MGP’s Satyagraha for good governance on Sunday
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MGP’s Satyagraha for good governance on Sunday

January 28, 2023

Mysore/Mysuru: The Mysore Grahakara Parishat’s (MGP) Satyagraha against ‘bad governance’ will be held tomorrow (Jan. 29) from 9 am to 6 pm to sensitise people, elected representatives and decision-making officers on the importance of saving Mysuru to Mysureans.

The MGP has received overwhelming support from the public, citizen groups, youths and students for the movement that will press for sensible and sustainable development of Mysuru instead of the present destructive development.

According to the Founding Working President of MGP Bhamy V. Shenoy, many activists have come forward to organise events for one to two hours at nearby parks and they will distribute the Satyagraha pamphlets. “Students from Maharani’s Commerce College and many other voluntary groups have come forward to organise the events in about 15 parks in different parts of the city,” he said.

The parks where the Satyagraha will be held are Vijayanagar, Srirampura, Yadavagiri, Gokulam, N.R. Mohalla, Sathagalli, Tippayyanakere, Jayanagar, Vidyaranyapuram, and Lakshmipuram.

City’s well-known residents like Pandit Rajiv Taranath, Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa, former Director of CFTRI, Dr. V. Prakash, former MLA Vasu, Principal of Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering Dr. B. Sadashive Gowda, founder of Bharath Cancer Hospital Dr. B.S. Ajaikumar, Dr. C.G. Narasimhan, industrialist R. Guru and many others have expressed their support, he added.

Mahadev, President of Devaraja Market Tenants Association, Ashok, Secretary of Travellers Association, C. Narayanagowda, President of Mysuru Hotel Owners Association, several industry associations, N. Raghavan of Raghulal and Co., Ali Brothers, etc. have come forward to distribute pamphlets and to be associated with the Satyagraha.

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.

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“We want to stress that the Satyagraha is not against any specific departments or specific political parties. We want to highlight how our total governance system has failed and we the people have to do serious and urgent introspection. Every Mysurean has the responsibility to make the system work and not give up hopes. Unfortunately, all of us have failed miserably and point fingers at others,” he explained.

“The main requirement of Satyagraha is to resist commercial activities on that day and 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 expect participants to make only small sacrifices of not using vehicles, not shopping and not eating at restaurants from 9 am to 6 pm,” Bhamy Shenoy added.

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “MGP’s Satyagraha for good governance on Sunday”

  1. Raampur Ka Laxman!! says:

    Barmy Shenoy , a non-Mysorean stampeded into Mysore in 1980 to live along with a large number of non-Mysoreans. That meant, clearing the forest around the then Mysore’s perimeters, to build housing extensions, the developments which destroyed the serenity and beauty of Mysore.
    He thought that he was unique and people will honour him, but discovered that nothing like that happened.
    Hence, he started his silly outfit MGP, ridiculed as the GRAHACHARA PARISHAD to draw attention to himself arguing no more developments, after his arrival and settlement. A massive hypocrite , this Barmy Shenoy is.
    The idiot should realise that the 10-lne Mysore-Bangalore highway , the union minister said, would bring in more tourism and developments to Mysore. The expansion of Mysore Airport to receive A320/737 medium haul jetliners is to bring in more tourists. All these result in massive developments in Mysore, and over crowding etc..
    There is another dimension. Narendra Modi, assured the Keralite businessmen in the UAE, when he met them last year, that he would approve non-stop UAE-Mysore flights. These Keralite businessmen in reality, are smuggling gold into Kerala now, and are operating Hawala money channel which they want to extend into Mysore through Mandya, etc.. to Bangalore. They have plans to launder the money into businesses, an constructions in Mysore-more developments.
    Barmy Shenoy’s so called Satyagraha sounds so weird and nonsensical that it will have no effect on the government, who encouraged by the central government are interested in developing Mysore in an unprecedented way.

  2. Jalandhara says:

    Mysore of 1950s and 1960s where I was born, grew up a, educated and worked for a time, remained largely not much expanded and populated until early 1970, when a spurt of immigrants -retirees mostly arrived from other estates to settle in Mysore, whose real estate costs were manageable.
    It was only at the end of 1970s and 1980s, when a massive influx of people , non-Mysoreans arrived to establish businesses and mostly to settle. They included Mr Ganapathy of the SOM, Mr Shenoy and others. This was on such a scale that a very large swathes of green fields and forest had to make way for a number of housing extensions, so that the centre of Mysore was no longer at the Devaraja Market and KR Circle. Devaraja Market, where people strolled to buy fruits and vegetables was no longer relevant , as street markets sprung up every where in these new extensions. Devaraja Market was thus killed off. Lansdowne building shops were too small for business. Hence, it was gone.
    We , Mysoreans -born , educated and working in Mysore , our native city, could have had our Satyagraha against the settlement of Mr Shenoy and tens of thousands of new arrivals. We did not, as we realised that the population of the country was increasing fast, developments were needed for housing and businesses.. It is the turn for Mr Shenoy and his crowd to do the same.
    This, so called Satyragraha sounds bizarre, and I would say even very parochial, as it means Mr Shenoy who himself was a non-Mysorean, and who settled in Mysore, does not want others to come and settle like himself. He uses the terms heritage, development etc.. to mask this undesirable trait.
    There is a case for well organised expansion, given that there is a need for another city to take in the expansion destined for Bangalore, given the large increase in population of India, industry and business development etc.. Mysore is deemed Ideal for the Central government and the State government too. Hence, the 10-lane highway, the fast trains connecting to Chennai, the Mysore airport expansion etc.. Soon ,there will be highway to connect Wayanad too. The Central and State governments see tourism as having a huge potential in Mysore too. Very soon, Mysore would be Greater Mysore extending boundaries all around it. One could see the twin cities of Bangalore and Mysore linked seamlessly by air, train and road. That appears to be the plan for the above governments.
    Mr Shenoy instead of indulging in this Satyagraha stunt, has to constructively engage with the State government through the elected representatives and meeting the ministers of both the State and Central governments.
    Given the need for industrialisation-the agenda of the 2 governments, and the needs of expanding population of India, the developments are inevitable.
    The Chennai-Mahabalipuram corridor is another example of how industrialisation takes place.
    People need jobs, education and other activities linked to lives. Hence working with the 2 governments is so essential instead of protesting in an adversary way. One wonders whether Mr Shenoy has other ambitions-like politics for example. In which case, he should stand as a Green Candidate in the next state election.

  3. Jalandhara says:

    Mysore of 1950s and 1960s where I was born, grew up a, educated and worked for a time, remained largely not much expanded and populated until early 1970, when a spurt of immigrants -retirees mostly arrived from other estates to settle in Mysore, whose real estate costs were manageable.
    It was only at the end of 1970s and 1980s, when a massive influx of people , non-Mysoreans arrived to establish businesses and mostly to settle. They included Mr Ganapathy of the SOM, Mr Shenoy and others. This was on such a scale that a very large swathes of green fields and forest had to make way for a number of housing extensions, so that the centre of Mysore was no longer at the Devaraja Market and KR Circle. Devaraja Market, where people strolled to buy fruits and vegetables was no longer relevant , as street markets sprung up every where in these new extensions. Devaraja Market was thus killed off. Lansdowne building shops were too small for business. Hence, it was gone.
    We , Mysoreans -born , educated and working in Mysore , our native city, could have had our Satyagraha against the settlement of Mr Shenoy and tens of thousands of new arrivals. We did not, as we realised that the population of the country was increasing fast, developments were needed for housing and businesses.. It is the turn for Mr Shenoy and his crowd to do the same.
    This, so called Satyragraha sounds bizarre, and I would say even very parochial, as it means Mr Shenoy who himself was a non-Mysorean, and who settled in Mysore, does not want others to come and settle like himself. He uses the terms heritage, development etc.. to mask this undesirable trait.
    There is a case for well organised expansion, given that there is a need for another city to take in the expansion destined for Bangalore, given the large increase in population of India, industry and business development etc.. Mysore is deemed Ideal for the Central government and the State government too. Hence, the 10-lane highway, the fast trains connecting to Chennai, the Mysore airport expansion etc.. Soon ,there will be highway to connect Wayanad too. The Central and State governments see tourism as having a huge potential in Mysore too. Very soon, Mysore would be Greater Mysore extending boundaries all around it. One could see the twin cities of Bangalore and Mysore linked seamlessly by air, train and road. That appears to be the plan for the above governments.
    Mr Shenoy instead of indulging in this Satyagraha stunt, has to constructively engage with the State government through the elected representatives and meeting the ministers of both the State and Central governments.
    Given the need for industrialisation-the agenda of the 2 governments, and the needs of expanding population of India, the developments are inevitable.
    The Chennai-Mahabalipuram corridor is another example of how industrialisation takes place.
    People need jobs, education and other activities linked to lives. Hence working with the 2 governments is so essential instead of protesting in an adversary way. One wonders whether Mr Shenoy has other ambitions-like politics for example. In which case, he should stand as a Green Candidate in the next state election.

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