While reading the morning newspaper, I usually try to focus on the positive news. However today there were so many news reports that made me do a double take, that I thought I’d write a Khichdi post on them.

On Thursday,a taxi driver shot an auto driver at Sion, Mumbai. The auto driver later succumbed to his injuries.

The killing was the result of an argument over parking last month,” said Sandeep Singh, an auto driver, who claimed to be an eyewitness. “Nangre and I were sitting in his auto when Bihari came. He started arguing with Nangre over an old parking issue. Even before I could understand what was going on, he pulled out a gun and fired at Nangre. I was too shocked to react,” said Singh.

Why do we need courts? This is such an easy way to settle disputes, isn’t it?

 

The Indian Express informs us that “Among police personnel killed (in a Naxal ambush in the (Gadhchiroli) district) are wives and mothers”

On every such tragic occasion, the family enclosure at the gun salute function presents the familiar scene of widows wailing at the loss of their husbands. Today, while eleven widows of dead policemen wailed inconsolably, four husbands sobbed, trying hard to control their emotions.

This attitude seems highly offensive to me. Is the reporter suggesting that the male police personnel killed were not ‘husbands and fathers’, or were their lives not as valuable as those of ‘wives and mothers’?

 

The Indian Express says that Cabinet: Krishna’s induction reflects caste factor.

S.M.Krishna, one of the first MPs chosen to be part of the new Cabinet is described as an “urbane, suave, US educated 77-year-old”. He is a former Chief Minister.

He seems to be quite well qualified to become a cabinet minister.

But according to the reporter he has been chosen because he “belongs to the Vokkaliga community, a dominant caste in southern Karnataka who make up nearly 12 per cent of the state’s population, …… even as the Congress continues to concede space in the community to the Janata Dal (Secular) and its Vokkaliga patriarch H D Deve Gowda.”

A person’s caste is his most important qualification!

And lastly the news report that takes the cake- US students to bring clean water to Mumbai slums.

A team of engineering students from the US will visit the city later this month with an aim of bringing clean water to thousands of slum dwellers. A team from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities civil engineering class will be on a two-week trip to the financial capital starting May 26. They will assess and implement their plans for the slum areas.

The state of water supply in Mumbai is, admittedly, not ideal. However for a city this size, and with illegal slums spreading rapidly in every area, Mumbai does cope pretty well.

Half the problem would be solved if the illegal smashing holes in water pipes, to obtain water ( a widespread practice in slums) were stopped.

Technology is not really the problem. Administration is.

And if new technology is needed- I cannot believe that our IITs are unable to develop that!