Showing posts with label Bureaucracy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bureaucracy. Show all posts

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rocket Science [271/365]

We live in a world of make believe:

Our politicians make us believe that we are poised to be superpowers.
Our athletes make us believe that we will be champions.
Our civic agencies make us believe our cities will be another Singapore.
And our security personnel make us believe we are protected and safe round the clock.

What a load of bull-crap!

On Tuesday, Buela M Sam, a middle-aged lady walked past several layers of security and came within hugging distance of some of the top rocket scientists in India. She was stopped by highly trained commandos from proceeding any further after they smelled a rat. They diligently asked her to return to the ISRO guest house where the cops arrested her.

Spooked yet? Well, you have the right to be.

After civilian cops interrogated her, they found that she is suffering from a mental illness called 'Grandiose Disorder' and did not really mean any harm to the installation. Phew! That is such a relief. The cops patted themselves on their backs for apprehending the intruder and extracting this information.

How did she manage to create a perfectly forged ID card?
How did a mentally unstable person know her way around Bangalore?

Who are her accomplices? Who facilitated this?
Why didn't her family accompany her if she was ill?
How did she get to stay in the guesthouse for two days?
How did the officers at the first level of security not realize that the ID card was forged?
How did a lady like this manage to remain within the premises for four hours?
Why did the CRPF jawans ask her to return to the guesthouse when they could have arrested her while at the facility?

While we may never hear the truth on any of these questions, this has shown the serious lapses that plague our nation.
Ms Buela could very well be an innocent victim of her illness but had it been a well trained spy, this would have been end of our space odyssey. But let this not fool you, folks. This wasn't the first time there has been a breach. For an agency that is known to witch-hunt its own, this breach was a kick in the balls. However it is still inconceivable that this was just a case of a 'mad person getting into the wrong house'. I would love to be proved wrong but we definitely want to make sure that we are protected.

With the way that our soldiers lack basic amenities or the equipment to fight a modern war, we are sitting ducks.
We are either just plain lucky or our enemies are too stupid to capitalize.


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Money for nothing... [39/365]

Recently when I wrote about how most Indians would give a limb and a spine for a government job, I had also mentioned how the cushy hikes, revisions and bribes always besides the free accommodation and perks for the rest of their life meant a charmed life.(Get the dope here)
Well, a cousin of mine who hopped government jobs like it was going out of style felt indignant that I implied he was living a luxurious life getting paid for almost no work. Truth be told, yes he was quite stable financially because of the choices of PSUs that he chose to work in. But it is also true that there are lakhs of government employees who have not been paid for many months/years.

While India has been splurging on trillion dollar defense deals, we have lakhs of government and PSU employees not getting paid their due salary. I can barely imagine how families can survive without salaries for as long as they have been. Reportedly, many of our PSUs have not paid their employees (aka Slaves) for over a year. Shocking!
Now, it's not because we don't have the money or because we are still called a 'developing/third world' country. But because much of the money that a honest tax payer contributes disappears into a labyrinth of bureaucracy and corruption.

Do we really need a nuclear submarine and 200 warplanes? Why do we need better weapons? Has any of the people we've killing complaining about the kind of missile that hit them?
Must we really send a man to the moon at the incredible cost of a thousand crore? Don't we have enough people to take care of here on earth?
How about the billions that flow down the drain during the great democratic juggernaut called Elections?

It is difficult to fathom how a nation with the kind of wealth and resources like India could still struggle to pay itself.
We may not have a capitalist economy but we certainly follow it as a religion.


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