Untamable Dragon

THE long-term intentions are a suspect. India is cozying   up to the US, and China is rattled by this newfound bonhomie. The nations in South China Sea region, Australia, France, Bhutan, the US and Germany have supported India against the latest aggression by China. Certainly, pressure is building up against China’s economic interest and its ambitions for recognition as a world power. But we must admit that militarily and economically China has developed an enviable niche for itself. Its participation in many lucrative businesses will remain entrenched, and that nation has a huge equity. On the other hand, India has woken up too late to take on the dragon. The bloody skirmish at Galwan valley has woken the sleeping Indian Kumbakaran. India is now flexing muscle mobilising its presence and ready for any eventuality. The economics of war is in favour of China, but our national pride will not be undermined by the threats of military superiority of our neighbour especially in hardware and troop deployment. It is clear that India’s personal diplomacy and good relations have had no bearing on China. It is already in occupation of huge tracts of our territory. The perception battle on both sides of the line of actual control gives scope for aggressive moves and misadventures. What is bothering is TV debates in India, where military strategies are revealed unwittingly, cautioning the opponents of our strengths and military measures. Such finer details are best left to military planners and the government. The Opposition does not see eye to eye due to various misinformation campaigns by the Modi government. When India and the world are fighting wars against the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s action in Galwan valley is most treacherous.


The Same Old Story Of Roads

THE photographs on page 2 of ‘The Navhind Times’ (July 9, 2020), with the caption ‘Rain-battered city roads’,  are a classic example of how history repeats itself every monsoon on Goa’s potholed and badly cratered roads in every part of the state, that are left  neglected and in a pathetic state by the PWD. I have a collage of around 100 similar photographs of last year’s dilapidated roads and expect to collect even more this year. However, this is of little use, it seems, as roads are left in the same condition even today. The CHOGM Road is one example where a fortnight ago during the dry spell of around five-six days the work of filling up potholes in front of Sapana Gardens and Prudential Palms  was undertaken by the PWD. The metal road dividers were shifted and traffic was diverted by the police to facilitate the repairs. Residents of the area heaved a sigh of relief in the hope of seeing a transformation of the badly battered and cratered road. Unfortunately nothing of this happened, and the road till today is in the same condition as earlier, probably even worse, due to the lumps of un-levelled bitumen and gravel used in filling up a few potholes. Craters have been left untouched and are being filled with rainwater instead, that is proving to be dangerous to motorists and even pedestrians who find it difficult to cross the road. There are even larger stretches of potholes and craters starting from O’Coqueiro Circle onwards that have not been attended to. Rainwater also accumulates on large portions of  the road along  the walkway, as there  is no storm water drain. This is how the PWD functions with no accountability.