by MAHANTESH VAKKUND.
He makes us think again and again on the same old issue. Why only Hubli- Dharawad ? Are we step kids?
Few days ago I was traveling to my native as a cut journey at Hubli, as I didn‟t get the direct bus from Bangalore- Belgaum (All buses were booked for long vacations). It was a private bus and he dropped me at Hubli old bus stop and from there I was supposed to catch connecting bus to reach Belgaum at 8 am. I was still in sleeping mood, rubbing my eyes just I was waiting for my bus to arrive. Surprisingly a color full bus passed by me, It was crowded like a hell, It flashed like I have seen it earlier somewhere. Mean while A gentleman from that bus spit the paan very innocently out of the window. For a moment I was cursing that duffer but within no time I observed that that spit was painted like LIP- STICK on Aishwarya rai‟s pic.
Ash Photo ? That too on KSRTC bus? and Yediyurappa also smiling beside her.. what‟s that ? I was shocked… Oh,,, what a tragedy ,,, It was a special gift to Belgaum for VKS,, that was one among the 30 buses designed, built and was sanctioned to Belgaum as a precious gift on VKS-2011. what does this bus doing in Hubli ? I was confused. Then I thought of asking about it to someone, I immediately rushed to control room and asked an officer “ Saahebar, VKS- Belagaavi bus hubbllyag yak ri ?(What these VKS Belagaavi buses doing in Hubli ?)
He gently replied “ Swamy, VKS kka anta 30 bus kottiddaru, iga sammelana mugitallari adak 15 namag bandavu “ (they sanctioned 30 buses for VKS. Now VKS is over, so now we have received 15 buses among them).
What a crap. It‟s the name of Belgaum and These people getting fame with it… Moreover as a favor these maha janata eating Paan and spitting like crap on my buses … I was very upset that morning, thought for a while that if these people were so much in need of the buses for transport then they could have asked and should have taken the normal buses, why did they need only VKS buses to make hell out of it … For a moment I felt hurt thinking when the buses with “VKS-2011 BELAGAAVI” logo were used like Corporation trucks in other cities what was the necessity of publishing the name of my city on it. Why were they been sent to Belgaum earlier?
For the next two hours journey I was feeling like sitting on hot oven. So many questions were running in mind. Why so? My native means so much only for the government? People/government of this state remember us only when the border issue is provoked or only while forming a new Kannada Rakshana Vedike in Bangalore ? What a Bad luck for my Belgaum.
I don‟t know whether these words are coming out for pride, Jealous or because of expectations but are all explanatory of the partialities/bifurcation done on us.
Its not only the matter of today, Post Independence everything that happened with my Belgaum was all of this kind only, Just for the reason that the neighboring state is waiting with watering mouth for Belgaum‟s merger with it till now whatever my city/district deserved and undeserved was pulled by our own neighbors, why ? Don‟t we have any right on it? Don‟t we deserve them? Or we not Kannadigas ?
Just Think, The TELCO & TELCON present in Dharawad, TATA itself was expecting to build that plant in Belgaum. Our politicians smartly drove it off to Dharawad. Same way, the recent HERO-HONDA plant was also proposed to us and now its in Hubli, In the first ever allocation of „High Court Sanchari Pita‟ it was mentioned to be bought in Belgaum, Unknowingly it was shifted to Dharawad. Its not just one or Two,,, there are so many such examples available.
Mahindra Tractor plant, International Airport, North Kartaka‟s Railway hub everything stops at Hubli-Dharawad. Its all the fate of us and the politicians dis- belief on Belgaum, the fear of What if after settling up all these big firms Belgaum shifted to other state? I feel they don‟t have self confidence, In this how can the neighboring Pillu‟s/Baccha‟s kept quite, of course they raise the voice for
When the scenario is like this, what the unemployed will do ? Manufacture Local SARAYI (Kallabatti)? Then, when our excise minister or excise department raids they will hit back with stones (Remember the recent incident).
Still, My Belgaum is not lagging in anything, Politics apart, just with our own efforts and struggle we have built our district stronger and healthier. We have more than 25 sugar industries, Aluminum , Iron Casting, Automotive spare parts, Hydraulics, Aerospace and for so many other industries we are the pioneers. But still with Hubli-Dharawad political effect and present industrial ministers „krupa
ashirvaad „ made a great impact on taking Hubli-Dharawad forward and pushing us a step behind.
The requests of decades has neither turned a railway root to Belgaum nor any developments, Its not surprising even if after completion the total Kalasa- Banduri projects flows only to those cities, Though Volvo Vajra buses run in Mangalore, Mysore and Bangalore we can just dream them, Our tourism
ministers Mr, Reddy‟s promises for development also we have with us but no updates, We can just dream off or keep expectations on our cities growth, anyhow giving it to us or transferring it to the other cities is left to our ministers, isn‟t it ?
In all this time I don‟t understand what my Belgaum politicians are doing, As per my knowledge one person flied some kites and the other ran to resorts behind rebel MLA‟s to convince them. And the others they played a safe game being away from all these headaches. And the common people “ Always say „ Why should I bang my head; “ ,,, ha ha ha,,,
In how I am free, Though let me try once, let me see what response I get if I write an phrase on all this….
And the words are here …
My dear Chief Minister, Transport Minister, Industrial Minister , tourism Minister and any related politicians ( if they feel they are related) to Belgaum. Please consider my request, Please give us back our 15 VKS buses, Please give a space or a infrastructure to all those industries or business that flows to Belgaum, don‟t manipulate it, Give us a railway/rail root not just railing promises . Please construct some entrance gates (Swagat kamaanu)at our borders also. Give freedom to the land of legends Rani Cennamma and Rayanna. Let us grow, help us grow.
Read the Kannada version.
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