acquire our home because they need a parking space for government vehicles! And we, who live in this 100-year old house spread over an area of 60,000 sq feet, must make peace with the idea of having our house blown up by a dynamite (there’s no other way they can break down these walls), to have the trees planted with love and tended to with affection uprooted, to have the garden filled with brick and mortar – so that the government officials and their sundry visitors have a place to park their cars.
And no, we aren’t expected to be emotional about a house. We cannot smart from the idea of abdicating a lifestyle we built over the years for a parking lot to a government building that came up much after this house was built. We are not even taking into account the financial setback that the acquisition is going to cause us. But it’s pathetic that we cannot bring up the fact that a sprawling BSP party office has been built not 100 yards away by acquiring many such bungalows as ours. And that space cannot be utilised for parking. Why? Because the statues of reverend Kanshiram and Mayawati are installed within its precincts that is not even open to all their worshippers.
I’ve talked about this before on this blog but I glossed over the details because they seemed irrelevant then. I do now feel the need to point out how unfair this government is, how destructive and I can say that without citing the example of my own house. It’s sad that the tax-payers money in this state is being misused to destroy and built irrelevant buildings that serve no purpose for the public at large.
“Why don’t you go to the court,” people ask. That’s because even though the High Court in UP can discern between right and wrong, the Supreme Court has decided that the judiciary should not intervene in the working of the executive. The SC does not think that the working of the executive cannot be viewed in a vacuum and that the executive must work not for itself but for the people whose money it takes home as salary. The SC also does not think anything of alterations in the Master Plan of a city that very conveniently do away with a city’s Green Belt.
And well, who are we to fight a case against a popularly elected government in the apex court and it’s decision to exploit the green cover to erect her own statue when the powerful Sahara conglomerate had to withdraw their case against the same government?
The rural populace that brought Mayawati into a full majority in UP might also not be able to explain why her party deserves to be in power. I’m still trying figure out how all the schemes in Ambedkar’s name have benefited the Dalits who make up her vote bank. Even Mulayam Singh knows better than to turn the capital of a state into a mammoth graveyard of structures.
In the last year and a half since this government came to power, the city has been turned to rubble, the trees lining the roads uprooted for “development” of exactly what we have no idea, houses and colonies acquired to give wings to unreasonable dreams of Behenji. You see, people are not half as important as ugly structures of concrete for our CM. A three-tier parking lot at a rally ground (which will be used by none other than the political parties) costing a whopping Rs.300 crore is being built at the cost of rendering people homeless. A slum near a nullah was razed to ground because its stench suddenly became unbearable for the second-in-command in her party the day the party came into power. The green patches in the city have turned into an ugly patchwork of sandstones. And that the beloved sandstones which cannot be replaced by anything prettier at least, have sent the pollution level in the city soaring to unprecedented levels. None of that matters. And hopefully, the people who voted for her will remain unaffected by the pollution.
You see, it’s almost fashionable to trash the BJP as an unsecular party. But what will I do with my faith if I don’t have a house to live in? And what will I do with projected improvement in law and order when that law does not work for a common person like me? I’d gladly vote Mulayam Singh back into power because he runs a government, however unruly, not an autocracy.
PS: I have provided lots of newspaper links so that you know these are not just opinions, these are facts reported by the media.