"This Government, Isn't Governing" Mumbai by ecoquester

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Prime Des Res,

I returned only yesterday (Sunday 18 July) from what was to be a pleasant experience choosing a new home for the next year or so..........
I haven't unpacked yet, so I will wait till I have my cam's connected and then I will tell you about the people that time,money and Government have forgotten......
90 helpless children died in a fire while I was in this city......
Now they want to hang the school staff out to dry?.

I will bar no holds on my opinion of this countries governance, It stinks worse than the streets and rivers.

The people, wonderfully cheerful, I'm not knocking anyone's religion, I don't do that "Period".

The belief amongst the Indian population is that you do not complain about what you have in this life, deal with it you are being prepared for the next life which will afford you more than this one did.....

I wonder how many times a child has to grow through another life before the parents stop maiming him or her at birth so they can provide income for the family as a street beggar?

This picture was taken in an affluent residential area, how would you cope with this lot nailed against your garden wall?.

On A Road Like This

I am disappointed.... I seem to have misplaced or lost a Sony memory stick, and that had all I want you to see on it.......

A street just like this one, had a children's day school in it.
The street entrance so heavily congested with illegal street traders and hundreds of slum dwellings was so overcrowded that "A" fire engine could not get through...
No attempt was made by the fire department to attend the scene and rescue the 90 children that burned and suffocated in the blaze, one lone Fireman stood watching with a domestic hose line in his hand that barely sprayed water three feet from the end, While parents and civilians battled with makeshift battering rams and an illegal parked service vehicle, to break in to the burning building.....

Bless them for their efforts.

The police? nowhere to be seen, and if they were there probably would have stood talking to each other.

The fire started at a street traders stand where they had a naked fire to cook food...

The Government? there stance is simple, just another 90 we don't have to deal with, but they will find someone less guilty than they to take the brunt...
In this city the buck stops when you don't pass it quick enough.

Here's a quick heads up, if you get injured in this city you just better hope you can still walk or run, because if you need a hospital with any form of urgency you've had it unless you can get there under your own steam.
Here's a heads up for the Government... Close the city to normal traffic, Charge more for road fund licenses, improve inner city public transport, Pay the millions of street beggars to clean and repair the road structure...
Do something instead of lining your own pockets, to Improve the inner city problems that you just hold your hand out and ask the real World to help you with.

The Pi**ing pool

Incredibly, as we sat in the traffic three men (individually) stopped pulled the "old fellow" out and took a leak in this puddle... I took photo's but I don't think we need to go that far, on several occasions we saw people (men women and children) just squat down and take a dump right there on the?? Sidewalk? Street? Road?.....
The City of Mumbai is a disgrace to all that live and work there.
I have seen poverty, it exists managed to varying degrees in every country around the world.
Here in Mumbai it has been left to deal with itself, spreading like a wild fire totally out of control, if a SARS like virus was to hit this City the death toll would be unimaginable, hundreds of thousands of people would die in the first week, perhaps into the millions a month down the line...

The "Snow Ball"?
The authorities (now there's a conflict in terminology) would never cope with the dead bodies and the people would simply step over the dead and carry on with????....

Typhoid, Bubonic Plague, a disaster the world has never believed possible is just sitting, waiting.

Nature has her way of culling trust me on this one, when she starts to cut back in this region the World's aid resources are going to be depleted in one foul swoop.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great people
  • Cons:Dirt, Smell, Pollution, Poverty, Unimaginable volumes of beggars, it is impossible to walk the streets here.
  • In a nutshell:You wouldn't throw a dog out on streets like this
  • Last visit to Mumbai: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Comments (8)

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    What you say is true. When I first arrived in the city, I had such hope that things could change. To see the children living and begging on the streets is heartbreaking. After 6+ years living there, I left sadly thinking that things will never change.

  • imstress's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2005 at 12:44 AM

    Happy Birthday Danny! It will be brave for a foreigner to surive in Mumbai not just for holiday but to work and serve the people.

  • Mar 1, 2005 at 2:11 AM

    never want to return to mumbai--slums/poverty TOO much of culture shock-60% of population live in these slums-i am SO fortunate!!!

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2004 at 2:12 AM

    is it time for an update, now that you're back in Mumbai?

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2004 at 3:44 AM

    Looking forward to more of your interesting pages and photos from India.

  • thinking's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2004 at 6:47 AM

    Awesome photos and commentary. Half of the world's population lives like this! Most people in the USA & Europe have no idea about the "rest" of the world. I am looking forward to more from you.

  • Guantanamera's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2004 at 2:17 AM

    Telling it like it is...! India is a stunning place, in many very different ways, and remains one of my favorites...!

  • was_the_beav's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 7:13 PM

    Wow! it's been a long time since I ran into someone who could make me feel like I was there again...and like I need to return. Looking forward to all you have to say. Thank you.


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