He has arrived as a mild storm in Karnataka. Not totally unexpected though! This Siddaramaiah, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, is definitely a welcome change in a state that was caught in a whirlpool of corruption and totally bad governance for quite a long time. His party, his caste, etc., fade in the background in the face of the ideological legacy that he is associated with.
Decentralization of power! Empowering Gram Sabhas to take decisions on Corporates! Wow! What a courageous step in the annals of Indian history! First reactions of the naive and well meaning citizens of India! Welcome! It is historic step, no doubt. Let us understand the context.
65 years of mediocre governance! 'Leave alone the fact that India is badly governed. It is a miracle that India is governed', I remember having read this somewhere years ago. But can this be a legitimization of bad governance ever since India got the 'power to govern' transferred to a queer combination of dominant caste-class? It was a natural transfer. Nothing else could have happened.
Prabhakaran of LTTE was known to stun the world with his antics. The only damnation was that many of his antics took away lives of innocent people. No doubt, he fought for a cause and was well supported by his peers, friends and admirers. He was a leader of sorts.