We, Bangaloreans are a lucky lot. We live in a city which is not as crowded as Mumbai and not as hot as Chennai, yet is better than both the cities put together.
Here you have the best opportunities and at the same time this is a wonderful place to lead a peaceful life.
There are so many factors that make this city beautiful. But I think, the unique traditions that defines our culture need a special mention. Even though we have become modern in our thinking, our values are still deep rooted. We have kept our culture alive in our hearts and we will never let it die.
Also, change is important and I am happy that our city is changing in so many ways. The development is appreciated but it is sad that our city is also changing in ways that are not acceptable.
Back in the days, women could walk freely on the roads without any fear. Now, we hear and read about horrible incidents that happen every day. I want my city to go back to the safe haven it was a decade ago.
Our city can become safe only if the fear of law is executed.
Every person involved in an act of eve teasing or harassment should get severe punishment in public. A person accused of rape should be mercilessly hanged in public.In my opinion, if this punishment is given even to a single criminal and telecasted every day for a month till it gets registered in our minds, I can confidently assure that women will be safe for centuries.
Also, education is very important if we want the situation to improve.
Food, shelter and the employment are the basic needs and these can be achieved only through education.
I want my city to be the first in the country to make education mandatory for every kid till 10th standard. Not even a single child should be deprived of this opportunity. The policies should be such that every parent should be forced to send their child to school.
I don’t want my dream city to be like Singapore or Dubai. I want a city which is clean, safe and peaceful. I want to bring back the golden days of yore.
(The reader is a resident of Basvanagudi)