MGP to stage Satyagraha against ‘bad governance’ on Jan. 29
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MGP to stage Satyagraha against ‘bad governance’ on Jan. 29

January 20, 2023

Mysore/Mysuru: The Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) has called for a Satyagraha on Jan. 29 from 9 am to 6 pm to sensitise people, elected representatives, high-ranking and decision-making officers on the importance of saving Mysuru to Mysureans in the wake of systematic and blatant destruction and violations in the name of development. 

“The novel strategy is to hold a unique kind of Satyagraha. Every Mysurean (excepting those who are needed for essential services like doctors, nurses, Police, etc) must stop using any kind of vehicles on Jan. 29 between 9 am and 6 pm. During these hours, they should not shop or visit restaurants (a kind of self-imposed lockdown like the ones observed during the peak of COVID pandemic),” said Founding President of MGP Dr. Bhamy V. Shenoy. 

Addressing reporters at Pathrakartara Bhavan yesterday morning, he said that they are organising the Satyagraha against bad governance. “Mysuru’s roads are not safe and 170 deaths took place in 2022 versus 121 in 2021, footpaths are encroached upon in many places, lakes especially Kukkarahalli Lake are close to their death bed and parks are encroached upon in the name of providing civic amenities. These are just a few examples of bad governance,”  he said. 

“At a time when Karnataka Parks Act prohibits any construction, all the 525 parks in Mysuru are seeing systematic destruction and unfortunately, it is the elected representatives who are behind the destruction and they do not care. Less said the better about Chamundi Hill where in the name of promoting commercial tourism, its heritage as a spiritual centre is destroyed and biodiversity is under attack. If this is not bad governance, then what is it,” Bhamy Shenoy questioned.

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On the day of the Satyagraha, people can visit parks or take walks. Those who are seriously dedicated to our cause can assemble at parks to sit-in for one or two hours as part of the Satyagraha to register their protest. The main requirement of Satyagraha is to resist commercial activities on that day, he added. 

“Unlike other protests, we are not asking anyone to close shops or restaurants. Participating is totally voluntary and this is really a people’s movement. We want to wake up the authorities, especially all the elected representatives, DC, SP, Special Commissioners and CEOs and other top officials who have scant regard for Mysuru, its heritage and biodiversity and who are hell-bent on destroying them in the name of development,” Bhamy Shenoy said. 

Opposition to stadium land

MGP Working President Shobhana said that the MGP has opposed the Karnataka State Cricket Association’s International Cricket Stadium that is proposed at Hanchya-Sathagalli.

 “In the 20-acre land that has been earmarked by the Mysuru Urban Development Authority, there was a lake named Kananakatte. We demand the rejuvenation of the Lake and the land for the stadium can be allotted elsewhere,” she said. 

There was another lake nearby called the Megalakatte Lake and a PU College is coming up after eating away the water body. “We want this water body to be rejuvenated,” she added. 

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “MGP to stage Satyagraha against ‘bad governance’ on Jan. 29”

  1. Raampur Ka Laxman!! says:

    Saving Mysore for Mysoreans? What a big hypocrite and scoundrel this BARMY SHENOY is!
    BARMY SHENOY was not a Mysorean, he was a foreigner when he arrived in Mysore in 1980 to settle along with masses of non-Mysoreans.
    They were responsible for the destruction of forest around Mysore, as the space was needed to give them plots for housing. Most of the members of this dreadful out fit MGP, ridiculed as GRAHACHARA PARISHAD were not born in Mysore, and hence are all non-Mysoreans.
    If Mysoreans objected their arrivals then in 1980s, these scoundrels would not have been responsible for the destruction of Mysore.
    What a bunch of selfish Villains they are.
    BARMY SHENOY is ever attention seeker. He wrote an open letter to Narendra Modi boasting about his oil and gas expertise credentials, supporting the piped gas project to Mysore.
    He tried in an election in 1990s, and was badly defeated!
    He has been jumping up and down pissed off, whenever any politician plans a park, because, he was not consulted!
    Self-styled expert.
    I say to BARMY SHENOY, go on hunger strike, if you dare, for 21 days! Hence, show you bare really serious. Otherwise shut up.

  2. Jalandhara says:

    Hello @B. Shenoy
    What an objection able thing to say that Mysore should be only for Mysoreans. If that criterion was applied to you in 1980- you were a foreigner then, with no discernible links to Mysore, you would have been turfed out from settling in Mysore. That observation is rank hypocrisy.
    As for your Satyagraha, I can only laugh as it is a non-starter.
    A bit of advice to you. It is all right for retirees like you to live a quiet life. No need to crave for attention.

  3. Gautam says:

    The sordid story that defines @Barmy Shenoy:
    1. Arrived with the massive influx of non-Mysoreans to settle, knowing fully well that their arrival meant that the fruit-bearing trees around the perimeters of the then Mysore, had to be cleared to make for his and others homesteads. He is a non-Mysorean never born in Mysore, never educated and worked in Mysore in his adult life- an interloper.
    2. Did not like, not giving him special attention as an oil and gas expert, an alumnus of Madras IIT and an intellectual colossus! The reality was, after getting his education in the USA, he worked mostly in the former USSR territories,, which meant that he could not find a job in the USA.3. Joined another non-Mysorean- a narcissist Tamil journalist who boasted his excellence, but for a mediocre pygmy, who started a blog for Mysore, then converted into ‘Mysore Blog Park’ which carried articles by non-Mysoreans on matters not remotely related to Mysore! There, Barmy Shenoy
    boasted how his smartness means he got into IIT Madras, and asserted that those who got palces there were on the basis of merit only, nothing else. Poor Shenoy, he could not defend his delusion, against a professor who worked there, and also posted saying that there were percentages of places held by the director, and governors, who they could give to any body and they did! Shenoy , got irritated that at being corrected based on evidence!
    3. Barmy Shenoy, thought his so called MGP ramshackle was enough for him to get elected to a political role, stood for election, and was miserably defeated!
    4. Like often heard story that those who climb up a ship from a sinking raft, draw up the bridge , so that no one lese should follow them and hence should drown, he became a self-styled environmentalist, arguing for the stoppage of Mysore development in terms of allowing people to come and settle, thus expanding the city perimeters and clearing forests, jsu the way , it happened when he arrived to settle earlier.
    5.Latched on to Piped gas project effort, writing an open letter to PM Modi-in fact, it was to advertise his credentials to the SOM readers. He did not thing then, many wiil wonder why he had to work in to cold dark recesses of former USSR countries!
    6. Keep reminding people that he exists still by writing articles on the NE India, comparing it to Switzerland, not realising that NE India are a swathe of territories with massive rainfalls, and no where resembling that compact land called Switzerland.
    Barmy Shenoy wants to get noticed, praised and recognised. He is at a loss, why these things are not happening to him!
    His Satyagraha , a non-satyagraha, as he expects others to cooperate in a very restrictive ways he suggest, which only suggests that poor Barmy Shenoy is losing his marbles, with early stages of dementia, often accompanied by hallucinations.
    Wel there you know all about Barmy Shenoy

  4. Sundaram Kumar says:

    I am pained by the scathing attack on Bhamy Shenoy whom I know for the last six decades and more. An outstanding student in IIT, a doctorate in management from a prestigious University in US, a senior manager in an oil company, returned to India giving it up all, to make Mysuru his home. I have personally interacted with him on his social work and shall vouch for his honesty. I am surprised and hurt by the personal attack. ‘Saho Asi Saho Mayee Dehi’. Having known him thoroughly, I am sure he will be undeterred in his efforts to safeguard the lovers of Mysuru!

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