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Improve Chennai - Lets paint in GREENViews: 157
May 09, 2005 4:27 am re: re: re: Improve Chennai - Lets paint in GREEN

Govind Srinivasan
Thanks a lot, Unny. The INDIASOURCE weblink you have posted is revealing and shocking, even though it is a known fact.

The biggest problem in challenging these continuing horrors and socially-suicidal actions of the public and private bodies is just only one -- THE APATHY OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. Here are the usual excuses we are all accustomed to hear.

"WHAT CAN I DO? SOCIETY IS LIKE THAT."

"THESE THINGS WILL NOT CHANGE AT ALL, WHATEVER WE DO."

"THERE IS BIG MONEY INVOLVED IN ALL THESE ISSUES. NOBODY CAN SUCCEED QUESTIONING THESE."

"I DON'T WANT TO LOAD MYSELF WITH ALL THESE BIG ISSUES. I WANT TO JUST RELAX WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME. ALREADY, I AM AWFULLY BUSY. "

"Oh! Is it? YOU ALL GUYS CONTINUE WHAT YOU HAVE DECIDED. I AM A BIT BUSY THESE DAYS. YOU ALWAYS HAVE MY MORAL SUPPORT. PL COLLECT MY SHARE OF MONEY, IF THERE IS ANY EXPENDITURE".

The challenge is how to make people come out, join hands and do whatever possible collectively to make more and more people become aware of these issues.

The middle class is dreadful of the word "AGITATION" and the modern life and comforts don't go hand in hand with agitation. Even ASSERTION IS AGITATION. We find that the middle class DOES NOT EVEN ASSERT these days, for the fear or the shyness of being seen as AGITATING.

The middle class is the backbone of any society. ASSERTION has been the greatest virtue of middle class. Like the slow death of "the reed-covered swampy holding grounds of Pallikaranai, which store the rain water and feed it through the year to several lakes located in the south of Chennai", the ASSERTIVE QUALITIES of Middle Class is also dying.

The answer lies in awakening the Middle Class and the first step is "awakening oneself".

CHENNAI is feeling as though being in Cloud Nine, with so much of IT business activity booming. Well, IT just will not safeguard our water resources. Make no mistake about it. Once water becomes a past tense in Chennai, IT will have no future in Chennai.

I think I started WE CARE FOR CHENNAI forum with these ideas in mind. I am still on the look out for a few, who can roll their sleeves and work in unison to highlight these IMPENDING DISASTERS. Even propagating will do to give shape to the swelling (but dormant) discontentment of people over what's happening to Water in Chennai.

The legacy we are passing on to the next generation is going to be 100% worse than what we inherited. Water management can account for 99% of all our miseries in Chennai. Do WE CARE FOR CHENNAI?

Let us have an exclusive meet for WATER alone. Pl put out your views and commitment of time and energy. We have to find out a little money too. But comes easier than time and energy.

Govind Srinivasan

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