Dear Bangaloreans, you deserve lousy infrastructure

The government we deserve

Lousy infrastructure. Poorly managed public services. Quixotic city planning. The city at the heart of India’s new economy suffers from the worst failings of its old politics.

But the sheer apathy with which the city’s voters treated the recent assembly elections—after several years of frustrating political logjams and venal political leadership—suggests that Bangaloreans deserve the mess that they are in.

So my dear Bangaloreans, enjoy some more years of Deve Gowdas, Kumaraswamys and Dharam Singhs. But don’t complain too loudly. You are yourself to blame.

Related Link: Dear (South) Mumbaikars, you deserve your own kind of mess too

Parties, interests, leaders and legacy

Leadership will not go unrewarded

Merely ten years after declaring itself a nuclear weapons state, will India’s nuclear future turn into a grand Greek tragedy? K Subrahmanyam’s analysis of the India-US nuclear deal and the interests and payoffs for political parties and their leaders is brilliant.

Pakistan’s next prime minister

Will be remote controlled

The day after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination The Acorn wrote:

There are two front-runners, as of now, and one wild-card. The PML (Q)’s Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, former chief minister of Punjab province and Makhdoom Ameen Fahim, Benazir Bhutto’s deputy and caretaker leader of the PPP all these years, have the best shot at the post of prime minister. The wild-card, of course, is Aitzaz Ahsan, a member of the PPP, but too closely identified with the lawyer’s struggle for the restoration of the sacked chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. [What’s next for Pakistan]

This still holds. Though their parties came out on top of the league tables in Monday’s elections, neither Nawaz Sharif nor Asif Ali Zardari were candidates in the election. Now, for the moment at least, neither of the two can become prime minister. (Perhaps they can, this being Pakistan, but let’s not get cynical today). They’ll go for remote-control.

Mr Fahim should be the front-runner. He appears remote-controllable. After the drubbing his party got in these elections, Mr Elahi’s chances are now much lower. The wild card, Mr Ahsan, is Mr Sharif’s nominee for prime minister. But he’s too popular and too independent-minded to be remote controlled. So that’ll work against him.

The money is on Makhdoom Mohammed Amin Fahim.