Delivery of ‘commision’ers

By Sandesh Prabhudesai
26 February 2011 21:12 IST


It’s a new one-word jingle in today’s politics; at least in Goa.

“People don’t want big philosophy. They want their work to be done. I deliver. That’s why they vote for me.”

You meet any ‘powerful’ politician and you will hear this ‘proud’ submission.

Once I met a minister. I had been to his constituency for a debate. (I am not mentioning his name because this was a private conversation.) People were worried about a new project coming up there on PPP basis.

“They are worried that they may have to pay the bills for the service, which they were getting free of cost all this time,” I told him.

“Why should they be worried about it? I will pay their bills,” he quipped, without even wasting a second.

He then went on telling me how he has made his voters fully comfortable. They want delivery and I deliver what they want, he said proudly.  And it’s true.

Recently, GPCC general secretary and Fatorda constituency aspirant Vijay Sardesai was on our famous ‘Head On’ show. Our news editor Pramod Acharya was grilling him on the issue of water tanks ‘delivered’ to many colonies, without having any legal scheme for it.

Fatorda MLA of BJP Damu Naik and Vijay’s arch rival had exposed the scam in the Assembly. Goa, for the first time, saw PWD minister Churchill Alemao losing his tamper.

Damu even went to the Assembly well, while expecting his colleagues to follow him. They did follow. Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar and BJP state president (also Mandrem MLA) Laxmikant Parsekar; not to join him but to take him back to his seat.

Delivery? Were they worried that Churchill may not sanction their pending projects if they joined Damu? Ultimately, what matters at the Assembly poll, which is not very far, is Delivery!?

When Pramod grilled Vijay at the ‘Head On’ show on the issue of water tanks, the young Congressman retorted: “What scam? At the most it would be around Rs 50 lakh!”  Is it ‘negligible’?

And then he went on convincing Pramod how it was the need of the people and how scheme could be formulated later. He also pronounced the same ‘kanmantra’: Ultimately what people want is Delivery!

Pramod asked him about the Balwadi building he had built without permission. Vijay’s answer was the same: “People wanted it. I have built it and handed it over to the Social Welfare department.” (Damu claims the department has refused to take over its charge.)

And without even Pramod asking about it, he went on telling him how Damu would call the footpath he built was illegal and even the playground would be called illegal.

Similar is the scene in Panaji-Taleigao right now. Till yesterday, it was a battle between the Needy versus the Thinking people. Today, it is Greedy v/s Thinking people.

There are people, known to be corrupt, involved in this corporation poll. They ‘deliver’. Till yesterday, they were satisfying ‘needs’ of the needy. They still continue satisfying the poor needy. But now the target is ‘greedy’, especially the so called educated middle class and the higher middle class.

The feedback is shocking.

It seems these corrupt have promised these greedy to lay more pipelines for their buildings, develop a garden for a colony or paint all the buildings and what not...

The so called educated middle class and the higher middle class is simply not bothered where the money comes from, to satisfy their greed. They are happy as long as their greed is satisfied. They are planning to wholeheartedly back the candidates of the corrupt.

Delivery – the key word – is playing its magic.

I can understand when the needy poor don’t think of where the money comes from. Most of them, especially the migrant labour, are not even aware of it. They need delivery and it is delivered.

But what about the educated lot? Don’t they know where the money comes from? Don’t they know that it’s black money of corruption? Don’t they know their buildings are painted and gardens are built at the cost of their own roads full with potholes and poor quality constructions? Don’t they know that it is ‘commission’ that is shared a bit to satisfy their greed?

Well, they are fully aware of it. But why don’t they mind? Because they respect the corrupt? Or because they themselves are corrupt? Do they identify with these corrupt as their colleagues in spirit, comrades in arms and partners in illegalities?  

Or are they simply self-centred? “No matter where the money comes from, I want and support those who satisfy my greed.”

There was a time when this country marched ahead with the help of the middle class. We called them intelligentsia. Through them rose the politicians, for whom politics was a MISSION.

The intelligentsia then rose to the level of ‘political activists’ belonging to different ideologies. Through them rose the politicians, for whom politics became a PROFESSION.

The same so called intelligentsia is today becoming ‘blind followers’ of those who deliver. Through them, perhaps, have risen the politicians, for whom politics is nothing but COMMISSION.

Who is corrupt? The ‘commission’er politician who delivers or the one who knowingly and consciously supports the one who delivers? Is this a new breed of ‘intelligents’ of free-for-all economy? Is this the knowledge superpower the country is building?

While delivering a lecture at Festival of Ideas this year, one young student asked former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam: How to stop corruption?

Dr Kalam shot back instantly: “Go home and tell your father to stop corruption.”

May it be Dr Kalam, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr Anil Kakodkar or Dr Jayant Narlikar, all these scientists and many more thinker have a great deal of confidence in the younger generation. Yes, the Youngs can do it. And they should.

Today, it is Panaji poll. Tomorrow, it’s going to be Assembly poll. Will the Youngs tell their fathers and mothers – not to vote for the Corrupt? Or the knowledge superpower is the end of the intelligentsia in this country?

Disclaimer: Views expressed above are the author's own.

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Sandesh Prabhudesai

Sandesh Prabhudesai is a journalist, presently the Editor of, Goa's oldest exclusive news website since 1996. He has earlier worked as the Editor-in-Chief of Prudent & Goa365, Goa's TV channels and Editor of Sunaparant, besides working as a reporter for Goan and national dailies & weeklies in English and Marathi since 1987. He also reports for the BBC. He is also actively involved in literary and cultural activities. After retirement from day-to-day journalism in 2020, he is into Re-Search Journalism (पुनर्सोद पत्रकारिता), focusing on analytical articles, Video programs & Books.

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'Development' is the new religion and has become the opium that blurs the power to cynical as I may sound, most people are intelligent and the so called intelligentsia is an elite class created by those who find more inventive methods to the end of the day, all humans are selfish or aren't they?

- Anita Haladi, Caranzalem | 15 th March 2011 11:19


Great thoughts as usual. Keep the ball rolling.

- diogo, ireland | 14 th March 2011 18:36


well said sandesh.

time to introspect. time to find out where we as goa stand and where we want to go.

- anil kher, panaji | 14 th March 2011 13:03


Nicely written article depicting the behaviour of the so called intelligentsia.

When a section of the voters is becoming corrupt and which is known today by a nice name of "vote bank"--the corrupt and criminal politician - can always win the elections no matter what crimes he commits or how much corruption he has indulged into !

When this happens- the ideologies, the principles, the morals , the values, the ethics --carry no significance -and the system no more remains a democratic system.

Sometimes when you listen to the boasting of some of the Minister that he has generated --400 or 500 clerical jobs in his department-one really does not know whether to laugh or cry. May be the poor thing does not understand that he is wasting the public funds for no fruitful purpose and only increasing unproductive expenditure. Looking at the battery of huge manpower wasting their time sitting idle or chit chatting and all during working hours would easily prove this point....

It is so sad to see the role played by our religious Institutions in all this degeneration. They are watching all this with open eyes and have forgotten their prime role of guiding the society and the masses and to make them understand the importance of adhering to the basic principles of honesty, truth, probity and values. It is their teaching which should make a citizen conscious of his social obligations and teach him that beyond pure selfishness--there is something more that he owes to the society! If the society has to survive in an healthy manner-such dose of values in humans is a must--or it will not take a long time for the whole society to disintegrate and go into a turmoil as is happening in other countries round the Globe.........

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 27 th February 2011 10:17


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