Shashikala Rengne and Kalawati Bandurkar needed all the help that they could get. And thankfully they got it, via Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Mr Gandhi, in his speech in Parliament last Tuesday, had mentioned Ms Rengne and Ms Bandurkar to highlight the point that India needs to pull itself out of bone-wracking poverty courtesy new energy sources that include nuclear power.
That is a point driven home with force and with real-life case studies. One happy fall-out of Mr Gandhi’s ‘name-dropping’ has been that there has been a moderate rush of people helping out Ms Rengne and Ms Bandurkar. The former already has a Congress leader depositing Rs 1.5 lakh in her bank; while the latter has been ‘adopted’ by an NGO that will provide her with Rs 25,000 each month.
Without a shred of cynicism, we now hope that many others follow Mr Gandhi’s example and will ‘name drop’ those whose names desperately need to be dropped. That could solve much of the problems plaguing our nation’s citizens who are tired of abstractions and want help that is connected to real people with real names.