After trying to clean the cobwebs in the judicial structure of the country, HR Bhardwaj, the former law minister of India and the present governor of Karnataka, now wants to clean up the streets of Bangalore. At a function in the state capital recently, Mr Bhardwaj declared quite magnanimously that since the municipal department — the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) — has failed to clear the garbage piled up on the streets despite his directives, he could do the needful if he is given 20-odd people to help him out.
We are pleasantly surprised by Mr Bhardwaj’s zeal; it’s not because we doubt his capabilities of cleaning up but because governors in this country are usually not known to be so active, physically at least. Usually, those who end up in those posts — or are lucky enough to grab them (the competition is intense, as we know) — are way past their shelf life and even those who have some years of activity left are usually happy doing what ceremonial heads are expected to do — unless and until a strong nudge from the mothership — New Delhi — pushes them to act, especially when the state government is run by the Opposition party.
So we strongly suggest that we should not lose this chance: come Monday morning, the BBMP must send 20-odd neatly attired personnel with an adequate amount of cleaning equipment to the governor’s house in Bangalore. Hopefully, Mr Bhardwaj will walk the talk and shut up those — we cynics included — who have often said that India must scrap the ceremonial position of governor and save some public money. And who knows, this singular act may be a wake-up call to Mr Bhardwaj’s contemporaries who occupy some of the best real estate in this country. Yes, it could well sweep away all resentment about this comfortable job.