Power Cuts and Politics
I’ve been in Madras for roughly a week, after coming back to the city, and there was power cut on three nights. I am wondering if this has got anything to do with the change of government. When the previous government was in place, there were far fewer power cuts, and if there was any power cut, it would last 6-8 hours. Being a power surplus state, one would expect far fewer cuts, but I remember far fewer cuts in the period 2001-2006.
Between 1996 and 2001, the most popular excuse for not doing homework was power cut. I remember using that excuse even if there was no power cut. Is the frequency of power cuts related to the party holding Fort St George? I wish I could gather data to do an analysis. Do others living in the vicinity of what I call old madras (areas populated before the IT boom) also share a similar feeling? My hunch is this difference, if any could be linked to the nature and magnitude of corruption. With MGR’s 10% system, one party could benefit from more development, whlie the other probably has other sources of income not linked to development. At the end of the day, it is personal financial gain which motivates our politicians to work