Thursday, May 21, 2015

National Lifeline: the Roads and Highways

Just listened to Nitin Gadkari the Indian Minister of Road Transport and Highways, at NDTV. Quite a personality ! Did not shy away from any question from the audience and comments or interjections from Barkha Dutt.

Regarding Roads and Highways, the Indian Cabinet Minister quoted John F Kennedy of America , " Roads in America are good not because America is rich. America is rich because roads are good."  Nitin Gadkari declared that in the 5 years of BJP Governance , he will construct more Roads and Highways than Congress did in the past 60 years.

He can or he cannot that is to be proven. But Indian Government has got its priority right. Road and Highways are lifeline of a Nation's Progress and Prosperity. Never an impediment to national goodness and security.

For whatever reasons or fears or vendetta crucial national connectivity roads are getting shelved or dubiously delayed in Bhutan. National road connectivity is so vital and therefore it is a touchy issue to most citizens. Even the Government is very touchy. It does not want to be questioned upon this road construction reversal governance. All forces politically and publicly for or against have to have hearts in agony in the privacy of their own secluded world away from national and regional politics.

I wonder what kind of day it was at Changlingmithang when it was announced that TV would be allowed into the Nation. It was the first sign of democracy. Today connectivity and communication is viewed upon as security danger. How could nation building make a Nation less secure. Does it make a Government feel insecure when there is connectivity and communication among the people and the different regions of the nation?

1 comment:

  1. Nice writing, refreshing. Can't argue with anything WS has to say on these recent events of national interests and national highways. Of course I suspect more hidden in the shadows and what we see are the shadows on the cave wall. But with our national leaders, its their ways or the highway. I guess what they (our national leaders) want us, the Bhutanese people to be sheeple.