Monday, April 13, 2009

Did you know?

That there are approximately 450 (Four hundred fifty) government schemes named after 3 members of the Nehru family? Did you know that this has been submitted to the Election as a complaint - objecting to the use of public funds to "politicise" scheme names? Here is the text of the complaint. Did you not read a newspaper report to this effect? No? Well, that's because not too many newspapers published it...

Excerpts:

I notice that over the last 18 years, there has been a planned and sustained effort by the Congress Party to name all major government programmes, projects and institutions in the country after three members [snip]... viz Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

If the nomenclature of these programmes is not politically neutral, the sanctity of the democratic system would be in jeopardy and it would not be possible to ensure a level playing field for all political parties. [Complaint, full text here]

Did you know that this list includes Government Schemes and Projects; Universities and Educational Institutions; Ports and Airports; National Parks and Sanctuaries; Sports Tournaments, Trophies and Stadia; Hospitals and Medical Institutions; National Scientific and Research Institutions; University Chairs, Scholarships and Fellowships; Festivals; Roads and Buildings!!

For the full list, go here...

5 comments:

Arby K said...

Hasn't every political party gone on with this ego massaging? Congress may have a larger number, because they've ruled longer than anyone else.

Neelakantan said...

Not sure if that justifies it. To your point, perhaps yes, but a list would be enlightening.

Do read the text of the complaint...

Tanuj Lakhina said...

What I don't understand is,why the hell are there so many government schemes!? Just make up one scheme or two and put everything regarding that under that scheme's head.

Arby K said...

My bad. :) . I thought the post was another Congress rant, in an issue where everyone deserves the blame.

Arun M said...

Adding to it:

http://maharajaas.blogspot.com/2008/09/name-politics.html