"In the name of your beloved", as the ad goes to say, "on the occasion of a birthday, in the memory of a childhood friend, for winning an award", the Govt of Karnataka is seeking funds for School upliftment across the state.
Sounds like a good project? Sounds like the Govt is doing a great service to Karnataka? Don't be fooled! This is not service, it's shrugging away from responsibilities, an open celebration of the misuse of tax money.
First of all, a Govt which has done little to improve the quality of education in Kannada has no moral right to instruct the public to spend their money on any more education projects it undertakes.
But that's still not half the story. Consider this: the world over, governments don't go begging like this to finance basic school education. Instead, they use taxpayer money. Taxpayers have already done their bit. Now it's your turn to "do your bit", dear Govt, not ours! What's happening to all the taxes we pay? Why can't the government use that money for strengthening school infrastructure?
You know why? Because all that money is going into the bottomless pit of populist largesses aimed at increasing the stranglehold of the BJP on Karnataka, useless Sanskrit universities and you-know-what.