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  1. Bangalore (and India) also need to modernize its immigration policies. As an foreigner doing an internship in Bangalore, I have to register myself in the feared Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO). It has been the most horrible and unpleasant experience in India. You just can’t sell Bangalore as a modern, open and tolerant city and at the same time have terrible third-world, totally deficient and even aggressive policies towards foreigners.

  2. Bangalore (and India) also need to modernize its immigration policies. As an foreigner doing an internship in Bangalore, I have to register myself in the feared Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO). It has been the most horrible and unpleasant experience in India. You just can’t sell Bangalore as a modern, open and tolerant city and at the same time have terrible third-world, totally deficient and even aggressive policies towards foreigners.

  3. Can’t have much of a quarrel with what the author has stated. However, expecting the government to discharge each of the functions by itself is where the problem lies. The days of the government in the role of provider of services and (manufacturer of goods), except perhaps in primary health, education, etc, are well and truly over. It has the more important role of the facilitator and regulator (where necessary, controller) to play, and when it chooses to remain/ become a player in addition, it invariably tends to distort the game to everyone’s harm. So, the civil society needs to demand that the government to limit itself where it doesn’t have a role, and be more effective where it has a significant role.

  4. We need to put a stop to the burgeoning population and its pereceived “needs”…this is a political minefield, and no politician will ever advocate this. But it’s so clear…a finite space can only hold so much, yet we are stuffing more and more into it…

    That said…I’ve known Leo for a while now; a person who knows the ground reality, in a holistic way, far more than many others who take up conservationist cudgels. We cannot take up a “nothing will work” attitude; we cannot afford to do that. Let’s begin by taking the attitude that it CAN be done, and see how it goes, step by small step.

    Leo..more power to people like you.

  5. Leo Saldanha’s views of the issues that plague today’s Bangalore are insightful. I think each issue merits a separate article. It is too much information to take in one reading.

  6. It is disappointing to see so many cynical responses to this article. If we do not take ownership, who can be the ‘they’ who will do it? Having grown up in the Bangalore of cycling, walking, parks, etc, I would certainly love to have them back. Ward committees, affordable housing, accessible education, regulation of ground water, waste management,lake rejunvenation, alternate energy, etc. are all valid concepts very relevant to the present times. If many voices speak for it, surely they will be heard? Sir, we have been harvesting rain water with much effect for over ten years much before it became mandatory in Bangalore city and I do not think the results have been foolish. Composting wet waste and carrying a shopping bag has reduced our garbage output by 70%. How many parks have we not seen that say ‘children not allowed’? Is it more important to have a manicured garden to gaze at than a play area for children (let me add that I have not had any play age children for some decades now). I really think participation rather than reaction is the answer.

  7. The Author seems to be living in a make believe world. In fact we have almost all these in paper and law, but could not be fully implemented due to practical impediments and difficulties.
    Rain water Harvesting is a big joke. While threatening the citizens to implement RWH in their small houses, the Government is giving away all water storage areas of Lakes to big real estate developers for high rise buildings.

  8. WHY should we bother about water ?

    there are more and more APPRATMENTS comming up with SWIMMPING POOLS AND FOUNTAINS .

    ARE WE FOOLS TO IMPLEMENT RAIN WATER HARVESTING ?
    WHO HAS GIVEN PERMISSION for THOSE ?

  9. MOST INPORTANT FIRST POINT ,

    PARKING NEED S TO BE FINED HEAVYLY BY BBMP IN BANGALORE .

    WE WANT EVERY NOOK AND CORNER OF THE RAODS FOR TRANSIT / VEHICAL MOVEMENT .

  10. Bangalore become a dust city,BBMP has to take care of roads and made all seasoned roads.BMRCL and BDA must immediately complete the works and provide the the good service road for smooth moment of vehicles.All foot path must be user friendly.

  11. In addition to this we live in most polluted city, the pollution is no only due to vehicles, its coz of construction and other aspects. Every where we see a lot of sand and mud. Gov has to work on some creative solution to over come this.

  12. Sorry, Bangalore is highly inclusive as of now. Actually for better governance the mega metropolitan city has to start selective exclusion.

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