Shashi Tharoor, an educated ex-UN ‘almost general secretary’ guy represents the city I live in. When he contested the elections last time, he gave a huge list of promises, including a twin-city project with Barcelona (not sure what that means though), better educational institutions, Vizhinjam port, better waste management facilities and so on.
Five years later, Tharoor, like his predecessors lived up to the expectations that I had. None of his promises were fulfilled. Recently he released a huge list of achievements and a performance report card. The list, shamefully contains things that is to be done by a corporation councilor or an MLA at best – setting up lights, bus shelters, building walls for schools. With the election just a few days away, Tharoor is back in the fray, seeking a second term. However, there are a few questions that I would like to ask Tharoor.
Twin city project
Tharoor, you say that your twin city project did not happen because of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation that is governed by communists and that they played petty politics to stall the project. I fail to see even an iota of honesty in this statement. Are you saying the corporation of a city has the power to stop the dream project of a Member of Parliament? Or is your political acumen so weak that you cannot judge things are not going your way and take remedial steps? How come O. Rajagopal from BJP (panchayath, corporation, nor Kerala state was ever ruled by BJP) could bring in development to the capital city even though he was nominated from Madhya Pradesh?
But what about the deliverables?
For the sake of argument, let us for once believe that the corporation really stalled Tharoor’s dream project. Why did he not go ahead with the ideas he had for this city? Does an elapsed agreement with Barcelona city mean Thiruvananthapuram does not get even a basic waste management system? Tharoor, was your plan to develop this city completely dependent on a possible tie-up with a foreign city?
Tharoor was in charge of HRD ministry that manages premier educational institutions in this country. A huge chunk of youngsters from Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram study in places like Nagercoil, which is an under developed third grade city in Tamil Nadu. How awkward does it sound if students in Delhi travel to Meerut to attend college? Well, that is what youngsters in Thiruvananthapuram have to go through. Tharoor, you have failed the youngsters of this city too and you owe them an answer.
On Twitter, Tharoor regularly post photos of him have a field day with kids, playing cricket, encouraging them and what not. A great gesture, I must say; but what happened to Chandrasekharan Nair stadium? Why is it that a stadium in the heart of Kerala’s capital city is dilapidated to such an extend that no one can even step inside it? It is most often rented out to host award shows and political/religious gatherings. Tharoor, do you not believe that in order to build a healthy generation of youngsters, we must provide them basic sporting facilities? Forget Chandrasekharan Nair stadium, did you build/revamp any sporting facility in the city?
Other empty promises
Nemom coach factory?
Development of Kochuveli terminal?
The point I am making…
Tharoor, the man who came to limelight in Kerala by tearing his own paper posters has now plastic banners screaming his achievements pasted all across the city. He maintains an absolute silence over the mysterious death of his wife who spoke against him few days before her unfortunate death and his alleged ISI links. Why is that there is no enquiry into his IPL scam?
The reason for this post is this… I happened to attend Malayala Manorama’s talk show about Thiruvananthapuram politics on March 15, 2014. Along with leaders from other political outfits, Tharoor too was present, representing the Congress. When a young guy asked a few questions to Tharoor related to his unfulfilled promises, IPL scam, alleged ISI links a few thugs in khadar created a scuffle by saying it is his personal matter. Strangely, there was no question about Sunanda anywhere. Tharoor chose to remain silent without answering the question, possibly waiting for his goondas to take over. When a minor scuffle happens, it is natural that even a common man will step in to pacify people. But strangely, he showed absolutely no conviction to control his own supporters (or goons?). I fail to understand how he brands himself as a leader. Malayala Manorama has the clippings, but I think they will live up to their reputation and not air that section.
As a closing note I have to say this, Tharoor, Thiruvananthapuram gave you an opportunity and you failed miserably. Thiruvananthapuram will be better off without you representing us in the next opposition. Nevertheless, in the run up to the elections, I really hope you will stop lying. The best you can do is graciously accept your short comings. The more you lie, the more it exposes the opportunist that you are!
Thought of capturing as many lies as I can and posting it here. Work in progress…
O. Rajagopal brought only 1 train to Thiruvananthapuram? Whom are you kidding Tharoor? Maybe you were too much of a global citizen to care what happened here in early 2000s.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 18, 2014