Monday, December 28, 2015

Mission Mumbai part 3 - grass root democracy

I once spoke to the then- MMRDA Chairman about the need for engagement with the local people before making a city plan. He told me "What does a paanwala or shopkeeper know about planning?" I retorted "The paanwala probably knows more about where to locate the market, parking and local road more than these foreign planners" and in an excess of anger I added "Whose city is it? Yours or the people of Mumbai".

That is the real problem. Not only is there no institutional process to engagement with the real stakeholders, but the decision makers do not even acknowledge that citizens need to be consulted. It is so different from other democracies in the world, where citizens are the primary stakeholders in most decisions that affect them and structures are built for people-consultation. 

For example, when Bill Clinton was the President of the USA and probably the most important man in the world, and he wanted to change the outer facade of his house, he had to go and seek permission from the local borough (kind of local neighborhood government). That is the kind of power that the local government wields.

During my urban planning phase, I went and stayed with an Indian-origin city planner in a small town called The City Of Ventura in California, US. They made the master plan for the town, then uploaded it on their website, communicated it to all citizens and after 2 weeks, in the town hall, citizen, mayors, elected representative, the architect came together and they discussed some of the crucial changes suggested by the locals. The following week, the architect brought in the revised plan and then finalized the same. That is the citizen interaction that is needed. Every weekend citizens volunteer to clean the beach, do community service and be involved and engaged with the city.

In rural India, after the restructuring based on the Panchayati Raj Bill, there is now, one elected representative for around 425 people. In Mumbai there is one elected representative viz the municipal corporators for every 55000 people. Therefore democracy in Mumbai is 110 times away compared to rural India. So, in villages, there is low economy but good democratic governance, while Mumbai has high contribution to economy but lesser democracy.

There are 3 levels of urban governance today- the central govt, the state government and the local government. Is that good enough? I believe that there should be one more tier of governance structure.
In cities, this additional level is in the spirit of the 74th amendment on devolution of power to the people. A tier that is much closer to the people. A polling booth is made up of 1100 voters. If we can create a mohalla Sabha of 3 polling booths, then we would have around 10 to 12 mohalla sabhas in each corporators ward. Hence an elected representative that is accountable between 3000 to 4000 voters.

Along with Municipal elections, mohalla Sabha elections should take place. So, two electronic voting machines would be placed and votes cast, one for the corporators and one for the mohalla Sabha representative. These mohalla sabhas representatives along with the corporators will form a Ward Sabha, with the elected corporators as the Chairman of the Ward Sabha. The staff of the Municipal Corporation will work under the instruction and guidance of the Ward Sabha.

This ward Sabha will now start taking all decisions, instead of the Corporator, on various issues like the planning, supervision of maintenance of parks, gardens, roads, footpaths and other infrastructure of the locality. It will help the EC in voter list enumeration, ration card issues, getting proper municipal service as well as police support. Most importantly, it will create a budget planning of their area and then monitor and supervise implementation of all activities.

This will also reduce corruption and pilferage of government treasury. The feeling of alienation that city-people feel will also get reduced due to these neighborhoods.

What needs to be done is to plan the funds, functions and functionaries based on mohalla Sabha, corporation and state parastatal bodies. 

Gandhiji believed that the whole basis of government was that it could provide individuals the opportunity to participate in the management of their own affairs and self-government. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Resignation from National Executive

11th Nov 2015 12.19 hours

Dear Arvind and my other friends,

I have been losing interest in politics for some time, and I think that it is unfair to continue to be a member of NE with this mindset. You are requested to please accept my resignation from the NE with immediate effect. Hope that you will find some capable representatives from Maharashtra.

It has been a wonderful experience working with many of you from Jan 2011 and being part of the change in this country. I pray and hope that this transformation continue and accelerate in the coming months and years and lead to a resurgent India. Arvind, India has a lot of hopes from you.

Jai Hind.


Mayank Gandhi

Saturday, October 3, 2015

स्वराज ?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Where is Swaraj?- Maharashtra AAP dissolution

The politics that we had come to change seems to have changed us. We used to say and feel that “We have no option but to enter the gutter of politics, to clean it”, I think that the gutter has overpowered some.

The idealism that made us quit our jobs and make sacrifices for the nation is still burning within many of us. Whenever the party digresses from the founding principles, I shall continue to raise my voice – first within the party and if no one hears, then only speak out publicly, whatever the consequences.

First time I spoke out was when YY and PB were expelled. In a party, people come and go – there was no problem with their being voted out, democratically. I was uncomfortable about the manner in which they were removed, but I expressed my view by abstaining from voting. But, it was when the NE decided that nothing should be reported outside, that I felt that the cardinal principle of transparency was being compromised and my conscience did not allow me to keep quiet and hence I wrote that blog. Some leaders felt that the 20 members of the NE were the only party, while my view was that the lakhs of volunteers, supporters, donors and well wishers comprised the REAL party and not informing them by putting a gag order was wrong. These leaders felt that I had betrayed them by writing the blog, while my view was that, by not writing and informing, I would have betrayed the REAL party.

So, the blog was neither in support of YY/ PB nor against AK. It was my first public stand against the compromise on our principles.

By this time, some volunteers and office bearers in Maharashtra realized that Delhi was upset with me and started building a small group of disgruntled volunteers (many of those who did not find place in the new committees made by Mission Vistaar(MV)). They started conspiring against the new Maharashtra teams, supported and encouraged by Delhi. The new Maharashtra and Mumbai committees constituted by the Delhi team, were functioning very well, increasing the volunteer base, taking up major people-centric issues with the Anti-Corruption Helpline, Shetkari Yatra, AAP ka Sanwad and many similar activities (Soon we shall publish the list of all works done by Maharashtra team in the past few months). While, we had heard of these attempts, we refused to believe that in a party like ours, such conspirators would succeed. More so, because Maharashtra committee led ably by Subhash Ware was working very well and we felt that instead of sucking up to Delhi, our role should be to keep on working on the ground and building the party.

The State Executive (SE) was united and principled. After the YY and PB expulsion, it wrote to Arvind Kejriwal, that the SE was pained and hurt at the way they were expelled and that the party should introspect and try to bring them back. That must have hurt some “leaders”. But, the independent view of the SE had to be said.

There was a National Executive meeting that transpired over the phone on 1st April 2015, where it was decided that all writings, blogs, tweets that show the party in a bad light should be sent henceforth to the Disciplinary Committee. But writings prior to 20th March should be condoned. I had conceded in my first blog as well as in a subsequent letter to Arvind that I had broken discipline by breaking the gag order. In this NE, my blog was mentioned and decided that no disciplinary action should be taken on me as the blog was prior to 20th March.

On  23rd June 2015, Pankaj Gupta and Ashutosh from the Delhi team visited Mumbai and a few other places of Maharashtra to meet volunteers. They expressed satisfaction that in both Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra, there was lot of positive work done and except for a few disgruntled people, the team and leadership were solid and growing in the correct manner. They also requested the disgruntled few to give their specific objections and suggestions, which is still to come.

Next day (24th June), we had a Maharashtra State Executive meeting attended by Pankaj Gupta and Ashutosh in Mumbai. In that meeting, I conveyed to them on behalf of the SE that the extreme focus on Kejriwal in every advertisement and debate to the almost complete exclusion of the Aam Aadmi party was making many of us uncomfortable. I requested that our sentiment against over-glorifying the leader be informed to Arvind. The party should think about doing a course correction. No one would doubt the excellent leadership of AK, but too much of personality driven politics is unsuitable for a healthy political culture, and dangerous for the country already reeling under NaMo’s personification. And most importantly, it is against the principles on which we had formed the party. This was my second stand.

On 30th of July, I had gone to Delhi for some personal work and was invited by Pankaj Gupta and Ashutosh for discussions. They confessed that while they were completely convinced about my positive role in the party, the “Delhi team” was hostile towards me due to the blog. They suggested that I should leave the party and maybe if after some years, if I want to rejoin, they could consider that. Or else, the entire thing will become “ugly”.

My response to them was the following:

Ø  My position and respect in the party in Maharashtra and Mumbai is due to my ground work, and not by keeping Delhi leaders happy and neither by conspiring against local leadership. I have no insecurity, because my status in the party is earned by the goodwill and love of the grassroots volunteers. Remember during the IAC heady days, while the entire leadership was in Delhi, in Mumbai, we had many rallies of the same magnitude or bigger than those in Delhi. I had led Maharashtra team with great integrity and success and therefore my position in the party is not at anyone’s mercy.

Ø  It is as much my party as anyone else’s. I have worked very hard from the formation of the party, all over the country. In fact, in the last Delhi election, I was leading the over 5000 outstation volunteers who had come to Delhi. One sometimes forgets that outstation volunteers from all over the globe that campaigned 24x7, were the critical factor in the 67 / 3 victory. While some people praise leaders sitting on the stage for their sacrifice, I think of the lakhs of people, all over the world, who have given so much for this “hope”. They have not sacrificed for AAP, but for the nation. AAP is just a means.

Ø  I have taken a role of only guiding and mentoring the Mumbai team, as per SE guidelines.  I believe that a political party’s role is to build leaders. A good leader is not one who has more followers, but who can create more leaders. I have tried my best to see that I am not projected as a leader, but work in the background to get some of Mumbai’s best youth upfront. You will not find a single reference or picture of mine if you go to our party office. 

Ø  I shall continue to take a stand whenever anything wrong is happening in the party. Our nation and the principles on which our party has been formed are much bigger than the short term benefits and “practical” short cuts that sometimes people compromise on. Power is but a medium to implement a new “political culture” that we have envisioned. Today, it is seeming that our dream of “Alternative Politics” has been abandoned.

Ø  I had heard that the party makes files made against all senior members, like Amit Shah of the BJP. The social media team uses that to demolish the character of those they oppose. I requested Pankaj and Ashutosh not to start a vilification campaign against me through the social media nor disturb the Mission Vistaar to get even with me.

Ø  Just because someone does not like my face or is influenced by conspirators does not mean that I walk out of the party to suit them. I am not a coward, nor a “Ranchod” (deserter). So, I suggested to Pankaj Gupta and Ashutosh that if they want me out of the party, then they should remove me. Am willing to be crucified for speaking the truth.

After this meeting, I shared the above with my colleagues in State and Mumbai and unanimously they agreed with my stand that I should not quit and they informed Pankaj that the party should reconsider and that the Maharashtra and Mumbai team would like to work with me. So, the die was cast – the SE had thrice defied the diktat – once when they asked AK to consider United AAP, next when they asked reduction of personality driven politics and thirdly, when they stood up to the High Command in my issue. No wonder, all committees were disbanded. 

Meanwhile, the conspirators had been given the deadline of Sept end by the High Command for removal of MV committee. This was conveyed to many volunteers and office bearers, creating doubt and unrest. The conspirators have even made alternate probable committee list and were also planning to create watertight case against our Maharashtra Convener so as to remove him.  All these evidences of anti-party activities were collected and given to the National Secretary by SE, who did not even care to reply. Wrong comments to humiliate SE were made in press by some. The SE made multiple complaints on these issues to Delhi, but no reply. Three times SE asked for appointment with AK, but no reply. I phoned AK many times, but it was cut off, I sent multiple messages to him, but no reply. Once, I even considered quitting the party, so that my colleagues are spared from malevolent action. So, I sent a few messages to AK that I was willing to quit without any issue and can he speak to me, no reply. We recognized by now that the decision was made to remove in September end, though we could not believe that it would be taken to this level.

Some feeble attempts were made of making multiple complaints against MV teams in Delhi (and not in Maharashtra, as should be the norm), a sham two member committee giving its report without talking to anyone and similar window dressing was done to give some legitimacy to what was to come. Subhash Ware and Raju Bhise (convenor and co-convenor) were then called to Delhi around two weeks back and told that Delhi intends to dissolve the Maharashtra team and the two of them should reconstitute the new committee. To their credit, they refused to be a part of this sham exercise. They suggested that Delhi sends a team to Maharashtra to review the committees and wherever there were some lacunae or wrong people, they should jointly make the necessary changes. In any case, this was an interim team, meant to create volunteers and structure for internal elections by Dec 2015, and there was no need to disband it, now.

But, September end was looming and yesterday, on Oct 1st, we saw a small entry on the AAP website announcing that all State Committees have been dissolved and Pankaj Gupta given charge of making the new teams. No opinions were sought, no wide spread consultations done. Just three lines in a website!! This is the High Command culture that we had opposed when we started.

It was time to take a stand for the third time in the past 4 years.  Internally, within the party, I tried again and again, but to no avail. I had no alternative but to go public. Remember that I am neither a member of Maharashtra nor Mumbai and this dissolution does not affect my position as National Executive member. I have never in my life fought for myself, but for others. If I was removed from the party, I would have quietly exited, but this decision was unjust to the committees all over Maharashtra and volunteers who had sacrificed so much to suddenly see a three liner throwing their committee out.

It is believed that in a political party, only one voice should be there – be it NaMo or Sonia or AK. I think that there should be multiple voices and dissent should be encouraged, so that a rich texture of views and opinions are created, which is one of the key ingredients of healthy democracy.

So, what is my hope? The good governance practice of Delhi should continue, Punjab should be fought and won; the party should fight elections wherever it has the requisite strength and it should forge ahead unswervingly with the same principles that it was founded. I hear that the party does not intend fighting any elections till Punjab 2017 election, including BMC and other elections. I think that this decision needs to be reconsidered, if that is true. Thousands of volunteers who distributed AK's Swaraj model via his book never knew that every ward, panchayat, city & state elections will be decided by a few members seating in Delhi and who has never visited the area.

 Hundreds of volunteers are upset and have been seeking my advice about what to do. This party is a volunteer driven party and when I see the leaders treating them badly, it hurts. They are not “use-and-throw” material. They are our soul.

My clear message to the volunteers who seek my advice is “This is as much your party, as anyone else’s. Continue in the party and ceaselessly work for the people. Times will change and real volunteers will get their due. AAP is today one of the best political vehicles in the country. Soon, these sycophants will be exposed and the real workers will be back. I might be removed by the party, but keep your cool and continue to work for the people. Don’t be individual centric, party is bigger than any individual.  As we used to say “Satya pareshan ho sakta hai kintu parajeet nahi”. Truth can tire, but can never be defeated. Do not follow me, as I can offer nothing except courage of conviction.Jai Hind!”

What can anyone do to a person who has no desire for office, nor fear of losing anything? If disciplinary action is taken, and logically it can be, I shall quit politics for now and go back to my life. I shall continue to speak out against injustice and compromises, whether within or without. And, whenever in future, this country needs me back, I shall be there, fighting together with you.

I was the founder member of IAC and came into this movement even before Annaji. And am proud to be part of this historical phase since 2011, in which India has changed in a positive manner. AAP has also created a platform where decent people could join and work for the nation. Let us not belie that dream. India is greater than the party.

Could not think of the better day than 2nd October to write this blog. Bapu’s birthday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mission Mumbai - part 2(Hindi) : यहाँ कोई नहीं

मिशन मुंबई - भाग 2: कौन है जिम्मेवार 
 एक शहर ठीक से काम करे  ?इसे  कुशल और, प्रभावी ढंग से कार्य करने के लिए,  खूबसूरत बनाने के लिए क्या चाहिए ? असली फर्क क्या है?

एक साथ मुंबई की  समस्याओं और समाधान पर विचार कर रही  लेखों  की एक श्रृंखला के रूप में हमारी यात्रा  में शामिल हो जाइये । मुंबई अब एक बेकार शहर बन गया है  यहाँ की व्यवस्था पूरे तरह चरमरा गयी है इसने  कुशल और प्रभावी सार्वजनिक सेवाओं को प्रदान करने के लिए अपनी क्षमता को  खो दिया है। कुछ जल्द ही करने की जरूरत है।

इसलिए, हमें कुछ महत्वपूर्ण सवाल कर  शुरूआत  करते हैं।
 मुंबई को  संवैधानिक  तौर पर अपने बारे में  के बारे में सोचने की क्या क्षमता है, और अपने स्वयं के भविष्य के लिए,निर्णय करने के क्या अधिकार है?

आप हमारे पिछले ब्लोग  में पढ़ चुके हैं कि सत्ता की इस लड़ाई में हमने कई सत्ता केंद्र खड़े कर दिए है मुंबई शहर अब एक  भ्रष्ट तंत्र से जूझ रहा  है और यह केवल  प्रशासनिक ढांचा  है राजनितिक ढांचा तो और भी ख़राब हालत में है 

आम तौर पर, राज्य और नगर निगमों के बीच संबंधों में  भारत में  बहुत टकराव   है। यह शायद सभी शक्तियों को केंद्रित  रखने के लिए है , राजनीतिक वर्ग के लालच के कारण जो कि अंग्रेजों की विरासत की वजह से हो सकता है।

और यह  मुंबई ही नहीं  लगभग  भारत के  सभी शहरों का सच है।आइये देखें कि  दुनिया भर में क्या अन्य प्रमुख शहर क्या कर रहे हैं?

टोक्यो के गवर्नर Yoichi Masuzoe  कहते हैं कि  स्थानीय सरकारों को अपने वित्त का प्रबंधन और अपनी  स्वयं की  शक्तियों और संसाधनों का उपयोग कर प्रशासनिक सेवाएं प्रदान करने में सक्षम होना चहिये ऐसे ही  स्थानीय स्वायत्तता को  प्राप्त किया जा सकता है  वे "कहते हैं। टोक्यो इस  का एक अच्छा उदाहरण है। मेरा विश्वास  है कि यह बहुत जरूरी है कि लोकल सेल्फ  गवर्नमेंट अपने आय  के स्रोतों पर पूरा नियंत्रण रखे "

जर्मनी की वर्तमान गवर्निंग गठबंधन सड़कों, स्कूलों और सार्वजनिक स्थलों के निर्माण और प्रबंधन करने के लिए नगर निगम के स्थानीय निकायों को मजबूत करने के लिए अगले तीन साल में 15 अरब यूरो  तक  अपना निवेश नगर पालिकाओं में बढ़ाना चाहती  हैं

चीन के कुछ शहरों की आबादी  और  रहिवासिओं  का घनत्व का मुंबई के समान ही  है, और इसलिए भारत को चीन से अधिक समझने  की जरूरत है।  महाराष्ट्र के एक पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री ने  
 मुंबई को शंघाई  में परिवर्तित करने का सपना देखा था हालाँकि वह कई कारणों से त्रुटिपूर्ण था  लेकिन, हम निश्चित रूप से चीनी शहरों से सीख   सकते हैं अपने स्थानीय निकायों के विकेन्द्रीकरण और इसकी संस्थाओं के क्षमता निर्माण के बारे में ? तथा स्थानीय इकाइयों को और अधिक शक्ति देने के बारे में,  हैरत की बात है, चीन में  भारत की तुलना में  जमीनी स्तर पर  अधिक लोकतंत्र है! चीन मानता है कि  सशक्त स्थानीय इकाइयां  अर्थव्यवस्था की  शक्ति होंगी चीन  ने इस क्षेत्र  में बहुत काम किया है उसके पास बड़ा  एरिया है      और इसलिए भी    स्थानीय सरकारों को मजबूत बनाने के लिए जान बूझकर काफी  काम किया गया है 

  हमें भी  राज्य और नगरपालिका संबंधों पर फिर से सोचना होगा  नगरपालिकाओं को     विकेंद्रीकरण और जमीनी स्तर पर  पर  और अपने स्वयं के मामलों का प्रबंधन और क्षमता का निर्माण करने के लिए, प्रोत्साहित करना होगा 
लंदन मेट्रो
 "लंदन के लिए परिवहन" नामक एक संगठन है,मोटे तौर पर जिसका बोर्ड पूरी तरह से मेयर द्वारा नियुक्त किया जाता है इस के   के माध्यम से - ग्रेटर लंदन प्राधिकरण की लंदन में परिवहन की  जिम्मेदारी है। और परिवहन बहुत व्यापक रूप से परिभाषित किया गया है: इसमें  बसें  और मेट्रो भूमिगत, राजमार्गों और कार यातायात, कैब और मिनी कैब, चलने और साइकिल तक  शामिल हैं।  मेयर और ट्रांसपोर्ट फॉर London  की पूरी जिम्मेदारी  कि पूरे शहर में कारें  बसें  टैक्सी और cycles चलें  सिर्फ एक ऐसे व्यक्ति की जरूरत है जो इस पूरे तंत्र को संचालित कर सके  

हर बड़े शहर में एक मुख्य  व्यक्ति होता है जो निर्णायक , दूरगामी और inclusive प्रबंधन कर सके उसमे उच्च स्तर की नेतृत्व क्षमता हो वह Calamities और disaster से निपटने में सक्षम हो जैसे कि  कैलगरी, कनाडा के मेयर Naheed Nenshi या बेल्जियम में गेन्ट शहर के मेयर डैनियल Termont या इंडोनेशिया में Surbaya शहर के मेयर त्रि Rismaharini या ह्यूस्टन के मेयर, संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका -Annise 
तो, मुंबई में इस के लिए कौन व्यक्ति है  ?

    अक्षम  शक्तिहीन मेयर?

क्या  मुंबईवासियों के  1% लोगों को  उनका  नाम भी पता है? महापौर सत्तारूढ़ पार्टी द्वारा चुना जाता है या गठबंधन द्वारा  वोह सिर्फ एक showpiece है  अपने पार्षदों की उंगलियों पर नाचने वाला  और बांद्रा में बैठे उनके रिमोट कंट्रोल के लिए सदैव  कृतज्ञ, शिवाजी पार्क में एक अच्छा बंगला रहने के लिए मेयर  की शक्तियाँ इतनी कम हैं की कोई भी अच्छा या प्रभावी पार्षद मेयर नहीं बनाया जाता है  वैसे, वर्ल्ड क्लास मुंबई के वर्तमान मेयर शिवसेना की सुश्री स्नेहल आंबेकर है। उनके  कार्यकाल का मुख्य आकर्षण  सरकार के नियमों के बावजूद, उनकी  कार पर एक लाल बत्ती का  प्रयोग  उनकी जिद है। मुंबई नागरिकों के लिए इतना कुछ !!


    सभी दलों के अनिर्वाचित रिमोट कंट्रोल ?

Image result for raj and uddhavमुंबई देश की वित्तीय राजधानी है और नगर निगम भ्रष्टाचार सभी दलों के लिए खज़ाना भरने  का सबसे बड़ा स्रोत है। पार्टी के आकाओं को  विधायकों और सांसदों से भी ज्यादा की राशि की उम्मीद नहीं है, लेकिन पार्टी के लिए पैसे देने के लिए पार्षदों पर भारी दबाव है। कोई आश्चर्य नहीं कि हर पार्षद,  जीतने के कुछ ही हफ्तों मेंअमीर हो जाता है, कम से कम एकSUV  खरीदता है और सोने की अंगूठी, सोने की चेन पहनने शुरूआत करता है  और कुछ मामले में  सुनहरा दांत भी लगा लेता है  पार्टिओं के आकाओं चाहे वे ठाकरे हों  या cong /BJP के बड़े नेता उनकी नज़र हमेशा मुंबई के बड़े ठेकों बिल्डरों  पर रहती है जो कमाई का जरिए हैं उनकी कोई vision नहीं है सिर्फ बड़ी सड़कें , Highway , Bridges और फैंसी स्कीमें जिनसे मोती रकम कटी जा सके 


मुंबई नगर आयुक्त

-- नगरपालिका  आयुक्त का चुनाव CM करते हैं और उनका चुनाव MLA  करते है वह पूरे राज्य में शासन करते हैं ज्यादातर CM दूर दराज़ के जिलों से आते हैं जिन्हे मुबई की कोई समझ नहीं होती और आयुक्त IAS होते हैं जो महाराष्ट्र के शहरों  या गावों से आते हैं और वे भी मुंबई की समस्याओं से परिचित नहीं होते हैं पर उन्हें बड़ा दायित्व दिया जाता है मगर authority कुछ  नहीं ,मैं एक पूर्व commissioner से बात कर रहा था उन्होंने बताया कि उनका 6 0 % समय मंत्रालय के गलियारों में चकार लगाने और मीटिंगें करने में बीतता है और बचा समय पार्षदों की मांगे सुनने में जाता है  आयुक्त जनता से चुना हुआ व्यक्ति नहीं होता इसीलिए वह मुंबई की जनता को जवाबदेह नहीं है बल्कि CM  को है। 

इनमे से कोई भी नहीं?
  ऊपर के सभी 

मैं कुछ   उदाहरण दे कर बताता हूँ कि मुंबई में एक "मुख्य व्यक्ति"  न होने के कारण किस प्रकार प्रगति और विकास में बाधा आ  रही है और प्राकृतिक विपदा या अन्य विषम परिस्थितिओं से निबटने में अक्षमता है 
जब 11 सितम्बर को न्यूयॉर्क पर आतंकी हमला हुआ था मेयर गुलिआनी ने किस तत्परता और साहस से उसका सामना किया था किस प्रकार राज्य और विश्व की संघीय सरकारोँ की सहायता से उसका मुक़ाबला किया था उन्होंने  world Trade  centre स्थल और पूरे शहर में आतंकी हमले से बचाव  और घटना स्थल के पुनर्निर्माण का कार्य किया उन्होंने अपने बयानोँ  में 11  सितम्बर के बाद जनमानस की  भावनाएं , दुःख, सदमा, क्रोध और reconstruct का जिक्र किया गुलिआनी  का बचाव और रहत कार्य और पूरे अमेरिका को एक रखने में उनका प्रयास अनुकरणीयें है 

वहीँ जब 26 नवम्बर 2008 को मुंबई पर आतंकी हमला हुआ था या जब 26  जुलाई 2005 को अतिवृष्टि हुई थी तो मुंबई एकदम पंगु हो गयी थी कौन था स्थिति पर नियंत्रण रखने और बचाव कार्य करने  के लिए ? कोई नहीं? मेयर कहीं नज़र नहीं आये और सारे रिमोट कंट्रोल ठप्प पड़ गए थे कमिशनर जॉनी जोसफ असहाय और लाचार थे 

जब राज्य में कोई आपदा आती है तो CM जिम्मेदार होते है देश पर संकट आता है तो PM पर जब मुंबई पर संकट आता है तो कोई नहीं ,यह वास्तव में मानव निर्मित ट्रेजेडी ही  है 

तो क्या चाहिए मुंबई में मेयर या CEO( किसी भी नाम से पुकारें)  जो किसी पार्टी या रिमोट कंट्रोल से न चले पर मुंबई की जनता के प्रति उत्तरदायी होऔर यह व्यक्ति कड़े प्रशासनिक फैसले लेने में सक्षम हो और मुंबई को World class सिटी  बनाने की vision  रखता हो 

हमें चाहिए  एक निर्वाचित और सक्षम मेयर 

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